The Nature of Evangelism
By Bong Abagon, Staff Writer
This past weekend, i had the chance to lead an evangelism training with Red C church. I’ve not seen so many young adults in one training lately, especially on a Super Bowl weekend (that’s spiritual warfare in itself). I want to commend this group for choosing to be trained. Here are a few things we covered on that training.
- Spiritual Warfare. Inviting people for an outreach event is a difficult task. People are busy and it is only the Spirit of God that can move people to come to a church event. Think of three individuals that you can pray for – now and everyday -until the event. Pray for courage so you can invite. Pray for your prospects so they will come. Pray that they may hear the gospel when they come.
- Be trained. Being trained once to do evangelism is just like taking a few shots before playing at the NBA finals. It doesn’t work that way. If you want to get better at presenting the gospel, you need to be trained constantly. The 6-week training will allow you at least 7-10 hours of repetitious practice with someone.
- Get used to sharing. Being trained is one thing – actually using it on everyday life is another. Three circles, 6-week evangelism training is designed to help believers turn everyday conversation into an evangelism conversation. Be aware that God wants to use you. He wants everyone to hear the good news. If you are going to be fishers of men, you got to be ready to respond when any of your hook gets a bite.
- Focused Prayer. “It’s not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord” (Zech 4:6). You can be trained all you want, but without the power of the Spirit, you will be devoid of the armor of God. Saint Augustine puts it this way, “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”
Evangelism is spiritual warfare. I want to encourage you – be prepared to fight for the souls around you. You have the good news – share it!
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