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Websites For Evangelism Training

September 19th, 2016

After searching the web I found the following sites that offer practical usable information for evangelism. Evangelism Explosion materials I am personally familiar with because I was trained using these materials and have found them to be usable and produce success.  Remember, no matter how well you are trained in evangelism, it is imperative to utilize the information.   In the following insert from my book “Earnestly Contend for the Faith” you will find some interesting information I found from David Barrett.


Why is evangelism necessary? The answer to this question should be obvious. As a living organism the Church must be reproducing itself or it is dying. But before we delve too far into this topic, let us ask the question: What is evangelism? Though the question seems trite, the answer is somewhat confusing. To demonstrate this point David Barrett gives some very insightful information in his work for the AD 2000 Series and the Global Evangelization Movement, entitled, Evangelize! A Historical Survey of the Concept.

Barrett reveals a dichotomy within the Christian Church as far as understanding the meaning of the term. First of all, the upper-range Christian specialists across the world which include a whole catalog of various fields from exegesis to theology, missions, evangelism, and pastors or preachers unanimously affirm that ‘evangelize’ meant in Bible times, throughout Christian history, and still means today: to preach, to bring, to tell, to proclaim, to announce and to declare.1

A contrary view is held by an impressive range of Christian practitioners, the ones who are actually doing the task of evangelism and includes pastors, evangelists, denominational leaders, and mission’s executives. Their concept of ‘evangelize’ is: receive, go, witness, proclaim, disciple, baptize and train.2

A majority of rank and file Christians, which compose about 99.7 percent of the 1.6 billion Christians in the world (Barrett’s statistics from 1987), support the specialist’s interpretation. The rest are supportive of the practitioner’s interpretation. In other words, most of Christendom interprets evangelism from a theoretical standpoint rather than practical. There is a whole lot of talk about evangelism, but not a whole lot being done about it.3

According to Barrett’s study, D. L. Moody and other notables who represented the range of North American mission boards met at the Northfield Convention in the USA, in the year 1885. Their purpose was to plan for and pursue a course of evangelization that would saturate the entire population of the earth with the gospel by the year 1900. By 1900 there had only been a 4 percent increase in global evangelization. Worse than this, from the Day of Pentecost to that day in 1885 there had been two hundred such efforts which had fizzled out. From 1885-1987 there have been another one hundred schemes of evangelism. Of all this total of three hundred only about 50 remain and some of those are dwindling away. Why? According to Barrett,

The reasons for . . . these global failures . . . are very complex but also easy to grasp. Basically, they have resulted from absence of any clear idea of what it means to reach every soul on Earth, absence of any all embracing global strategy, absence of the ability to match up needs with resources, and absence of any serious attempt to grapple with the logistics required. . . . Christians do not really understand the immense complexity of the world, nor the magnitude of the task.4

1  David B. Barrett, Evangelize! A Historical Survey of the Concept, (Birmingham: New Hope, 1987), p. 79.

2  Op. Cit.

3  Ibid., p. 12.

4  Ibid., p. 9.

Please take advantage of all resources you can find to assist in evangelism.  But please do not forget — no matter how much you know — it is to no avail if it is not utilized!!!!!!

























Relevant Past

August 14th, 2015

Back in the early 1900’s there was a lot going on to promote missionary and evangelistic work.  Andrew Murray, at the invitation of Dwight L. Moody, went to New York to speak at the Great Ecumenical Missionary Conference in 1900. A record of Murray’s delivery to the audience is encapsulated in his work The Key to the Missionary Problem.  The work is in the Public Domain.  It has been transposed into a PDF file, which had to have some editing because the original cannot be opened with a translator.  There will be some errors in the print, but the message is coherent. It is also possible to go to this site, and open the document as “full text.” At that point you have the option to highlight the entire document, copy and past it into a word processor like Wordpad. There will be some errors, but you will be able to read and assimilate the material more quickly. What Murray suggests sounds like the same kinds of problems we face today. Save the document to your desktop. Open the Google Translator, click on translate document, copy and paste the entire document into the appropriate window, choose your language preference, then click the Translate button. Sometimes it works to highlight and copy the web address of the documents you wish to translate and paste the web address into the window at Google Translate.  It is still necessary to select appropriate input and output languages. When at all possible Google Translator translates the entire web page.

Resources for Evangelism

August 3rd, 2015

Someone once said that “evangelism is one sinner telling another where he found bread.” In essence that is exactly what evangelism is. Once a person realizes that he/she is a sinner, needs forgiveness and salvation, comes to the Lord Jesus Christ and is forgiven, born-again, he/she immediately wants to share his/her newly found experience with others. That is what happened to me. Immediately after I became a Christian I wanted to tell everyone. Some were interested, happy to hear and to know of the change that had taken place in my life. Others were disinterested. Early in my preaching ministry I wanted to get as many people saved as I could. My pastor, in a loving way, advised me, “God told Noah to build an Ark, He didn’t tell him to float it.” In other words, “you can tell people of their need of salvation, but you can’t make them accept it.” Once we have learned of God’s grace, love and mercy we want everyone to see what we see and experience what we have experienced. Not everyone is going to be at the same place of conviction that you are. God is at work. Scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit convinces or reproves the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:18). That is the Holy Spirit’s responsibility. He (the Holy Spirit) uses the life of the Christian, God’s word, circumstances in the individuals life, and many other means to bring the sinner to conviction of sin. You nor I can, without the Holy Spirit’s assistance, reprove or convince anyone of their sin or sinfulness. That is the Holy Spirit’s responsibility. Our responsibility is to offer a vessel sanctified and meet for the Master’s use. A vessel that is prepared and ready to follow the Holy Spirit’s leadership. A vessel that is willing to be obedient to the Holy Spirit’s pleadings and promptings. In this post I want to offer some tools that will assist you in preparation for being that vessel.

