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Key To Effective Ministry
Section 1, Chapter 4
Ingredients of an
Evangelism Training Program
this Basic Textbook teaches the student:
What Discipleship is and how to Disciple a New
How we relate to Jesus for the answer to our needs.
The Importance of Daily Time in the Word of God.
The Importance of Weekly Fellowship in a Church.
How to successfully manage their time during the
week so they can also include at least two hours a week to go out and share
their faith with others.
What the Bible teaches about the Constitution and
Personality development of man.
How to Discern What is Truly Jesusí Voice.
How to Know and Succeed in Jesusí Plan for Your Life.
How to Experience Jesusí Forgiveness Daily and how
to teach this to others.
The Different Kinds of Faith that there are and the
Faith that pleases God.
What it means to Love Jesus with all your Heart,
Soul, Mind and Strength.
The Cost of Discipleship and what walking with Jesus
Principles of Discipleship are very important in an
Evangelism Training Program because most Christianís problems that are binding
them up can be traced to a lack of knowledge or practice of one or more basic
Biblical discipleship concepts. The training in this Basic Textbook of
Evangelism will give the trainee the ability to communicate these principles
simply and clearly to the person being counseled on the field.
this Basic Textbook covers
The Claims of Jesus Christ which addresses and
corrects most of the Christological heresies taught by many of the leading
Christian cults in America today.
The Bibleís Teaching on the Constitution of Man
verses Secular Psychology.
Witnessing ethics: what and what not to do in Evangelism.
The Issue of Predestination verses the Importance of
The different ways in which we determine what is true
and how the Bible meets these criteria.
The reliability of Old and New Testament manuscripts.
Evidence for Mosesí authorship of the Pentateuch.
Why Genesis and Evolution are not compatible.
Evidence for the Literal-Historical Reliability of the
Bible Godís Word in the areas of historical, cosmological, scientific,
theological and redemptive fact.
Major Old Testament Prophetic predictions concerning Jesus
and His fulfillment of them, amazing fulfilled prophecies in the past fifty
years and Hebrew Codes.
Testimonies of Evangelism on the field that deal with tough
questions one encounters on the field.
The literal absolute reality and existence of Heaven and
*Quick Reference sheets for the Internet and
any other kind of Evangelism on the field.
When sharing the Gospel with a non Christian, just sharing
the simple Gospel may not be enough to release the individualís faith to receive
Jesus as Savior and Lord because of false assumptions about the validity of the
teaching of Scripture or the Christian faith. Jesus said that knowing the truth
will set a person free (John 8:32). In order for a personís faith to be released
these strongholds of the mind, as Paul calls them (2 Cor 10:3-5), must be
removed. This is the discipline of Apologetics. In this Basic Textbook the
student is taught what most of the major arguments are against Christianity and
the Bible Godís Word and how to respond to these negative assertions in a way
that will release the faith of the person being witnessed to so that they see
that Jesus really is the only answer to their life and needs and that the Bible
really is the absolute Word of God and absolutely reliable to base life and
society on. Again, the teachings of Apologetics in this textbook were developed
as a result of 30 years of ongoing weekly Evangelism on the field and the
questions encountered on the field as current as the copyright of this book. As
a result, Chapters in this Basic Textbook on Apologetics cover and answer most
of the questions one will encounter on the field. All of this Apologetic
material is also the result of 30 years of reading and research by the author to
find these answers and so is fully documented in each case covered.
To lead a person to Jesus Christ requires:
First, Explaining to a person what it means to be a
Christian and how to become one which is
EVANGELISM and SALVATION.
Second, teaching a New Christian how to discern what is
truly Jesusí voice to him in the different areas of his life and then
encouraging him or her to obey what Jesus tells them to do which is
And third, giving honest answers to honest questions about
the validity of the Christian faith which is
This Basic textbook on Evangelism, Salvation, Discipleship
and Apologetics gives the Christian more than an adequate foundation in these
three areas for successful Evangelism and any Ministry work.
The second stage to becoming an effective Christian witness
is learning how to communicate the Gospel to each other in class in a
non-hostile environment until one can do it comfortably and unself-consciously.
