Monday, May 12, 2014 4:37 AM

Three Types of Evangelism

Monday, May 12, 2014 4:37 AM
Monday, May 12, 2014 4:37 AM

Relational Evangelism

We all build relationships. Whether they are with family members or with acquaintances who do not know the Lord, such as neighbors and work colleagues, these people are most likely going to be the ones we spend most of our time with. In all probability, we will have a greater burden for the salvation of these people than others we come across. Therefore, if we truly love them, we will not hold back in telling them the message of the Messiah. In John 1:38-41, we see Andrew coming to know the Messiah and it says in verse 41, he first finds his own brother Simon. The first thing he did was to go tell his family member (someone he was in a relationship with) and we need to do the same. We need to put aside all fears of rejection or fears of ruining the relationship. Evangelism is not to be hindered by that, because their souls are precious to the Lord and they should be to you also. So go tell those within your immediate sphere of contact the good news of Jesus the Messiah.

Spontaneous Evangelism

Another area in which we can lead an evangelistic lifestyle is in spontaneous evangelism. This consists of making the most of every opportunity to evangelize when the Lord opens the door. It is not premeditated. Jesus said, “As you go, preach”. We are to share the Gospel spontaneously. His means we share with that random customer at a grocery store, or with the cold caller who calls us, or the person we share a taxi with, or the pizza delivery guy. He or she expects a good tip! So give this person the best tip possible, the presentation of the Gospel in which he or she can receive eternal life. My wife and I visited Draydelhouse in Caesarea, and the lady asked us to get a blessing by turning a dreidel. I did and she said your blessing for the day is ‘luck’. So I asked her if she knew what ‘luck’ stood for and she replied, "No". I explained that it stands for 'Living Under Christ’s Kindness’. She then asked if I was a Christian. I said, "Yes, I am a follower of the Messiah Yeshua." This turned into leading her to Daniel 9 and talking about Messiah’s first coming and ended with her wanting a book showing how Jesus had fulfilled all the Messianic prophecies. Spontaneous evangelism! We can all do it!

Organized Evangelism

The third area of an evangelistic lifestyle is organized evangelism. Relational and spontaneous is done by individuals as they go about their daily lives, but organized evangelism is done by the local body of believers. One of the 13 purposes of the local church is to go and make disciples and preach the Gospel to every creature. The local church is to have scheduled evangelism where it reaches out to the lost through door-to-door and street witnessing. This area of evangelism is lacking in this day. For varied reasons, most local bodies do not make an intentional effort to take the Gospel beyond their four walls. (jonathanc@ariel.org.)

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