801 MEV: Evangelism Session 2

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Teaching notes from LTCi, Siliguri. Based upon Robert E Colemans book, The Master Plan of Evangelism

Teaching notes from LTCi, Siliguri. Based upon Robert E Colemans book, The Master Plan of Evangelism

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  • 1. The Master Plan of Evangelism Robert E Coleman
  • 2. The Master Plan of Evangelism Robert E Coleman
  • 3. Chapter 1 Selection He chose from them twelve Luke 6:13
  • 4. Chapter 1 Selection He chose from them twelve Luke 6:13
  • 5. Men were his method It all started by Jesus calling a few men to follow Him. ! This revealed immediately the direction His evangelistic strategy would take. His concern was not with programs to reach the multitudes, but with men whom the multitudes would follow.! This was before he ever organized an evangelistic campaign or even preached a sermon in public. Men were to be His method of winning the world to God.
  • 6. The initial objective of Jesus' plan was to enlist men who could bear witness to His life and carry on His work after He returned to the Father. ! John and Andrew were the first (John 1:35-40)! Andrew brought his brother Peter (John 1:41, 42)! The next day Jesus found Philip on His way to Galilee, and Philip found Nathaniel (John 1:43-51)! No evidence of haste in the selection of these disciples; just determination
  • 7. James, the brother of John, is not mentioned until the four fishermen are recalled several months later by the Sea of Galilee (Mark 1:1 9; Matt. 4: 21)! Shortly afterward Matthew is called as Jesus passed through Capernaum (Mark 2:13, 14; Matt. 9:9; Luke 5:27, 28)! The call of the other disciples are not recorded in the Gospels, but it is believed that they all occurred in the first year of Jesus’ ministry
  • 8. The early efforts at soul winning had little or no immediate effect upon the religious life of His day that did not matter! The few early converts were destined to become the leaders of His church that was to go with the Gospel to the whole world! From the standpoint of Jesus’ ultimate purpose, the significance of their lives would be felt throughout eternity.
  • 9. Men who were willing to learn They do not impress us as being key men! - None had prominent places in the Synagogue, none were priests! - Probably they were common labourers with no “special” training! - Perhaps a few of them came from families of some means, such as the sons of Zebedee, none of them could have been considered wealthy! - They had no academic degrees! - Their formal education was probably only in the Synagogue schools
  • 10. Men who were willing to learn - Most of them were raised in the poor section of the country around Galilee - only Judas Iscariot came from the more refined area of Judea! - They were “a rather ragged aggregation of souls”! - They were impulsive, temperamental, easily offended, and had many prejudices ! - They were an average cross section of the society of their day! - Not the kind of group one would expect to win the world for Christ
  • 11. Jesus saw in simple men the potential of Kingdom leadership! They were "unlearned and ignorant" according to the world's standard (Acts 4:13), but they were teachable! Often mistaken in their judgments and slow to comprehend spiritual things, but they were honest men, willing to confess their need! Their mannerisms may have been awkward and their abilities limited, but with the exception of Judas, their hearts were big
  • 12. Most significant was their sincere desire for God! The religious life about them had not changed their hope for the Messiah, John 1:41, 45, 49; 6:69.! Possibly fed up with the hypocrisy of the ruling aristocracy some had already joined the revival movement of John the Baptist, John 1: 35! These men were looking for someone to lead them “in the way of salvation”! In the hands of Jesus they could be moulded into a new image
  • 13. Jesus concentrated upon a few The fundamental principle of Jesus’ ministry was concentration upon those He intended to use! The world is transformed by individuals who have been transformed - and this happens as they are shaped at the hand of their Master! Within this the group must be small enough to be able to work effectively with them
  • 14. Jesus concentrated upon a few More people followed Jesus! - so he had (by the 2nd year of ministry) to narrow the number down ! - he did this, calling twelve apostles, Lk 6:13-17, Mk 3:13-19! It is clear that Jesus intended ,these men to have unique privileges and responsibilities in the Kingdom work.