Some people feel this is putting the Holy Spirit into a box, but 30 years of
Evangelism and discipleship training have taught me that a person cannot even
begin to understand what it means to be led of the Holy Spirit in Evangelism or
Ministry until he first overcomes his self consciousness and self-focus. The
student cannot overcome his self-consciousness and self-focus until he becomes
so familiar with the message that he no longer needs to think about what he is
going to say and how he is coming across. This is accomplished in this Basic
Training Program through seven weeks of in class practice of sharing the Gospel
with other Christians before ever going out on the field and sharing the Gospel
with a total stranger. During this time the student does go on the field, but
only as an observer to learn from an experienced Christian witness, not actually
engaging himself in witnessing.
Evangelism is a skill learned like any skill and is
perfected through repeated practice. Proverbs 14:23 states, "In
all labor there is profit." When a student is well prepared for
Evangelism he finds it enjoyable. When he is not prepared and does not know what
to say, he becomes embarrassed on the field and develops a hatred for
Evangelism, leaves it, and then becomes next to impossible to recruit for
further Evangelism in the future. He argues as follows: I do not have the
gift of Evangelism! I believe in Friendship Evangelism. I only believe in Holy
Spirit led Evangelism (while the Holy Spirit never does seem to lead them).
It is the goal of this Basic Training Program of Evangelism to make Evangelism
an enjoyable experience for the student so that when he finishes the training,
he will continue regular ongoing Evangelism and Ministry Outreach as a
*Part of the in-class training also includes mock
demonstrations of sharing the Gospel and Discipleship concepts under similar
circumstances you would encounter on the field or in someoneís home. These mock
demonstrations are given in the
Evangelism: The Time Is Now!
Teacherís Manual.173 This is part of the Apologetic
training and teaches the student how to respond and answer the questions he will
encounter on the field.
At the end of seven weeks of training the next stage required
for an effective Evangelism Training Program is to overcome the fear of talking
to a total stranger on the field. Half the Battle of overcoming the fear of
witnessing on the field is knowing what to say and how to say it. This is why
the first and second stages are absolutely essential before going on to this
third stage. But no amount of knowledge and in class training eliminates all the
fears of witnessing. On the field training has its own set of fears to overcome.
The first fear to overcome is going out on the field itself.
I had a student once who after going through the first two stages called me up
in tears, petrified with fear about going out and talking to a total stranger,
and told me she just could not do it. I never force a student to witness to a
total stranger until they are ready because if they are not ready, forcing them
to do it could destroy their potential of ever being a witness at all. Instead I
told her that she did not have to go out and witness but that she did have to go
out and observe. A lot of peopleís fears about witnessing are in their heads and
not in reality. She went out with me the next day and watched me witness to
several people. The end result was that she saw her fears had no basis in
The next week she went out witnessing with another student
and the two of them led two people to Christ. She will be witnessing the Gospel
of Jesus Christ for the rest of her life because it is a joy to her not a
fearful experience. This Basic Program of Evangelism is designed to consider
the individual. It does not make Christian student witnesses a herd of cattle.
After the student gets over the trauma of just walking up to
a total stranger or stepping into a strangerís home on the field he then needs
to overcome the problem of self-consciousness and self-focus as he witnesses to
the stranger. This takes about six weeks or more depending on the individual.
There are few positive results in this stage because the studentís self
consciousness and self-focus hinder him from showing genuine love and concern
for the person being witnessed too. The lack of self-confidence communicated to
the stranger hinders him from accepting the genuineness of the message.
Ecclesiastes 10:4 states, "If the rulerís temper rises against you, do not
abandon your position, because composure allays great offenses." In other words,
unflinching confidence convinces a person of the validity of what you have to
Finally, as the self-consciousness and self-focus began to
dissipate, genuine love and concern for the individual come through and positive
responses begin to result. This is because the fruit of the Spirit is love and
so when a person is ministering in love he is beginning to learn what it means
to be led of the Holy Spirit in witnessing and in ministering, but there are no
short cuts to getting to this place of maturity in witnessing. It can only come
about by going through the discipline of these three stages. Any honest Minister
will have to admit this was true in the development of his own ministry work. It
was true in mine.
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