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Holy Spirit and Evangelism

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From www.evangelismcoach.org Presentation given for the Evangelism Dunamis about the role of the Holy Spirit in Evangelism. How can we see the Holy Spirit bringing a person to Faith in Christ and empowering witnesses to share their faith.

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Holy Spirit and Evangelism

  1. 1. <ul><ul><li>How the Holy Spirit Directs Evangelism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rev. Christopher Walker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.EvangelismCoach.org </li></ul></ul>YouTube - Flywheel Movie Trailer
  2. 2. Hindrances to Effectiveness
  3. 3. Uncertain <ul><li>Our message </li></ul><ul><li>Truth in a relative age </li></ul><ul><li>The value of our message </li></ul>
  4. 4. Lack of Experience
  5. 5. They do it Better
  6. 6. Our Theological Challenges <ul><li>Emphasis on the sovereignty of God </li></ul><ul><li>Doctrines of predestination </li></ul><ul><li>“ God will save whoever God wants to save, and because God is sovereign God will so without needing any help from me.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. John Calvin <ul><li>God commanded the gospel to be everywhere proclaimed and … at this day its course is not as yet complete </li></ul><ul><li>There is no people and no rank in the world that is excluded from salvation; because God wishes that the gospel should be proclaimed to all without exception </li></ul>
  8. 8. Fear
  9. 9. Greatest Fears <ul><li>Emotions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fear of Rejection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Losing a friendship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fear of offending </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feeling inadequate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embarrassment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gag Reflex </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Greatest Fears <ul><li>Bad experiences: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Door to Door </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drive-by Evangelists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pushy televangelists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ My friend was obnoxious with me” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clumsy Apologetics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complicated Scripts </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Greatest Fears <ul><li>Perceptions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fear of what others will think about you. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rude </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arrogance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your own weakness, hypocrisies, and inadequacies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Doubt </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Greatest Fears <ul><li>Guilt </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pastor says so. Jesus says so. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To mess up somebody’s eternity destiny is your fault </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Evangelism has an Image Problem
  14. 14. Turn or Burn Street Preachers
  15. 15. Talk to Strangers
  16. 16. “I’m Not Billy Graham”
  17. 17. Door to Door Sales
  18. 18. How to change the image?
  19. 19. Holy Spirit Works Both Sides
  20. 20. Think about your journey <ul><li>How many conversations did you have? </li></ul><ul><li>How many different people? </li></ul><ul><li>How many sermons did you listen to? </li></ul><ul><li>How much Bible reading did you do? </li></ul><ul><li>What events did God use? </li></ul>
  21. 21. Evangelism is a Process <ul><li>Plant </li></ul><ul><li>Nourish </li></ul><ul><li>Harvest </li></ul><ul><li>A series of events </li></ul>
  22. 22. Evangelism is an event <ul><li>Conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Revelations </li></ul><ul><li>Reflections </li></ul><ul><li>Sermons </li></ul>
  23. 23. Holy Spirit Works Both Sides <ul><li>In your journey to faith, the Holy Spirit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Worked on your life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worked around your life. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awakened your faith to respond </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sealed you in faith </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Begins with God <ul><li>Sovereign over the process </li></ul><ul><li>Sovereign over the event </li></ul><ul><li>God takes the initiative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To create spiritual thirst. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To draw a person unto Himself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To give new life when we are dead in our sin. </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Created Thirsty <ul><li>God has given us awareness of Himself in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creation (Romans 1:20-22) ‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>His moral law (Romans 2:14-15) ‏ </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Created Thirsty <ul><li>A spiritual longing inbuilt in us </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflection of the image of God. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The God shaped vacuum – Pascal. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.” – St. Augustine </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quest of The Teacher – Ecclesiastes </li></ul>
