Evangelism Is…a Family Affair, Part 3 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #115)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Exodus 20:12 which reads: “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”

Our soul winning quote today is from John F. Kennedy. He said: “There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 98 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Depending on the behaviors you wish to promote in your family, you’ll find countless passages in Scripture on which to build your mission statement. The verses below, for example, deal with loving one another, encouraging one another, and sharing your faith.

John 15:12 says, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”

Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

Philemon 6:6 says, “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”

Having reviewed the mission, purpose, and commands of Jesus Christ, you now have a good framework for developing your family mission statement. Remember that this is a family effort; you will want to involve all members, produce something that is meaningful to everyone, and have fun doing it.

Evangelism Is…A Family Affair, Part 2 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #114)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Colossians 3:20 which reads: “Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Henry Drummond. He said: “The family circle is the supreme conductor of Christianity.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 97 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism Is…A Family Affair (Part 2)

Authors Jerry Pipes and Victor Lee insist that we should begin our family mission statement by studying the mission of Jesus, which stems from His purpose. The authors identify dozens of biblical passages in which Jesus states His purpose. In Luke 19:10 Jesus said, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” This tells us in a nutshell the two parts of Jesus’ mission. His first purpose was to seek. After willingly coming down from heaven, Jesus continually sought lost humankind even in the most unlikely and inhospitable places. Jesus’ second purpose was to save, to offer Himself as a sacrifice for our sins.

John 18:37 reinforces Jesus’ mission, saying, “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.”

Clearly this is a statement of His mission. We get more insight into Jesus’ purpose in Matthew 20:28, where Jesus says He “came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” If we are to model Christ, we need to take on this mind-set of serving others with humility, gentleness, and patience, starting at home. And although we cannot give our lives like Jesus as a ransom, we can, through our actions and words, point others to the One who did.

Many other passages reveal the purposes of Jesus: to be a leader and a teacher; to fulfill the Law; to call sinners; to separate holiness from sinfulness; to provide rest for those who follow Him; to preach the good news, proclaim freedom for prisoners, give sight to the blind, release the oppressed, and proclaim the time of the Lord’s favor; to represent man before God the Father; and to do the will of the Father.

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.

Evangelism Is… Asking for a Response, Part 2 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #107)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Matthew 7:8 which reads: “For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Roy Fish. He said: “From beginning to end, invitations are extended in scripture. God’s probing question to Adam in the garden, “Where art thou?” in Genesis 3 is something of an invitation. The final chapter of the Bible contains an invitation, “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him who heareth say, come. And let him who is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Holy scripture reverberates with invitations to lost humanity to turn to God for forgiveness and new life.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 90 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism Is…Asking for a Response (Part 2)

Jesus Extended Public Invitations

Jesus’ first sermon was a public call to repentance.

Matthew 4:12-17 reads: “Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, the land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; the people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry, He publicly called people to make a decision to follow Him. Peter, Andrew, James, and John received public invitations as they were fishing.

Matt 4:18–22 says: “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.”

Levi or Matthew was also given a public invitation to follow Christ. Mark 2:13–14 says: “And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them. And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.”

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… Answering Common Questions Seekers Ask, Part 3 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #101)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is 1 Peter 3:15 which reads: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Lee Strobel. He said: “I think apologetics without evangelism is a bit of a wasted effort. It’s been said that apologetics is the handmaiden of evangelism and I think that’s true. I’m passionate to reach people for Christ; that’s my goal. It’s not to win an argument, it’s not to try to play point-counter-point with a skeptic but to try to reach them with the gospel and try to lead them into a relationship with Jesus Christ. So I do see myself not as an apologist but as an evangelist who employs apologetics.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 84 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler from the book — “Evangelism Is…: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence.”

Evangelism Is…Answering Common Questions Seekers Ask (Part 3)

As I said in the previous podcast, in order to evangelize effectively, you will often need to do a little apologetics first. In other words, you have to do pre-evangelism by offering at least brief answers to the questions raised by serious seekers and skeptics. Now, here are some more answers to common questions about God and the Bible.

Hasn’t the Bible Undergone Corruption as It Was Translated Hundreds of Times Through the Centuries?

Yes, the Bible has been translated into hundreds of languages through the centuries. But the actual text of the Bible has been accurately preserved. How do we know?

First, there is the manuscript evidence. Simply put, we have many more copies that go much farther back than any other ancient piece of literature. Today several thousand partial and complete, ancient, handwritten manuscript copies of the Bible exist, some dating as far back as the third century BC. In comparison the next best piece of literature regarding manuscript evidence is Homer’s Illiad with only 643 copies dated 500 years after the original. The biblical manuscripts have allowed textual critics and scholars to verify that the Bible we have today is the same Bible the early church had.

