Lesson One: Overview

Body: 

    Lesson #1: Overview     

Expectations:

  1. Acknowledge the call for evangelism.

  2. Acknowledge the gift of evangelism.

  3. Survey the techniques of evangelism.

  • What techniques of evangelism fits you best?

 

Defining Evangelism

 

  • Webster’s II New Riverside University Dictionary defines evangelism as “zealous preaching and dissemination of the gospel, as through missionary work. Militant zeal for a cause.”

 

  • Dr. Elmer Towns defines evangelism as “communicating the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit to unconverted persons at their point of need with the intent of effecting conversions to bring them to repent of their sin.

 

  • What is your definition of evangelism? Provide scripture references to support your definition.

    

 

Why We Evangelize

 

  • Proverbs 11:30, it is wise for a Christian to bear fruit by winning souls.

 

  • Matthew 28: 18-20, the Great Commission given by Jesus Christ is a command that Christian should obey.

 

  • Isaiah 6:8, God has designated Christians to go tell the world about Jesus Christ.

 

  • John 3:16, Christians are motivated to evangelize because they love people.

    

Types of Evangelism

 

  • C. Peter Wagner classified evangelism in three ways:

    • Presence Evangelism – Emphasize the social implications of Christianity independent of any attempt to identify Christian theological distinctives or suggest the superiority of a Christian worldview.

    • Proclamation Evangelism – Proclamation of the Gospel which leaves men free to make their own decisions about it.

    • Persuasion Evangelism – Presentation of the Good News of God in Jesus Christ, so that men are brought, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to put their trust in God; accept Jesus Christ as their Savior from the guilt and power of sin; to follow and serve him as their Lord in the fellowship of the church and in the vocations of the common life.

 

  • Lifestyle Evangelism – Christians sharing their faith with lost people by witnessing what they have heard, seen and experienced. Live as a good testimony so that he or she an attractive advertisement to motivate lost people to want to have the same kind of life. (Romans 12)

 

  • Church Evangelism – As one of the functions (evangelism, edification, fellowship, and service) of the Church, evangelism occurs internally and externally. The Church must reach those within the building that are not truly believers committed to the lordship of Christ. (Acts 1:8)

 

  • Event Evangelism – Associate believers feature a gifted evangelist to conduct a series of meetings or crusade, or feature a film, festival or media event.

 

  • Confrontational Evangelism – This is a personal presentation to an individual that confronts them with their spiritual condition and calling them to repentance from sin and faith toward God.

 

  • Missions Evangelism – This is the exercise of care ministries that endeavor to help, heal, or enable people in the community.

 

Closing thought: Every Church needs people who know how to evangelize others. Many don’t see friends and family come to Christ because they do not know how to witness. Discerning the difference between the truth and what is true can make the difference between a non-believer accepting Christ or not. If we learn to evangelize well, we will see more people come to Christ. Thank God for the opportunity to get better at winning souls.