References to: evangelism
The goat program has opened doors and hearts in the villages. Our people establish relationships with village leaders, who help identify the poorest of the poor, who are then given a goat. One goat can, over time, lift a widow from destitution. Pictured are some of the latest beneficiaries of the goat program.
How would Christ have us preach the gospel? Three broad approaches are in use today. Evangelism can be thought of as presence, proclamation or persuasion. Or in more colloquial terms, show up, declare, or win.
Key text: “On hearing this, Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners’” (Matthew 9:12-13).
Main point: Jesus’ purpose and mission is centered on his redemptive work of bringing salvation to sinners. This upsets the status quo and often calls for a radical break from traditional religious norms.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:36-38)
John N. Biswas uses the following testimonial in a printed tract he uses in evangelistic efforts in Bangladesh.
On March 22, 1971, the front page of every newspaper in Bangladesh published a statement from its nationalist leader to the Bengali people stating, “This struggle of ours is for the complete freedom for the…people of Bangladesh…. We must be ready for any sacrifice in order to achieve our goal.”
The famous American pilot Eddie Rickenbacker once said, “Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” But, it’s very human to think of courage being the absence of fear. That’s why Rickenbacker’s observation can help us in our Christian lives.
God’s work is not accomplished by might or power (Zechariah 4:6). God’s perfect love will help us cast out our fear (1 John 4:18, 2 Timothy 1:7). The Holy Spirit lives in us, and he helps us to fulfill our commission.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we proclaim the gospel—we announce the good news of what Christ has done for all humanity. But the gospel is not just words to pronounce—it also involves practical application in our lives.
After Jesus had been resurrected and had appeared to his disciples for several weeks, he took them to the Mount of Olives. The disciples asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6). In other words, where are we now in the prophetic timetable? Are we near the end?
Many people want to understand how to respond to Christ’s command that we are part of his Great Commission. They ask: “What is the next step?”
The answer is simple: become intentional about walking with Christ. The key word here is intentional. This next step is essential for most of us. It can also make a tremendous difference in the life of the individual and the fellowship.
What is the true gospel, the gospel revealed in the Bible? There are several ways to approach Scripture to learn what the gospel is.
One would be to focus on the teachings of Jesus, who often called his own message “the gospel of the kingdom of God.” We have done this in previous studies. We saw how he described the kingdom of God and how salvation is based on a person’s response to Jesus.