Summary: This is the 1st of 2 workshops done at the Nightvision event in Colorado (July 9-10, 2010) on practical ways to share the Good News. Please listen to workshop #2 as well!
Nightvision theme: Holiness.
Sins of Commission come to mind but sins of omission are an issue too.
We are set apart for Him as ambassadors.
Revival is here - Over 260,000 people hear the gospel and more than 174,000 trust Christ worldwide every single day (34,000 in SA, over 30,000 in China, 25,000 in Africa, 16,000 in Muslim countries and more all around the world)!
Visit: greatcommission2020.com and godrev.com.
Acts 17:26-27 - He put you here to win your community to Him.
The hotter the desert the thirstier people will be.
We need to start giving them water.
In Jn.12:32-33, Jesus promises us that He is already drawing every person on this earth to Himself.
Jesus tells us in Mt.9:37 that “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.”
Ex. Jason (Erin led to Christ in Denver food court)
You have the privilege of being a part of the greatest revival in history.
Jesus gives us the Great Commission in Mt.28:18-20, saying, "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Repeat after me: The Great Commission is MY responsibility.
In Mt.4:19, Jesus tells us something about all that follow Him. He says, “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”
Repeat after me: Evangelism is MY responsibility.
Mt.13:1-9 - Sowing seed on the road, in rocks, among weeds and in good soil.
DCC - Be a seed chucker.
Few results = not enough seed sown!!!
Romania World Cup goal analogy - when we all share...Rom.10:18!
Activity 1 - Handout: check the statements you think are true about evangelism.
This activity will diagnose what lies are you believing and what fears you are fearing.
The 10 evangelism lies Christians buy into:
We have each believed some or all of these at some point - but you don’t ever have to believe them again.
Lie # 1 - You must have the gift of evangelism (hospitality, giving, encouragement, etc).
Many don’t share because they don’t feel like they are capable.
We would never say you must have the gift of hospitality in order to be hospitable, the gift of giving to give or the gift of encouragement to encourage.
Some will have the gift of evangelism but we’re all called to share the Good News.
Remember - Mt.4:19 - If you follow Christ you’re called to evangelism!
On the job training - practice!
Lie # 2 - Your personality, skill, knowledge, looks, style and actions validate the gospel and make it relevant.
Results - Many don’t share because they feel they aren’t a good enough Christian.
That’s the whole point of the good news!!!
1 Cor.1:27 - God chooses the foolish and weak things to glorify Him.
Results - Also, many people don’t share because they don’t think they have all the answers.
You never will! Do your best to prepare and then trust Him.
Lie # 3 - You must be friends first.
Mt.28:18-20 - Jesus called us to reach the whole world...
Practically impossible - Imagine how long it would take to befriend the entire world before sharing with them. I should be friendly but also open to sharing with anyone God puts in my path.
There are few places in scripture where anyone befriended someone before sharing with them.
Lie #3 can also be stated with the phrase "they don’t care how much you know till they know how much you care."
They need both!!! Love them and share with them.
How loving is it to not share the Good News.
Penn Jillette video.
Lie # 4 - You have to earn the right to be heard.
Jesus did that 2000 years ago and claimed to have all the authority to command us to share (Mt.28:18-20)
Lie # 5 - It is predominantly the poor we should reach out to.
Mt.19:23-24 - The rich are lost too!!!
The poor are without question close to God’s heart and we should do everything we can to help them but that is a different issue than evangelism.
The poor and the rich alike are lost without Jesus and we should strive to share the Good News with them all!
Lie # 6 - God doesn’t want us to offend anyone.
Mt.10:22 - Jesus promised men would hate you because of Him!!!
2 Cor.2:16 - We will be disgusting to some, but life to others!
Share in a loving and truthful way and then trust the results to God.
Like Gregory Koukl writes in Tactics, "Jesus’ teaching made some people furious. Just make sure it’s your ideas that offend and not you, that your beliefs cause the dispute and not your behavior."