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  •    "Wake up, O sleeper" Ephesians 5:14 Rev. Christopher Walker www.EvangelismCoach.org
  • What Is EvangelismCoach.org?
    • Website Resource
      • Personal Evangelism
      • Church Growth
      • Free Downloads
      • Book Reviews
      • Monthly Newsletter
      • RSS Feed
    • Evangelism Training
      • Distance 1-1 Coaching and Mentoring
      • Live Training Events
    • Throughout the Americas
    What Is EvangelismCoach.org?
  • Who is Chris Walker?
    • Ordained Pastor in the PC USA
      • Associate Pastor (7 years)‏
      • Youth Ministry (15 years)‏
      • Church planter (5 years)‏
    • Master of Divinity Trinity Evangelical
    • Master of Theology
      • Union Theological, Richmond
  • Six Great Ends of the Church
    • The proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind
    • The shelter, nurture and spiritual fellowship of the children of God
    • The maintenance of divine worship
    • The preservation of the truth
    • The promotion of social righteousness
    • The exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world
  • Definition of Evangelism
    • Joyfully sharing the good news of the sovereign love of God, and
    • calling people
      • to repentance
      • to personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord
      • to active membership in the church, and
      • to obedient service in the world.
    • Definition adopted by the 202nd General Assembly, 1990
  • Personal Evangelism
    • Joyfully sharing . . . .
      • Conversations
      • Experiences with God
    • Calling people to . . . . . .
      • Conversion
      • Making Disciples
  • State the Obvious We’re not good at Evangelism
  • Uncertainty
    • Our message
    • Truth in a relative age
    • The value of our message
  • Lack of Experience
  • They do it Better
  • Evangelism Avoidance
    • Attractional Addictions
  • Evangelism Avoidance
    • Educate our members
  • Evangelism Avoidance
    • Service Projects
  • Forgotten our Theology Why the Gospel is Good News
  • What Propels us? Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks - Jesus
    • “ Because God loves us,
    • we ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11
  • God’s Nature: Love
    • God loves us
      • John 3.16 and others
    • His very nature is Love
      • 1 John 4:8,16.
  • Nature of God
    • Unfathomable depths
      • “ May have the power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ – and to know that this love surpasses all knowledge.” – Ephesians 3:18-19
    • God’s sovereign love is a mystery beyond the reach of man’s mind (PCUSA Confession of 1967, 9.15)‏
  • Explored in Worship
    • Oh what wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse?
    • Your love is amazing, steady and unchanging, Your love is a mountain, firm beneath my feet, Your love is a mystery, how You gently lift me, When I am surrounded, Your love carries me.
  • Explored in Worship
    • O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free! Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me! – Trevor Francis .
  • God’s Nature: Community
    • The trinity
    • A fellowship of love.
  • Created in God’s Image
    • To experience Relationship with God
      • Adam and God.
    • To experience Relationship in community.
      • It’s not good for the man to be alone (Gen 2.18)‏
    • Offered oneness “one flesh” with each other.
  • Sin Entered the Picture
  • Broken Community
    • Shame, Death, Disunity
    • Separation
    • Injustice
    • Image of God not destroyed
        • Desire to belong to God is still deep in our heart.
        • A deep desire to be unconditionally loved.
  •  
  • God’s pursuit of humanity
    • Adam, where are you?
  • God’s pursuit of humanity
    • Creation of the Chosen People
      • Blessed to be a blessing to the nations.
    • The covenant promise
      • I will be their God and they will be my people.
  • God’s Pursuit of Humanity
    • Prophets to pursue the people back into a right relationship.
      • “ Come now, let us reason together.”
    • Expansion of the covenant
      • “ Not my people” to become “My People.”
  • God’s Pursuit
    • Came to
    • Seek and Save
    • the Lost
  • Lost People Matter to God!
    • Lost sheep, Lost coin, Lost son.
    • Intentional pursuit of Samaritan woman.
    • God so loved the world that he gave.
