I took advantage of all my learning, training
and field experience, 33 years worth, and combined them into two Textbooks:
a Basic Training Program titled
Evangelism: The Time is Now! (Basic
Program) and this Advanced Training Program titled
Relationship With Jesus
To Effective Ministry (Advanced Program). One of the unique
qualities of these two textbooks is that they draw upon all Biblical streams of
Christianity and interrelate the Conservative, Evangelical, Charismatic concepts
of Evangelism without compromise.
I mean EVANGELICAL in the sense that Jesus’
will for the Church is to seek and to save the lost, and to seek and to save the
lost by drawing men to Himself. I mean CHARISMATIC in the sense
that in order for our Evangelism to be effective and ministered in love that it
must be Jesus centered and be motivated out of love relationship with Jesus. I
mean CONSERVATIVE in that our Evangelism, Evangelistically
Charismatically oriented, must be motivated within the guidelines of Scripture
and be brought into submission to the Bible in its total context to be certain
that our Evangelism and ministering is truly Jesus centered and truly motivated
out of love relationship with Jesus.
These two Textbooks combines these three streams of Biblical
Christianity and their teaching on Evangelism into one program. It is a more
wholistic approach to Evangelism, but you do not have to be a college graduate
to go through it and understand it’s content. When I wrote it I strove to keep
it simple enough for anyone to understand but complete enough that any Bible
scholar could appreciate it and their comments after critiquing the material
confirms it. When I finished the 1983 version of this textbook three different
College Professors with doctorate degrees, all Evangelists, all published
authors in Evangelism of three different Christian faiths critiqued the
material. One said to me, I have never read anything equal to this anywhere.
Your depth and completeness are astounding. The program was recommended to
both graduate and undergraduate ministry majors. A very nice letter was sent to
me by Dr. John D. Morris of Institute for Creation Research, the son of
Dr. Henry Morris making the following comments on this Evangelism material:
"Let me congratulate you on a job well done. The materials
are excellent tools for teaching others about the truth of God’s Word. I am
especially pleased that you included creation evangelism in your work." — Dr.
John D. Morris, President of ICR August 11, 1998
I have since then updated the Basic (87’, 94’, 97’, 99’) and
Advanced (87’, 97’, 99’) Textbooks and made them an even better program than
they were before. What I want to talk about in this Chapter is what the
necessary ingredients of a Training Program in Evangelism are and how these
Basic and Advanced Training Programs of Evangelism completely fulfills all of
What are the INGREDIENTS of an Evangelism
Training Program that will adequately equip Laymen to do the work of Evangelism?
The teaching of
Biblical Doctrine in the areas of
Evangelism, Salvation, Discipleship and Apologetics.
In Class Training.
On the Field Training.
Advanced Training in the areas of Discernment,
Counseling and Apologetics.
THE TEACHING OF
Robert L. Hart writes concerning the design of a Lay
"Evangelism with the whole Gospel—not by one facet alone.
This principle implies an understanding of conversion, discipleship and nurture.
In other words, each Christian Evangelist must have a mature and Biblical
understanding of what the Gospel is."42/20
The first requirement to be an effective Christian witness is
the study of Biblical doctrine in the areas of Evangelism, Salvation,
Discipleship, and Apologetics. Paul the Apostle commands us in 2 Timothy 2:15
that we are to study to ". . . present ourselves approved to God as a workman
who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth."
"Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months and then comes
the harvest’? Behold, I say to You, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields,
that they are white for harvest." (John 4:35)
In this passage Jesus tells us that the time for Evangelism
is always now. Paul wrote,
"And working together with Him, we also urge you not to
receive the grace of God in vain—for He says, ‘At the acceptable time I listened
to you, and on the day of salvation I helped you’; behold, NOW is ‘the
acceptable time,’ behold, NOW is ‘The day of salvation.’" (2 Corinthians
Paul explains to us that the acceptable time for people to
come to Salvation in Christ is NOW!; therefore, the time for Evangelism
is always NOW! The only way men and women can come to saving faith in
Jesus Christ is when we take time in our weeks to go out and share the love of
Jesus Christ with them. Solomon wrote, "He who watches the wind will not sow and
he who looks at the clouds will not reap" (Ecclesiastes 11:4). In order to bring
men and women to Jesus we must sow, water, fertilize and weed and the only way
this is done is when we plan and make time to go out and share the love of Jesus
Christ with men; otherwise, Solomon says if we don’t sow, we won’t reap. Jesus
said the time for Evangelism is NOW!
"And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority
has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. GO THEREFORE and make
disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the
Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you, and
lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’" (Matthew 28:18-20)
Paul told Timothy,
"Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching;
persevere in these things; for as you do this you will insure salvation both for
yourself and for those who hear you." (1 Tim 4:16).
Dr. Bill Bright in his book,
How You Can Be Sure You Are A Christian
tells us that the salvation experience involves the intellect, will, and then
emotions.55 In order to respond to the Gospel a person must first
understand what the Gospel is clearly, intellectually. Therefore in order to
lead a person into salvation we must first have a clear understanding of what
the basic message of the Gospel is.
Evangelism is explaining to a person what it
means to be a Christian and how to become one. Often times the reason
Christian Laymen are not able to lead others to Christ is because they cannot
articulate what it means to be a Christian and how to become one. This is the
first job of Training in Evangelism. This is what led James Kennedy to develop
Evangelism Explosion.43 He
told his congregation they needed to get out and share their faith. The problem
was they did not know how. In answer to the problem James Kennedy fulfilled his
calling in Ephesians 4:11-13 by developing a program of Evangelism called
Evangelism Explosion to teach them how to. The end result is that not
only his Church but hundreds of Churches using his program all over the country
and the world have led thousands of men and women to Christ because the Laymen
have been trained how too.
Paul commands us in 1 Timothy 4:16 to know clearly what
constitutes salvation not only to assure our own but in order to assure the
salvation of the person we are witnessing too. Therefore any effective Program
of Evangelism must first start with training the individual in what the Gospel
is and then how to communicate it to others.
"All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Go therefore and MAKE DISCIPLES of all the nations
baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always,
even to the end of the age." (Matt 28:18-20).
Evangelism is not just explaining to a person what it
means to be a Christian and how to become one, but once they accept Jesus, it is
then teaching them what it means to be Jesus’ Disciple.
This leads us to two questions: What does it mean to be
Jesus’ disciple, and, how do we go about teaching a new Christian to be Jesus’
disciple? The word here in the Greek for Disciple is