Friday, January 18, 2019

Reaching Out To Others By Just Being Present

Four R's for a Great New Year

R-2 Reach Out to Others

Matthew 5:13-16 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Presence Evangelism

Being Present in Our Society and Culture.
Disciples, Peter, James and John were fishermen.  Matthew a tax collector.  They didn't leave their social network of family, friends, and associates. They continued in these but now as witnesses of Jesus Christ.

Example of Matthew. 

Luke 5:27-29 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. And he left all, rose up, and followed him. And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.

Present in times of need. Acts 11:27-30

And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

There are needs all around us.
Widows, Single Parents, Divorce Recovery, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Hospital Visitation, Nursing Home. Meet these needs as Christians should and it will open the doors for being a witness.

Present in the Spiritual Battles for the Soul

Jesus gave us the Great Commission and the church at Antioch sent Paul, Barnabus, Silas and John Mark to be missionaries. We must understand and be read for the battles of the soul between truth and lies, salvation and damnation, God and Satan.

Example of Christ

Mark 2:13-17 And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them. And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

The Process of Evangelism
The stages of evangelism are like a funnel.
1st. Presence Evangelism: An Onlooker
2nd Proclamation Evangelism: A Hearer
3rd. Persuasion Evangelism: A Believer
4th. Progression Evangelism: A Learner
5th. Production Evangelism: A Discipler

Each step is more difficult for the person involved.  It calls for more sacrifice, more time, more effort. There will be fewer and few people at each step. 

Matthew 5:12-14 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Matthew 16:24-25 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Mark 8:34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

We must break down the barriers to people getting into the first step of the process of evangelism or there will be no one at the last step. If no one is a looker, then no one will become a discipler and ultimately our church will die.

Things for our church to remember about starting the process of evangelism.

The unchurched don't understand the things in the church

How do you sing songs written in verses? How do you find Habbakkuk?  What is a Habbakkuk? What is Sunday School? How do you pray? Is it something you memorize? How do you find things in the Bible?

The churched don't always accept the unchurched.

They don't dress properly. They wear earrings, nose rings, have tattoos or worse.  They use profanity, don't know how to act in church. They watch immoral movies, video. They listen to the wrong music. They make us uncomfortable in our own church.

Considerations for an evangelistic church.

If you came to this church for the first time in your life how would you feel? Did anyone say hello, or make your feel welcome?
Would you know where to park?  Where to go to class?  How to find anything in your Bible? Would you feel comfortable?  Would you come back?
Was the church interested in you as a new visitor or were they too wrapped up in their own relationships, events and traditions to notice you?  

What do we do about this problem?
We go, we overcome the social barriers, the cultural barriers the age barriers and we bring them to Christ.  Just like we've always done, its just gotten a little harder.

Matthew 28:18-20 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 alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
What actions will I take?       

We must break down the barriers by becoming involved in the lives of those around us.
What opportunities can I plan or create?  What talents do I have that could be put to use just to meet people?

Am I willing to volunteer in your community? Am I willing to coach a youth sports team? Am I willing to help at the school, hospital or city library? Am I willing to take a class at a junior college in order to meet people?

I must be willing to look at everything I do as an opportunity to tell others about Jesus Christ and His Church. I must commit to break down the barriers by the way I live my life.

Sharing the Gospel in Word and Deed

The Law of Seven Touches & Three Hearings

According to research, to get someone in church we must reach out and touch them seven times.  This same research shows that most people accept Christ as their savior after hearing the gospel three times.  If we can reach out and touch or friends, relatives and associates through an invitation, act of kindness, or simply telling the gospel when we have the opportunity, we will build a bond between us that will also make it easier for them to accept us, our other friends, our church and most importantly our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Four things you should know about Salvation.
1. On your own you are lost and going to Hell.
Read Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Isaiah 53:6a,

2. You can't save yourself.
Read Romans 3:20, Proverbs 14:12, Ephesians 3:8-9

3. Jesus came to save you.
Read Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Luke 19:10

4. Now you must act, repent, you must believe.
Read John 3:16, John 5:24, Luke 13:3, Romans 10:9-13

Find Heaven on Romans Road.
1st Stop, Sinners Station: Romans 3:23
2nd Stop, Payday Stop: Romans 6:23
3rd Stop, Offering a new destination, Romans 5:8
4th Stop, Saints Station: Romans 10:13

How to be Born Again.
Read John 3:1-16
         What did Jesus say was necessary before entering heaven?
         What is the first birth?  What is the second birth?
         What does the serpent in the wilderness have to do with Jesus?
         What is the action that must take place in order to be born again?

Seeding God's Love

Friend’s Name: ________________ Spouse: __________________
Birthday__________________ Anniversary __________________
Address ______________________________
City: ______________________________  Zip __________
Phone: ____________________
Children: ________________________________________
Hobby: ____________________  Job: ____________________
Notes: ___________________________________________________

Seven Touches (Seven is only an average it may take many more.)
I invited my friend to:
         Lunch or Dinner
         Teen Outing
         Class Fellowship
         Bible Club
         Outreach Sunday
         Sporting Event
         5th Sunday Meal
         Church Singing
         Birthday / Anniversary
         Ladies Meeting
         Special Service
         Go for a walk or ride
         Men's Breakfast
         Potluck Supper
         A talk over coffee cocoa
         Church Event

I offered to:
         give a ride until car is fixed.
         take some food over while they were sick.
         babysit the kids, pets or house.
         clean up the house for a sick mother.
         mow the law for a sick dad.
         help meet a financial need.

I sent a card or note:
         On Birthday
         As a Thank-you
         On Anniversary
         At a death in the family
         At Christmas
         At birth of baby.
         When person was emotional low.
         When person was sick

Three Hearings
         My Testimony
         Discipleship Class
         Roman's Road
         John 3 "Born Again"
         Audio or Video Tape
         Four Things You Must Know
         Home Bible Study

One Confession
My friend accepted Christ on this date: ____________________
My friend was baptized into the church. ____________________

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