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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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How Do We Evangelize? - Sola Scriptura: Stick to the Word of God

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Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 19 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 18, "How Do We Evangelize? - Be Concise: Know the Gospel And Keep it Simple.".

The fourth practical key to effective evangelism is “Sola Scriptura: Stick to the Word of God”. The phrase Sola Scriptura is Latin and holds the meaning that Scripture alone is authoritative for the faith and practice of the Christian. In essence for the Christian, the Bible is complete in itself, true and authoritative in its positions concerning all matters pertaining to life.

Therefore, when it comes to evangelism, the scripture is supreme for presenting the truth. Hence, supplemental doctrines or external philosophies are unnecessary. We must stick to the Word of God when we are ministering to others about Christ. In doing so, we will be successful in conveying the truth and winning the loss for Christ.

Joshua 1:8 (NASB) – “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV) – “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Matthew 5:18 (NLT) – “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God's law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.”

Luke 16:17 (NASB) - "But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail.”

We live in a time where there are many new doctrines, beliefs, myths, religious fads, sayings, and philosophical teachings half-truths and blatant deception. These new ideologies are popular and prevalent within and without some religious circles. Why do we feel if a celebrity or public figure says anything that sounds “remotely” religious, wise or spiritual that they are a Christian authority? Though you may feel it is tedious, you should constantly check their teachings against the scripture for validation before quoting them.

I Corinthians 2:2-10 (NASB) – “For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him. ”For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.”

Some of these new teachings may sound so close to the truth that even the seasoned Christians can and will be deceived and embrace them as truth. Do not be quick to quote popular teachers, celebrities, or religious gurus to establish a case for accepting Christ. Before adopting any teaching as truth, we must first go to the Word of God to authenticate it. If you do not, you may later find that their teaching were false, you have been deceived and helped to perpetrate a lie. This is not a good look. To save yourself embarrassment, search the scriptures so that you will know the truth for yourself.

2 Timothy 4:3 (NLT) – “For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.”

Matthew 7:15 (KJV) – “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

Matthew 24:24 (NKJV) – “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”

Acts 17:11 (NLT) - “And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul's message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.”

We do not need to use new ideologies, popular quotes, fancy riddles or deep philosophies to convince anyone to come to Christ. The truth about man’s sin and the redeeming power of the shed blood of Christ will prick the heart of man. Stick to the scripture alone and let the Holy Spirit do the work. When you are evangelizing, the Word of God is all you need!

Luke 24:32 (NASB) – “They said to one another, "Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?"

Acts 2:36-38 (NKJV) “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do? ”Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

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How Do We Evangelize? - Live Holy: Let your lifestyle testify of Jesus.

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Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 15 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 14, "How Do We Evangelize? - Pray: Be led by The Holy Spirit".

The second practical key on how to evangelize is to 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

As Christians, the world is watching our every move. If we truly want to evangelize to others, we have to be aware of this fact and monitor how we live. Our lives must be an example of Christ so that we do not blow our testimony. The last thing you want is to try to tell someone about Christ and then be exposed as a hypocrite like the Seven sons of Sceva!

Acts 19:13-17(NLT) - “A group of Jews was traveling from town to town casting out evil spirits. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus in their incantation, saying, “I command you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!” Seven sons of Sceva, a leading priest, were doing this. But one time when they tried it, the evil spirit replied, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?” Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them, and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and battered.

Living a lifestyle that testifies of Jesus is vital to establishing credibility when evangelizing. As true Christians, we must live a life of holiness if we are seeking to win the lost to a Holy God.

Have you ever heard the foolish saying of “do as I say, and not as I do”? Perhaps you have even said it to someone. To some, this may sound like a wise manner to give direction and instructions. However, the truth is, people will do what you do, not what you say. It is difficult to obey someone whose verbal instructions contradict what they model.

