When I hear the word evangelism I think about a computer game I played as a kid -> teenager -> fully grown adult. Star Wars Jedi Knight 2 Jedi Outcast! All through the game you play a Jedi called Kyle, and you’re aim is to hunt down one bad-guy-lizard called Desarn. By the last level, you’ve gone all over the galaxy killing, stormtroopers, minor league sith and AT-AT walkers. You finally jump and force you’re way through an elaborate obstacle course and end up face to face with Desarn. Just before you go to have the final show down. You hold out your hand… “It’s not too late, turn to the light side”…. Anyway that’s my lame excuse to put this picture in:
Onto the subject at hand…one of my modules for FFM is Evangelism. And one of my assignments was to write about my motivations, convictions and promises that I hold to in Evangelism. Bellow is a summary of my thoughts! I hope you enjoy:
When it comes to evangelism I have 3 main motivations. 1) Jesus commanded us to do it. This is probably the biggest reason I do evangelism, or at least attempt it! As a follower of Jesus I want to be like Him and to follow His commands. 2) I want my friends to go to Heaven, know Jesus and experience life to its fullest! I suppose this reason, is slightly selfish. But it’s also loving. I want what’s best for my family and friends. And the answer to that is Jesus. 3) I want to set an example to those who I mentor/disciple. If they see that I can/do this evangelism thing, then they may have confidence to do it themselves.
I think it’s best to record my convictions as bullet points.
- – That this is good news and will really benefit my friends lives. I believe that when Jesus said that He came so that we may have life and life in abundance (John 10.10), He was saying that without Him our experience of life is limited.
- – That we can’t force our friends to believe, any more than we can force ourselves to believe, God opens they’re eyes. One of the prayers of Elijah in 1 Kings 18:37 “Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” God turns people’s heart towards Him. I guess that makes me a Calvinist.
- – HOWEVER, even though God is Sovereign, we have a responsibility to speak (Rom 10:14-15) – obediently and truthfully. God is not looking to override our free-will or our friends’. So He gives us the opportunity to partner with Him in this. We also have a responsibility to pray (Mt 9.8).
- – Faith comes from hearing and hearing the Word of God (rom 10.17). Therefore Scripture plays a massive role in evangelism.
- – Saying that, the early church didn’t have a Bible (as we now know it), and did fine! There is power in testimony, in miracles and Jesus’ Name & resurrection to save (1 Cor 2.4).
- – God can speak through a donkey, literally, so I don’t have to be perfect to be used (Numbers 22).
- – Jesus uses my weaknesses to display His glory (2 Cor 12.9), therefore I will boast about my weaknesses, failures and trials. Not because I recovered from them, but because God can use them to display His grace (1 Tim 1.15).
- – I evangelise best with BOTH my words and my actions. One without the other won’t do. (Rom 10.17 & Mt 5.16)
- – My work, attitude, ethic can be a witness. (1 Thess 4:11-12), even my eating and drinking can be done in a manner to bring Him Glory. (1 Cor 10.31)
- – I believe a united & loving church is a better witness of the gospel than a critical-of-each-other and divided church. John 12.35.
- – Without Jesus we can do nothing/produce no fruit, John 15, therefore our personal “abiding” is essential.
- – Jesus will be with me especially so in the context of discipleship and going. (Mt 28:20),
- – His word won’t return empty (Is 55.11), I can take comfort in the fact that God’s word brings life and change.
- – Even in the midst of persecution and ridicule, I am blessed! (Mt 5.10-12)
Settling on 6-10 people is difficult, there are more than that I want to see saved. At the moment I have a page at the back of my journal I use with 3 columns, and one of those columns is a list of names of people I want to see know Jesus. I go to this list most days, whenever I journal. But I decided for the assignment to choose…
And I’ll end the extract there! Alavida.