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Title: Evangelism: Reasons of the Heart


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Evangelism Reasons of the Heart
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4 Suggested Reads on the Topic of Evangelism
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- Building Bridges -
- Finding Your Conversational Approach -
- Starting the Conversation -
- Listening to Their Questions -
- Doing Life With Them -
- Belonging Before Becoming -
- Praying With and For Them -
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Evangelism Reasons of the Heart
- Building Bridges -
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- Building Bridges -
  • STEP ONE Believing that God is the author of
    salvation, and therefore the main cause of
    successful and meaningful evangelism. That
    building bridges to our non-Christian friends and
    families didnt begin with our desire to reach
    them but His.

the Triune God is the author of salvation.
And, inasmuch as He has executed in time the
eternal plan of salvation, has revealed its
execution in the gospel, and has ordained the
gospel as the indispensible means of salvation,
it is no less clear that the Triune God is the
author of salvation. R. B. Kuiper, God-Centered
Evangelism
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- Building Bridges -
  • STEP TWO Acknowledging the danger of finding the
    satisfaction of intimacy inside the church so
    appealing that we no longer have life investments
    with the lonely broken people outside her
    walls. While also realizing our need for that
    intimacy.

To put it another way many Christians churches
these days are like a ghetto in one of our big
cities a community of immigrants in a foreign
country, clinging together for warmth and
understanding, and surrounded by a society that
does not understand or seem to care. When
churches have become like this, their biggest
need is to get out of the ghetto and to put to
rest forever their ghetto mentality. We have got
to build bridges. Michael Green, Sharing your
faith with friends and family
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- Building Bridges -
  • STEP THREE Building bridges by first
    acknowledging where we are in relation to the
    world. If weve left it years and years ago, or
    just emerged from within it, or wake up beside it
    each morning. Acknowledging where we are is vital.

Your neighbors door is not a Billy Graham
shaped door but a you shaped door. You are the
best person to reach your neighbor in a
non-artificial manner where they can see the
gospel is for real people too. But the question
remains who is your neighbor -Anonymous
missionary
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- Building Bridges -
  • STEP FOUR Seeing your weaknesses as a point of
    contact rather than a reason not to believe
    Christ could use someone like you to reach others
    with his Gospel.

Faces were smiling and several hands reached
out for the pamphlets. I know that they were able
to take them instead of retreating in suspicion
because they had heard Rose Marie and me confess
many of our weaknesses. We have made a conscious
effort to move with humility into the lives of
other people, to love them from below, rather
than from above. Our weaknesses have become our
point of contact, and this openness and
vulnerability causes people to open up to us in
return. -Jack Miller, A Faith Worth Sharing A
lifetime of conversations about Christ
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Evangelism Reasons of the Heart
- Finding Your Conversation Style -
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- Finding Your Conversation Style -
THE IMPORTANCE OF DIVERSITY
  • God knew what He was doing when He made you. He
    did! He custom-designed you with your unique
    combination of personality, temperament, talents,
    and background, and He wants to harness and use
    these in His mission to reach this messed-up
    world. That means He wants to use you in a
    fashion that fits the person He made you to be.
    God doesnt call us all to spread His truth in
    the same way. Instead, He built diversity into
    the fabric of His body of believers And until we
    realize that, well find ourselves needlessly
    imitating each others outreach efforts,
    wastefully duplicating some approaches while
    harmfully squelching others.
  • Bill Hybels, Becoming a Contagious Christian

