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Evangelism And Tranformation Part I


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

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Evangelism And Tranformation Part I

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