The Purpose of The Church #5 “Evangelism”

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The Purpose of The Church #5 “Evangelism”

  1. 1. The Purpose of The Church #5 “Evangelism”<br />Jeffery Anselmi<br />http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=60867&Sermon%20The%20Purpose%20of%20The%20<br />Church-%20Evangelism%20by%20Jeffery%20Anselmi <br />
  2. 2. What is one of the most intimidating things God calls us to do as Christians? What is the one thing that we are asked to do that sends shivers up most of our spines?Evangelism is one of the most intimidating of the purposes of the church. The command to tell everyone about Jesus. <br />To evangelize means to share the good news about Jesus with other people. <br />
  3. 3. Matthew 28:18 NET Then Jesus came up and said to them, &quot;All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.&quot;<br />
  4. 4. We are called to evangelize the world. We are called to reach out to the whole world with the <br />Gospel of Jesus Christ.In order for us to be able to tell people about Jesus, we must be able to attract people. This is true of the church and of each of us individually. <br />
  5. 5. As a church we can have all the programs that look good, but if we do not follow the principles that Jesus used to attract people, we will not get the opportunity to use the wonderful programs.I want to focus in on what we need to do in order to attract people so that we can share the gospel with them.<br />
  6. 6. How do we attract people? <br />Do we compromise the message? <br />Jesus did not compromise <br />His message to attract people.<br />Why do churches struggle with growth? <br />Is there something wrong with the <br />message or messenger?Too many times, churches that do not attract people wear that as a badge of honor, a testament to the fact that they do not compromise the Gospel. <br />
  7. 7. This scenario really paints a picture of a church that does not care enough for people to reach out to the lost around them.Sometimes churches do not reach out because they do not really want to grow, they are comfortable with the way they are, and they do not want other people rocking the boat. <br />
  8. 8. Sometimes fear holds us back, fear of rejection, fear of being made fun of, fear of not having ALL of the answers to ALL of the questions.Sometimes false views of evangelism have an effect on us. <br />God will do it, <br />or we hired someone to do it, <br />someone else will do it. <br />
  9. 9. I want us to examine three principles that Jesus used to attract people, giving Him the opportunity to reach the lost sheep that He coveted so much. What do we need to do in order to make our evangelism, or outreach efforts more effective? <br />For Evangelism to be successful…. <br />
  10. 10. WE MUST HAVE LOVE FOR THE PEOPLE. <br />When you study the ministry of Jesus, He attracted crowds because of His love for them. Matthew 14:13 NET Now when Jesus heard this he went away from there privately in a boat to an isolated place. But when the crowd heard about it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 As he got out he saw the large crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.<br />
  11. 11. Jesus and the Rich young ruler. <br />Mark 10:21 NET As Jesus looked at him, he felt love for him and said,&quot;You lack one thing. <br />Go, sell whatever you have and <br />give the money to the poor, <br />and you will have treasure in heaven. <br />Then come, follow me.&quot;<br />
  12. 12. Matthew 9:36 NET When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were bewildered and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.37Then he said to his disciples,&quot;The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.38Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.&quot;<br />
  13. 13. When Jesus looked at the people, <br />He loved them so much that <br />He wanted more people <br />to be reached with the Gospel.1 Timothy 2:4 NETsince he wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.<br />Jesus did not look at the people like they were a bunch of losers, but instead He looked at them with love. He did not despise them. <br />He pitied them. <br />
  14. 14. Correct motives flow <br />from a correct attitude.Compassion!<br />This was God’s motive for sending Jesus. Compassion is the ability to put yourself in <br />the other person’s shoes.Burdened! <br />Feeling a heavy heart for the lost. <br />We see non-Christian’s as the enemy instead of seeing them as <br />victims of the enemy. <br />
  15. 15. PAUL’S BURDEN <br />Romans 9:1 NET I am telling the truth in Christ (I am not lying!), for my conscience assures me in the Holy Spirit —2I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.3For I could wish that I myself were accursed — cut off from Christ — for the sake of my people, <br />my fellow countrymen,<br />
  16. 16. Zeal! Enthusiasm!<br />Excited about who Jesus is.Love!<br />Christian’s should be the most gracious winsome witnesses the world has ever seen. Love for Jesus should motivate us the most. <br />2 Corinthians 5:14 NET For the love of Christ controls us, since we have concluded this, that Christ died for all; therefore all have died.<br />Love for the lost should motivate us.Appreciation that someone shared with us should motivate us also. <br />
  17. 17. Motive and attitude relates to <br />how we will or will not act.<br />It will help us…<br />…not to be obnoxious<br />…not to be hostile<br />…to not share out of obligation<br />…to not share to exalt self<br />…to be judgmental<br />…not to be judgmental <br />…to be fearful<br />…not to be fearful<br />…to remember our limitations <br />
  18. 18. 1 Corinthians 3:6 NETI planted, Apollos watered, but God caused it to grow.<br />It will help us…<br />…not to be discouraged with God’s timetable.<br />…to be tactful.<br />…to be prepared<br />1 Peter 3:15 NETBut set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks <br />about the hope you possess.<br />
  19. 19. It will help us…<br />…not to be lazy.<br />…not to be guilty of direct disobedience to Christ’s direct command.<br />For Evangelism to be successful….<br />NEEDS MUST BE MET <br />