One of the most important exercises for the Christian is to be prepared. Evangelism Explosion is a tool that I was introduced to in college. This program works. But it necessitates vigilance and determination to see results.  Billy Graham Evangelistic Association offers the Touch One Life program. At Graham’s site you will find a plethora of information and tools to assist you in evangelism.

Some readers may wish to check out what John Piper has to say concerning evangelism.  Others may want to find some real soul winning tools  provided by Revival.com.  Also, there is a publication available from the same source that    tells how to do evangelism.

If you need assistance translating the information  you can post the document’s URL into Google Translate.  The document may be too large to open.  If you find that to be true,  click here to see if this works.


Free Course on Evangelism

July 13th, 2015

For a free course on Evangelism, in your current language, please follow these directions.  You may go to the Google Translate page link by clicking  here  then copy and paste the following link URL http://www.mdivs.edu/freecourses.html into the translate box. Set your language preferences, click on translate. You will find many other free courses available. They are simple but profound.  Clicking on the URL address above will take you directly to the site, but you may not be able to translate unless you have a translator in your browser. That is the reason for the suggestion to copy and paste the URL.

A Dynamic Philosophy of Ministry

July 13th, 2015

There are many elements that are necessary for the church to continue successfully. However, a scripture based theology; Spirit anointed praying; Spirit led evangelism; and discipleship and nurture energized by the Spirit, and communicated by those who have experienced what they endeavor to communicate are most essential.

Scripture is the foundation, the rock, the cornerstone of Christian faith. Prayer is the method by which God has provided that His children would be able to have a living communion, fellowship and relationship with Him. Evangelism is the heart throb of God and is necessary for the church to expand. Discipleship is necessary for those who are believers to grow into the measure of the stature of fullness in Christ and is a vehicle to provide for the faith to be preserved for succeeding generations.

Along with these elements is the overriding influence of the Holy Spirit in specific anointing. Scripture cannot be understood by utilizing the human mind alone. If this were true, the apostle would never have said that the things of God are spiritually discerned and the carnal mind cannot know them, Rom. 8:7. Like any other book the Bible can be studied using natural study methods. But the truths contained therein must be revealed to the believer by the Spirit of God. Since the Spirit inspired all scripture, He is the indispensable agent in helping seekers discover the true revelation of God. All effectual prayer is born by the Spirit, energized by the Spirit, and prayed in the power of the Spirit. Evangelism apart from the anointing of the Holy Spirit is not evangelism. At the beginning of His ministry, Jesus said, “The Holy Spirit is upon me, for He hath anointed me to preach. . .” Luke 4:18. David Barrett in his book Evangelize! A Historical Survey of the Concept, says on page 79, “in the New Testament euangelizein is only possible where the Holy Spirit is present, at work, in action, and in control.” Discipling others is not possible without the energizing effect of the Holy Spirit. Those who are training others must themselves have the experience of the Spirit living within them as they walk with God in a right relationship. It is as Christians abide in Christ that fruit is produced.

Irenaeus was concerned that the faith once delivered would continue, which is  also a major concern for me. John Westerhoff asks, “Will our children have faith?” [Westerhoff, John III. Will Our Children Have Faith? New York: Seabury, 1976.]. Walter Bruggeman [Bruggemann, Walter. Hope Within History. Atlanta: John Knox Press. 1987] reverses this question with, “Will our faith have children?” It is evident that the “faith once delivered” must be reproduced in future generations. Persons who have not “experienced” salvation, transformation, the power of the Holy Spirit, enlightenment from the scriptures, who do not have a vital relationship with the Lord in prayer, and whose lives are not aflame with the desire to evangelize the lost are not able to communicate these experiences to others in a spiritual capacity. The things of God are communicated to man by God’s Spirit to man’s spirit. Spiritual communication on the human level is man’s spirit infused with the Holy Spirit relating to another person’s spirit. A man or woman whose spirit has not experienced God cannot communicate heavenly insights to another. Unless discipleship training is “caught” from relationship and fellowship in the Spirit, it is not sufficiently passed on.

Along with these four elements is the overarching influence of the bond of perfection which is love, Col. 3:14. Paul’s explication of the fruit of the Spirit begins with the supreme element, “the fruit of the Spirit is love,” Gal. 5:22.  All other facets of the Spirit’s influence flow out of from this primary source. Everything done in the Church must be an extension of love – not human love, but agape love. Love produced by the Spirit of God. Fleshly notions no matter how noble are useless. Godly action flows from a heart and mind filled with God’s love. Godly love is not self-seeking but servant-hood, seeking the benefit of others, 1 Cor. 13:4. It should be the desire of every God-called minister to communicate God’s truth to the Body of Christ through preaching the Word of God, teaching in academic settings, teaching in the local church, promoting prayer, involving the Church in evangelism and providing discipleship and nurture within a fellowship that is Christ centered, Holy Spirit empowered, and controlled by the love of Christ.

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