  • 15. Having the 12 did not stop others functioning and following in an effective way, consider;! - the seventy (Luke 10:1)! - Mark and Luke, were Gospel writers! - James, brother of Jesus (I Cor. 15:7; Gal. 2:9, 12; cf., John 2:12 and 7:2-10)! However we see that there was a rapidly diminishing priority given to those outside the twelve! Among the apostles Peter, James and John seemed to enjoy a special relationship to Jesus - Jarius’ daughter (Mark 5:37; Luke 8:51); the Mount of Transfiguration (Mark 9: 2; Matt. 17: 1; Luke 9: 2 8); in Gethsemane (Mark 14: 3 3; Matt. 2 6: 3 7)
  • 16. If it had not been for the incarnation of selflessness in Christ, it could well have produced feelings of resentment on the part of the other apostles! There is no record of the disciples complaining about the pre-eminence of the three when preference is shown in the right spirit and for the right reason offence need not arise.
  • 17. If it had not been for the incarnation of selflessness in Christ, it could well have produced feelings of resentment on the part of the other apostles! There is no record of the disciples complaining about the pre-eminence of the three when preference is shown in the right spirit and for the right reason offence need not arise.
  • 18. The Principle observed Jesus was deliberate in the way he proportioned His life to those He wanted to train! A fundamental principle of teaching is that other things being equal, the more concentrated the size of the group being taught, the greater the opportunity for effective instruction! Jesus devoted most of his life on earth to a few disciples. He staked His whole ministry upon them. The world could be indifferent toward Him and still not defeat His strategy
  • 19. The Principle observed It caused Jesus no great concern when His followers on the fringes gave up when confronted with the true meaning of the Kingdom (John 6:66)! But He could not bear to have His close disciples miss His purpose. They had to understand the truth and be sanctified by it (John 17:17), else all would be lost. Thus He prayed "not for the world," but for the few God gave Him "out of the world" (John 17:6, 9).2 Everything depended upon their faithfulness if the world would believe on Him "through their word" (John 17:20).
  • 20. Jesus did not neglect the masses In all this we must remember that Jesus never neglected the masses,! Jesus did all that any man could be asked to do and more to reach the multitudes:! - when He started His ministry he identified Himself boldly with the great mass revival movement of His day through baptism at the hands of John Matt. 3:13-17; Luke 3:21, 27! - later he went out of His way to praise JTB (Matt. 11: 7-15; Luke 7:24-28)
  • 21. - He continuously preached to the crowds that followed His ministry! - He taught them! - He fed them when they were hungry! - He healed their sick and cast out demons! - He blessed their children! - Sometimes the whole day would be spent ministering to their needs, Mark 6: 31…“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
  • 22. - He continuously preached to the crowds that followed His ministry! In every way possible - He taught them! Jesus manifested a - He fed them when they were genuine concern for the hungry! people. These were out - He healed their sick and cast the demons! people that He came to - He blessed their children! save -He loved them, - Sometimes the whole day would be wept over them, and spent ministering to their needs, finally died to save so Mark 6: 31…“Then, because them many people were coming and going from their sin. Jesus did that they did not even have a chance not avoid mass with to eat, he said to them, “Come evangelism. me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
  • 23. Jesus was so successful with the people, showing them compassion and power, that they once wanted "to take Him by force, to make Him King”, John 6: 15! John 3:26 (Amp) So they came to John and reported to him, Rabbi, the Man Who was with you on the other side of the Jordan [[e]at the Jordan crossing]—and to Whom you yourself have borne testimony— notice, here He is baptizing too, and everybody is flocking to Him!! The Pharisees admitted among themselves that the world had gone after Him, John 12: 19
  • 24. Jesus was so successful with the popular among the people, showing them compassion masses, something that lasted right and power,- that they once wanted to the end it was the fear of this "to take mass feeling for Jesus Him friendly Him by force, to make that King”, John 6: accusers to capture prompted His 15! Him in the (Amp) Soof thecame to John 3:26 absence they people (Markand reported 21:26; Luke the John 12:12; Matt. to him, Rabbi, 20:19).! was with you on the other Man Who side of the Jordan [[e]at the Jordan Undoubtedly if Jesus had crossing]—and to Whom support, He encouraged this popular you yourself have borne testimony— easily could have had all the notice, here He is baptizing too, and Kingdoms of men at His feet - we everybody is flocking to Him!! see this in the temptations presented by Satan in the The Pharisees admitted among wilderness, Matt- 4:1-7; Luke 4:1-4, themselves that the world had gone 9-13 Him, John 12: 19 after
  • 25. Jesus repeatedly took care to diminish the popular support of the people, John 2:23- 3:3; 6:26, 27 etc.! - He asked those who were healed to say nothing about it! - After the transfiguration "He charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen" until after His resurrection, Mark 9:9; Matt, 17:9! His followers did not understand His strategy - his own brothers and sisters, urged Him to make an open show of Himself to the world John 7:2-9
  • 26. In view of this policy, it is not surprising to note that few people were actually converted during the ministry of Christ (in any clear obvious way)! Many believed in Christ in the sense that they enjoyed / benefitted from his ministry - comparatively few seemed to have grasped the meaning of the Gospel
  • 27. ! Coleman argues that his total number of devoted followers at the end of His earthly ministry was around 500, see I Cor. 15:6 - only about 120 were in Jerusalem to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, Acts 1:15! If at this point one were to measure the effectiveness of His evangelism by the number of His converts, Jesus doubtless would not be considered among the most productive mass evangelists of the church.