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- Finding Your Conversational Approach -
IDENTIFYING YOUR CONVERSATION STYLE
  • CONFRONTATIONAL
  • direct, bold, and right to the point kind of
    approach, demanding action immediately
  • INTELLECTUAL
  • an inquisitive type who enjoys working with
    ideas and evidences, someone who not only
    declares the gospel but also defines and defends
    it kind of approach
  • TESTIMONIAL
  • focuses more upon the individuals journey with
    God, re-telling the drama of how you moved from
    religion into relationship is a common part of
    this approach
  • INTERPERSONAL
  • enjoys having long discussions over coffee with
    others, enjoys bringing people into the web of
    your life, places friendships before witnessing
    kind of approach
  • INVITATIONAL
  • you constantly are widening the circle of
    people involved in your activities, and you have
    a natural knack for getting people to come with
    you, you are good at drawing people out kind of
    approach
  • SERVICE
  • you find it relatively easy to serve others,
    if meeting peoples needs is what you find to be
    the most compelling witness, then this is your
    kind of approach

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- Finding Your Conversation Style -
THE RELATIVE WORTH OF LABELING YOUR
CONVERSATIONAL STYLE
  • nobody fits perfectly into just one of these
    styles. In fact, youll probably find
    opportunities to use all of them. The point is
    that God designed diversity on His team and each
    member is stronger in some styles than in others.
    You might come up with style number seven or
    eight, and thats fine, too.
  • Bill Hybels, Becoming a Contagious Christian

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Evangelism Reasons of the Heart
- Starting the Conversation -
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- Starting the Conversation -
Beginning the conversation within yourself
Understanding what the gospel is, and isnt.
Being real with them means being yourself
  • Valuing dialogue instead of monologue

Starting the conversation with in the right tone
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- Starting the Conversation -
Beginning the conversation with a reminder
Understanding what the gospel is, and isnt.
The gospel starts by teaching us that we, as
creatures, are absolutely dependent on God, and
that He, as Creator, has an absolute claim on us.
Only when we have learned this can we see what
sin is, and only when we see what sin is can we
understand the good news of salvation from sin.
We must know what it means to call God Creator
before we can grasp what it means to call God
Redeemer. J.I. Packer, Evangelism The
Sovereignty of God One part of providing
clarity when we share the gospel, sometimes
missed by earnest evangelists, is the willingness
to offend. Clarity with the claims of Christ
certainly will include the translation of the
gospel into words that our hearer understands,
but it doesnt necessarily mean translating it
into words that our hearer will like. Too often,
advocates of relevant evangelism verge over into
being advocates of irrelevant non-evangelism. A
gospel that  in no way offends the sinner has not
been understood.. Mark Dever, The Gospel
Personal Evangelism
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- Starting the Conversation -
Being real with them means being yourself
  • There is no surefire way of going about
    evangelism, or of adopting a Christian approach.
    Be yourself. Be true to your own nature not
    sinful nature, but rather your personality, your
    own way of expressing things, your own special
    relationship with that friend you are trying to
    help.
  • Michael Green, Sharing your faith with friends
    and family

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- Starting the Conversation -
  • Valuing dialogue instead of monologue

Because of all the baggage and lack of trust
in our Post-Christian world, people need to be
engaged in dialogue. Few people are interested
only in a monologue. Creating a culture
of dialogue requires us to walk in the shoes of
the other person. To consider how it feels to be
an outsider to the faith desiring to
understand, but not having a clue wanting to ask
questions, but afraid to offend needing to fit
in to explore, but not sure of the rules. John
Burke, No Perfect People Allowed
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- Starting the Conversation -
Starting the conversation with the right tone
Start by Asking Questions It diffuses their
assumptions that were only interested in giving
them answers to questions they may not even be
raising. It makes our conversation with them a
two-way street. Speak with Modesty The world is
too full of brash people, trying to sell you
something at any cost. Were not selling Jesus to
our friends, were sharing his love with
them. Speak with Confidence We may not always
know what we believe but we know who we believe.
And he is the King of all Kings, He has answers
for them. Speak with Enthusiasm Our
conversations should be marked with celebration,
after all weve found Jesus, or better put hes
found us! Speak Naturally about Him Jesus is
both God and man, hes approachable, dont make
your conversation about him feel like a bad
Televangelist crusade on TBN. Speak in
Understandable Language Whether we realize it or
not weve learned Christianese well, we need to
be careful about what we assume they understand
in our language. Learn the local tongue
translate in it (contextualization) Speak in
Prayerful Timing Be sensitive to the Spirits
leading, asking the Lord whether or not its time
to take them further into the message of who and
what Christ has done, and demands.
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- Listening to Their Questions -
Evangelism Reasons of the Heart
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- Listening to Their Questions -
- INVOLVES VALUING SILENCE -
  • Real conversations, the ones that connect
    hearts and transfer understanding, need breathing
    spaces. We dont have to jump in with words as
    soon as the other person pauses. In fact, we need
    time to hear and digest what has been just said
    before we jump in with the next thought that
    comes to mind. Training our hearts to be silent
    precedes our mouths doing the same. By doing so,
    we can develop the self-control we need for
    sharing the Good News-both with and without
    words.
  • Randy Newman, Questioning Evangelism Engaging
    Peoples Hearts the Way Jesus Did

