Using the Apostle Paul’s Approach to reach Our Metropolitan Centers

Posted: April 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

How should we approach reaching NYC, Seattle, WA, Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO,Washington,D.C.with the gospel? Having worked in and researched the metros and read, studied, parsed the New Testament and the information on the people in the metros, should be take the apostle Paul’s approach to reaching Corinth.

When we read the letter to the Corinthians by the apostle Paul, we see that he mentions different people groups. In first Corinthians we Gentiles, Jews, Greeks, slaves or free. We can image that Corinthwas a melting pot of races and languages, and dialects. Corinth, the capital of the provinceof Achaia, was a city of social, cultural, and religious diversity. As we research the metropolitan centers we see that an identical people group situation occurs. Our metros are also a melting pot of people from various races.

So how do we strategize to reach the cities with the gospel? How do we determine which method or activity of evangelizing lost people who have different religious backgrounds, Jewish, Islamic, Hindi, Buddhist, Catholicism, and many other forms? If we say that we believe that God’s Word is relevant today as it was two thousand years ago, then we must read and study the various methods used in the Acts or Pauline epistles.

In Acts we see that Paul went into the various cities and used a similar approach to proclaim the gospel. He talked to small groups of people and large assemblies. In several cases Paul found resistance and once was stoned to death, in Lystra, where God sent him back into the city to continue witnessing.

Paul sought groups of people who were seeking God or a god in their hunger to satisfy their inner religious void to connect what they believed and turned it into a conversation about Jesus Christ. Paul used a conversational and proclamation style of evangelism. He let the Holy Spirit lead and the context guide how he witnessed to people.

InActs 17Paul listened to different religious leaders express their views on who or what god might be? Then Paul connected with them through their poetry and segwayed into Jesus Christ being the Creator of all things and declared that all men needed to repent and mentioned the resurrection. 

How was Paul’s message received? In my sermon the Sneers, the Hearers, and the Believers, I point out that there were three responses to Paul’s message as found in verses 32-34 inActs 17. People respond differently to the gospel. Everyone is at a different place in his or her spiritual journey. Those people who are close to being saved will respond in trusting Jesus, others in a more distant place are not ready and can and may respond negatively. 

Our approach to evangelizing lost people should not be dictated by how they will respond but if God’s Spirit sends you to go witness. Our God has commanded us to go Matthew 28:18-20so we must go and win disciples. If the early Christians let the people’s Gentiles response to the gospel determined if they proclaimed Jesus or not we may not have the gospel as we know it today in parts of the world.

So how should we approach reaching the metros, our cities, our towns and our communities? Just readMatthew 28:18-20,Acts 1:8and other Great Commission passages. We are to go.     

 

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