Presenting Christ With Confidence - Witnessing Today With Conviction

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Sunday, 04 October 2009
48:10:00

Because there is a radical change in our world today, it has become more difficult to do evangelism. Consequently what is needed is a new way for us to think about evangelism to reach out to this current generation. By engaging others in pre-evangelism this may create more opportunities for us to engage in direct evangelism. Yet at the same time there are barriers to being more proactive in our evangelism. In understanding these two issues we could be like the men of Issachar who understood the times in which they lived (1 Chron. 12:32) and knew what they should do.

 

Intro:

“I am convinced that our problems in Evangelism are not one of methodology but one of maturity.”

 

I. The Need For Expanding Our Evangelism Paradigm (1 Cor. 3:6; 2 Tim. 4:3-4)

If evangelism is planting seeds of the Gospel, pre-evangelism is tilling the soil of their mind and heart, preparing them to at
least be willing to listen to the Truth (Mark 4:8).

- It is more difficult for some to see the need for a Savior!

 

II. Being Effective In Pre-Evangelism Means… (1 Chron. 12:32)

A. clarifying what we commonly mean by evangelism. Remember that evangelism is a __________________ (1 Corinthians 3:6).

B. allowing others to _________________ the truth for themselves through the use of probing questions. (2 Tim. 4:3-4).

 

III. Potential Barriers To Being A More Effective Witness

A. We aren’t totally convinced of the ______________ of Christianity! (Jn. 8:32)

B. We don’t realize the __________________ to which we have been forgiven! (Luke 7:47)

C. We forget the _______________ of the task (Matthew 5:30).

 

Conclusion: A personal story…

 

 

Questions for reflection:

1. Ask yourself: Who do I know that I’ve had difficulty to witness to in the past using traditional approaches to evangelism? What could I do differently based on what I heard today about Jesus’ approach?

2. Reflect upon what might be the biggest factor that keeps you from developing a greater passion for the lost around you. Ask God to show you what you need to do to see non-believers more the way He sees them. Ask yourself, what steps do I need to take to make this happen?

3. Ask yourself: What kind of questions might be helpful for me to ask my non-Christian friends (if the timing is right) to create greater interest in hearing more about Jesus?

4. (Fill in the blank) If I truly believed that engaging my non-Christian friends pre-evangelistically could play a role in changing their lives for eternity, then every day I would ______________________________________________.