This is Part 3 of “Why Should The Church Evangelize”
HOW TO EVANGELIZE
PRAYER IS A VITALLY IMPORTANT KEY TO EVANGELIZING
1Co 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
Think back to your own conversion. Were there people praying and requesting your salvation? If so, you are not alone!
ALL THE GREAT SOUL WINNERS OF THE BIBLE PRAYED! Jesus prayed frequently (Mt 14:23, 26:36; Mk 6:46; Lk 5:16; Joh 17). Paul prayed (Ro 1:9; Eph. 1:16). Stephen prayed (Ac 7:55-60). And you must pray. God wants you to pray to Him and have fellowship with Him (Joh1:1-4). Why?
- WHAT PRAYER DOES
- IT WEAKENS DEMONIC FORCES
Eph 6:12 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.
2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Mt 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
Lu 8:12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe andbe saved.
2Sa 21:10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.
THE WALLS OF THE UNREGENERATE HEART ARE BROKEN DOWN
Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spiritand in truth.
MORE PEOPLE WILL HELP YOU EVANGELIZE.
Jesus specifically asked us to pray that God would send workers into the field (Mt 9:37-38). What is the field? It is the world of sinners. Who are the workers? They are people like you. Jesus wants people to find salvation and enjoy eternal fellowship with Him. He wants you to preach the Gospel. He has given the command “Go and make disciples of all the nations…”
(Mt 28:19). Your witness for God may or may not be verbal. But either way, you need to pray and ask God to give you strength, love, and insight.
YOU WILL HAVE MORE COMPASSION FOR THE LOST.
Ro 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
YOU WILL HAVE A GREATER DESIRE TO EVANGELIZE.
YOU WILL HAVE MORE BOLDNESS.
2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord…When fear rises up, rebuke it. It isn’t from God! We to never allow a spirit
Ac 4:29 …Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
The next verse tells us how God responded:
Ac 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
You need to pray for boldness. And nothing will give you boldness like the baptism in the Holy Ghost!
YOUR OWN HEART WILL BE STRENGTHENED.
Mt 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
NOTHING IS MORE VIOLENT THAN A POWERFUL PRAYER-LIFE COUPLED WITH AN INTENSE DESIRE TO SEE THE LOST SAVED!
Ps 126:5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
FISHERS OF MEN
Mt 4:18 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.
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. 21 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. 22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him. Mt 13:47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
Mt 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name
JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
IF FISHING WERE EASY, IT WOULD BE CALLED “CATCHING”!
FISHERS OF MEN
FISHING WITH A NET
IT IS BETTER TO HAVE A COUPLE MINISTRIES THAT YOU’RE REALLY GOOD AT THAN FIFTY THAT MAKE NO DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.
THE NET PULLS IN MULTITUDES
Mt 13:47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
BE WARNED! NOT EVERYONE THAT COMES TO YOUR CHURCH WILL HAVE GOOD INTENTIONS.
Mt 13:48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
THE LOCAL CHURCH IS A VERY POWERFUL SOUL WINNING TOOL
BIG EVENTS PULL MORE PEOPLE INLET PEOPLE KNOW THAT YOU ARE THERE (UTILIZE ADVERTISEMENT)
GOD IS GOING TO HOLD THE UNREPENTANT ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR CHOICES
Lu 14:16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,
Eze 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.
PERSONAL SOUL WINNING ON AN EVERYDAY BASIS IS ALWAYS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO EVANGELIZE