A second evidence for the reliability of the Bible comes from the writings of the church fathers. By church fathers I am referring to leaders in the early church within a few generations of the apostles of Christ. In their commentaries on the Bible, their letters to one another, and their letters to other churches, these men quoted the New Testament Scriptures more than 86,000 times. Their quotations have allowed scholars to reconstruct 99.86 percent of the New Testament. There are only 11 verses in the New Testament that the church fathers apparently never cited. These two evidences, the manuscript evidence and the writings of the church fathers, verify conclusively that the original text of the Bible has been accurately preserved.

Evangelism Is…Sharing Your Recovery Testimony (The Soul-Winning Motivator #98)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is 2 Corinthians 12:9 which reads: “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Rick Warren. He said: “As fellow members of the human race, we all deal with life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 81 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism Is…Sharing Your Recovery Testimony

Since Satan cannot steal a person’s salvation he will always try to render the Christian ineffective. Aside from creating the fear of sharing one’s faith, he deceives the believer by keeping the person in bondage to the past.

The mistakes and tough times in our past open the door to the enemy’s intimidation and fear. Therefore, we play it safe, pretending that we are perfect people. To be frank, those outside the church have seen enough of the “perfect people” in the church. Those who are honest about their shortcomings become a breath of life to those searching for life themselves. However, when we allow Satan to intimidate us or make us fearful, we remain silent.

A recovery testimony is living out the words of Joseph from Genesis 50:20, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” Rather than allowing Satan to silence the followers of Christ through lies and deceit, we must admit our past indiscretions and forgive ourselves just as we are forgiven by Christ. In addition, we must use those past experiences as points of entry into the lives of fellow strugglers in need of salvation.

Evangelism Is…Sharing Jesus Without Fear, Part 2 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #96)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is 1 Corinthians 1:17 which reads: “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Darrell Robinson. He said: “Realizing that God has empowered every Christian to witness helps us focus on sharing Jesus with every person.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 79 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism Is…Sharing Jesus Without Fear (Part 2)

Bill Fay’s book, Share Jesus Without Fear, introduces an evangelism method that is focused on Christians asking non-Christians a series of questions and trusting the Holy Spirit for the results. Once you learn the questions, you too can share Jesus without fear.

Fay’s method is simple and easy to learn. You begin with five questions:

1. Do you have any kind of spiritual beliefs?
2. To you, who is Jesus Christ?
3. Do you think there’s a heave or a hell?
4. If you died, where would you go? If heaven, why?
5. If what you believe is not true, would you want to know?

Evangelism Is… Sharing Your Story, Part 3 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #94)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Isaiah 6:8 which reads: “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Rick Warren. He said: “God has given you a life message to share. When you become a believer, you also become God’s messenger. God wants to speak to the world through you…You may feel like you have nothing to share, but that’s the devil trying to keep you silent. You have a storehouse of experiences God wants to use to bring others into his family.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 77 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism Is…Sharing Your Story (Part 3)

Tell Your Story. After writing your salvation story down, you will feel much more confident in sharing it. Write your testimony out using three main points:

1. What your life was like before Christ
2. How you met Christ as Savior
3. How Christ changed your life

In our next broadcast, we will look at why evangelism is…Sharing Jesus Without Fear.

Evangelism Is… Learning to Listen, Part 4 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #87)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Philemon 1:6 which reads: “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”

Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this Scripture from David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible:

Paul prayed for Philemon, desiring that the sharing of his faith would become effective as Philemon understood the work God did in him (every good thing which is in you).

This is the foundation for all effective evangelism: the overflow of a life touched and changed by God. God had done every good thing in the life of Philemon. Now, it was a matter of it being acknowledged by both Philemon and those he shared the faith with. When these good things were understood, others would come to Jesus. The reason why some sharing of the faith is not effective is because we don’t know or can’t communicate every good thing God has done for us.

Our soul winning quote today is from Karl Menninger. He said: “Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 70 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism Is…Learning to Listen (Part 4)

Hints for Listening for Understanding

You can learn to listen for understanding by taking these steps from the story of the woman at the well:

1. Seek to determine the other person’s perspective. This is true with Christ as He used a series of responses to establish the woman’s deeper life issues. Unlike many of us, Jesus was not so quick to speak His mind and usurp the woman’s perspective by trying to force His perspective. His approach was genuine and elevated compassion over condemnation.

2. Ask good strategic questions and respond with well-placed statements. Jesus did this with the Samaritan woman when He asked for a drink. He also did it when He transitioned the conversation from physical water to spiritual water. He did it again when He commented about her going to get her husband. In contemporary culture a good leading question is simply, “Will you tell me your story?” Believe me, it works. Just be ready to listen.

3. Give the other person space. Once again Jesus did this with the woman at the well. He did not attack her with a barrage of information. He wisely gave the woman room to consider Christ. This principle is sometimes called “continuing the conversation.” It means that we should meet people where they are and, if needed, be willing to continue the conversation through later encounters. Be sensitive to the Spirit and never close the door. Who knows, that next opportunity may be the appointed time.

In our next broadcast, we will continue looking at why evangelism is…Learning to Listen.