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How Do We Evangelize?

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Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 13 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 12, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Are Afraid of Persecution".

Romans 10:13-15(NKJV) - For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

For the past few weeks, we have answered the questions of why do we evangelize and why don’t we evangelize? So far, I hope that this blog series has shed some light on the Do’s and Dont's of evangelism in light of the scriptures. If you need a review or to get caught up, you can access the first twelve articles in this Evangelism series using the link at the beginning of today's blog.

Mark 16:14 (NIV) - “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Jesus has given us the mandate to “Go”. Hence, each of us is called to fulfill “The Great Commission”. In response, has your heart said YES but your mind asked HOW? If so, this blog is for you!

As previously established, there are many opinions and motives for why Christians choose to evangelize. As well as, the many excuses or obstacles preventing Christians from evangelizing. As we move forward in our series of exploring the Dos, Don’ts, How’s and When’s of evangelism, we will now discuss; How do we evangelize?

Perhaps you feel you would evangelize more if you simply knew what to do. Over the next few weeks we will spend time reviewing a few practical keys on how to evangelize. I have identified seven keys that may help us to more effectively share our faith. Let’s prayerfully review these seven keys for evangelizing, in light of the scriptures.

These keys include:

1. Pray: Be led by the Holy Spirit

2. Live Holy: Let your lifestyle testify of Jesus

3. Be Concise: Know the Gospel & keep it simple

4. Sola Scriptura: Stick to the Word of God

5. Be Relevant: Connect with people where they are

6. Be Personal: Share YOUR testimony

7. Stay Focused: Avoid theological debates.

Get ready! I know God will speak to us and give us wisdom along this journey. Tomorrow, we will discuss our first principle of evangelism; "Pray: Be led by the Holy Spirit."

James 1:5 (NIV) - “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

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The Story of The Body Church: Part Two

Date - Sunday, September 27th, 2015

The Body Church,

3015 Rainbow Dr,

Suite #142,

Building #3009,

Decatur, GA 30034

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer

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The Story of The Body Church: Part One

Date - Sunday, September 20th, 2015

The Body Church,

3015 Rainbow Dr,

Suite #142,

Building #3009,

Decatur, GA 30034

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer

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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Forget That Jesus Is Coming Soon

Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Forget That Jesus Is Coming Soon

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 11 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 10, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don't Think It's Our Responsibility".

The seventh reason we do don’t evangelize is that we forget that Jesus is coming soon.

Our daily lives are filled with “busyness”. There always seems to be so much to do and very little time to do it. We often put our daily routines in place, void of the remotest intention of altering them. We try to balance so many balls in the air that we could set an Guinness world record! Our time is fully committed to completing these tasks while also fulfilling our “Text/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram” responsibilities.

Our plans are unshakable, except for a moment of pseudo-silence for a “quick” prayer for God to bless them. Then we go to sleep and awake to do it all again the next day! Hummm…is this your life? Somehow in the busyness, the truth that Jesus is coming soon gets lost in our shuffle. We forget our first love and our fire to evangelize is reduced to ash.

Revelation 2:4 (NASB) – “But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”

What if you knew a storm was coming. Would you warn your family members? If you knew a major earthquake was about to split your region, would you warn your friends? If you knew a hurricane was stirring just miles offshore would you warn every pedestrian that crossed your path? Would you be too busy to use your mouth to save a life?

My sense is that most of us would probably speak up about the coming disaster. Not only that, we would try and make every effort to prepare ourselves and those around us. Do you have the same urgency to evangelize to your family, friends, peers, co-workers, and others who cross your path about the return of Jesus? Consider this; the return of Jesus is cause for celebration for those who have accepted Him into their lives but total disaster for those who have not.

Matthew 24:21 (NLT) – “For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began. And it will never be so great again.”

When you look around at our world today, can you see Matthew 24 unfolding? If so, then it is time that we shift our priorities and return to sounding the trumpet about our coming King!

Matthew 24:37-39 (NKJV) - “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

Hebrews 12:25-27 (ESV) - “See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.”

We all have daily responsibilities that we must properly balance. These responsibilities may not necessarily be bad ones; we just have to be careful that we do not allow them to consume our lives. Let’s not be like the unfaithful servant or the foolish virgins who clearly were unprepared for the Lord’s return.

