“Do you know Jesus?”

Ways of evangelism as according to Jesus’ commandment

What we need to do and say when we witness for Jesus

 

(1). Keep focus on the most important thing

(John 14:6)Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  

(John 17:3) – And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

 

The most important message we need to talk and preach about is Jesus

Especially the death and resurrection of Jesus which testify to God’s guarantee of eternal life and salvation, and God’s victory over sin and death

People live in ignorance of “sin and death” not knowing the world we live in is subjected to judgement due to sin.

When we sin against God we deserve to be judged and die.

 

Our only way to be saved from judgement is through Jesus.

Because Jesus is our atonement for sin and death

 

Jesus is God’s salvation plan for us and we need to response to His call.

From the days of old, God have showed it through the prophets, even way back from Noah to Moses, that our God who is a God of justice, righteousness and truth, will execute judgement against sin.

But our God is also a God of love and mercy, in that He will provide a way for our redemption, which He already did through Jesus.

 

When there is no atonement there will be no forgiveness.

 

We can receive forgiveness because of Jesus sacrifice on the cross for us.

Jesus sacrifice was accepted because Jesus is the only sinless and perfect atonement approved and received by God.

This forgiveness and redemption is made available for anyone who will act in faith and obedient.

 

(Matthew 4:17) – From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

 

This is Jesus way of evangelism and we need to follow because to do otherwise is misleading.

We are called to response in repentance.

Repent from what?

 

Repent from our un-believe in the sovereignty of God and our accountability to answer to God.

Repent from our disagreement against the teachings of Jesus, the word of God.

Repent from our disobedience against the teachings of Jesus, the commandment of God.

 

We were never alone to live and to survive on our own!

We were created by God to serve Him and to worship God.

In our world today, people all over want to be independent. But end of the day we know, we are slave to ourselves, slave to the world economy, salve to the system of the world and eventually death awaits us.

But through Jesus Christ we can be born-again to be sons and daughters of God and not be slave anymore to sins and death.

 

(John 1:12-13) –  But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

 

 

(2). Avoid passing responsibility and other in-direct ways

If we look around us today, what are the most common methods people do in evangelism?

 

A).bring friends to evangelism crusade and get the preacher to preach? But do you know the friends you bring wants to know if you yourself actually agree or understand everything that’s preached?

 

B).bring friends to Christian fellowship in hope they feel comfortable and want to get involve and be Christian? How many just come and go? Again the friends you bring wants to know if you yourself fully understand and know what is going on in your faith and fellowship.

 

C).invite your pastor to preach to your friends? Again your friends have doubts “what do you think” and if you fully understand and agree what is being preached?

 

By all means we need evangelistic crusades, Christian fellowships that do evangelism, and pastors who will preach the Gospel faithfully. But a very important point a lot of churches are missing out on effective evangelism is this

 

Personal Witness and Faith …

The person who brings a friend to church and fellowship, if this person himself is not convinced of his own faith in Christ, then it will not be effective!

 

You can bring one person to church or bring a thousand, but are you yourself sure and convinced of what you are doing for Jesus?

We should and we need to.

 

Jesus is already resurrected from the dead.

In Christ we have the victory over sin and death.

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus!

 

When church members are mobilized to evangelism, we don’t just send people out to hand out fliers and bulletin. We are sending out “witness” of Jesus, amen.

We ourselves need to be sure and convinced of our faith in Christ, and when we talk to people, invite people to fellowship then people are sure and convinced of what they are being invited to.

And the best way of evangelism is to “GO” rather than “invite

 

(Matthew 28:18-20)

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

Jesus used the commandment “GO

Jesus sends forth workers into the harvest field.

The most effective ways of evangelism is to “GO” and testify to the people

 

Every Christian a minister

Every believer a witness

Every disciple a preacher

Every leader a trainer

 

 

(3). be wise steward of our monies, time and resources

We already know a lot of churches getting involved in big events and conferences.

Problem is these methods cost a lot of monies, time to organize and man-power resources.

This is something not every church can do!

This is something only few churches with deep pockets can do!

In facts and figures this may not be economical!

The monies spend on events can be better spent to train evangelist and church-planters, or people who will have direct impact on witnessing.

 

(Luke 10:2) – And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.

(Matthew 9:37) – Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;

 

For those of you who know this thing called “10-40 windows

You know there remains a lot more work to be done.

From the first time this “10-40 windows” was mentioned, the world population was not stagnant, but catching up to today 7.6 billion, and most of these are inside the “10-40 windows”.

What are we waiting for!

 

In-His-Service

David Z

 

not ashamed of the Gospel

(2 Timothy 1:15)

You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me …

 

For us today looking back at history, we know Paul was a remarkable apostle, an effective servant of God, a wise master-builder in church-planting

Paul was instrumental in bringing the Gospel to Asia and Europe under guidance of the Holy Spirit, and being appointed and authorized by Jesus.

But in reality Paul was abandoned, deserted by most people towards the end of his ministry life, and only few faithful men of God stood with him and continued his ministry, and the preaching of the Gospel.

