Evangelism Is… Volunteering (The Soul-Winning Motivator #109)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Luke 10:27 which reads: “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Everett Mámor. He said: “The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 92 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism Is…Volunteering

David Wheeler writes:

When I was a kid, I loved Batman. My friends liked Superman, Spiderman, the Hulk, Captain America, the Green Hornet, and even Wonder Woman. Not me, I was always a fan of Batman!

It may have been his cool outfit with the black mask or his ability to climb buildings. Maybe it was the Bat Cave or the fact that he was the only superhero who drove a car, the Batmobile. Who knows, for whatever reason, I loved Batman. I have never understood the need for Robin, but I still loved Batman!

As I grew older, my passion for superheroes diminished, and I realized that you do not have to wear tights and a ridiculous suit to be superhuman. One reason I liked Batman was the fact that he was a somewhat regular guy in real life. Bruce Wayne was a millionaire who could have ignored the plight of humanity. On the contrary his response was to spend his money, to volunteer his time, and to risk his life in order to assist others. When Bruce Wayne became Batman, he was like thousands of volunteers in the church who give of themselves in order to lead hurting humanity to Christ! If you want to become a superhero, the first thing to do is to become a willing volunteer.

On one occasion Jesus told a story about two men who started and ended as strangers, but one of their lives was forever changed by their encounter. The story was born as Jesus was being questioned by a teacher of the law about eternal life.

Luke 10:25–27 says: “And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.”

The Jewish teacher then asked a significant question, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus’ response was to tell the story of the good Samaritan.

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Evangelism Is… Giving a Logical Defense of Your Faith, Part 4 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #105)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Acts 4:12 which reads: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Our soul winning quote today is from John Piper. He said: “If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism, but deception.”

Our soul winning devotional is Evangelism Is…Giving a Logical Defense of Your Faith (Part 4) from Dave Earley and David Wheeler’s book, “Evangelism Is…: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence.”

Here is our last example of how we can give a reason for the hope that is in us when people question our faith:

Shouldn’t We Tolerate Others’ Views? Does It Really Matter What You Believe as Long as You Are Sincere?

Regarding Tolerance. Dave Earley says, “Yes, we should tolerate others’ views but only until those views conflict with the truth.” Tolerance sounds kind and open-minded. But too often tolerance is used as a cover for shortcomings. (“If everything is right, then nothing is wrong. I can ignore the issue of sin and salvation.”)

The biggest problem with “tolerance for tolerance’s sake” is that tolerance is actually cruel when it conflicts with the truth. Truth by its own nature is intolerant of error.

Let’s say a blind man stands on the edge of a cliff, and he turns to you to ask, “Which way should I step?”

I would be cruel to say to him, “Oh, it really doesn’t matter. Just be sincere and do the best you can.” The truth says that if he steps in the wrong direction, he will plunge to his death. But if he’ll turn in another direction, away from the cliff or onto the bridge, he’ll live. Tolerance is no virtue when it ignores reality.

Let’s say a cancer specialist knows you have a malignant tumor in your body that will kill you in a matter of weeks if it isn’t removed. Yet he doesn’t want to seem narrow-minded and intolerant. Of course, he’d certainly hate to offend you, so he says, “If you sincerely believe that the tumor is no problem and you are a pretty good guy, I am sure it will all be OK.”

What would you think of that doctor? How long do you think he would keep his license to practice medicine?

I would rather have a doctor tell me some narrow-minded, offensive truth than some nice little tolerant lie.

By the way, if something is not true, what is it? It is a lie.

Evangelism is Spiritual Warfare, Part 1 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #50)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Ephesians 6:12 which reads: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Our soul winning quote today is from C. T. Studd. He said: “I pray that when I die, all of hell will rejoice that I am no longer in the fight.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 33 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism Is…Spiritual Warfare
As an infinite, omnipotent, omniscient, eternal being, God is a more formidable foe than can be imagined. As a warrior God is invincible. Yet surprisingly, God has a chosen “limitation” in this battle. He loves people. The only way to get at God is to attack those whom He loves, people. People are His weakness. Of course, Satan knows this, so Satan attacks people. Therefore, when it comes to spiritual warfare, we are the battleground.