Also, let’s evangelize and help others prepare as well. Jesus is coming back, just like He promised. His delayed return is not a canceled return. He ALWAYS keeps His promises. Whether you are pre-, mid-, or post-tribulation in your view of The Resurrection and return of Jesus, the material point is that Jesus IS coming back and we all need to prepare.

Matthew 24:45-51 (NLT) – “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. But what if the servant is evil and thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Matthew 25:3-13 (NKJV) – “Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.” “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

If we do not tell others about Christ, how will they know? Do not forget that the Lord is coming and there is much evangelism yet to be done. Today, let’s review our plans and make Jesus the priority of our hearts. Then share the good news of Jesus. Tell someone about Him so that they too can be ready.

Romans 10:14 (NLT) – “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”

Proverbs 19:21 (NIV) –“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it’s the Lord’s purpose that will prevail.”

Revelation 22:12 (NASB) – “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.”

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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Do Not Love Others As Ourselves

Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Do Not Love Others As Ourselves

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 9 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 8, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don’t Love the Word".

The fifth reason why we do not evangelize is because we do not love others as ourselves.

How do you see yourself? Proverbs 23:7 reminds us that as we think in our heart, so are we. If you were a stranger on the street, would you want to be your friend? Take a moment to seriously ponder this question. You know your character, morals and your past. As a result, you know the kind of friend you would be to others. Do you truly love or hate yourself? The Lord commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves. If you do not love yourself, then you will not love others. Why? Because you cannot give away what you do not already possess.

Matthew 22:39 (NIV) - “And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.”

If you had a physical need, would you want someone to try to meet it? Is not the need for salvation the greatest need of every human heart?

Matthew 25:35-36 (NLT) - “For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.”

1 John 4:7-12(NLT) – “Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”

Jude 1:21-23 (KJV) – “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”

As I stated in my previous article; Why Do We Evangelize: To Help Set Other Free, I believe the most loving thing that you could do for someone is tell them the truth so they can experience freedom. If you did not know the saving love of Jesus Christ, wouldn’t you want someone to tell you about Him?

Love tells us the truth and the truth sets us free! I am glad that someone loved me enough to tell me about Jesus so that I can love others in the same manner. When I reflect on the wonderful benefits the Lord has bestowed on my life, I cannot help but tell others about Him. What about you?

Psalm 103:2-5 (NASB) – “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”

Don't forget what The Lord has done. Today, show someone that you love them by telling them The Gospel!

Tomorrow, we will dicuss the sixth reason we do not evangelize; we don’t feel it is our responsibility.

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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don’t Love the Word

Love The Word

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 8 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 7, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Are Afraid of Difficult Questions".

A fourth reason why we don’t evangelize is we don’t love the Word. Jesus is the Word. If we really love Him, we will evangelize. When we neglect the practice of telling others the Gospel, we are demonstrating that we do not love Him. What? Wait, before you take offense to this notion, let’s look at what the scripture says concerning Jesus being the Word.

John 1:1-3 (NIV) – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”

John 1:14 (NASB) – “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

1 John 5:7 (NKJV) – “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.”

Now, that we have settled the fact that Jesus is the incarnate Word of God, let’s move on to the issue of not loving “The Word”. Love is an action word. Jesus demonstrated His great love for us by dying on the cross for our sins even while we were yet sinners. Also, we know that God’s love for the world compelled Him to give His only son, Jesus as the sacrifice for our sin. Jesus Himself says that when we keep His commands, we demonstrate our love for Him. These commandments include telling others the Gospel, also known as carrying out The Great Commission. You can read more about this command in our second article of this series entitled; "Why Do We Evangelize - It's A Commandment".

Romans 5:8 (NIV) – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

John 3:16 (NKJV) – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

John 14:15 (ESV) – “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

If we love The Word, we will do what He says. If we do not love the Word, we will NOT do what He says. Any questions? The bottom line is, we cannot give to charity, feed the poor, or help rescue kittens from trees in lieu of obeying the commandments of God. He wants our obedience to His Word more than our sacrifices. Our obedience to The Word is a demonstration of our sincere love for Him.

1 Samuel 15:22 (NASB) – “Samuel said, "Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.”

Acts 1:8 (NLT) – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere--in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

The Holy Spirit is our helper and He empowers us to live lives in total obedience to the Word. Not only does the Holy Spirit empower us to uphold the much quoted “Ten Commandments” (Exodus 20:3-17) and “The Greatest Commandment” (Matthew 22:36-40). He also empowers us to uphold Jesus’ commandment to evangelize (Matt 16:15).

