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How Do We Evangelize? - Be Relevant: Connect With People Where They Are

How Do We Evangelize? - Be Relevant: Connect With People Where They Are

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 20 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 19, "How Do We Evangelize? - Sola Scriptura: Stick to the Word of God".

The fifth practical key to evangelism is “Be relevant: Connect with people where they are.”

One of the fastest ways to lose people’s attention in a conversation is to begin talking about something that is irrelevant to their interests or the topic at hand. Imagine a group that's entrenched in a deep discussion when someone interjects with a notion that is completely off topic. Now imagine the awkward pause and puzzled looks as a result of the interjection.

After this brief loss of connectivity, the conversation continues without the slightest acknowledgement of the random words that were previously presented. Realizing the irrelevance of the comment, the originator is unable to connect and slowly fades into the background in silence. They’ve just been irrelevant!☺ We have all observed similar situations or have even been the one responsible.

When you are irrelevant you are ignored. As human beings it is in our nature to connect and be relevant. Why do you think Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Skype, etc. are so popular? Humans need to relate to other humans! So why not connect over something that brings us life like The Gospel? However, for this to be possible in the process of evangelism, we must connect with people where they are.

In today’s society, there are people who need to hear the Good News in every setting. There are lost people in parks, palaces, slums, mansions, alleys, boardwalks, shelters, corporations, and even churches. In any environment you can find lost souls and Jesus longs for every one of them to know His love.

Luke 19:10 (NASB) – “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."

John 7:37 (KJV) – “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.”

So how can you be relevant and connect with people right where they are?

First, take a minute and survey the environment that you are in. Where has God placed you to influence people for Christ? What is your occupation? Where do you frequently shop in your community? Who are your neighbors? What streets do you pass while doing errands? What public transport do you take to the office? What school do you attend? What outreach or missions opportunities are offered at your church?

Second, think about the people you encounter daily within these environments. Are the people you encounter different from you? What ways can you be relevant to people within your environment. How can you relate to the people around you? How might you demonstrate love and humility in your interactions? What might be some common areas of interest you could discuss? What topics might you discuss with them to build a basis for cordial conversation? What needs or concerns do they share? What suggestions, advice, or resources can you offer to meet their immediate needs if they show interest?

Paul modeled this process by displaying love and humility when sharing his faith with the lost. He also demonstrated relevance by creating common ground between himself and those he was seeking to witness to in order to win them to Christ.

1 Corinthians 9:19 – 23 (NLT) – “Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.”

Jesus also modeled this process for us when He lovingly and humbly spent time with the tax collectors and sinners. He demonstrated relevance by going to the places where the lost were and showing His interest in them.

Matthew 9:10 (NASB) – “Then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples.”

Luke 5:29-31(NLT) – “Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them. But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?” Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.”

Jesus demonstrated His ultimate love ad humility by leaving heaven and coming to earth as a human being to die for our sins. He was relevant by becoming a human being for our sake, sheding His blood for our sins, and rising again.

Philippians 2:6-8 (NLT) – “Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges, He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.”

Daily, we must die to self, uphold the truth, and use wisdom to become relevant to those around us in order to evangelize. Jesus has made a way for everyone to come. Let’s follow His example to reach the lost!

Luke 4: 21-24 (NLT) – “The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame. ’After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’ So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’”

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Live Holy: Let your lifestyle testify of Jesus (Part Two)

Live Holy: Let your lifestyle testify of Jesus (Part Two)

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 16 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 15, "How Do We Evangelize? - Live Holy: Let your lifestyle testify of Jesus.".

I hear the Lord saying to us, “Enough, already!!! How long will you waver between two opinions? If God is God, serve God if this is not pleasing to you, serve another. For those who choose Me, please stand with holy hands lifted. Your families are dying, your marriages are dying, your friends are dying, and your nation is dying. Live holy so that your lifestyle testifies of Jesus Christ. It’s time to evangelize and save the lost!” - Word From The Lord

The second practical key of evangelism is to Live Holy: Let your lifestyle testify of Jesus. Today is a continuation from yesterday.

3.) Christians must model holiness to others. The scripture reminds us not only to tell others about living holy, but we are to set examples for others in our speech, love, faith and purity. What does this look like? How is this even possible? With the Holy Spirit's help, of course!

1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV) – “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.”

No matter your age, gender, ethnicity or geographic location, as Christians we are called to live holy. The scriptures instruct us to flee from sexual immorality. This includes renouncing our indulgences in viewing lude images, pornography and masturbation. The Word of God reminds us that there should not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or any kind of impurity, or greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.

Additionally, we should avoid obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes as they are unfitting for the children of God. This may mean making changes to the set of friends or acquaintances we allow to influence us.

Ephesians 5:3-4 (NLT) – “Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.”

1 Corinthians 15:33 (NASB) – “Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals."

Since we become what we behold, the more we spend time seeking the face of our loving God, the more we become like Him. As a result, we will model His holiness to others more and more. This transformation process requires us to abide in Christ and seek His face continually. Our love for Him should compel us to long to spend time in His presence. God longs to spend “face time” with us even more than we long for Him. If we draw near to Him, He promises to draw near to us and we will be changed more into His glorious image. He loves us so much and it is in His presence alone are we truly changed.

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT) – “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”

John 15:7 (NLT) – “But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!”

1 Chronicles 16:11 (NLT) – “Search for the Lord and for His strength; continually seek Him.”

James 4:8 (NKJV) – “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded”

Sadly, we live in a generation that loves to be entertained and will invest a great deal of time, money, and energy to do so. Reality television, violent video games, pornography, horror movies, and oversexualized commercials are major sources of the world’s entertainment. Though the imageries projected by these forms of entertainment is intangible, the lusts that are conceived in our souls give birth to tangible sin and death.

Acts 2:40 (MSG) – “He went on in this vein for a long time, urging them over and over, “Get out while you can; get out of this sick and stupid culture!”

1 Corinthians 1:18 (NKJV) – “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

James 1:13-15 (NLT) – “And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.”

Today, let's examine our private lifestyles in view of God's Word. The scripture says that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We are also called to evangelize to a dying world so they too might know the love of Christ. There is no plan B. Therefore, we can not afford to lose our saltiness or allow our light to grow deem. If we do not live holy, we will not effectively reach others for Christ. Period.

Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV) - "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

Perhaps you have not struggled with holy living; praise God! Your testimony is how God has kept you and continues to keep you each day. However, if by chance you have been privately struggling, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you. Jesus loves you so much and wants you to walk in total victory and freedom. He has made a way for you to be free and cleansed. First, acknowledge your struggle, ask the Lord to forgive you and cleanse you from your sins. Then, turn away from this area of sin and ask the Holy Spirit to help you walk in holiness each day. Also, if you need an accountability partner speak to your Pastor, leaders, or someone you can trust that will counsel you according to the Word of God. You do not have to fight your struggle alone!

1John 1:9 (ESV) -"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Proverbs 15:22 (ESV)- "Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed."

Be encouraged! The blood of Jesus is more powerful than anything you may be struggling with. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, only forgiveness. Through Him you are an overcomer! Praise God for His deliverance and testify to others about the victory you have through Christ!

Romans 8:1-4 (NASB) - "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit."

Revelation 12:11 (KJV) -"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."

Tomorrow, we will continue this discussion on the practical keys to evangelism; "Live Holy: Let your lifestyle testify of Jesus."

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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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