Evangelism and Making Disciples
Evangelism should be the lifestyle of every disciple of Jesus.
Compassion toward all human beings is part of our calling and enables us to see the lost through the eyes of Jesus to lead them to Him.
Evangelism is preaching the Gospel and taking care of new believers to lead them into maturity.
We can better understand Evangelism and Compassion and how it relates to the Church and our lives by exploring the following;
The English word “evangelism” came from the Greek word “euaggelion,” and it means the announcement, proclamation, or preaching of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
The ultimate goal of evangelism is to make disciples who will go and make disciples.
The master has a special character, quality, or ability. The master also has a vision or a task that he wants to accomplish. The disciple becomes a student and a servant of the master so that his intimate relationship with the master will help him to receive the quality or the ability of the master. A disciple or student finds a master who will help him to fulfill the purpose of life. The master allows a person to become his disciple so that he can impart his vision, mission, ability, and the purpose of his life on to someone else. As a result, after the death of the master, his disciple will continue the mission and fulfill the vision. It is the vision of a great master to recruit and train disciples so that his vision will continue and find fulfillment even after his death. It is important that the ultimate vision of the master and the disciple are one and in full agreement with the other. Making disciples is a process; it happens as a result of intimate relationship with the master.
Jesus Christ our master came into this world to save all mankind from sin and eternal death (hell). He took the form of a human being with great purpose and mission. He knew very well that His mission needed to be continued after His death and resurrection. As a result, He selected 12 men and called them His disciples. The primary purpose was that they should be with Him. During this time of 3 ½ years, Jesus imparted His vision, mission, and the purpose of His life to His disciples. Finally, He gave them the commission to go and make disciples of all nations.
One of the most exciting times in a Christian’s life is when he/she knows for certain that the Holy Spirit has personally directed him/her to share Christ with others. The key to that kind of evangelism is availability—walking by the Spirit so He can use you at a moment’s notice. If you ever feel a lack of purpose or direction in life, try leading someone to Jesus Christ. You will become so swept away in the significance of the event, it will place everything else into proper focus. And consider this Scripture passage:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons and daughters through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:3-6)
Methods of disciple-making
There are several methods of evangelism such as personal evangelism, door-to-door outreach, open-air preaching, literature distribution, prayer walks, crusades and mass evangelism, and the use of information technologies such as the internet, computers, etc.
Personal evangelism still is one of the best methods.
Jesus used it while talking to the Samaritan woman, and Philip led the Ethiopian eunuch to Christ. Sometimes we find it difficult to personally witness to the people who are traveling with us or people with whom we have regular contact. GLN (Global Location Number) Singapore had adopted a method called S-A-L-T-I-N-G that could be very helpful for us as we learn how to evangelize.
S—Say something. (Use general greetings about climate or a recent incident that people are talking about. Do not forget to smile and make a friendly atmosphere.)
A—Ask a question. (Make it a general and simple question so that the next person will open their mouth and answer you—then the conversation can begin.)
L—Listen carefully. (Sometimes their answer can lead you to further conversation.)
T—Turn the conversation to something deeper. (As you keep talking, prayerfully listen to the open doors to turn the conversation from a ‘Hi’ and ‘Bye’ to something more intimate. Let the person know that you are sincerely interested in his/her wellbeing.)
I—Introduce Jesus. (At an appropriate time, share your testimony of walking with Jesus and what Jesus has done for you. Take time to present the Gospel very clearly.)
N—Note the response. (There usually are at least 5 possible responses: 1. Hostile (upset and angry to hear about Jesus); 2. Neutral (there are many good religious and political leaders and Jesus is just one good person among them); 3. Detached interest (they show interest in Jesus and the Church when they are in need of prayer and deliverance, but when their needs are met, they leave until they are in need again); 4. Genuine interest (they have heard the Gospel very clearly and show a genuine interest in Him with a desire to follow Him); 5. Decision (they have probably heard the Gospel several times and made up their mind to follow Jesus).
G—Go for landing. (Get ready to finish your conversation, take and give the contact details if needed for follow-up, then lead the person to Jesus by helping him/her to pray the sinner’s prayer etc.)
The process of disciple-making
Jesus Christ wants evangelism—reaching people with the end-goal of making them disciples so that they also can reach and disciple others until everyone gets an opportunity to choose and follow Jesus Christ. Jesus does not approve of anyone who evangelizes without first becoming a devoted disciple. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus talked about those who preach the Gospel, heal the sick, and perform miracles without having a personal relationship with Jesus (Matthew 7:21-23). Jesus plainly tells them, “I do not know you,” or “I did not approve of you,” or “you have never been an intimate disciple of mine.”
Evangelism is reaching people with the Gospel and making them disciples of Jesus. As Jesus commanded us, making disciples is a process (Matthew 28:18-20). The chart below on the comparative study of the five stages of natural parenting and spiritual parenting is a very helpful comparison that lets us see how our ministry of evangelism and making disciples works.
The Spiritual Parenting Plan
|Natural Parenting||Spiritual Parenting|
|1.||The couple makes the decision to have a child||Prayerfully make the decision to lead a person to Christ (target)|
|2.||Conception||Systematically and regularly intercede for that person to come to the Lord. (During this period of intercession we may experience the spiritual warfare in which we are daily involved.)|
|3.||The period of pregnancy (Remember: this is a longer period of difficult journeying!)||Associate with that person regularly by: |
Doing some care acts that will help the person.
Inviting the person to some care events like birthday parties or sports events to get to know him/her better and develop a friendship.
Care witness is leading the person to any (or several) of the evangelistic events where he/she can hear the Gospel clearly and repeatedly. (A person often needs to hear the Gospel several times before he/she makes the decision to follow the Lord.)
|4.||Birth||Help the person make the decision to follow the Lord.|
|5.||Nurture is given to see the development of the child’s body soul and spirit||Nurture the newborn in the Spirit. Walk with the person so he/she is well connected to The Lord—through daily prayer and meditation and practice of the word of God. A local worship community for fellowship and growth.The world—to be a true witness to share his/her faith.|
The ultimate goal of a parent is to see their child become a parent. A disciple-maker should have a goal to help new believers become disciples who make other disciples.
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