Steps of Outreach

  • Love
  • Contrition
  • Personal Knowledge
  • Evangelism (Sharing the Gospel)
  • Person Believing the Gospel
  • Reaffirm Faith
  • Disciple

Personal Knowledge—understand the basics of witnessing, evangelism, and discipleship

I.                   Person and Responsibility

  • Who should do it?
    • Every believer
  • Who should focus on this area?
    • Those who have accepted Jesus into their lives but do not know how to witness/evangelize/disciple or do not think they are ready yet
  • Audience
    • Oneself

II.                Knowledge

·         How People are Drawn to God
  • Kindness
    • God’s Kindness
      • Romans 2:4—Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
    • Not Condemning
      • John 8:11— She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
    • Contrition
      • Rebuking Sin
        • Matthew 3:2 (John the Baptist)— “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
        • Matthew 4:17 (Jesus)— From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
      • Praising Righteousness
        • Luke 7:44-47—Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven–for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
      • Speaking about Weakest Area when Applicable
        • Luke 18:22—When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
      • Hearing the Good News
        • Evangelizing
          • Acts 2:41—So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
        • Initiating Discussions
          • Acts 17:1-4—Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” 4 And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women.
        • Missionary
          • Romans 10:15-17—And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
·         Why People Don’t Go to Church
  • judgment
  • want to discuss, not be lectured to
  • they’re hypocrites
  • want God
·         What People Unconsciously Need
  • Care
  • Comfort
  • Friendship
  • Trust
  • Wanting to Belong
·         Misconceptions about Christianity
  • Christianity is unintelligent and not scientifically plausible.
  • Christianity is all about rules and regulations.
    • It’s really about a changed heart and a relationship with Jesus.
  • There are too many religions out there.
    • Christianity is the only religion that connects you with a personal God who will reveal Himself to you and will show you what to do to fix your life.
  • All religions are the same.
·         Reasons Why We Don’t Witness/Evangelize
  • apathetic
    • Apathy might arise from not fully understanding that the unsaved are sick, dying, and helpless; they truly will burn forever, and it’s God’s will that all are saved and that we witness to all.
  • fear of disdain—We are afraid to say words like “Jesus,” “God,” “Bible,” and “sin” to non-believers because those words have negative connotations in today’s culture.
    • approval of God > approval of man—Galatians 1:10
  • fear of inadequacy
    • God calls everyone to witness (Great Commission).—Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15
    • We have received the power of the Holy Spirit.—Acts 1:8

III.             Mindset

  • Know how to respond to individuals.—Colossians 4:5-6
    • There’s no one approach that works for everyone.
    • Depending on the individual, Jesus said the way to eternal life is:
      • through the living water He gives (the woman thought he was talking about water)—John 4:13-15
      • loving the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself—Luke 10: 25-28
      • following the commandments—Luke 18: 18-30
        • But to have treasures in heaven, he had to sell everything he had, give to the poor, and follow Jesus.
        • Jesus didn’t say that he was not going to heaven but that it is hard for a rich man to enter.
      • giving—Luke 19: 8-9
      • by being born again and believing in Jesus—John 3: 5,16
    • Don’t be overbearing or pushy.
    • It doesn’t always have to be a pre-planned story; spontaneously witnessing is more natural and is what more people are comfortable with.
    • The Gospel brings joy; sharing the Gospel isn’t supposed to be awkward or annoying to the recipient, if done right.
      • There was much joy in the city where Philip proclaimed Christ.—Acts 8:4-8
    • Evangelize boldly.—Ephesians 6:19-20
    • Love those who you are evangelizing to.
    • Realize you’re dependent on the power of the Spirit of God.
    • Be rational and endure suffering.—2 Timothy 4:5
      • If people say you aren’t being rational, figure out why you aren’t or why they are wrong.
      • If you aren’t enduring suffering, you are either:
        • Not ready to be an evangelizer yet, or
        • In a brief period of respite.
      • Be wise and utilize your limited time wisely.—Colossians 4:5-6
      • We shouldn’t be afraid because Jesus is always with us.
      • Witnessing is not about what we can do for others, but what God can do for others through us.
        • We must completely surrender our hearts: a heart filled with the Holy Spirit.
        • We are telling, not persuading.
          • We shouldn’t be in a persuasive mindset because the Truth is more important than the hearer’s reaction.
          • We should care more about telling the Truth (in a loving, Christ-like manner) than making Christians.
        • Humans plant seeds, plow the soil, water the soil, and harvest the plant; but only God can make the seed grow.—1 Corinthians 3:7
          • If everyone in a body of believers believes they are called to plant seeds, then few or no one is plowing, watering, or harvesting. Some believers in that group should reevaluate their true calling, for God calls us to be one of four, not just the planters.
        • Age doesn’t matter.—Jeremiah 1:7

IV.              How to Grow

  • Reading the Bible
  • Talking with Others
    • Continue to discuss the most effective methods of sharing the Gospel.
  • Personal studies of other Christian resources
  • Pray with thanksgiving.—Colossians 4:2
    • So that we can be more equipped to evangelize
    • So those we are evangelizing to will be ready
    • That we can evangelize more often.
    • That the Lord will send out more laborers.—Matthew 9:37-38
      • Laborers work hard. If we call ourselves evangelizers but don’t work hard at it, then we aren’t laborers.