  • The Pursuit Continues
    • Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them . . . and teaching them . . . “
    • Matthew 28:19-20
  • To Gather the Nations
    • Revelation 7:9
      • “ After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count,
      • from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.”
  • The Father’s Heart
    • God longs that no one should perish (1 Tim 2.4)‏
    • God did not send the Son to condemn the world, but to save it. (John 3.17)‏
    • The lake of fire was prepared for the devil and his angels not you (Matt 25.41).
  •  
  • God’s Initiative
    • “ For God was pleased
      • to have all his fullness dwell in Christ and through him
      • to reconcile unto himself all things . ..
        • By making peace through his blood
          • shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:19-20)‏
  • God’s solution
    • Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
    • But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical death to present you holy and blameless (Colossians 1:21-22)‏
  • The Marvel of Grace
    • “ We who were once far away were brought near.” (Eph 2.13).
    • Though we were dead in our sin, God made us alive in Christ – Eph 2.
  • Lost in Wonder
    • God’s Pursuit
    • God’s Initiative
    • Chosen, pursued, adopted, anchored
    • Totally Undeserved
  • Amazing Grace
    • Outrageous, exorbitant, overflowing, and reckless. 
    • The inebriation of grace
      • Suck the words out of my mouth,
      • Make the lips quiver in awe.
    • Intoxicated on the passion of God’s immeasurable love.
  • The fuel for evangelism
    • “ Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is.
    • Missions exist because worship doesn’t. . . .
    • Worship is the fuel and the goal in missions.”
    • John Piper
  • Theological Reflections
    • “ Because God loves us, we ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11
  • Ought = Logical Consequence
  • Forgotten our Theology The Role of the Holy Spirit in Evangelism
  • Evangelism is a Process
    • Plant
    • Nourish
    • Harvest
    • A series of events
  • Evangelism is an event
    • Conversations
    • Revelations
    • Reflections
    • Sermons
  • Begins with God
    • Sovereign over the process
    • Sovereign over the event
    • God takes the initiative
      • To create spiritual thirst.
      • To draw a person unto Himself
      • To give new life when we are dead in our sin.
  • Think about your journey
    • How many conversations did you have?
    • How many different people?
    • How many sermons did you listen to?
    • How much Bible reading did you do?
    • What events did God use?
  • Holy Spirit Works Both Sides
    • In your journey to faith, the Holy Spirit
      • Worked on your life
      • Worked around your life.
      • Awakened your faith to respond
      • Sealed you in faith
  • Created Thirsty
    • God has given us awareness of Himself in
      • Creation (Romans 1:20-22)‏
      • His moral law (Romans 2:14-15)‏
  • Created Thirsty
    • A spiritual longing inbuilt in us
      • Reflection of the image of God.
      • The God shaped vacuum – Pascal.
      • “ Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.” – St. Augustine
    • Quest of The Teacher – Ecclesiastes
  • The Teacher’s Thirst
    • The teacher (Ch 2) tried:
      • Wild living (v 1-2)‏
      • Wine (v.3)‏
      • Work (v.4)‏
      • Wealth (v 7-8)‏
      • Women (v.8)‏
      • Wisdom (v. 12)‏
    • Resolution
      • “ Now here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man.” (12.13)‏
  • Reactions to Thirst
    • Some suppress this longing
      • “ There is no one who seeks for God” – Psalm 14.2, quoted in Romans 3.11).
      • Psalm 14.3 – “all have turned aside.”
    • Some rebelled
      • The preaching of the cross is foolish (1 Cor 1.18)‏
      • Suppress the truth (Romans 1:18-23)
  • Reactions To Spiritual Thirst
    • Merchant looking for the fine pearl.
      • He knew that it existed and went looking for it.
    • The Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8)‏
      • “ How can I unless someone explain it to me?”
    • The Athenians (Acts 17)‏
      • “ May we hear more of this teaching?”