A good teacher, trainer, or coach will demonstrate what is right to achieve the desired results as opposed to leaving it up to their follower’s interpretation. If leaders consistently model the desired standard, they will easily earn the respect and credibility of their followers. If they only talk about the desired standard, but model what is contrary to achieving the desired results, they lose all credibility. In the same way, our lifestyle must testify of Jesus Christ in order to maintain our credibility in evangelism.

What does the scripture have to say about holiness? Jesus instructed us to live holy; Apostle Paul exhorted us to live holy; Christians are told to model holiness to others; God requires us to live holy; and the Holy Spirit helps us to live holy.

1.) Jesus instructed us to live holy. Not only did He tell us to be holy, but he demonstrated holiness by His lifestyle. He is a Holy God and modeled holy living when He walked as a man on the earth.

1 Peter 13-17 (NKJV) – “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear;”

2.) The Apostle Paul exhorted us to live holy. Paul exhorted believers to follow his example as he followed Christ. The fact is, Paul would not have the credibility to urge anyone to follow his example, if he did not live a life modeled after Christ. If you review his life, you will find that after his conversion on the road to Damascus, Paul became known as someone whose life was fully “sold out” to Christ.

1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV) – “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”

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

Additionally, the scriptures tell Christians to model holiness to others; God requires us to live holy; and the Holy Spirit helps us to live holy. We will explore each of these points next in this series.

Today, let's pray and thank God for speaking to all of us about holiness through His Word! Tomorrow, we will continue our discussion on this practical key to evangelism; "Live Holy: Let your lifestyle testify of Jesus."

We will continue from here tomorrow.
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One: Our Mission Unites Us

Date - Sunday, October 4th, 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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How Do We Evangelize? - Pray: Be led by The Holy Spirit

How Do We Evangelize? - Pray: Be led by The Holy Spirit

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 14 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 13, "How Do We Evangelize?".

Over the next few weeks we will spend time reviewing a few practical keys to effective evangelism. The first practical key is "Pray: Be led by the Holy Spirit." One of the first things we need to do is pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us when evangelizing. The Holy Spirit is always speaking and He is eager to help us. If we invite the Holy Spirit to direct us to whom to speak, what to say, and where to go, we will never be disappointed. He knows who is ready to receive The Gospel, where they are, and when is the proper time to present it to them.

John 6:44(NKJV) - No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

When we pray, the Holy Spirit will lead us to WHO we should share The Gospel with. Jesus is the one who draws people to Himself. Without Him drawing us, we would not have been willing to come to the cross on our own. He has promised that if He is lifted up from the earth, people would be drawn to Him. Every person may not be open to hearing The Gospel at exactly the same moment. Really?...so how can you know who to approach? 🙂

John 12:32 (NLT) – “And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.”

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to led you to who He wants you to minister to. The Holy Spirit knows who Jesus is drawing to Himself at any given time. Therefore, it is important for us to pray and depend on the Holy Spirit to show us who to approach with the message of The Gospel or a prophetic word.

When we pray, the Holy Spirit will lead us in WHAT we should say when sharing The Gospel. As previously stated, the Holy Spirit is always speaking and is desiring to move in the earth. He loves people and longs for them to hear God's voice through prophecy. The prophetic is such a precious and vital gift to the Body of Christ because it has the ability to change the entire trajectory of a person's life.Therefore, praying and seeking to hear the Holy Spirit concerning what to say when sharing The Gospel with unbelievers is paramount to effective evangelism. Revelation 19:10 reminds us that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

1 Corinthians 14:24-25 (NLT) – “But if all of you are prophesying, and unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your meeting, they will be convicted of sin and judged by what you say. As they listen, their secret thoughts will be exposed, and they will fall to their knees and worship God, declaring, “God is truly here among you.”
Revelation 19:10 (NASB) "Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

When we pray, the Holy Spirit will lead us to WHERE we should go to share The Gospel. The Holy Spirit knows all things, including where we should go to share the gospel. For one it may be a mission field across the Atlantic Ocean, for another it may a mission field on a mountain top, and yet another it may a mission field in their neighborhood or workplace. Wherever you are seeking to go to share The Gospel, pray first. Hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and go only at the sound of His voice.

