Archive for the ‘Evangelism’ Category

III. Salvation Belongs to the Lord (Jonah 1-4)

April 28, 2007

Robert Browning then preached the entire book of Jonah. I have never heard Jonah, or any other Old Testament text, explained so well. His message followed the previous two quite nicely. In fact, I would consider it an illustration of both Blake’s message and my own. All of us rejoiced to see how the Holy Spirit orchestrated the entire weekend to communicate so clearly God’s heart for evangelism. Not only did the messages fit together well, but Blake noted that we had a message from an Old Testament book, a Gospel, and an epistle, all three together testifying of what God’s word as a whole demands of his people.

Robert laid out his message according to four different scenes in Jonah (1:1-16; 1:17-2:10; 3:1-10; 4:1-11), and then gave an application for each. He believes that the main theme in the entire book is revealed in 2:9, “Salvation belongs to the Lord.” Thus, Robert also repeatedly taught us how each scene relates to this main theme. You will notice this in the following summary. (more…)

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II. The Freedom of God in Mercy: Our Fuel for Evangelism and Missions (Rom 9:14-18)

April 28, 2007

Following Blake, I spoke from the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 9, a passage which has consumed the majority of my studies this semester. Since Blake spoke on who we, as Christians, are in the world, I wanted to explain what fueled us for our efforts in evangelism and missions. What gives us drive to fulfill our God-given role as salt and light? The answer to this question became clear for me, by God’s grace, after studying Romans 9; namely, we need to get a glimpse of God and his passions. (more…)

I. Becoming a Lamp on a Stand (Matt 5:13-16)

April 28, 2007

Blake Hicks kicked everything off with Jesus’ words from the Sermon on the Mount. As kingdom people, Christians are salt and light, and play a valuable role in bringing saving and healing advantages to a world in need of Jesus. As salt we bring preservation where there is decay and flavor to what is tasteless. If we become bland oursleves (i.e. no longer salty), however, then there is no other use for us except to be trampled under foot by men. As light we shine forth the glory of Christ to others and, at the same time, expose the darkness which the lost love. Without doubt, when both of these things occur, people will insult us and persecute us; however, according to Jesus, this should be a cause for rejoicing (Matt 5:11-12). (more…)

Out From Under a Basket

April 28, 2007

This weekend I had the privelidge privilege of speaking at a discipleship weekend along with two of my dear brothers (Blake Hicks and Robert Browning). The event was hosted by Redeemer Church, our local congregation, and provided an atmosphere for youth and their parents. The event was titled, “Out from Under a Basket: Developing a God-exalting Life of Evangelism.” Indeed, it was one of the most convicting, humbling, engaging, and transforming events I have attended. Through Blake and Robert, the Lord provided me with some wonderful instruction on reaching the lost world for Christ. In the following posts, I will try to summarize some of the main points of application from each of our talks. I hope they are an encouragement for all of us in our evangelism efforts.

An Outline of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as Revealed in the Apostolic Preaching of the Cross

February 23, 2007

I have recently added an outline of the Gospel at the bottom of the page entitled, “Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” I used this outline to help the two young men I am discipling to better understand the essentials of the gospel, in order that we might be better prepared to preach the gospel to others in our evangelism as well as to ourselves on a daily basis.

It is broken up into five main headings which are easy to remember: 1) God the Father Reveals Himself in God the Son; 2) Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was crucified; 3) God the Father Raised Jesus from the Dead; 4) Jesus Christ Sent God the Holy Spirit; 5) Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is Coming Again. I did my best in these main headings to summarize the apostolic witness found in Acts and the New Testament epistles. Also, there are twenty-four subheadings that explain what is meant by the assertions made in the main headings, each of which are followed by an abundance of biblical support.

I have found the outline a very helpful resource in sharing the gospel with others and preaching to myself. I pray it might do the same for others.