taking time this Summer to review & revisit some of the “fundamentals” that
need in order to grow up “in all aspects into Him Who is the Head, even
Christ” (Eph. 4:15)!
week we began reviewing every Christian’s favorite spiritual activity – evangelism.
indicated by my snark earlier, the word “evangelism” usually evokes a reaction in
Christians similar to the reaction vampires (at least the ones back in the day!)
have to garlic, the sun or a cross…!
really unfortunate because evangelism isn’t just a lot of fun…
actually GOOD NEWS!
mentioned last week that the word from which we get the English word “evangel”
or “evangelism was originally used to “herald” or announce the news of a ruler’s victory
in war, a birth of a king, the ENTHRONEMENT of a king… You get the
consider how that relates to OUR announcement about the GOOD NEWS of
· Jesus is THE King born
to be the Light of the world; the One Who takes away the SIN OF the world!
· Jesus IS THE King Who has defeated
death, hell & the grave!
· He is THE King Who is enthroned
at the right hand of God-the-Father to rule and reign in justice, righteousness
and LOVE – and to reign and rule in a NEW world…!!!
task of evangelism is therefore best understood
as the proclamation that Jesus is
already Lord, that in him God’s new creation has broken into history, and that
all people are therefore summoned to submit to him in love, worship and
logic of this message requires that those who announce it should be seeking to
bring Christ’s Lordship to bear on every area of human and worldly
(NT Wright, Commentary
is there any better news than this?!!
week we looked at quite a bit of Acts 1 & 2…
few things stood out, which I’m just going to list without much comment:
· The first thing that is
obvious: evangelism (let’s call it “good
newsing”) is completely a Spirit-inspired activity… (1:8)
· This Spirit-inspired
evangelism took place in a unique way (vv. 2-16, especially 5-6 & 11-12)…
· Ordinary people were
empowered to do some amazingly EXTRAordinary things – things they
probably would never have been able to
do ordinarily (Peter preaching his incredible sermon; vv. 22-36)
· The response was Spirit-inspired
conviction (v. 37)
· The spiritual gift of PASTOR
is released to Peter (vv. 38-40)
· The result was discipleship
– evidence that a true change had occurred; a Spirit-empowered change (42-47)
So how do we “DO” evangelism?
What strategies or tools do we use?
There are lots out there: EE, Roman Road, 4
Spiritual Laws, tracts, rallies, crusades, “revivals”…
And, maybe even more problematic for Christians
“Do I KNOW enough? What if somebody asks me a
question I can’t answer?!!?”
Believe me, I feel ya…!
And we WILL talk about that – just not
Today I want to talk about the evangelism
program we use here at the Vineyard.
I’m trained in the Southern Baptist model of EE
– it’s (how shall I put this delicately) VERY, VERY similar to what D. James
But that’s not what we do!
We don’t use the Roman Road, 4 Spiritual Laws
or anything like that (not knocking them)…
We want EVERYTHING we do to be initiatedand inspired and ESPECIALLY EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT!!
We call it “being naturally supernatural…
So we have to have an ear tuned into God’s
frequency. The good news YOU & I ALREADY DO – (“My sheep hear My voice…”
There is a bit of a learning curve on hearing
the Shepherd’s voice (full disclosure – everyone of us is still learning…), but
it’s something God desires to see developed in us, so it’s something He makes easy FOR
us by accommodating Himself TO us!!
(I’m going to have to quit in a moment, but let
me explain what I mean by that… [learning styles])
I’ll develop this more next week.