  • 28. Jesus’ strategy Why did Jesus deliberately concentrate His life upon comparatively so few people?! he came to save the world? Why not get a mighty army and take the world by storm?! Understand the real purpose of Jesus’ plan for evangelism. Jesus was not trying to impress the crowd, but to usher in a Kingdom. ! So he needed men who could lead the multitudes. ! What good is it to have followers but no one to lead them?!
  • 29. The Pharisees and Sadducees were the principle leaders of 2,000,000 people religious, social, educational, and to a limited degree, political life (Romans still ruled).! There were 6,000 Pharisees! Sadducees, made up mostly of the chief priests and Sanhedrin families in Jerusalem, probably did not amount to more than a few hundred! This small privileged group of less than 7,000 people, representing about 1/3rd of one percent of the population of Israel, guided the spiritual destiny of a nation Jesus spoke much about them, while also teaching His disciples the strategic need for better leadership.
  • 30. Jesus was a realist, he understood:! - depraved human nature and Satanic forces of this world amassed against him! - the masses were like helpless sheep wandering aimlessly without a shepherd, willing to follow almost anyone that came along with some promise for their welfare! Therefore, Jesus’ converts had to be given competent men of God to lead them and protect them in the truth they would soon fall into confusion and despair
  • 31. ! Before the world could ever be permanently helped men would have to be raised up who could lead the multitudes in the things of God.! - he could not give personal care to each individual! - he needed men imbued with His life who would do it for him he concentrated on those who were to be the beginning, of this leadership. ! - he devoted himself primarily to a few men, in order that the masses could at last be saved
  • 32. The principle of Jesus applied today Today most of the evangelistic efforts begin with the multitudes assuming that the church is qualified to keep what good is done.! The result is emphasis upon numbers, with little or no genuine concern about the establishment of these souls in God! The pattern of u8Jesus means that the first duty of a pastor (or evangelist) is to see that a foundation is laid upon which an effective/ongoing evangelistic ministry can be built
  • 33. This will require concentration of time and talents upon fewer men in the church while not neglecting the passion for the world! Some might object saying that it is favouritism - but it is still the way that Jesus concentrated His life!! It should be done out of a genuine love for the church, and care should be shown to the needs of the people.! The ultimate goal must be clear to the worker - everything that is done with the few is for the salvation of the multitudes.! This idea is brought out clearly in Ephesians 4:11,12
  • 34. This principle of selectivity and concentration is engraved in the universe, and will bring results no matter who practices it, whether the church believes it or not. ! Communists adopted in a large measure this method - they multiplied from a handful of zealots seventy-five years ago to a vast conspiracy of followers that enslaved nearly half the peoples of the world. They proved in our day what Jesus demonstrated so clearly in His, that the multitudes can be won easily if they are just given leaders to follow.
  • 35. Time for action The church must be realistic:! - time is short! - evangelism programmes are not working! - communication methods (for the Gospel) are greater and more powerful than ever before! - we cannot reverse the trend overnight - a new programme is not he answer! - the problem is not with the mass of peoples, but with preparing people whom they can follow! - this puts a priority on winning and training those already in responsible positions of leadership (if we can)
  • 36. Time for action - if we can't begin at the top, then let us begin where we are and train a few of the lowly to become the great - anyone who is willing to follow Christ can become a mighty influence upon the world - we must begin just like Jesus. It will be slow, tedious, painful and probably unnoticed by men at first, but the end result will be glorious, even if we don't live to see it. - do you want recognition and applause in the short term or long lasting fruit? - it is a question of which generation we are living for