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- Listening to Their Questions -
- INVOLVES KEEPING YOUR AGENDA TO LOVE -
  • Actual conversations with other human beings
    rarely follow a script. So resolve now to be OK
    with interruptions, awkward pauses, rabbit
    trails, and even bursts of anger. Keep your
    agenda to love, but drop your agenda for how the
    conversation has to play out.
  • Walter Henegar, Evangelism for Dummies The
    surprising gift of stating the obvious

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- Listening to Their Questions -
- INVOLVES PUTTING ASIDE THE AIR OF ARROGANCE
BENEVOLENCE WE OFTEN DONT REALIZE WE HAVE -
  • Peter Berger captures the style of witness that
    is dead for most people today A peculiar
    mixture of arrogance (I know the truth) and
    benevolence (I want to save you) has always
    been the chief psychological hall mark of
    missionary activity. People can smell this
    combination of arrogance and benevolence a mile
    away. At the first whiff they will fly away-miles
    away.
  • Rick Richardson, Evangelism Outside the Box New
    ways to help people experience the Good News
  • The primary reason outsiders feel hostile
    toward Christians, and especially conservative
    Christians, is not because of any specific
    theological perspective. What they react
    negatively to is our swagger, how we go about
    things and the sense of self-importance we
    project.
  • David Kinnaman Gabe Lyons, UnChristian What a
    new generation really thinks about
    Christianityand why it matters

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- Listening to Their Questions -
- INVOLVES BOTH BIBLICAL CULTURAL LITERACY -
  • Once he had absorbed Athenian culture through
    listening and observing, Paul compared and
    contrasted Christian beliefs with those of the
    Athenians. I call this skill dual listening,
    which is like holding the Bible in one hand and a
    screenplay, script, lyric sheet, book, magazine
    article, or newspaper in the other. Holding the
    two side by side, the culturally savvy Christian
    engages in dual listening by assessing,
    comparing, contrasting, correlating, analyzing,
    evaluating, understanding, synthesizing, and
    conceptualizing in order to interpret faith in
    light of cultural insights and to interpret
    culture in light of insights from our faith. Dual
    listening requires both biblical and cultural
    literacy.
  • Dick Staub, The Culturally Savvy Christian A
    manifesto for deepening faith and enriching
    popular culture in an age of Christianity-lite

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- Doing Life With Them -
Evangelism Reasons of the Heart
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- Doing Life With Them -
MEANS REDEEMING THE IMAGE OF EVANGELISM
  • Lets be honest, evangelism is not very cool
    these days. The word evangelist conjures up for
    many people a slick, oily-haired man in a dark
    suite and tie, smiling out of a TV screen, Bible
    in hand, with the phone number for donations at
    the bottom of the picture. Most evangelists I
    know are as far removed from this caricature as
    Brad Pitt is from the Queen of England, but mud
    sticks. Like it or not, the word carries negative
    rather than positive overtones for most people
    outside (and often inside) Christians circles,
    and the image remains.
  • Graham Tomlin, The Provocative Church