 

Now keeping our focus on the Gospel, why was Paul abandoned, deserted?

 

If we know God is good, and Jesus love us so much to die for us to redeem us, why would people abandon Paul who was full-time preaching the Gospel?

I want to discuss three main reasons, which we today are faced with the same situation, and we who are called to preach the Gospel to be prepared to suffer the same consequences.

 

(1). the most important message of the cross is also the most offensive for people

 

The central theme of the Bible is about God’s salvation plan for mankind.

Salvation from what? And why do we need to be saved?

 

Judgement of God …

 

Now wait a minute, did we not believe God is good? Yes

If God is good why do we need to face judgement?

The kingdom of God contains the righteousness, truth, and justice of God.

Sin is lawlessness, sin is against God, sin is disobedience against God, sin is disagreement against God, sin acted in rebellion against God, and therefore God cannot allow sin inside His kingdom.

Adam and Eve were judged by God because of their acts of sin.

We will be judged of God because of sin and lawlessness committed against God.

 

There will be no forgiveness if there is no atonement!

 

God showed it to us from the Old Testament, the necessity of atonement for sins.

In the record of the Gospel, Jesus is the Lamb of God who will take away our sins.

 

Jesus is our atonement for sin.

 

Jesus died on the cross not just to pardon our sin, but to bring us into the kingdom of God. Means to say, we must walk away from sin that caused Jesus to die on the cross for us!

The complete message of the cross includes forgiveness and repentance

 

(Matthew 4:17)

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

 

If Jesus preached repentance, let no men no women change that message!

To give people reasons not to repent is to give people excuses not to enter the kingdom of God!

In the days of Paul, there were many who wanted forgiveness but don’t want to repent.

That’s not fair for Jesus!

Jesus went through all the pain and bloodshed because of our sin.

Jesus redeems us from sin and death so that we don’t walk in sin again.

Today we are faced with the same situation. More and more churches have abandon preaching against sin. And this absence of teaching and preaching against sin is not due to ignorance but a deliberate scheme to remove men’s requirement to repent.

 

Paul was abandoned as people begin to reject preaching against sin.

We are saved by grace through faith, not grace alone.

Faith has everything to do with living in obedience to God and His commandments taught and preached through Jesus and His Apostles.

 

(2) People’s expectation and desire to interpret the will of God based on material blessing

 

Long story short, in our days there are issues with “Prosperity Gospel”, and back in the days of Paul they had the same issues with material wealth as well.

There was something about Paul that is not appealing to the masses

 

(1 Corinthians 4:10-13)

We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.

 

Paul was not telling stories, not joking, neither saying things to gain sympathy.

 

Paul was actually homeless!

 

If we got a time machine and travel back in time to meet Paul at the time he wrote this message, Paul would have looked like any one of those homeless sleeping on the bench out in the park.

While Paul had friends who provided accommodation during his missionary journey, we should know Paul spent a lot of his time in Roman prison for the sake of preaching the Gospel.

The image of Paul is the complete opposite of today’s prosperity gospel preachers.

Who wants to stick around with Paul?

Only those who can embrace the suffering of Christ for the sake of the Gospel, for repentance, for renewal, for transformation, and to live in faith and obedience for the kingdom of God, and to preach the same message through their life.

 

(3) World influence of meritocracy

 

The world could not have enough of it and more and more churches are playing catch up.

In one of my previous message I shared about excessiveness of expectations for academic credits and paper credentials that are hindering Gospel outreach.

Adding on to such human demands and expectations, more and more churches today earnestly aspire their leaders to “show off” their credentials and merits better than non-Christians.

For what?

Among the most foolish reason I have encountered – “Because our God is good we must show to these non-believer our God take care of us better, then we can be good testimony to win them to Jesus”

Such methods of evangelism, theology and doctrine are foolish and not based on the will of God!  How could any church leaders teach such things to the congregation?

 

(Colossians 3:1-2) –  If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

 

Jesus died for us to get to heaven, not to establish an organizational branding here on earth!

Christ was crucified for us that we may be born-again to be sons and daughters of God, and that we may enter the kingdom of God, and that we may enjoy eternal life with Jesus.

 

 (John 14:6)

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

(John 15:4)

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.

(1 Corinthians 3:11)

For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

 

The way to win people to Christ is the way of Jesus!

The only way to eternal life is through Jesus.

 

The most accurate doctrine of evangelism is to preach the cross of Jesus.

 

It is very foolish to use material wealth, sugar-coated messages of unconditional blessing, and public show of meritocracy to win people to Christ. This is not what Jesus called us to be witness.

 

We are called to witness and testify of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

We are called to be living testimony of the complete message of the cross of Jesus.

 

Paul was abandoned, deserted because he preached the full council of God, the complete message of the cross of Jesus.

In our days there will be people who will abandon and disassociate with you if you follow the ways of the cross of Jesus, and preach like Paul.

 

(2 Timothy 4: 10-18)

For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry. Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message. At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

Only those not ashamed of the Gospel will embrace the cross of Jesus

 

In-His-Service

David Z