  20. 20. How many people want to hear a sermon <br />when they are hungry or sick?Psychology has this thing called <br />“Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.” <br />Basically it says that we have different levels <br />of needs and until one level is satisfied, <br />we cannot get past that level.He draws it as a pyramid. <br />
  21. 21. At the bottom are the <br />physiological needs <br />(air, food, water, sleep, etc <br />basic human needs)then you have safety and security followed by loving and belonging,Esteem and self-esteemSelf-actualization <br />(self fulfillment) <br />
  22. 22. A person is concerned with the level they are on. If your safety is threatened, you cannot worry about feeling loved, or if you are starving, you are not worried <br />about self-esteem.I am not promoting Maslow, but I do think there is some truth in what he says. <br />Jesus knew this principle also. <br />
  23. 23. What did Jesus do for people before He taught them? He took care of needs. He found out what their needs were and addressed them. <br />Jesus earned the right to be heard!When you look at the ministry of Jesus and the Apostles, you will see that they did not try to cram a message down people’s throat without regard for their needs. <br />
  24. 24. Matthew 15:30 NET Then large crowds came to him bringing with them the lame, blind, crippled, mute, and many others. They laid them at his feet, and he healed them.31As a result, the crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing, and they praised the God of Israel.<br />
  25. 25. 32 Then Jesus called the disciples and said, &quot;I have compassion on the crowd, because they have already been here with me three days and they have nothing to eat. I don&apos;t want to send them away hungry since they may faint on the way.&quot;<br />
  26. 26. Luke 6:18 NET and those who suffered from unclean spirits were cured.<br />John 6:2 NET A large crowd was following him because they were observing the miraculous signs he was performing on the sick.<br />Jesus did not make people feel bad because they had a need, He did not judge some needs as being more legitimate than others <br />
  27. 27. Jesus often met a felt need in order to establish a beachhead for evangelism in a person’s life. A hungry hurting person does not want to hear a message unless you earn the right <br />to share it with them. Studies have shown that 70%-90% of all people come to Church because a friend or relative invites them. <br />
  28. 28. This happens because a friend or family member has the respect of a person because they have been there for the <br />good times and the bad. <br />James 2:14 NET What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? <br />Can this kind of faith save him? <br />
  29. 29. 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacks daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, &quot;Go in peace, keep warm and eat well,&quot; but you do not give them what the body needs, what good is it? 17 So also faith, if it does not have works, <br />is dead being by itself.<br />
  30. 30. A young boy, on an errand for his mother, had just bought a dozen eggs. Walking out of the store, he tripped and dropped the sack. All the eggs broke, and the sidewalk was a mess. The boy tried not to cry. A few people gathered to see if he was OK and to tell him how sorry they were. <br />
  31. 31. In the midst of the words of pity, one man handed the boy a quarter. Then he turned to the group and said, &quot;I care 25 cents worth. How much do the rest of you care?&quot; James 2:16 NET and one of you says to them, &quot;Go in peace, keep warm and eat well,&quot; but you do not give them what the body needs, what good is it? Thispoints out that words don’t mean much if we have the ability to do more.<br />For Evangelism to be successful….<br />
  32. 32. THE PRESENTATION OF THE GOSPEL MUST BE PRACTICAL AND INTERESTING. <br />Jesus attracted crowds by teaching in an interesting practical way.Matthew 7:28 NET <br />When Jesus finished saying these things, <br />the crowds were amazed by his teaching,<br />Matthew 22:33 NET <br />When the crowds heard this, <br />they were amazed at his teaching.<br />
  33. 33. Mark 11:18 NET The chief priests and the experts in the law heard it and they considered how they could assassinate him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed by his teaching.<br />Mark 12:37 NET If David himself calls him &apos;Lord,&apos; how can he be his son?&quot;And the large crowd was listening to him with delight.<br />
  34. 34. Jesus preached the TRUTH.Today truth is relative. Too many preachers have let themselves be sucked into this thinking. <br />Truth is truth. We can attract people with the truth that is preached in love. Jesus accepted people, but He did not accept their actions. Jesus always confronted their sin in a loving way. <br />
  35. 35. Jesus related truth to life.Jesus used everyday language. <br />He was understood by the common people, He did not break into some jargon that no one could understand without a dictionary.Jesus used everyday situations to relay the truth to people.A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. <br />
  36. 36. Let us be a church that loves people, <br />a church that is willing to meet people’s needs and a church that presents the Word of God in an interesting and relevant way.We do not have an option when it comes to reaching out to the lost. <br />If we are not making the effort to evangelize we are in error. <br />Each one of us has a responsibility to reach out to the lost. <br />
  37. 37. I bet most every one of us has a neighbor that does not belong to Jesus. We can start with our neighbor, if we all did that, then at best we will make more disciples. At worst, at least when a person dies outside of Jesus, they will not be able to say that no one cared enough to share Jesus love with them. <br />
  38. 38. Let us be a church that loves people so much that we hurt when we know someone is lost. Luke 15:7 NETI tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent.<br />

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