The Holy Spirit knows where He desires to send you and what you will encounter along the way. Trust in His leading and depend on His divine direction. Paul and Silas depended on the Holy Spirit’s leading for where to go and share The Gospel. There were several times when they had intentions of ministering in one region, but were diverted to another place by the divine intervention of The Holy Spirit.

Acts 16:4-10 (NLT) – “Then they went from town to town, instructing the believers to follow the decisions made by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in their faith and grew larger every day. Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia. Then coming, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia,but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there. So instead, they went on through Mysia to the seaport of Troas. That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there”.

Prayer is vital to the success of evangelism. We must rely on the Holy Spirit to lead us through the entire process. He will direct our steps by showing us who to approach, what to say to them, and where to go when we ask. Today, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you as you share The Gospel! You will not be disappointed if you obey the Spirit's voice.

Hebrews 3:15 (ESV) "As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion."

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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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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Are Afraid of Persecution

Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Are Afraid of Persecution

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 12 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 11, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Forget That Jesus Is Coming Soon".

The eighth reason why we do not evangelize is that we are afraid of persecution. Are you unwilling to share your faith with someone else because you have a fear of being persecuted? No one likes to experience rejection, hurt, or pain. It is a natural instinct to avoid situations that might cause us pain or preventable harm. However, when it comes to sharing The Gospel, as Christians, we cannot allow a fear of persecution to prevent us from doing what we have been called to do by God.

In the book of Acts, the spreading of the gospel was the main priority of believers. The early church rallied together and boldly proclaimed the truth of The Gospel, even in the face of great persecution. They were not ashamed of the Gospel because they understood that Jesus was the only way for all men to be saved. As Christians, often we know this truth, but practicing this truth is a different story.

Romans 1:16 (NASB) – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

2 Corinthians 4: 8-11 (ESV) - “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.”

How would you respond if you were faced with the option of denying your faith or enduring persecution? My heart is gripped when I read about the beheading of John the Baptist, the stoning of Stephen, murder of James, and imprisonment of Peter. They knew they would be hated by the world because of Jesus. Yet, this did not dissuade them from sharing their faith even unto death. These heroes of the faith were not afraid of persecution for the sake of Jesus Christ.

Mark 6:25-27 (NKJV) – “Immediately she came in with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” And the king was exceedingly sorry; yet, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded his head to be brought. And he went and beheaded him in prison,”

Act 7:54-60 (NKJV) – “When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”

Acts 12:1-3 (NLT) – “About that time King Herod Agrippa began to persecute some believers in the church. He had the apostle James (John’s brother) killed with a sword. When Herod saw how much this pleased the Jewish people, he also arrested Peter.”

Hebrews 11:36-38 (NKJV) – “Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted,were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.”

Despite the risk of persecution, the Christians in the early church continued to spread the Gospel and the Church rapidly grew. As Christians, we must be aware that the world will not like us because of the Word of God. So, we must come to the realization that persecution comes with salvation. If we are living according to the Word of God, the world will hate us. Nevertheless, our lives should stand out from the world and shine as lights pointing the world to Christ.

John 17:14-17 (NLT) – “I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do.”

John 15:19-21 (NKJV) “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.”

Do not be surprised if you experience persecution and do not let fear stop you from sharing the truth of the Gospel with a world that so gravely needs Christ. We are blessed when we are persecuted for righteousness, insulted or falsely accused because our reward is great in heaven.

Matthew 5:10-12 (NASB) -“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ″Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me. ″Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

1 Peter 4:12-14 (NKJV) - "Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified."

Matthew 5:44 - (NKJV) “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you."

Let’s follow Jesus’ instructions and His example by praying for those who persecute us. Today, evangelize with boldness and do not allow the fear of persecution to prevent you from sharing your faith! Rejoice, your reward will be great in heaven!

