Summary: a MESSAGE OR LESSON ON GETTING THE GOSPEL OUT TO THE LOST
Spreading the Good News Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Psalms 126:6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
What do these verses have in common with each other? Every one of these verses we have just read. They all speak about winning folks to Jesus.
It is our job as Christians to tell the Love story of Jesus. It would do us good to obey the Word of God.
Every believer has the privilege & responsibility of sharing the gospel.
For many of us, the process is overwhelming, discouraging, & even frightening at times. In this study, you’ll learn how to become a more effective witness for Christ.
Before we begin, evaluate your attitudes.
What motivates you to share your faith?
1.What hinders you?
Now, let’s look at five principles of evangelism.
A. Choose to fear God rather than man.
Many people don’t share their faith due to concern about what others will think. The best way to conquer this fear is to replace it with a reverential awe for God.
What did the disciples do when they were told not to preach any longer in the name of Jesus Acts 5:17 -42 Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. Acts 5:41-42 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
What does Peter suggest believers do instead of being afraid In 1 Peter 3:13-16 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
Why does he say to “always be prepared”?
What attitude does Peter say Christians should have when sharing the gospel?
2.Remember Whom you serve.
Meditate on the fact that Jesus possesses all authority in heaven & on earth Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. How does that change your perspective.
Especially with regard to sharing the gospel?
According to the passage above. What does “making disciples” include?
A.Commit the process of evangelism to prayer.
Ask God to give you a genuine love for unbelievers. The opportunities to share, & give you fruit from your efforts.
According to 1 Peter 1:12, who empowers people to preach the gospel?
Why shouldn’t believers worry about knowing exactly what to say 1 Peter 1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. 1 Thessalonians 1:4-6 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: Ephesians 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,