Family Bible Study lesson for June 1: The Church - Evangelizing the Lost
May 16 2003 by Kim D. Shaver , Matthew 9:35-38; Romans 10:14-15; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

Family Bible Study lesson for June 1: The Church - Evangelizing the Lost | Friday, May 16, 2003
  • Pray for God to make them aware of their emptiness and need for a Savior.
  • Pray for God to convict them of their sin and separation from Him.
  • Pray for God to remove spiritual blindness and give them an honest seeking after truth.
  • Pray for God to reveal Himself to them and to powerfully draw them to Himself through His irresistible grace.

    Have right motivation

    2 Corinthians 5: 14-15

    Sharing Christ with others involves a tremendous personal investment on our part. God will bless that investment with eternal fruit only if our heart is right, only if we have the right motivation.

    The motivation God blesses is love - love for God and love for others, in keeping with the great commandment. The great commandment, then, is the motivation for carrying out the great commission. We love others because "God first loved us." It is the love of Christ demonstrated on the cross that "compels us" to unselfishly pour out the investment required to win the lost to the Good Shepherd.

    Proclaim message of reconciliation

    2 Corinthians 5:16-21

    As Christians, you and I are ambassadors of God proclaiming a "message of reconciliation," Paul writes. An ambassador represents one kingdom or nation to another nation. Faithful ambassadors bring health to a nation.

    As ambassadors of God, we are not the bearers of bad news, but of good news that brings eternal healing to all who will believe. That news is that God has reconciled us to Himself through Christ, not counting man's sins against us.

    As ambassadors of reconciliation, the health of our nation depends on us sharing the good news.

    Share the good news

    Romans 10:14-15

    "How can they believe in one of whom they have not heard?" Paul asks.

    Prayer, the right motivation, living a life of love, and understanding the message of reconciliation are all essential foundations of evangelism. But in order for a person to be saved, they must hear and believe the simple message of God reconciling the world to Himself through Christ. "Faith comes by hearing the message, and the message is heard by the word of Christ" (Romans: 10:17).

    Share God's word and trust the Holy Spirit to do the rest.

  • Friday, May 16, 2003

    Family Bible Study lesson for June 1: The Church - Evangelizing the Lost

    By Kim D. Shaver Matthew 9:35-38; Romans 10:14-15; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

    This Easter, our church presented the musical, "The Borrowed Tomb." We rejoiced with tears as two women - one young and one a senior adult - came forward to receive Christ after the invitation at the end of the productions on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

    God welcomed two new children into His kingdom because the body of Christ worked together beautifully to lift up the Savior. The body working together included each musician who tirelessly practiced; each actor who proclaimed the words of the gospel; the technicians, stage hands and set designers; the prayer warriors who bathed the production in prayer; those who took the initiative to invite these women; the minister of worship who directed the production; and the ministers who issued the altar invitation and prayed with the women to receive Christ.

    This is exactly the way God designed the church to function. As part of the body of Christ, you have a vital role in leading others to Christ. You are an important link in a chain of events that God will use to draw others to His Son. How can you be a strong link in the chain of events and "touches" of the gospel in a person's life that leads them to Christ?

    Let's look at the words and examples of Jesus and Paul.

    Bathe evangelism in prayer

    Matthew 9:35-38

    As Jesus traveled through villages preaching and teaching the good news and healing diseases, He "had compassion for the crowds." He looked deeply into their lives and saw that they were "harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd."

    How accurately that describes the people you and I come in contact with each day. Look around you with the eyes of Christ, and you will see people who are "beaten down," "stressed out" and generally living lives of quiet despair.

    Does Christ-like sorrow and compassion rise up in you when you observe lost people without the Good Shepherd? Watch closely the response of Jesus when He observed the plight of lost people. He commanded His disciples to pray for God to raise up workers to spread the good news. Prayer is the first vital step of evangelism, and evangelism should be bathed in prayer from start to finish.

    Jesus proclaimed in John 6:44 that "no one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him." We must pray for God the Holy Spirit, to draw unsaved people to Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

    Do you regularly pray for the salvation of at least one lost person? Would you consider involvement in your church's intercessory prayer ministry?

    Biblical ways to pray for the lost:

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    5/16/2003 12:00:00 AM by Kim D. Shaver , Matthew 9:35-38; Romans 10:14-15; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 | with 0 comments
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