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- Doing Life With Them -
INVOLVES LETTING THEM INTO YOUR DAILY ROUTINES
  • I was learning to let others into my life. Mel
    could see me studying the Bible and finding
    something there that changed and satisfied me.
    Thats why h wanted to study the Bible, too. And
    I lived close enough to John to be fed up with
    his sins and to let him know (less than
    perfectly) how they affected me. There at the
    boarding house, the men could see that I had the
    same sins and needs as they did and that my God
    had helped me. The Holy Spirit did the rest.
  • So wherever you cook breakfast, there is your
    classroom for learning to share your faith. The
    people you encounter daily are the ones Jesus
    wants you to share the gospel with. But make sure
    that you are understanding and loving the gospel
    more each day yourself or you will not be able to
    love and understand the friends at your
    breakfast table.
  • Jack Miller, A Faith Worth Sharing A lifetime of
    conversations about Christ

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- Doing Life With Them -
REQUIRES THE TYPE OF PASTORAL CARE THAT CAN ONLY
BE APPLIED IN RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM
  • Gospel communication sees through a persons
    name, position, reasons, and arguments and tries
    to reach the real lifes problems. It involves
    meetings, but meetings filled with love. We
    recognize ourselves in the other
    personMissionaries are not annoyed by the
    stupidity of the natives, at their
    primitive behavior. This personal involvement
    with others determines the pastoral dimension of
    our work. Bearing the balm of Gilead, and not
    patent medicine, we are motivated by the heart of
    the shepherd.
  • Harvie M. Conn, Evangelism Doing justice and
    preaching grace

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- Doing Life With Them -
INCLUDES SEEING THEM AS BOTH SINNERS, AND THE
SINNED AGAINST IN OTHER WORDS IT MEANS MERCY
  • The New Testament church does not escape the
    obligation of doing justly for evangelism. We are
    marked as those who hunger and thirst after
    righteousness (Matt 56). And that righteousness,
    as Herman Ridderbos points out, is not
    righteousness in the Pauline sense of imputed
    forensic righteousness. It is the kingly justice
    that God has promised for the salvation of the
    oppressed and the outcasts. It is the kingly
    justice that God has promised the Messiah would
    bring. We live in a new day, the day of the
    promised King. And His coming was to be a coming
    on behalf of justice for all, fairness for the
    afflicted of the earth (see Isa. 111-5). The
    Old Testament promise of the Messiahs jubilee
    year meant justice and freedom for the oppressed,
    the broken (Isa. 611-2). In Christ the jubilee
    year of restoration for society has begun (Luke
    417-21). It will not be finished until Christ
    returns and consumates all creation being
    regained.
  • Harvie M. Conn, Evangelism Doing justice and
    preaching grace

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- Belonging Before Becoming -
Evangelism Reasons of the Heart
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- Belonging Before Becoming -
KNOWING WE HAVE A HOME INSIDE OUR LOCAL CHURCH
BEFORE WE INVITE OTHERS IN
  • Always before, well-meaning people had told me
    that I just had to have faith. Well, I didnt
    have faith, so their answer never did me any
    good. But Jim didnt respond that way. He had
    thoughtful answers to my questions. He admitted
    when he didnt know something. He seemed to be
    taking me seriously. I felt listened to and cared
    for. And my heart began to open up. As I watched
    Jim, he seemed to know who he was. He seemed to
    feel a sense of belonging wherever he went, and
    he gave other people that sense. He was at home
    with himself, and I felt more at home with myself
    when I was around him.
  • Rick Richardson, Evangelism Outside the Box New
    ways to help people experience the good news

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- Belonging Before Becoming -
WE NEED TO REALIZE WE MAY NOT BE AS WELCOMING OR
ACCEPTING OF OTHERS AS WE THINK
  • most people assume they will not be accepted
    until they change, not by God and definitely not
    by church people. So we must tell them the truth
    over and overInstead of acceptance that draws
    them into relationship and says Im for you,
    non-Christians pick up an us versus them
    mentality from many Christians. It is subtle but
    deadly.
  • John Burke, No Perfect People Allowed Creating a
    come as you are culture in the Church

