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What is the Holy Spirit's normal way for leading us?
What did Jesus do before He Baptized His Apostles in the Holy Spirit and
sent them out?
What is the mistake that most Christians make?
What does Training in Evangelism do for a Christian and how does this
relate to the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives?
While attending a Christian University, I
developed and taught a class on Evangelism. In this class I taught
in four areas: Evangelism, Discipleship, Basic Counseling and
Apologetics. In Evangelism I taught the student how to explain to a
total stranger what it means to be a Christian and how to become
The development of this program came about as
the result of Christians coming up to me constantly and saying,
I want to share my faith with my
friends and others, but I just do not know what to say or how to go
about it? Will you teach me how to share my faith with others?
These Christians were Holy Spirit Baptized
believers. I am a Holy Spirit Baptized believer with evidence of
speaking in tongues. They knew all about the power of God and the
gifts of the Holy Spirit. What was the problem then? They discovered
that experiencing all the gifts of the Holy Spirit was not enough.
What they discovered was that the Holy Spirit does not work in a
vacuum. Normally, The
leads us by what we know.
I was walking to Chapel one day with one of
the students in my training program. A female student that was one
of his friends came walking up along side of us. As we were talking
she looked at me and said, "Donít I know you from somewhere?" My
friend said to her in response, "He teaches a class on Evangelism!"
She said in response, "What do you teach in this class?" I
responded, "I teach students how to share the Gospel with others."
She said in response, "Donít you believe in being led of the Holy
Spirit?" I did not say it out loud, but I thought to myself, "If
this is her concept of what it means to be led of the Holy Spirit,
then why is she going to school?"
This young lady makes the same
mistake that many Christians make and that is that they think that
being led of the Holy Spirit means to be empty headed. But what did
Jesus say about the Holy Spirit? We read in the Gospel of
"But the Helper, the Holy
Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all
things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you."
Jesus taught us in His Word
that the Holy Spirit does not work in a vacuum. The Holy Spirit
leads us according to the knowledge that we have. Jesus
educated his disciples for three and one-half years. He next
Baptized them in the Holy Spirit and then they went out.
Today most Christians have the cart before the horse. They
understand the importance of the work of the Holy Spirit in their
lives but are deceived about the importance of Education and
Training in Evangelism. Training stores your library, the mind, with
necessary information that the Holy Spirit can use when appropriate
in any given situation.
A CASE EXAMPLE
Several years ago, one night
after Church, some brothers and sisters and I went to a restaurant
to have some coffee and fellowship. After we had been there for a
while a couple of sisters walked in all excited because they had
been sharing their faith with some truck drivers outside. One of
these sisters had been a Christian for ten years, the other for four
months. I pulled out a couple of Evangelism Tracts and handed them
to them and said, "Go back out and share these with them." With that
they went back out.
About an hour later we all got
up to go home. When we walked out of the restaurant I noticed that
the two sisters were still talking to the truck drivers. I decided
to stay around just to be sure they would be okay.
Twenty minutes later one of
the sisters walked over to me to find out why I was standing there
waiting. I told her I was just making sure nothing would happen to
them. She wanted me to join them, but I felt it was Jesusí
opportunity for them and told her I would wait until they were done.
Another twenty minutes passed
and she came over to me again. She explained to me that though they
knew how to share what Jesus meant in His relationship with them,
they did not know how to tell these men how to know Jesus
When I walked over, one of
them had gone to sleep and they were just chatting with one of the
fellows. I picked up my Bible and began going through Scriptures I
had memorized through training in Campus Crusade for Christ,
Navigators, and Evangelism Explosion as Jesus was leading me by the
Holy Spirit. I went through all of these programs at one time in my
past. An hour later the young man accepted Jesus into his life by
repeating a prayer similar to what is in the back of my Evangelism
One of these girls had been walking with Jesus
for ten years and yet could not lead this man to the Lord. This was
because she had never been trained how to. On the other hand, I too
had been walking with the Lord for ten years up to that point, but
had been through many Evangelism Training Programs in the past.
Because this was so, Jesus through the Holy Spirit had a vast
reservoir of information in my memory banks to bring to my memory as
it applied to the situation at hand. Because this was true, the Holy
Spirit was able to success fully lead this man to Jesus through
These two sisters knew what it meant to
receive Jesus Christ into their lives, but they had never learned
how to effectively communicate it to others. Because this was true
the Holy Spirit did not have an adequate reservoir of knowledge from
which to draw upon to successfully lead this man to Jesus through
Jesus plainly tells us that the Holy Spirit does not work in a
vacuum but is sent to be our helper by teaching us and
bringing to our remembrance what we have been taught by Jesus in the
past through the Holy Spirit, through His Word and through
others. This is certainly true in Evangelism. It is not wrong for us
to receive training in Evangelism. The more we know, the more the
Holy Spirit has to work with in leading us in our efforts to
minister to others effectively.
As a young Christian I realized
how important training was. For this reason I signed up for and went
through every Evangelism Training Program that came along. I
did not want there to be any situation in Evangelism that the Holy
Spirit could not use me in because of ignorance. The Apostle Paul
wrote to Timothy,
2 Timothy 2:15 "Be
diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does
not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the Word of Truth."
The Apostle Peter wrote,
1 Peter 3:15 "But sanctify
Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense
to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in
you, yet with gentleness and reverence."
I find nothing in the Bible which
indicates that to be led of the Holy Spirit means to be empty
headed. Everything in the Scripture commands us to study to be
prepared to adequately present and defend the Gospel in any
THE BENEFITS OF TRAINING
PURPOSE OF TRAINING is
One, give you the
ability to communicate clearly
what it means to be a Christian and how to become one.
Two, teach you
how to lead a person into prayer
Three, teach you
how to disciple the new Christian
so he grows in his relationship with Christ and becomes a
stable fruitful Christian.
Four, teach you
how to respond to difficult
questions you will encounter on the field when
sharing your faith.
Fifth, teach you
how to properly counsel people
concerning their problems and needs and to show them how to draw
upon Jesus as the answer to all their needs.
Sixth, teach you
what the leading of the Holy Spirit
is and what it is not.
you Witnessing Ethics:
which is what and what not to do when sharing the Gospel with
OF TRAINING in Evangelism are:
Clarity in communicating
Boldness in witnessing
since you know exactly what to say and how to say it.
The ability to
keep the conversation centered on
Christ and not get side tracked to other
leaving with a satisfied feeling
of knowing that you have communicated clearly what it means to
be a Christian and how to become one whether the person accepts
Christ or not, because then when the person is ready he will
know what to do and how to do it and who to get in contact with
when he does.
The first step to successful ongoing
Evangelism is going through a Training Program in Evangelism. In the
next Chapter we will talk about what ingredients are
necessary in an Evangelism Training Program in order for it to equip
you to do Evangelism successfully and how this school of Evangelism
more than meets these requirements.
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