Mark 16:15-20 (NLT) – “And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.” When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.”

Search your heart today and ask yourself; "Do I really love the Word?" Am I carrying out Jesus’ commandment to evangelize? If not, pray, and ask the Holy Spirit to give you boldness so that you can tell people everywhere about Jesus!

Get ready! Tomorrow, we will discuss the fifth reason why we don’t evangelize; “We don’t love others as ourselves.”

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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Are Afraid of Difficult Questions

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Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 7 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 6, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Are Afraid of Rejection".

A third reason why we do not evangelize is that we are afraid of difficult questions. We do not want to get asked a question that we do not have an answer for. No one likes to be the person with the wrong answer. We all want to be right sometimes, if not all the time. We ascribe to the belief that it is not wise to speak as an expert on a topic if we are not qualified to do so. For example, you would not speak about "rocket science" if you were not a "rocket scientist". Unfortunately, we often apply this same belief to sharing The Gospel. 🙂 Hummm...Why is this? As Christians who have personally experienced the love of Christ through His saving grace, are we not qualified to share our faith with those around us?

Perhaps we avoid evangelizing so we are not seen as people who do not have answers for every question that is presented to us. Could this be pride? If the questions were, "How many of each type of animal were allowed in Noah’s Ark?";"Who deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden?" we would boldly proclaim "two" and "The serpent." However, we fear the possibility of being asked more complex questions such as “Were there dinosaurs in Noah’s Ark?”; “What specific type of fruit did Adam and Eve eat from the tree?” These are good questions. So, to avoid feeling embarrassed or engaging in controversial discussions, we eliminate our practice of evangelizing all together.

The reality is, sometimes questions related to obscure details about the Bible can make us feel uncomfortable if we do not readily know the answers. As uncomfortable as these situations may seem, do not allow them to deter you from your mandate to share The Gospel. When evangelizing, your posture should be to stick to The Gospel and rely on the Holy Spirit to give you the words to say. Remember, its all about Jesus! Do not allow difficult questions to distracted you from discussing mankind's struggle with sin and the redeeming power of the blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross for us.

1 Corinthians 2:2 (NIV) – “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified”

1 Corinthians 2:4 (NLT) – "And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of The Holy Spirit."

Titus 3:9 (NLT) – “Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigrees or in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws. These things are useless and a waste of time.”

To reiterate, yes, there is a real possibility that you may be asked questions you do not have answers for. It is very important, however, to know how to respond in these situations. Do not try to argue; it's okay to say “I don’t know.” We will discuss the topic of responding in depth in the “How do we evangelize?” segment of this blog series.

The fear that we may not be able to provide adequate responses to difficult questions, can cause us to feel it is safer to avoid conversations about the Bible all together. Unfortunately, if this is our resolve, then conversations which constitute evangelizing would have to be eliminated. "May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?" (Romans 6:2, NASB) We have been set free from the spirit of fear and no longer should walk in it.We are reminded in 2 Timothy 1:7 that the spirit of fear is not from God, but from the enemy.

Therefore, do not let the spirit of fear stop you from evangelizing. Instead, study the word of God, know The Gospel, be ready to share your personal testimony, and rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance. He will give you wisdom, reveal mysteries from the Bible to you, and tell you exactly what He wants you to say at the right time!

Today, let's pray and repent of any fear, then ask the Holy Spirit to guide us as we evangelize. Let's make a fresh commitment to God that we will no longer allow the fear of difficult questions prevent us from sharing The Good News!

Ephesians 1:17 (NIV) – “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”

Luke 12:11-12 (NKJV) – “Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

Tomorrow, we will discuss a fourth reason whey we do not evangelize. Get ready!

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Ask Donnell: Are Children Assets or Liabilities To Their Parents?

Family in Hands

We received the following question;

"My father says to us that we (his children) were liabilities while growing up and now that we are older we are assets to them (parents). I was looking in the Bible to match it up with what my dad said but all I found was children obey your parents and honour your mother and father. I would like to know if children are liabilities or assets to parents."

This is a very interesting question. An asset is something that adds value and a liability is something that costs. Before we get into the scriptures let me tell you the first and easiest thing that comes to mind. From the perspective of the Government, before children reach a certain age, are mature enough to live on their own and/or can pay their own bills they can be claimed as dependents on their parent's taxes. What does it mean to be a dependent? It means someone else is responsible for taking care of you.

