Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 which reads: “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For ye are our glory and joy.”
Our soul winning quote today is from Nate Krupp. He said: “God has chosen to have three, and only three, basic instruments with which He can reach a lost world. He uses the Spirit of God, the Word of God, and the man of God. And it takes all three! He takes a man of God, filled with the Spirit of God, effectively using the Word of God, to reach people for Christ. We can be sure of the absolute faithfulness of the first two. The third-man-has always been the unfaithful, weak link in the eternal chain for souls.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 52 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is…Reaching People Through Relationships (Part 4)
Stage 5: Show God’s Love by Meeting Needs
When you show God’s love to a needy world, it becomes visual evidence that He is working in your heart to love people you otherwise may not seek to know. Meanwhile, God is working in those you are praying for and connecting with, thus allowing His love to impact others. You literally become conduits of God’s unending love as He draws hurting people to Himself. In the end, the people in your concentric circles “will know they have been loved by a heavenly Father, and they will begin to sense His invitation to become a part of His family by adoption and by the saving grace of His Son.”
At this point it is interesting to note the findings of Thom Rainer in The Unexpected Journey. He discovered that regardless of people’s spiritual backgrounds (Muslim, Mormon, Wiccan, Jehovah’s Witness, etc.), through coming to Christ in personal faith, they all had one experiential aspect in common: genuine Christian love, as demonstrated through genuine believers, is the most attractive component in effective evangelism. That bears repeating: genuine Christian love, as demonstrated through genuine believers, is the most attractive component in effective evangelism.
Stage 6: Make Disciples and Help Them Grow
At some point, after praying for unbelievers, getting to know them, and showing them God’s love, you will need to confront them with the claims of Jesus Christ. Once we see people as God does, helplessly lost without Christ, you will want prayerfully to share the good news with them and give them the opportunity to surrender their heart to Christ.
In this stage Thompson outlined our responsibilities and that of the Holy Spirit. We are to be witnesses for Christ and to share our faith. The Holy Spirit’s role is to convict them of sin and show them the truth of the gospel. Then, if they choose to yield to Christ, we (and other Christians) need to help them develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through consistent prayer and reading His Word.
Stage 7: Help New Christians Make Disciples
The final stage is the beginning of the cycle for new Christians. Once they have become Christ followers, encourage them to survey the people in their concentric circles. They should immediately begin praying for them, mending broken relationships, building relational bridges, and showing God’s love in practical ways. The ultimate goal is to multiply through leading others to become authentic disciples.
There’s an old saying: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. The first method shows addition; the second demonstrates exponential multiplication. The same can apply to building the kingdom of God. We can lead someone to Christ and add an individual to the kingdom. Or we can lead people to Christ, teach them to pass it on, and the result is exponential.
This God-given approach is both biblical and effective. It is, after all, the essence of the Great Commission!
Matthew 28:18-20 reads: And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
In our next broadcast, we will continue looking at why evangelism is…Reaching People Through Relationships