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Relationship With Jesus
The Key To Effective Ministry

Section 1, Chapter 4

Necessary Ingredients of an
Evangelism Training Program

Page 1 of Pages 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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 The Key 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 these requirements.

What are the INGREDIENTS of an Evangelism Training Program that will adequately equip Laymen to do the work of Evangelism? They are:

  1. The teaching of Biblical Doctrine in the areas of Evangelism, Salvation, Discipleship and Apologetics.

  2. In Class Training.

  3. On the Field Training.

  4. And Advanced Training in the areas of Discernment, Counseling and Apologetics.

THE TEACHING OF
BIBLICAL DOCTRINE

Robert L. Hart writes concerning the design of a Lay Evangelism Program,

"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."

Concerning EVANGELISM Jesus said,

"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 6:1-2)

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)

Concerning SALVATION 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.

Concerning DISCIPLESHIP Jesus commanded,

"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 maqhteuw (mathetuo) meaning to make a disciple, to train in discipleship.44 Jesus gives the answer to what it means to be His disciple in the Gospel of John 10:27: "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me." Jesus tells us in this passage that being His disciple means learning to discern what is truly His voice and then obeying what His voice tells us to do. Discipleship Training therefore is teaching a Christian how to discern what is truly Jesus’ voice to him in the different areas of his life and then encouraging him or her to obey what Jesus tells them to do. According to Matthew 28:18-20 this involves teaching the new Christian all that Jesus commanded as given in the New Testament. For this reason to have an effective Evangelism Training Program, one must not only teach clearly what the Gospel is, but also what it means to be Jesus’ disciple and how to teach it to others.

Continued on Pages 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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