Naturally, when babies are born, they are 100% dependent on their parents for survival. They can't do anything for themselves but cry and hope a parent responds. As they develop, children depend on their parents until they get to the stage of their lives when they can take care of themselves. Until that stage, children live in their parent's home, eat their parent's food, occupy their parent's time and cost their parents money.

Unless a child does substantial chores or contributes to the household in some other significant fashion, from a purely financial perspective, it's understandable for parents to consider children as liabilities. After all, they are the biggest expense in the household without providing additional income. That is, until they become adults and no longer depend on their parents, sparing them the expense. In some cases, the roles are switched and children are held responsible for taking care of their parents in their old age.

In other cases, this switching of roles between children and parents takes place before the parents are old. It happens when parents hit tough times and need help from their children and even in extreme cases, a roof over their heads. This is an illustration of how children can become assets to their parents when they become adults. However, there is more to the story than just assets and liabilities. There is a third category that bridges the gap between each. Let's get into the Word of God for the truth.

Psalms 127:3-5(NLT) - Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.

The Bible describes children as both gifts and rewards from God for their parents. Not just that, children are described as arrows in the hands of a warrior and a blessing to their parents. Yes, children cost money when they are young but the payback is priceless in God's eyes. Hence, nobody should consider a gift from God as a liability. Also, when something initially costs but eventually adds value it is neither merely a liability nor an asset, it's an investment. That's the category that children fall into.

The arrow analogy is my favorite. The archer has four main responsibilities; aquiring the arrows, pointing them in the right direction, providing the force to propel them forward and releasing them. Once the arrow is first propelled by the warrior with sufficient force it can take flight on its own. In the end, it travels faster and further than the warrior who released it. It also fulfils the objective of the warrior without the warrior having to be in the same place that the arrow lands. Let's now apply this to parenting.

Proverbs 22:6(KJV) - Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

When children are trained in the way they should go, they are essentially given direction for their lives. The parent has to bear the child, point the child in the right direction, provide the motivation and support to propel the child forward and at some point, release the child. Once released, the parent has to trust The Lord that the child will end up at the desired destination. Sometimes, it might take a while but if it is done right, the end result is always the same. They will eventually hit the target.

Arrows don't travel in a straight line because of the force of gravity. As a result, each arrow takes a unique trajectory before hitting the desired target. In the same way, the path of each child is different so the parent's job is to point, propel and release their child. The rest is up to The Lord. With that in mind, let's wrap this up by emphasizing the multi-generational nature of God's plans. He rarely ever gives someone a big vision that's completely fulfilled in one generation. Hence, children are necessary to carry on the legacy started by their parents.

Genesis 18:17-19(NLT) - “Should I hide my plan from Abraham?” the Lord asked. “For Abraham will certainly become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him. I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised.”

God's plan for Abraham included his children. In fact, God's promise to Abraham could only be fulfilled through his offspring. Look at what the scripture says. Only after Abraham teaches his children and their families the way of The Lord would God fulfill his promise to Abraham. Why does that matter to us? That's how God works. He doesn't just call one man, He calls the entire family. Simply put, the human race (pun intended) is a relay.

One generation passes the baton to the next one to continue running. Abraham passed the baton to Isaac who passed it to Jacob who passed it to Joseph who passed it to Ephraim, etc. all the way until it got to Jesus. Hence, if your parents fulfill God's Will for their lives the baton in their hands will be passed to you so that you can continue the race for your generation. Regardless, even if your parents don't do God's Will, through Jesus the baton of being God's people in the earth has been passed on to us.

So, to tie this entire discussion up, let's settle on a few things. All children are dependent on their parents when they are young. However, as they mature they can become assets to the family by choosing to add value to their parent's lives. They can also remain liabilities beyond the allotted time and drag their families down with bad decisions. In the end, the choice is yours. After all that your parents have invested in your life, have you begun to provide any value for their investment? I hope so. It's expensive to raise a child these days so make something of your life and prove to your parents that it was worth it.

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Why Do We Evangelize? - Our Love For Jesus

Why Do We Evangelize? - Our Love For Jesus

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 3 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 2, "Why Do We Evangelize? - It's A Commandment".

2 Timothy 2:4(NIV) - “No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.”

John 14:5(NLT) - "If you love me, obey my commandments.”

This brings us to the second reason why we evangelize. We evangelize because we love Jesus and want to tell others about Him. When you love someone you find great pleasure in telling others about the impact they have had on your life.

