Week 3 Prepare My Heart for Effective Evangelism

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Prepare My Heart for Effective Evangelism

But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them?” (Romans 10:14, NLT2)

When you first accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, did you not want to tell the world about your Savior? To proclaim God’s amazing grace that was poured out upon you.  To let people, know that God has wiped away all your sins through the atoning blood of Jesus who was crucified upon the cross?  That you now can overcome death and have that hope of everlasting life, proven by your Lord’s resurrection?

So, what has changed?  Are you ready to renew your spirit in evangelism, and to go into the world outside of the four walls of your home, outside the four walls of your church?  Are you ready to see God’s kingdom grow?  Are you ready to see your family, your friends, your neighbors, the stranger on the street come to the Lord?  For all of them to feel God’s grace, His protection and to know of His promise of everlasting life through the redemptive blood of Jesus.

The next six days of devotion, scripture and prayer is the beginning of the renewal of an evangelistic heart.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I come humbly before your throne asking for help.  Father give me the ability to share the gospel with my family, friends, and community. Grant me strength and courage to do so for your glory. Lord enlighten my spirit, that Your light may be seen by all.  Put someone in my path who is ready to hear the good news.  Lead me down the pathway of evangelism in bringing the gospel truth to those who have an ear to hear of this blessed eternal hope.

 

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Prepare My Heart for Effective Evangelism

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-7, KJV)

Evangelism did not get its roots in the New Testament, but in the Old Testament.  The knowledge of the one true God was and is to be preached to all nations.  We can use examples of the Old Testament to give us a base line of how to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.  

We must have ears to hear.  Like the Jews, are to hear and teach the word of the Lord.  In Deuteronomy 6: 4-9 we have the “Shema”.  This means to “hear” in English.  These verses tell us to “Hear” and “Obey”. This scripture was and is still today used as part of the morning and evening prayers of the devout Jew. 

When we bring this scripture to the light of the gospel message and the New Testament, we read the words of Jesus himself and His disciples regarding the command of hearing and doing.  James, the brother of Jesus, in his epistle wrote that we are to be doers not just hearers: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” (James 1:22, KJV)

Jesus commanded us to go saying, “… ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, KJV)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, grant me the ability to hear and discern your word and the strength to do your word. Give me Your confidence and courage; guide my mouth to speak only with grace, truth and clarity.    God, I pray for that fervent spirit and that on fire passion for spreading the gospel, and that I may be as compassionate as you are for the lost.

Who around me needs to hear the good news that there is salvation through faith in Jesus?

 

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 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”  (Mark 16:15, KJV)

We were told to hear and obey. That obedience in evangelism is about spreading the gospel, the Good News.  Our role is to be His voice calling out to the lost.  He does everything else.  Remember that.

Recently, my wife and I decided to take what is called a Train-Cation from Poplar Bluff  to Los Angeles and back.   Our purpose was to relax and enjoy God’s creation.  As our church family prayed for our safe travels, they also asked the Lord to place those in our paths that we may witness to, telling them of our Lord and Saviour.  Every day, multiple times a day the Lord placed someone in our path, to pray with, to share the gospel with, to give testimony to, witnessing for our Lord.

It is for us to plant a seed, or just water seeds that have been previously planted.  It is Lord who gives the harvest, it is God who will give the increase.  God has this!

The late Reverend Hershel Hobbs is quoted in saying: “A farmer does not wrest the plant from the seed. He sows the seed and leaves the result to God. If God's people are faithful in sowing the seed, God will be faithful in giving the harvest.”

Prayer:  Lord God, I come to you in humble adoration, Lord, knowing you are in control and I know “you have this”.  I am asking to be an active part in your glorious plan.  I pray that you will place someone in my path each and every day who needs to hear the gospel message so that I may be a witness unto my Lord and Saviour.  Season my speech with salt, prepare me with your word so that I may glorify you by bringing the gospel message to those persons whom you have placed along my path.  Thank you, Father, for your saving grace.

 

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 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 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 always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20, KJV)

As we sit in our pews on a Sunday morning, we hear the preacher speak of a glorious place that we can all have a part of.  He preaches of that place where there is no more sickness, no more sorrow, no more pain.  The saints burst out loud with an AMEN!  Everyone that morning is telling the Preacher as they were leaving how great the morning message was.  Yes, the preacher spoke God’s pure holy word, and he put a lot of excitement into the sermon but come the next Sunday the reaction of the congregation was a little different. 

The same congregation, the same preacher, but a different message.