Spiritual warfare begins at birth. At the time everyone on planet Earth is born, they have an enemy whose goal is to keep them from God.

Regarding the plan of Satan, Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:4: “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

If you think that once a person gives his or her life to Jesus the battle is over, you are mistaken. In some ways it only intensifies. Once people are saved, the enemy works against them to keep them from telling others how to be free. The war continues.

For example, the apostle Paul had hoped to visit the Thessalonians in order to continue helping them mature in the Lord, in ministry, and in mission. Yet the enemy attacked. 1 Thessalonians 2:18 reads: “Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.”

In Ephesians 6, Paul gave the most detailed explanation of spiritual warfare found in the Bible: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

In this passage Paul tells us that the nature of the war is not primarily physical, political, financial, legal, or educational. It is spiritual.

He also tells us that the proximity of the war is that it is here and now. It is not something involving someone else far away or long ago. It involves us today. It is our struggle.

Further in chapter 6, Paul tells us that the purpose of the war is to advance or stop the preaching of the gospel. If Paul had not given his life to take the gospel to people far from God, the enemy would have had no reason to attack him.

We also see that the intensity of the war is a life-or-death battle. The word “wrestle” used in verse 12 denotes “hand-to-hand combat to the death” in the original language. Paul wrote these words from a jail cell where he was imprisoned because of this warfare and eventually executed as a result of it!

In our next broadcast, we will continue to look at why evangelism is…spiritual warfare.

The Power of Servant Evangelism, Part 3 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #49)

Our soul winning quote today is from Lee Strobel. He said: “I’ve seen far too many Christians who are more than willing to travel halfway around the world to volunteer for a week in an orphanage, but who cannot bring themselves to take the personal risk of sharing Jesus with the co-worker who sits day after day in the cubicle right next to them.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 32 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

5. Servant evangelism is fun. Nothing is more rewarding and fun than serving others. This is especially true when Christians choose to fellowship and serve as they seek opportunities to point people to Christ. There is no need to feel guilty; it is OK to have fun and serve Christ at the same time!

6. Servant evangelism creates a lifestyle that permeates every aspect of a Christian’s life. Once you have learned the mind-set of service, you will find that you can share Christ anywhere, anytime, 24-7. You can do it at work, school, in your neighborhood, or at a sporting event. The key is to be intentional.

7. Servant evangelism exemplifies the ministry model and passion of Christ. Effective servant evangelists have adopted what is called the “Philippians 2 Attitude.” In Philippians 2, we are told to take on the humble servant attitude of Jesus.

Philippians 2:5-8 reads: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Luke 9:1-2 which reads: “Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.”

In our next broadcast, we will look at why evangelism is…spiritual warfare.

The Power of Servant Evangelism, Part 2 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #48)

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Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Romans 5:8 which reads: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Dr. D. James Kennedy: “If God would dip all pastors in hell for a fraction of a second and then yank them up by their shirttails-as they’re standing there smoldering and their clothes and skin are full of black soot, and their shoes have half melted off, I think their commitment to the Great Commission would substantially increase.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 31 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

3. Servant evangelism is effective at reaching people in today’s culture
Servant evangelism is easily adaptable. In a post-Christian culture, it offers a demonstration of the gospel coupled with an explanation of salvation. Too many people have rejected Jesus but not because they do not know of Him. They have rejected a caricature of Jesus. For some, their concept of Christianity needs to be changed. Calvin Miller, retired homiletics professor at Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Alabama, has argued for the need of a “sensory apologetic,” a living, breathing argument for truth about God. Servant evangelism addresses this need to a skeptical world.