Tomorrow, we will begin our new discussion on; “How do we evangelize?”

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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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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don't Think It's Our Responsibility

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Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 10 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 9, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Do Not Love Others As Ourselves".

The sixth reason why we do not evangelize is because we don’t feel it is our responsibility.

Is it your responsibility to evangelize or does this responsibility lie with those who are called by God to the ministry of evangelism? Are you unclear on whose responsibility it is to evangelize? Sometimes, when we are unsure about a particular situation, it's easier to avoid the situation altogether. Hummm… so whose responsibility is it anyway? Let’s see what the scripture has to say about the difference between an evangelist and evangelizing?

Based on Ephesians 4:11-13, evangelists are gifts given to the body of Christ. The scripture tells us that the purpose of the Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers is to equip and edify the body of Christ. The office of an Evangelist is considered one of these five-fold ministry gifts. The gift of Evangelism is an anointed office given to those who gather souls into the kingdom with the message of the Gospel and motivate others to do the same. Those in this office are usually called by God into the full time vocation of evangelism of souls. Two examples of well-known evangelists are Billy Graham and Reinhard Bonnke.

Ephesians 4:11-13 (NKJV) – “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;”

John 4:35-37 (NKJV) – “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.”

2 Timothy 4:5 (NKJV) – “But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”

Isaiah 52:7 (NASB) – “How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Are you called to be an Evangelist? Then uphold your responsibility by sharing the love of Jesus in the place where the Lord has sent you. Jonah is an example of an evangelist who did not wish to go to the people of Nineveh. In his opinion, the people of Nineveh were wicked and did not deserve to receive a warning message from God. Initially, Jonah did not feel it was his responsibility to share God’s message with the people He was being sent to. We all know how Jonah’s story ended. So, don’t be like Jonah.

Jonah 1:1-3 (NLT) – “The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are. “But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.”

What about Matthew 28:18-20? Has Jesus not commanded all Christians to evangelize? Yes, this passage of scripture is clear that the act of evangelizing is the responsibility of every born-again believer! Jesus commands every Christian to share The Good News with unbelievers. Our great love, thankfulness, and desire to obey Him should compel us to share the message of salvation with others. We all are responsible for fulfilling The Great Commission within our sphere of influence.

Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT) – “Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

2 Corinthians 6:12 (NKJV) – “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Are you called to evangelize? If yes, then, do so indiscriminately. It is the desire of God that no one is lost and all come into the saving knowledge of God. Peter is an example of someone who was told by God to evangelize to a person he did not wish to associate with. In his opinion, Cornelius, a Roman Officer was unclean and he did not feel it was his responsibility to share The Gospel with anyone like him. Initially, he would not have evangelized to him, but a vision from God changed his mind.

Acts 10:9-21 (NLT) – “The next day as Cornelius’s messengers were nearing the town, Peter went up on the flat roof to pray. It was about noon, and he was hungry. But while a meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw the sky open, and something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners. In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds. Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.” “No, Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean. But the voice spoke again: “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.” The same vision was repeated three times. Then the sheet was suddenly pulled up to heaven.”

Whether you are called to the office of an Evangelist or not, if you are a born-again Christian, it is your responsibility to evangelize. Not one Christian is exempt from sharing the message of The Gospel because it is the power of God to salvation for all who believe. Evangelize to the lost, no matter who they are. Let’s not take our responsibility to evangelize lightly. For if we fail to fulfill our responsibility to evangelize and they die in their sins, God will hold us responsible.

Romans 1:16 (NKJV) – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

Ezekiel 3:18 (NLT) – “If I warn the wicked, saying, 'You are under the penalty of death,' but you fail to deliver the warning, they will die in their sins. and I will hold you responsible for their deaths.”

Today, grab hold of the honor and privilege of sharing The Gospel with those who need salvation. Yes, it is YOUR responsibility to reach the lost!

Tomorrow, we will discuss the seventh reason we do not evangelize; we forget that Jesus is coming soon.

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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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