God didn’t give us a cowardly spirit but a spirit of power, love, and good judgment.
“These are the miraculous signs that will accompany believers: They will use the power and authority of my name to force demons out of people. They will speak new languages. They will pick up snakes, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them. They will place their hands on the sick and cure them.”
The disciples spread ⌊the Good News⌋ everywhere. The Lord worked with them. He confirmed his word by the miraculous signs that accompanied it.
I like to say that you can’t judge someone into the Kingdom.
For those outside the Body, we engage them with self-sacrificing love, as Jesus did.
He was a friend of sinners.
For those inside the Body, we hold each other accountable to God’s standards.
We do it gently and let the Spirit convict them of sin.
The best way to do that?
Have a small group Bible study.
There’s nothing better in my book than reading the Bible for refreshing one’s mind.
Whether one on one or with a handful of others, reading the Bible outloud together and discussing its application to our daily lives is the bedrock of discipleship.
We must continually be renewing our minds with Scripture.
The voice of this world wants to drown out the voice of God.
And when God speaks to us, it’s in that still, small voice.
You need to eliminate all distractions to hear it.
Silence, solitude, stillness.
Practice those spiritual disciplines to better tune your ear to hear what the Spirit is saying.
Why am I talking about discipleship in an article about evangelism?
Because they are inseparable.
The purpose of evangelism is to make disciples.
You can’t make a disciple if you’re not a disciple.
I like to infuse everything I do and say with the Gospel message.
Love, love, love.
That’s the message.
God is love.
God loves you.
He desires your love in return.
The turn or burn crowd is preaching to the wrong audience.
Their message of correction should be aimed at themselves.
If they spent more time in Scripture they would learn the truth.
Religion never saved anybody.
Jesus saves through relationship.
Spiritual transformation is what we’re after.
First, we get restored back into relationship with God by believing the Good News that Jesus Christ is the Messiah.
Then, our lives and lifestyles progressively change as we spend more time with God.
As the saying goes, you are what you read and who you hang around with.
Basically, you are what you eat.
If you consume a steady diet of marketing messages, carnal minded entertainment, and gossip, you’re going to be worldly.
There’s a better life to be had.
And those of us who got the life need to be out in the world sharing it.
Holy huddles on Sundays are good for equipping the team before the game on Monday.
Are we talking truth and tactics?
Or are we just full of hot air?
Sermons should be training us for righteousness.
Just like all Scripture is.
Wow, I’ve really digressed.
My point is we need to go in the love and power of God into our respective communities and areas of influence.
Evangelism is a lifestyle of living for Jesus.
Sometimes you preach.
Sometimes you heal.
Sometimes you give what you have to those without.
You recognize that we’re all one family.
Those that are lost are hurting and broken and need a touch or a word from God to bring them back.
We are the love of God.
We have the power of God accompanying us as we go.
Just being there should change the atmosphere.
We go where angels fear to tread.
If God is for us, who can be against us?
Only the enemy.
And he has been defeated.
Be the change this world so desperately needs.
We have the message living inside of us.
It’s not meant to be hoarded.
It’s meant to be shared freely.
God has given us everything to enjoy.
Even this day.
Make it a little brighter and share the love of Christ with a friend who used to be a stranger.
Do the work of an evangelist.
They are the front line soldiers in God’s army.
You’re going to have to force out some demons.
You’re going to have to speak the words that the Spirit gives you to speak in the moment.
You’re going to be persecuted, slandered, and endure suffering.
But what is truly worth fighting for?
Stuff that you can’t take with you when your mortal body dies?
Or love which is eternal and never dies?
The Kingdom of God is the Kingdom of Love.
Those who do not love, do not know God.
We are perfected in love.
We are exactly like Him in this world, with regards to love.
Jesus was the prototype.
Conform yourself to His image and likeness.
He showed us how to live.
He showed us what is important.
He’ll never lead you astray.
But He might make your path cross a stray soul that needs shepherding back into the sheepfold.
Be blessed, Church.
And be a blessing.
May the God of all grace be with you all.