4. Servant evangelism provides the opportunity for personal evangelism in a natural mode of fellowship and community
You are not alone! In many cases the church has become way too individualistic. While evangelizing on an individual basis is biblical and appropriate, the strength of the church as believers serving together is an example of authentic community and fellowship. These opportunities are ripe for mentoring and teaching.

One of the most unique qualities of servant evangelism is the numerous opportunities for a large group of church members in such service projects as car washes, offering sodas at a park, raking leaves, shoveling snow, and so on. The body of Christ can be on mission “learning” together as they serve the community.

Timid or inexperienced witnesses can learn to share their faith by watching more experienced witnesses. As the old saying goes, “Evangelism is more caught than taught.”

In our next broadcast, we will look at the last three points of why servant evangelism is so effective.

The Power of Servant Evangelism (The Soul-Winning Motivator #47)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is 2 Corinthians 6:2 which reads: “For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Our soul winning quote today is from John Piper: “If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism, but deception.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 30 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

THE POWER OF SERVANT EVANGELISM

Servant evangelism is a combination of simple acts of kindness and intentional sharing of the gospel. Servant evangelism involves intentionally sharing Christ by putting love in action.

1. Servant evangelism opens the door to share the Gospel
Practicing simple acts of kindness with an intentional aim of sharing Christ wonderfully opens the door for the greatest act of kindness a Christian can give: sharing the gospel. Servant evangelism is intentionally evangelistic. However, it never coerces in a manipulative or negative sense.

When doing an act of kindness for a nonbeliever, the Christian witness can say, “I am doing this to show the love of Jesus in a practical way.” Often people ask, “Why are you doing this?” Then, as the Holy Spirit opens the door, the Christian can briefly share a testimony and possibly the facts of the gospel. If the other person is not open for discussion, the witness goes no further except possibly to offer Christian literature or prayer.

I have found that servant evangelism leads to a full presentation of Christ much more often than if the concept of service is ignored. When simple acts of kindness are coupled with an intentional and prayerful attempt to share the gospel, it powerfully enables the Holy Spirit to convict and to draw people to Himself.

2. Servant evangelism is low-risk evangelism
It provides an entry-level way to involve everyone in the ministry of outreach. One does not need unusual communication skills, an extroverted personality, a slick sales pitch, or multiple hours of training to participate in servant evangelism. This approach redirects one’s focus away from selfish inhibition and fear onto these being served.

While some people are terrified to witness verbally, they can wash cars, hand out lightbulbs, give away balloons or popsicles, mow yards, or rake leaves. In doing so, shy people can learn to be more bold and intentional with their faith.

Evangelism is Not in Competition with Discipleship (The Soul-Winning Motivator #15)

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Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is Isaiah 52:10 which reads: “The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Rick Warren: “Our English word ‘mission’ comes from the Latin word for ‘sending.’ Being a Christian includes being sent into the world as a representative of Jesus Christ… What is that mission? Introducing people to Jesus… Once we are his, God uses us to reach others. He saves us then sends us out.”

Our soul winning devotional today is part 3 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is Not” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism is not just something you do. Evangelism must never be minimized to something you perform as a duty to God. Rather, like breathing it should be an involuntary response to naturally share Christ whenever possible. In short, evangelism is the essence of who you are as you walk through daily life. It is the consistent and natural overflow of a deep and abiding relationship with Christ.

Evangelism is not in competition with discipleship. I often hear people espousing the tenets of discipleship over the call to evangelize. These people often minimize evangelism and use phrases like “I am a disciple maker, not an evangelist.” This may sound good, but it is biblically incorrect. The truth is, evangelism and discipleship are uniquely dependent on each other. While intentional evangelism that leads to a spiritual conversion always precedes the process of discipleship, neither process is complete until the one who is being discipled learns to multiple their witness through sharing Christ with unsaved people. Possessing a genuine passion for biblical multiplication through evangelism is a key indicator when evaluating spiritual maturity.