V.                 Notes

  • Only a few will be experts; but everyone must make disciples.
  • Every believer should focus on this area because God doesn’t give specific believers the gift of witnessing. Some can witness better than others, but all are called to live their whole lives as a testimony.
  • Living a Godly life is witnessing.
  • An effective “witness” is one who has truly seen, heard, and felt the power of their Lord.
  • The Greek word for martyr and witness are the same.
  • A person cannot effectively witness to others about having a relationship with Christ if that person doesn’t have a relationship with Christ.
    • a quote from John MacArthur: Now, let me tell you something else. Even if you don’t say anything, if people know you’re a Christian, you’re a witness. You may not be a very good one, but you are one because they’re reading the meaning of Christ in your life and the value of Christ in your life by your life. And if you don’t say anything, then Christ isn’t that valuable. Christ can’t be that meaningful. I mean, if you’re a Christian and you can hide it for years, it can’t really be that big of a deal or else it’s some secret society only for the initiated.
  • Witnessing does not come naturally, just as loving Christ isn’t natural.
  • We are blessed when the world hates us for witnessing.—Luke 6:22
  • Evangelism usually happens between friends.
  • There’s no exact way to share the truth of sin or the Good News; but there are more effective ways.
  • We’ll be rewarded for our work.—1 Corinthians 3:8
  • Jesus unconditionally loves everyone, but we can only be his friends if we do what He commands; one of those commands is the Great Commission.—John 15:14
  • Following Jesus is not a promise for a happier life on earth.
    • It is a promise for a joyous earthly life.
    • It is a promise for a happy and joyous heavenly life.
  • People can only reach out to Jesus if they’ve heard about Him.—Romans 10:14
  • Being secluded from society helps stop vice.
  • the people of Northampton, of the 1st Great Awakening were very compactly situated
    • They realized their miserable condition.
    • They feared hell.
    • They felt a great importance to change themselves.
    • People left the tavern to be in their homes meditating, reading, and praying.

Witnessing—sharing our personal testimony, of how God changed our lives, to believers or non-believers

I.                   Person and Responsibility

  • Who should do it?
    • Every believer
  • Who should focus on this area?
    • Every believer
  • Audience
    • Self-proclaimed Christians or non-Christians who do not like or do not want to talk about Jesus or God.

II.                Practical Examples

  • Events—witnessing and showing God’s love
    • Create a plan about what to say.
    • De-brief people volunteering beforehand about plan.
    • Talk to other Christians about how the event went and if we need to improve in the witnessing aspect.
  • Making Non-Christian Friends—witnessing and setting the stage for evangelism
    • Join clubs, organizations, etc.
    • Make an effort to spend time with them.

Evangelism—sharing the truth of sin and the Good News of Jesus Christ to non-believers

I.                   Person and Responsibility

  • Who should do it?
    • Every believer who understand the truth of sin and the Good News of Jesus Christ and whose character has been changed by the Holy Spirit
      • Paul told the churches, and especially Timothy, to “do the work of an evangelist.”—2 Timothy 4:1-5
      • Hypocrites can’t evangelize (Matthew 7:4-5); believers must instead have love for each other (John 13:35). Non-Christians will not want to be of the Spirit if believers appear to be like them, still of the flesh; therefore, we must have the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:17,22-24).
    • Who should focus on this area?
      • Every believer who fulfills the “Who should do it” requirement.
    • Audience
      • Non-believers

II.                What to Say

  • The Main Point
    • The main point of Christianity is not religion, spirituality, or morality; it’s news that a Person conquered the greatest evil—death—to save us from our sins so that we can be made perfect and give glory to God forever.
  • The Whole Story
    • (Relate to Individual—Acts 17:22)
    • Creation
    • Fall and Curse
      • All have Sinned—Romans 3:23
      • Sin’s Penalty—Romans 6:23
    • Old Covenant
    • The Good News
      • Christ Paid the Penalty—Romans 5:8
      • Repent—1 John 1:9
        • Both Jesus and John the Baptist’s preaching were about repentance.
        • Say in a non-judgmental, loving way.
        • Repentance isn’t just regretting one’s sins, but also realizing that only God is the one who we’ve sinned against.—Psalms 51:4
        • A sinner cannot fix his problem until he admits he has one.
        • The goodness of the Good News cannot effectively be understood unless bad news (sin, eternal damnation) is understood first.
          • God burns with anger against evil and those who sin.—Isaiah 5:25, Psalms 7:11, Hosea 8:5, Zechariah 10:3
        • Believe—John 1:12
        • New Life
          • Morality
          • Hope, Faith, and Love
        • Glorification of Humans
        • Glorification of the Earth
        • Jesus’ Eternal Rule
      • Other aspects to talk about
        • Salvation not by Works—Ephesians 2:8-9
        • Assurance of Salvation—John 5:24
        • Analogies
          • Bridge Illustration
          • Niagara Falls Tightrope
          • Crashed Corvette Illustration