Since we truly love Jesus, we are not able to contain the great news of what He has done in our lives. Our response to the great love He has shown us is to tell others about Him. We each have a testimony of what the Lord has saved us from, kept us from, or both! Our testimonies are powerful! We have been forgiven for innumerable sins and transgressions. This alone should compel us to testify of the great love of the Lord!

Luke 7:47(NLT) - “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”

Revelation 12:11(KJV) - “And they overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.”

We can observe a love for Jesus that resulted in evangelism through the lives of a Samaritan woman and the Apostle Paul.

First, the Samaritan woman spent one moment with Jesus at a well. Her encounter with Jesus was so impactful that she immediately began to evangelize to an entire community about her experience!

John 4:39-42(NIV) - “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have.”

Second, the Apostle Paul had an encounter with Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus. As a result of meeting Jesus, he was greatly impacted. His transformation resulted in Him denouncing all ties to his former life and dedicating the rest of His days to worldwide evangelism.

Philippians 3:3-11(NLT) -“For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more! I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault. I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!”

Psalm 103:1-5(KJV) - Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

What’s your testimony? Let’s take a moment and reflect on where you were when Jesus came to set you free. Were you like the Samaritan woman with a history of failed relationships, rejection and pain? Were you like the Apostle Paul with a history of great achievements but self-righteous and murderous? You did not choose Him, He chose you and loved you first. Now, consider where you are now in your life. REJOICE in His promises of a great future and a hope in Him!

1 John 4:19(KJV) – “We love Him because He first loved us.

Isaiah 1:18(NASB) -“Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.”

Jeremiah 29:11(NLT)- “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

What manner of love is this? All of our past sins have been washed away (Isa. 1:18) and our latter end WILL be greater than our former (Haggai 2:9). The unfathomable love that Jesus has lavished on us should compel us to tell the world all about Him and all He has done in our lives!

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Why Do We Evangelize? - It's A Commandment

Why Do We Evangelize? - It's A Commandment

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 2 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 1, "Evangelism: Four Questions We Should Ask Ourselves".

I have heard it said that when people do not know the purpose of something, they will abuse it. Therefore, I believe the first question we need to answer concerning evangelism is the reason for doing it. So why do we evangelize? If Christians do not know the reason or purpose of evangelism, it could potentially be viewed as pointless. Hence, they are unlikely to actively evangelize in the manner that it was intended.

There are many opinions and motives for why Christians evangelize. However, I would like to highlight three reasons that I observe from the scriptures. These three reasons for evangelism are as follows;

1) We are commanded by Jesus to do so

2) We love Jesus and want to tell others about Him

3) We have a passion for the unsaved to experience freedom.

The first reason to evangelize is that we are commanded by Jesus to do so. After Jesus’ resurrection, He appeared to His disciples on several occasions. His resurrection from the dead was undeniable. However, He would soon ascend to the right hand of the Father until the final day of His return. Prior to leaving, He gave His disciples a command that is known as the Great Commission.

Mark 16:14 (NIV) - “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

We see in this scripture that Jesus said “go ye into all the world”. He did not say “consider ye going”; “a few of ye go” or “vote about going”. He gave us a clear directive to “go ye into to all the world...” Jesus’ master plan for spreading the Gospel hinges on the obedience of His followers. There is not a plan B.

In His infinite wisdom, He gave His followers the assignment of spreading the message of salvation. Now, He is patiently waiting for everyone to hear the truth and make a personal choice to accept or reject His gift of salvation. Essentially, His deepest desire is for none of mankind to perish in hell but to live with Him for eternity.

2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) - “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

The Great Commission is a direct command from our Commanding Officer, Jesus Christ. Just like any other command given by Jesus, the work of spreading the Gospel should be viewed as a priority by all who consider themselves soldiers or followers of Christ. In reality, the distractions of daily living can cause some of us to push this directive lower or even completely off our list of priorities. In fact, our hearts are sometimes drawn away by a love for other things than Jesus Christ. This brings us to the second reason why we evangelize.

2 Timothy 2:4(NIV) - “No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.”

John 14:5 (NLT) -"If you love me, obey my commandments.”

We evangelize because we love Jesus and want to tell others about Him. When you love someone you find great pleasure in telling others about the impact the person has had in your life. We'll continue from here tomorrow with more on the second reason for evangelism.

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