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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Sunday Sermon Outline

Series on Evangelism

As your Pastor and Shepherd of the Flock here at Hope Wesleyan Church, it is my responsibility to train and equip you to fulfill the Great Commission. I talked with the church board last Sunday, and admitted that I don’t think I’ve done a very good job at that to date.

The plan is for that to change. I will be preaching on this topic until the Lord compels me to change. That may be 2 sermons or 10 sermons, but whatever it takes for all of us to understand that it’s the job of each and every Christian to reach out to the “lost”.

Not only do I want each of us to understand that point, but I want to help show you that the job isn’t as difficult as most of us make it out to be.

The first message in this series will be titled:

Introduce Others to Jesus

This message is based on a book by Chris Conrad entitled:
5 Things Anyone Can Do To Introduce Others To Jesus.

I. Identify - Identify those who are outside a relationship with Jesus Christ.

A. 95 % of all Christians have never won a soul to Christ
B. 80 % of all Christians do not consistently engage in spiritual conversations with unchurched people.
C. 96% of church leaders believe their churches would have grown faster if they would have been more involved in evangelism.
D. Great Commission

Matthew 28: 18 –20

18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

II. Intercede – Intercede for spiritual awareness in others’ lives.

A. The Secret Weapon
B. What it isn’t....
1. Waiting until you have full knowledge of the truth.
2. Waiting until you have a dynamic testimony
3. Waiting until you develop the “gift of evangelism”
1. Pray they will be receptive.
2. Pray they will be released.
3. Pray they will be responsive.

D. God has made the promise, but we have to pray!

Genesis 17:8

8 The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God."

III. Intersect – Intersect your life with those who need Christ

A. Ambassadors for Christ – don’t live in a Christian cocoon.
B. Guilt is the wrong reason for being a witness.
C. The correct response is our genuine response to The Great Commission.
D. God’s timing is perfect.
E. Slow down so we can find non-Christians to spend time with.

Matthew 22:35-39

35One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

IV. Invite – Invite others to consider a relationship with Christ.

A. Ultimately we decide if we are going to join God in being facilitators.
B. Huge benefits when we join God in becoming facilitators.
C. The Holy Spirit will prompt you.
D. Don’t be afraid to ask the question.
E. You can do it!!!!!

1 John 4:18

18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

V. Involve – Involve others in a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ and His church.

A. Once people become Christ followers, we have a responsibility to help them grow as believers.
B. Christian Community is the best environment for spiritual growth.
C. Jesus commanded us to make disciples not just Christians.

John 10:10

10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Non-discipleship results in the “thief having his way. Discipleship results in Jesus Christ having His way!