The preacher speaks and introduces the message.  He relates the last sermon about eternal life to his new message.  He asks his congregation this question: “How many of you want to see someone in your family, or a close friend end up in hell??” There was silence, no “Amens” from the saints.  As he continues his sermon the preacher then asks “So, you do realize that each one of you that have come to accept Jesus Christ is now commissioned in the Army? God’s Army that is!” More Silence.

Jesus gave a command to all of his disciples.  We all have been commissioned to do as he instructed his disciples.  None of us have immunity or are exempt from this command.  We are all accountable.

Jesus commands us to reach those around us – friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc.  There are no excuses for not sharing His message.  He commanded it – therefore, we should do it.

Prayer: Father, Thank you for your Son, your love, and grace.  Help me see others as Jesus does.  Guide me and direct me so that I may lead them to Jesus.  Father, use me as a model to others in our church.   May your kingdom be filled with a great increase of souls.

 

 

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 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, KJV)

Where are the places, that we should bear witness to the gospel?

John the Baptist bore witness near the wilderness from the river Jordan. (John 1:29)  Peter bore witness in the city of Jerusalem on the Day of the Pentecost.  (Acts 2:21-24)  Paul bore witness immediately after his conversion and through-out the Mediterranean during his missionary trips. (Acts 26:15-18)  Paul as well had companions with him, and often found himself in homes where he began to teach.

Jesus sent out disciples to minister in pairs of two. “After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:1-2, KJV)

In Acts 1:8 we see the places of Jerusalem, Judaea, Samaria, and uttermost parts of the earth.  Metaphorically what do these locations represent?  Your home and community are your Jerusalem.  Your county becomes your Judaea, while your state is your Samaria. And everyplace else beyond that is your remotest parts.  God does not hold us responsible for opportunities we do not have, but He will hold us responsible for opportunities we do have and fail to take.

Prayer:  Father, guide me in the ways of your word.  Open my eyes to see all the opportunities to give witness to your amazing saving grace.  Lord, strengthen me to go out into the world. Give me courage to face my fears, give me comfort as I move out of my comfort zone.  Thank you, Lord, for allowing this lowly soul to serve you in kingdom building. 

 

Make a list of 4 people you should ask about their belief in God and their understanding of who Jesus is.

 

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“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” (Isaiah 52:7, KJV)

Have you ever been prompted to do something at the spur of a moment and actually did it?  Impulsive behavior is natural.   What if - just supposing, you on a spur of the moment decided to go out, on a whim, into the world and tell the good news, spreading the gospel message.  How would the world respond?  Some may say you are crazy, or what a waste of time and money, while others maybe even say “How cool is that!”  The early disciples in the first century experienced this as well. Maybe that is why they were called a peculiar people.

Sin abounds around us and in us. Paul said in Romans 5:20 “Where sin abounds, Grace abounds even more”.  This grace, God’s grace is what we want to tell the world about.  It is the grace that saves through faith in Christ Jesus.  “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9, KJV)

God is always at work around us to help people understand His grace. And He uses us to share His truth about that grace.  “…How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15, KJV).

Our obligation is to share the gospel, and when we do God moves. “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. (Acts 5:42 KJV)

Prayer:   Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me and saving me.  I am ready for you to send me where you need me.  Help me set aside my earthly things and worldly ways.  Equip me with the word that I need in order to minister grace unto those whom you have placed before me.  Bless me with patience; grant me courage to run the race, and to walk in the light of your grace. 

 

Who shared the gospel with me and helped me believe in Jesus?

 

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“But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.” (Acts 16:28-33, KJV)

Evangelism is the first step in church growth, and is not a difficult process.  When we have the passion and compassion of Christ, our desire will be that everyone experience eternal life rather than eternal separation from God. 

Prayer and Bible study help us to know God better and produce a solid foundation within our hearts for the work of evangelism.  These necessary activities lead us toward Christ-like compassion for the lost and obedience to God’s commands.  They lead us to being filled with, as well as living and walking by the Holy Spirit.  Only then will you be ready to step out in evangelism.  Because it is then, that the Spirit will use us to win the lost to faith in Jesus.  “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25, KJV)

Being obedient to the Spirit, we are guided to those God is calling to faith.  Being obedient to the Spirit, we have the courage to be His voice.  Being obedient to the Spirit, we speak and we rely on the Spirit to convict that person of the truth of the gospel and the need they have to come to Christ in faith.  “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Deuteronomy 31:6, KJV) 

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, You have told me to go unto all the earth to share the gospel. Grant me the knowledge of your word, with courage, compassion, and Christ-like passion through the Holy Spirit to do your will.  Cleanse and prepare me, that I may effectively give witness to your saving grace and be used by you to build Your kingdom.

 

Who has God used me to share the gospel with and help come to faith in Jesus?

 

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