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- Belonging Before Becoming -
HELPING SOMEONE BELONG BEFORE BECOMING MEANS
TURNING TO THEM IN RESPONSIBLE SERVICE AND
OFFERING THE ONE THING NO ONE ELSE CAN OFFER
ACCEPTANCE BASED ON THE TRUTHS OF THE GOSPEL!
  • the Christian turns both from the world and to
    the world. He turns from irresponsible sin to
    responsible service the evangelist, on the way
    from Jerusalem to his city-wide crusade in
    Jericho, will not, in passing, toss a tract or
    decision card to the man who has fallen among
    thieves, but will stop and minister and care for
    him.
  • Will Metzger, To Tell the Truth The whole gospel
    to the whole person by the whole person

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- Belonging Before Becoming -
BEGINE THE PROCESS OF HEALING THE WOUNDS OF THOSE
WHOVE BEEN DEEVANGELIZED OR DECHURCHED.
  • First, notice that many of these outsiders were
    former insiders. And, second, realize that what
    they see from Christians creates their ideas
    about the reality and authenticity of following
    Christ. By our words and actions, are we boosting
    the reputation of Christianity, or are we
    unwitting accomplices in presenting an
    unChristian faith to outsiders?
  • In asking about how Christians come across to
    people, we interviewed Steven, a
    thirty-four-year-old who moved to New York from
    Phoenix. During the interview, he described his
    initial excitement when he met a peer in an
    unfamiliar city. A young guy approached me in a
    subway station once, friendly, full of questions,
    interested in talking. He seemed really nice, and
    I couldnt believe a New Yorker was being so,
    well, nice! We exchanged numbers and said wed
    hang out sometime. Next time I heard from him, he
    invited me to a Bible study, and that was all he
    wanted to talk about. When I said, No thanks, I
    never heard from him again. Rather than being
    genuinely interested in people for their
    friendship, we often seem like spiritual
    headhunters.
  • David Kinnaman Gabe Lyons, UnChristian What a
    new generation really thinks about
    Christianityand why it matters

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- Praying With and For Them -
Evangelism Reasons of the Heart
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- Praying With and For Them -
- Praying With Them -
  • John and I were sitting in the café, I was
    anticipating a good hardy breakfast as well as
    some deep conversation about mission and
    evangelism since John was one of my seminary
    professors who taught in that area, and then it
    happenedOut of the blue John introduces me to
    our waitress and says, Hello, his name is Tony
    and hes a pastor, how can he pray for you.
    Well, at that moment I was praying but it wasnt
    for her it was for me, the embarrassment and
    out-of-placeness I was feeling. Then something
    amazing happened, she just opened up her entire
    life to us and what she was struggling with.
    After praying for her I realized that sometimes
    the best witness I can give for my faith is a
    praying witness. Being willing to pray with them
    on the spot
  • A testimony from my own spiritual journey while
    at Westminster Theological Seminary. John Leonard
    Dr. of Missiology was the John in this story.

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- Praying With and For Them -
- Praying For Them -
  • Prayer for others is the supreme God-ordained
    method in evangelism. Unless God changes a
    persons heart, nothing lasting will be achieved.
    Prayer is a means of raising the dead sinners to
    life!...Until we see the incapacity of sinners
    and our helplessness to save them, we will not
    commit ourselves to pray prayer is pleading our
    helplessness before God. Our prayers should be
    marked by expectancy and longing.
  • Will Metzger, Tell The Truth The whole gospel to
    the whole person by whole people

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- Building Bridges -
- Finding Your Conversational Approach -
- Starting the Conversation -
- Listening to Their Questions -
- Doing Life With Them -
- Belonging Before Becoming -
- Praying With and For Them -
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Evangelism Reasons of the Heart
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