  • Created Thirsty
    • Other Terms to describe the longing
      • to be more, to do more,
      • to make a contribution,
      • to find true destiny,
      • to find a place in this world
      • to make a difference,
      • to know God,
      • to be a good person,
      • to have real hope of life after death
  • Common Thirsts
    • Forgiveness
    • Removal of Guilt
    • Belonging
    • Healing
      • Physical
      • Emotional
    • Guidance
    • Internal Peace
  • Jesus is the water of life
    • John 4:14
      • Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give will never thirst.
    • John 6:35b
      • . . . he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
    • John 7:37
      • If anyone is thirsty, Let him come to me and drink.
  • God takes the Initiative
    • John 6:44
      • No one can come to me unless the Father draws them.
    • God created the thirst, so that it could be fulfilled in Jesus.
    • God draws people to Jesus.
  • How the Holy Spirit Directs Evangelism
    • Draws us to Jesus (John 6:44)‏
    • Convicts one of sin, righteousness and judgment. (John 16.8)‏
    • Helps one respond to God’s grace (John 1:12, 3:5-8).
    • Makes us spiritually alive to respond.
  • God Takes the Initiative
    • We were dead in our trespasses (Eph 2)‏
    • We were enemies of God (Col 2).
    • God took the initiative:
      • To make us thirsty.
      • To make us spiritually alive (Eph 2)‏
      • To respond and accept God’s grace (Eph 2)‏
  • Holy Spirit Works Both Sides
    • Bringing people into your life
      • People who explain the gospel
      • People who called you to follow Jesus
      • People empowered by the Spirit
  • Mission began with the Holy Spirit
    • Jesus received his mandate and his sense of mission through the empowerment of the Spirit
        • “… This is my beloved Son, on whom my favor rests” (from Matthew 3:16-4:1– Jesus’ baptism)
  • Empowered Church
    • “ But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and all over Judea and Samaria, and away to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:7-8)‏
  • Spirit Empowerment
    • Pentecost provides the power, gifts and directions for the fulfillment of the Great Commission
    • This is the empowering work of the Spirit for the purpose of bearing witness to Jesus and doing His ministry!
  • How the Holy Spirit directs evangelism
    • … calls, sends and anoints people as witnesses to Jesus
      • “ While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (Acts 13:1-4)‏
    • Initiative in choosing workers – the Holy Spirit’s.
      • We discern, seek guidance, confirm it, obey.
  • How the Holy Spirit Directs Evangelism
    • Guides prayer
      • for the harvest, Matt. 9:36-38
      • for missions, Romans 8:26-27
    • Gives a people-specific love and passion
  • How the Holy Spirit directs evangelism
    • Provides the power tools for Kingdom advancement
      • The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the miraculous signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them (Acts 15:12)‏
      • The role of Spiritual gifts
  • How the Holy Spirit directs evangelism
    • Guides and directs in spiritual warfare
    • “ as the HS advances the Kingdom of God he will inevitably have to engage demonic powers and strongholds that intend to keep people in bondage and blindness.”
    • Casting out demons for many – prepares the way for the Gospel!
  • How the Holy Spirit Guides Evangelism
    • Gives direction
      • About where to Preach the Gospel
        • Paul in Macedonia.
      • Kairos moments to speak of Christ.
        • Paul and Lydia on the beach at Philippi.
      • What to share
      • How to share
  • Holy Spirit Works Both Sides
    • Kairos Moment – the intersection of two stories
      • Paul and Ananias.
      • Peter and Cornelius
      • Phillip and the Eunuch.
  • Kairos Moment
    • Greek words for time:
      • Kronos
      • Kairos
    • Skill: recognize a Kairos Moment
      • Heaviness, holy silence, fullness
      • Strong sense that God is about to do something
  • Our participation
    • Listen
      • Guidance of the Holy Spirit
      • Spiritual Thirst of the person
    • Discern God’s work
    • Cooperate with it.
  • Contact information Rev. Christopher Walker www.EvangelismCoach.org 804/335-1445 Skype: WalkmanPTY