  27. 27. The Teacher’s Thirst <ul><li>The teacher (Ch 2) tried: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wild living (v 1-2) ‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wine (v.3) ‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work (v.4) ‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wealth (v 7-8) ‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Women (v.8) ‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wisdom (v. 12) ‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resolution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Now here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man.” (12.13) ‏ </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Reactions to Thirst <ul><li>Some suppress this longing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ There is no one who seeks for God” – Psalm 14.2, quoted in Romans 3.11). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Psalm 14.3 – “all have turned aside.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some rebelled </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The preaching of the cross is foolish (1 Cor 1.18) ‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suppress the truth (Romans 1:18-23) </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Reactions To Spiritual Thirst <ul><li>Merchant looking for the fine pearl. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>He knew that it existed and went looking for it. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8) ‏ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ How can I unless someone explain it to me?” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Athenians (Acts 17) ‏ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ May we hear more of this teaching?” </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. Created Thirsty <ul><li>Other Terms to describe the longing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to be more, to do more, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to make a contribution, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to find true destiny, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to find a place in this world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to make a difference, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to know God, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to be a good person, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to have real hope of life after death </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. Common Thirsts <ul><li>Forgiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Removal of Guilt </li></ul><ul><li>Belonging </li></ul><ul><li>Healing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emotional </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Internal Peace </li></ul>
  32. 32. Jesus is the water of life <ul><li>John 4:14 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give will never thirst. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>John 6:35b </li></ul><ul><ul><li>. . . he who believes in me will never be thirsty. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>John 7:37 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If anyone is thirsty, Let him come to me and drink. </li></ul></ul>
  33. 33. How the Holy Spirit Directs Evangelism <ul><li>Draws us to Jesus (John 6:44) ‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Convicts one of sin, righteousness and judgment. (John 16.8) ‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Helps one respond to God’s grace (John 1:12, 3:5-8). </li></ul>
  34. 34. God Takes the Initiative <ul><li>We were dead in our trespasses (Eph 2) ‏ </li></ul><ul><li>We were enemies of God (Col 2). </li></ul><ul><li>God took the initiative: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To make us thirsty. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To make us spiritually alive (Eph 2) ‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To respond and accept God’s grace (Eph 2) ‏ </li></ul></ul>
  35. 35. Holy Spirit Works Both Sides <ul><li>Bringing people into your life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People who explain the gospel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People who called you to follow Jesus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People empowered by the Spirit </li></ul></ul>
  36. 36. How the Holy Spirit directs evangelism <ul><li>… calls, sends and anoints people as witnesses to Jesus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (Acts 13:1-4) ‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Initiative in choosing workers – the Holy Spirit’s. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We discern, seek guidance, confirm it, obey. </li></ul></ul>
  37. 37. How the Holy Spirit Directs Evangelism <ul><li>Guides prayer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>for the harvest, Matt. 9:36-38 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>for missions, Romans 8:26-27 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gives a people-specific love and passion </li></ul>
  38. 38. How the Holy Spirit directs evangelism <ul><li>Provides the power tools for Kingdom advancement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the miraculous signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them (Acts 15:12) ‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The role of Spiritual gifts </li></ul></ul>
  39. 39. How the Holy Spirit directs evangelism <ul><li>Guides and directs in spiritual warfare </li></ul><ul><li>“ as the HS advances the Kingdom of God he will inevitably have to engage demonic powers and strongholds that intend to keep people in bondage and blindness.” </li></ul><ul><li>Casting out demons for many – prepares the way for the Gospel! </li></ul>
  40. 40. How the Holy Spirit Guides Evangelism <ul><li>Gives direction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>About where to Preach the Gospel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Paul in Macedonia. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kairos moments to speak of Christ. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Paul and Lydia on the beach at Philippi. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What to share </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to share </li></ul></ul>
  41. 41. Holy Spirit Works Both Sides <ul><li>Kairos Moment – the intersection of two stories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paul and Ananias. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peter and Cornelius </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phillip and the Eunuch. </li></ul></ul>
  42. 42. Kairos Moment <ul><li>Greek words for time: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kronos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kairos </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skill: recognize a Kairos Moment </li></ul>
  43. 43. Our participation <ul><li>Listen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Guidance of the Holy Spirit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spiritual Thirst of the person </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discern God’s work </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperate with it. </li></ul>