III.             Examples

·         Biblical Examples
  • Jesus
    • Stoning the Adulteress (John 8:2-11): Jesus didn’t condemn her, and told her that her action was sinful and therefore to leave it.
      • no condemnation
      • need for repentance
    • Samaritan Woman at the Well (John 4:5-29): Jesus told a stranger the hard truth, proved it, and answered all her questions. He also started the conversation.
      • initiated conversation
      • spoke hard truth
      • listened to questions
      • answered questions
    • Self-justifying Law Expert (Luke 10:25-37): Jesus answered an expert, who was trying to justify his sin, by swerving the direction of the conversation. Jesus also said, using a story, that the way to eternal life is through love because this was his weak area.
      • swerved conversation
      • spoke about his weakest area
    • Rich Man (Luke 18:18-30): Jesus told this man who did almost everything he was supposed to and believed in Jesus that a man like him wouldn’t enter heaven; Jesus focused on his heart’s state instead of telling him to believe, as he already did.
      • spoke about his weakest area
      • didn’t tell him to believe
    • The Outcast (Luke 19:1-10): Jesus focused on the sick versus the healthy; not only did Jesus ask to have dinner with him, He did this when it was completely socially unacceptable.
      • was bold (did something socially unacceptable)
    • Pharisee and Sinful Woman (Luke 7:36-50): Jesus knew that Simon the Pharisee didn’t have good intentions in inviting Him over (Simon said to himself that Jesus wasn’t a prophet.), but Jesus went anyways. He also not only was willing to protect the dignity of a sinful woman, He called the Pharisee out, a man who invited Him over to his home, in front of many people about his lack of respect.
      • praised righteousness
      • was bold (rebuked sin in public)
    • Nicodemus (John 3:1-16): Jesus told Nicodemus the full truth of salvation with some metaphors as even he, a Jewish ruling council member, couldn’t understand everything.
      • told full truth of salvation
    • 1st Preaching in Zebulun and Naphtali (Matthew 4:12-17): Jesus preached the exact same words of John the Baptist.
      • need for repentance
    • Paul
      • Thessalonica, Berea, and Athens (Acts 17): Paul reasoned his faith in Christ to philosophers; he led them to Christ by adding to where their previous beliefs failed.
        • reasoned the faith
        • persuaded people to faith
        • complimented their previous beliefs
        • led them to Christ through their previous beliefs
        • didn’t speak about Jesus (or at least He isn’t mentioned)
      • John the Baptist
        • Before Jesus’ Baptism (Matthew 3:2): John preached repentance, because God’s kingdom was close.
          • need for repentance
·         Practical Examples
  • What does the Gospel mean to you?
    • This gets them thinking about the core of Jesus’ goal in life; and if they have a wrong perspective, it allows for a chance to explain it correctly.
  • Events
    • Fraternity Presentation
      • Ask fraternities to give a 15 minute presentation about God.
    • Pizza Floor Presentation
      • Ask the CA of a CBF freshman if we can have a 15 minute presentation about God on their floor, and we’ll bring pizza.
    • show To Hell and Heaven

Discipleship—teaching a Christian all that Jesus has commanded us

I.                   Person and Responsibility

  • Who should do it?
    • Every believer who has a mature faith.
  • Who should focus on this area?
    • Every believer who feels convicted that this area is his God-given spiritual gift.
  • Audience
    • Every believer who has a young faith.

II.                Disciple the student to be like Jesus.

III.             The student starts Step 1.

  • When the teacher believes his student is ready, the student should start Step 1: Growth and eventually finish with discipling someone else.

IV.              Notes

  • The reason why the audience is believers and not Christians is because Christianity is just a religion; while we believe this is the best way to come to know Jesus, it isn’t the only way.
  • After converting someone, they are your spiritual children; you are their spiritual father. This is all in Christ Jesus. You should tell them to act like you, assuming you walk with Jesus.—1 Corinthians 4: 14-17
  • a quote from John MacArthur: “I think what I’m saying is, don’t hand them eight books of follow up and not give them your life and your heart.”
  • God causes the disciples growth.—1 Corinthians 3:6