The announcement we make in evangelism is that the salvation and reign of Christ has broken into history.
Scripture: Acts 8:26-35; 2 Timothy 4:5; Ephesians 4
- It is the gospel, shared with us and applied by the ministry of the Holy Spirit, that has transformed our lives.
- Till the end of the age the gospel will have life-trans-forming power and we’re to tell it to the next generation.
- To set the background for salvation by Christ, we first need to share that there’s a holy God who will judge sin.
- Evangelism is more than just saying the sinner’s prayer.
- The announcement we make in evangelism is that the salvation and reign of Christ has broken into history.
- Jesus’ ministry involved conquering the power of sin, death, and Satan, and establishing His reign of righteousness and blessing.
- We can be confident that Christ already has the victory, and that God’s Word will not return void (John 16:33).
- The good news of the reign of God is to be made intelligible to our hearers. Philip explains the gospel.
- People need to understand the truthfulness of the biblical worldview to see their need to be saved.
- We are not to defend the faith by merely sharing our experience (important as that is). We are to give a reason (1 Peter 3:15).
- In declaring the kingdom of God, Jesus spoke individually to the heart of each person’s spiritual condition.
- The gospel is that we are under the just judgment of God because we are lawbreakers, and we need to be saved by Christ’s redemptive work at the cross.
- God gave the unchanging truth once for all time, to His holy people, that we might bear light to the world.
- We have a marvelous opportunity to teach the nations.
- People are aware of their guilt, but they are unsure how to deal with it. We are called to share God’s solution with them.
- The Scriptures as a whole are an evangelistic document.
- The Bible tells us who we are, what the world is, why it is this way, what God has done to redeem all of life.
- We’re called to reorient all aspects of our lives by the truth.
- We hear the voice of God throughout the Scriptures, making known His requirements.
- Jesus never appeals to human expertise or authority; He is the source of truth and His unchanging character is to speak the truth.
- When we converse and share the gospel, we know that conscience confirms the gospel message.
- We are to speak, imitating God when we do so (Jn 1:1-2).
- Pray that we may manifest the gospel of the kingdom.
- The blood of Christ and the Word of God by the Holy Spirit will do His own work of reconciliation.
- What is the work of the evangelist according to Ephesians 4 and 2 Timothy 4:1-5?
- What can we learn from Philip’s example in Acts 8:26-35?
- Contrast the full message and implications of the gospel with the truncated easy-believism gospel.
- What biblical worldview background is necessary to make sense of the good news of Christ’s atonement for sin?
- How will we use the Christmas season to minister the life-changing power of the gospel to those around us?
- Why don’t we like to hear that we need to be redeemed?
- Do we speak and live the gospel in all our activities?
- What is the purpose of Christ’s coming? John 10:10
- Give examples of how we can speak in terms which are comprehensible to a biblically illiterate culture?
- What are the “big questions” that the Bible answers?
- How is it essential that Christ be Lord of us individually, before we can declare Him to others?