This past week I preached on the need to be effective in our evangelism. My intro consisted of three things. One, stating how numbers and stats don't lie. Two, stating the number of unchurched people in our county. Three, stating that people always have these new concepts and ideas about Evangelism that never really seem to work.
I then proceeded to state that I had found the secret to successful evangelism on the internet, of course. So, I showed them a 4 minute video (that we bought) that I promised was the key to effective evangelim. Below is the link to watch the unbought version. Only click on the link if you have high speed internet. You will enjoy the video.
Now, obviously this isn't the true secret to successful evangelism. The bottom line is that there is no "secret," the answers have always been there. There is no shortcut or easy way to do it. So, below is the handout I created that was in the bulletin (underlined words had to be filled in by the congregation).
4 Keys to Being More Effective
90% of Hancock County is unchurched,
translating into 50,000 people.
1. Remember to Move Your Feet .
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations...”
2. Specify the Goal. (Focus on One Person)
Aim small, Miss small.
3. Perseverance is necessary during tough times.
A. You are not Alone .
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
B. It is Worth it .
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
C. You will Grow from the experience.
“Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
D. You may have Planted a Seed for the future.
The harvest may occur when you are not there to see it.
4. Understand the Essence of Multiplication .
One can become two, two can become four (Exponential Growth).
Multiply Ourselves so others can do the same!
It’s up to Us!
(End of handout)
I tried to keep it relatively straight forward and not overwhelming and I felt I did a decent job at that.
My questions to you are:
-Do you agree with the four main points or think something should be higher (except for the obvious that we need to be in the right place with our relationship with God while evangelizing)?
-What, on top of this, would you add to make it go deeper in terms of evangelizing (maybe even to the affect of having enough points to do a 2nd sermon on the topic)?
All comments are appreciated (unless you are a member of Emergent...kidding...)