Preparing For The Harvest

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Preparing For The Harvest: Evangelism

I would like to first give honor to your Pastor tonight and thank him for the opportunity to teach here at Freedom Life Church.
Additionally, I would like to thank ya’ll for the kindness and hospitality during my 3 weeks here in Utah. While I’m most definitely excited to be back home with my wife and Church family, I will say I’m going to miss ya’ll! Good news I’ll be back in October!
Tonight we will be discussing Evangelism in the Church. I would like to preface this lesson with the statement that I cannot possibly teach and exhaustive study on Evangelism in our alloted time. I would advise that you take notes and study these precepts out for yourself and seek God on how you can apply them in the Church and your personal life.
Evangelism means to literally spread the gospel or “good news”
Brother Webster defines Evangelism as:

1: the winning or revival of personal commitments to Christ

2: militant or crusading zeal—evan•ge•lis•tic \-ˌvan-jə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective—evan•ge•lis•ti•cal•ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Definition 2 holds a very specific meaning when it says militant. Evangelism has an order and guess what? You fall into that order? God has called you to seek and to save those who are lost.

Why is Personal Evangelism vital to the saint and ministerial leaders of today?

Why is Personal Evangelism vital to the saint and ministerial leaders of today?

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19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Go ye in the Greek is defined as (poor-rev-o-may) and means to go away or in this case scatter the teachings of Jesus. Teach means to make disciples or those that the power could passed down to.
Jesus ordained those with a calling to go. While not everyone will become a missionary or pastor, they can reach those who they impact during their daily lives. We must understand that when we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, we receive the light of the world according to .

Evangelism will always start and be perceived by the leadership of the Church

o The Pastor is not able to bare the load by himself and will need aid from the Body of Christ.
o If the worship leader, ladies minister, you fill in the gap fails to evangelize so will those who follow
I’ve written a paper on personal evangelism, and extensively cover the theology of and the oneness of God. Please let me know if you would like this information and I can email it to you. My email:
10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
· Evangelism is exemplified by Jesus
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
· The gospel is for everyone…we need to take it
· When we let our light shine, we allow God to be glorified. Remember, he is the one who gave us that light in the first place.

Spiritual Warefare:

We must pray that God allows for seeds to be planted in firm soil. Works must be saturated in burdensome prayer. Evangelism’s principle of action is integrated with prayer, you can’t have one without the other.

17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being †alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith ||without thy works, and I will nshew thee omy faith by my works. 19 pThou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: qthe devils also rbelieve, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O svain man, that faith twithout works is dead?

James 17-20
Even the devil knows that there is one God! We need faith that God is going to move when we take steps of faith to souls won. If you never move, how can you expect God to! He’s called you to move…just do it!

The Boulder Example: It takes a Church to win a city

Everyone must do their part in Evangelism…this in concept means we all have a personal call and responsibility to , The Great Commission.
o Prayer
Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend develops an understanding of why interpersonal boundaries are vital in the Christians life. One illustration that is used is the Boulder Illustration.
o Fasting
Expound on the Boulder Principle
All of us carry our own weight…some weight is heavier compared to others. For example, your Pastor’s burden for the city may not be something that you have picked up as of yet. This, is not a regular weight for one individual, but a burden to be held up by the Church.
o Reading of His Word
We are called to Assist the Man of God in fighting in spiritual warfare.

11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 14 And the LORD said unto Moses, oWrite this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for pI will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. 15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it ||Jehovah-nissi: 16 For he said, ||Because †the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

Discuss how praying with and for the man of God is the way the battle was won. Some saints expect Moses to pull up a seat for Aaron…when the man of God is in warfare for this city join him, don’t beat him up when he doesn’t meet your expectations.
Exodus: An Introduction and Commentary The War with Amalek (17:8–16)

11. Held up his hand: usually a military signal for beginning battle or for the advance. Presumably ‘lowered his hand’ could then be a signal for retreat. Otherwise the uplifted hand may be the sign of an oath (cf. Gen. 14:22, and this chapter, verse 16) to put Amalek under the sacred ‘ban’ or ‘curse’, that meant utter destruction. However, the usual explanation (that it refers to prayer) may well be correct. In this case, to lower the hands would be to cease to pray, and thus to cease to depend on God for help.

Exodus TOTC
We need to pray…or we are retreating from what God has called us to do in this City!
Spiritual Warfare has an Order
First, it is vital to understand that God operates by anointing your pastor and the anointing flows down. This is scriptural by understanding the God who was fully man and fully God.
Let us look at Jesus when he sent out the Apostles:

10 And awhen he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power ||against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

The HS had not fell yet, so how did the Apostles operate without it?
God will set Boundaries on Spiritual Warfare:

Go not into ithe way of the Gentiles, and into any city of kthe Samaritans enter ye not: 6 lBut go rather to the mlost sheep of the house of Israel.

Contextually, it is important to understand that the time of the gentiles was not until after the death of Christ. Additionally, it is important to understand that God will make a time and place for advances in the Church based on the Pastor’s direction and the anointed leaders that serve under him.
Once again, there is an order and you fall into it. Whether a leader or follower you are part of the Army of God. An additional insight is: Every extraordinary leader exemplify’s superb followership.
A minister or saint, for the matter, that is submitted to a Pastor falls under the anointing of God. Brother Johnny isn’t here tonight, but we both could probably talk your ears off about amplifiers. When we get in line with the Order of God and the will of God.. HIS SPIRIT WILL MANIFEST IN GREATER WAYS THAN WHAT WE EVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE!!!

High Holy Ghost Potency:

18 And tbe not drunk with wine, wherein is uexcess; but vbe filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves win xpsalms and yhymns and spiritual yysongs, singing and zmaking melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 aGiving thanks always for all things unto bGod and the Father cin the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21 dSubmitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Eph 5:18-21
The word filled in the greek, (Play-aa-roww), means to be filled until completion.
The word filled in the greek, (Play-aa-roww), means to be filled until completion. So Paul is telling us to be filled until completion w/ the Holy Ghost. As a result praise should come forth Church! The music is great, but your worship is vital! If you want a blessing from God and for your church begin to allow God to overflow in your services through worship.
Ephesians: An Introduction and Commentary d. Wisdom to Replace Folly (5:15–21)

He has implied in verse 19 that the enthusiasm that the Spirit inspires is not to be expressed individualistically, but in fellowship. He has seen the dangers of individualism in a Christian community, and in 1 Corinthians 14:26–33 he corrects this (cf. also Phil. 2:1ff. and 4:2). He knew from experience that the secret of maintaining joyful fellowship in the community was the order and discipline that come from the willing submission of one person to another (cf. Eph. 4:2–3). Pride of position and the authoritarian spirit are destructive of fellowship.

If you cannot submit yourself to a Pastor to fulfill your commission…your not Apostolic. If you can’t follow spiritual authority, you put yourself in danger of allowing a spirit of pride into your life.

Paul encourages Timothy to Stir up the Gift:

6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou qstir up rthe gift of God, swhich is in thee tby the putting on of my hands. 7 For God hath not given us uthe spirit of fear; but vof power, and of love, and wof a sound mind.

Timidity can keep us from evangelizing, going to war, or committing to what God has called us to. The Spirit of God is perfect love and indeed it casts out all fear.
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