God’s commission is to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). But where do they come from?
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14)
Evangelism is necessary to bring the gospel to the unbelievers. The prescribed method in the Bible is going out two by two. In missionary circles it’s called Luke 10 evangelism (though the account is also in the other gospels with less detail). The evangelists go with empty bags, but full of power. Their three tools are proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, healing the sick, and expelling demons (see Luke 9:1-2). The demonstrations of power validate the message.
The target is identifying the man of peace, the person receptive to the message who will gather others. He or she will be the nucleus of a new home fellowship. Some examples in the Bible are Cornelius, Lydia, the Philippian jailer, and Crispus (Acts 10:2, 16:15, 16:33, 18:8). In all four examples, they and their households (Greek oikos) were saved. They weren’t then sent to church; they became the newest church!
Though this is the prescribed method of evangelizing the lost, casting a wide net with public preaching was also a practice of Jesus and the Apostles. The Apostles would evangelize the Jews in the Temple courts. Paul targeted wherever people gathered in numbers. To reach the Jews, he always started at the synagogues; the Greeks, wherever they gathered. However, his pattern was to cast the wide net, face mass rejection, and continue on with the few who were agreeable to the message (Acts 13:43, 17:34). People were baptized and churches were planted (Acts 14:23). He would continue personal discipleship of select saints by bringing them with him on his travels (Acts 20:4). Therefore, even public preaching to crowds shares the objectives of Luke 10 evangelism of identifying the man of peace, making disciples and planting house churches.
Technological and social developments today afford our generation a unique opportunity to broadcast the message of the gospel of the kingdom and all the benefits therein to a wider audience than ever before in history. One method our mission is experimenting with is mass mailing of postcards. Door to door evangelism is much more difficult today in a society with houses far apart in rural areas and most people being outside the home at work most of the day. The postal service is a unique way to ensure every address gets the message even if no one is home or a no trespassing sign is posted at the entrance of the driveway. By providing contact information we invite those receptive to the message to meet with us for personal evangelism or discipleship. To learn more about or participate in our mass mailing evangelism project, you can Contact Us and you can donate to postcard evangelism at https://www.KingdomDriven.org/donate.
Check out a sister ministry website for Gospel Postcard Evangelism and find out how YOU can personally reach the 5000 homes around your fellowship with the "Good News" Kingdom Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
These four field booklets were prepared on the mission field as a discipleship tool for Marc to more easily train future generations of field evangelists and teachers. The objectives were multiple. One was to make sure successive generations of field evangelists were laying a requisite foundation when engaging new prospects. He attempted to convey the foundation of what he was doing with new prospects from memory and experience to field evangelists who had less experience and Bible knowledge. The successive books were added to the repertoire to handle common objections and challenges often faced with disciples who accepted the first teachings, but would later reject the actual teachings of Jesus or the Apostolic church practices our mission practiced. The added benefit of the booklets was that they were provided in the language of the people we were ministering to and permitted us to leave a lot of Scripture with people who oftentimes did not own Bibles.
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