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.