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Presentation given at a Presbytieran Pastors Conference on Evangelism in the local church.

Presentation given at a Presbytieran Pastors Conference on Evangelism in the local church.


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    • 1.    "Wake up, O sleeper" Ephesians 5:14 Rev. Christopher Walker www.EvangelismCoach.org
    • 2. What Is EvangelismCoach.org?
      • Website Resource
        • Personal Evangelism
        • Church Growth
        • Free Downloads
        • Book Reviews
        • Monthly Newsletter
        • RSS Feed
    • 3.
      • Evangelism Training
        • Distance 1-1 Coaching and Mentoring
        • Live Training Events
      • Throughout the Americas
      What Is EvangelismCoach.org?
    • 4. 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
    • 5. 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
    • 6. 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
    • 7. Personal Evangelism
      • Joyfully sharing . . . .
        • Conversations
        • Experiences with God
      • Calling people to . . . . . .
        • Conversion
        • Making Disciples
    • 8. State the Obvious We’re not good at Evangelism
    • 9. Uncertainty
      • Our message
      • Truth in a relative age
      • The value of our message
    • 10. Lack of Experience
    • 11. They do it Better
    • 12. Evangelism Avoidance
      • Attractional Addictions
    • 13. Evangelism Avoidance
      • Educate our members
    • 14. Evangelism Avoidance
      • Service Projects
    • 15. Forgotten our Theology Why the Gospel is Good News
    • 16. What Propels us? Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks - Jesus
    • 17.
      • “ Because God loves us,
      • we ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11
    • 18. God’s Nature: Love
      • God loves us
        • John 3.16 and others
      • His very nature is Love
        • 1 John 4:8,16.
    • 19. 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)‏
    • 20. 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.
    • 21. 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 .
    • 22. God’s Nature: Community
      • The trinity
      • A fellowship of love.
    • 23. 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.
    • 24. Sin Entered the Picture
    • 25. 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.
    • 26.  
    • 27. God’s pursuit of humanity
      • Adam, where are you?
    • 28. 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.
    • 29. 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.”
    • 30. God’s Pursuit
      • Came to
      • Seek and Save
      • the Lost
    • 31. Lost People Matter to God!
      • Lost sheep, Lost coin, Lost son.
      • Intentional pursuit of Samaritan woman.
      • God so loved the world that he gave.
    • 32. The Pursuit Continues
      • Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them . . . and teaching them . . . “
      • Matthew 28:19-20
    • 33. 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.”
    • 34. 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).
    • 35.  
    • 36. 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)‏
    • 37. 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)‏
    • 38. 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.
    • 39. Lost in Wonder
      • God’s Pursuit
      • God’s Initiative
      • Chosen, pursued, adopted, anchored
      • Totally Undeserved
    • 40. 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.
    • 41. 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
    • 42. Theological Reflections
      • “ Because God loves us, we ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11
    • 43. Ought = Logical Consequence
    • 44. Forgotten our Theology The Role of the Holy Spirit in Evangelism
    • 45. Evangelism is a Process
      • Plant
      • Nourish
      • Harvest
      • A series of events
    • 46. Evangelism is an event
      • Conversations
      • Revelations
      • Reflections
      • Sermons
    • 47. 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.
    • 48. 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?
    • 49. 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
    • 50. Created Thirsty
      • God has given us awareness of Himself in
        • Creation (Romans 1:20-22)‏
        • His moral law (Romans 2:14-15)‏
    • 51. 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
    • 52. 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)‏
    • 53. 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)
    • 54. 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?”
    • 55. 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
    • 56. Common Thirsts
      • Forgiveness
      • Removal of Guilt
      • Belonging
      • Healing
        • Physical
        • Emotional
      • Guidance
      • Internal Peace
    • 57. 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.
    • 58. 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.
    • 59. 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.
    • 60. 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)‏
    • 61. 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
    • 62. 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)
    • 63. 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)‏
    • 64. 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!
    • 65. 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.
    • 66. 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
    • 67. 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
    • 68. 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!
    • 69. 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
    • 70. Holy Spirit Works Both Sides
      • Kairos Moment – the intersection of two stories
        • Paul and Ananias.
        • Peter and Cornelius
        • Phillip and the Eunuch.
    • 71. 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
    • 72. Our participation
      • Listen
        • Guidance of the Holy Spirit
        • Spiritual Thirst of the person
      • Discern God’s work
      • Cooperate with it.
    • 73. Contact information Rev. Christopher Walker www.EvangelismCoach.org 804/335-1445 Skype: WalkmanPTY