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Your evangelism efforts should be done with skill and excellence. Our faith should lead us to strive to excel on the job. Don’t let your witnessing hurt your work effort. Be mindful that you are paid to do a task. As the Apostle Paul reminded us, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” Colossians 3:23. Are we giving our employer the value of our work for the task they pay us? To fail in our witness as an employee, can become a serious integrity barrier with co-workers we seek to reach with the gospel.

You should conduct yourself ethically. Unbelievers are quick to spot a phony. They know or at least expect us to live a godly life. If we are hypocritical, they feel a right to disregard our message. Go the extra mile to avoid questionable practices.

You should build relationships. Get to know your coworkers.  Ask questions about them and their families. Share about your family with them, this will usually open a door for conversation. Get to know your colleagues, make a list or keep a journal about things they share. You can refer to these for future conversations. Many people are glad for someone to listen to them. If they know you care, they may turn to you in a time of need.

You should keep an office stash of evangelistic materials to give away—books that share Jesus story, gospel tracts, pocket New Testaments, and your testimony on CD or Christian athlete and on a variety of topics. Choose materials that are appropriate for your coworkers.

You should pray daily for your colleagues. Keep a list of needs they share with you, or find out about at work, and pray through that list regularly. Let them know you are praying for them.

You should not neglect your job to witness. If you can be in the process of completing your work effectively while talking to someone, that is a worthy goal. But, if your witnessing hinders your work, then consider witnessing during breaks, lunches, and after hours.

You should not overwhelm your listener with too much information. It can be easy, especially for a passionate believer to share more than can be processed. Remember, you work with the person and you will see them again. It is best to offer wisdom nuggets and let the person digest the information. You can always talk again at the next break or day. Remember to exercise wisdom. Evangelism involves three, the work of God’s Spirit, the work of the witness and the work of God’s word. You want to whet a person’s appetite, and stimulate curiosity. Workplace evangelism is a building process with your witness a step at a time. Remember, you want them to make a solid, thoughtful commitment, not a hasty one.

You should never be ashamed of your faith, Romans 1:16. People hold onto and believe all sorts of crazy things. Most people today are not embarrassed about their beliefs. As a matter of fact, many are very outspoken. You should never be ashamed of your faith in Jesus Christ? If you have built friendships with your coworkers and treated them with respect, they will probably be willing to listen to you.

You should always seek ask “does what I have been sharing make sense to you?” And, “are you willing, and ready to place your faith in Jesus?” “Are you ready to surrender your life to Jesus and ask Him to be your Lord and Savior?”

You should have them read, Romans, 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:9-10 and 13.

You also consider having them read Luke 18:9-14 about the tax collector you prayed to God asking for a blood atonement.

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As an adjunct teacher for a seminary, I have had the opportunity to read and teach through the Old and New Testament books. This has created an opportunity for God to reveal to me and connect “the dots” in understanding God’s plans and purposes to make His truths known. As the church, Christ-followers, we are to still make Jesus known.

As I read, meditate and teach the Old and New Testament books, I see God’s plan, and methods for Himself and later making Jesus Christ known to the world. Besides, home visits, personal evangelism, evangelistic preaching at the temple, the most commonly used approached for the first-century church was street evangelistic preaching. Some scholars would call this “Market Place” evangelism.

Here are a few Biblical examples of God calling His men to proclaim His Holy Word.

  • King Solomon addressed the nation of Israel with a loud voice. (1 Kings 8:54-56)
  • The prophet Ezra call the people of Israel to repentance as they sat in the square.(Ezra 10:9-14)
  • The prophet Jeremiah stood at the gates of the Lord’s house and proclaimed the words of the Lord. (Jeremiah 7:1-3).
  • God sent the prophet Jonah to preached on the streets of Nineveh (Jonah 3:1-5).
  • In the New Testament we see God called Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist, as the first street preacher, the first to herald the good news in the open-air, was John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-2Mark 1:4Luke 3:3).
  • Jesus sat atop a hill and preached the greatest sermon ever preached in the open-air — the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).
  • Jesus’s disciples preached on the streets in many villages (Luke 9:5-7).
  • Peter preached in the open-air at Solomon’s Portico, after healing the lame beggar (Acts 3:11-26).
  • Philip preached the gospel to large crowds on the streets of the city of Samaria (Acts 8:6-8).
  • Paul stood before the judiciary of Athens, atop of Mars Hill, and preached to the men of Athens in the open-air (Acts 17:22-34).

While in seminary, in my proclamation class, I would periodically hear professors share how they had to do one session of street/sidewalk preaching as a student as a requirement for classes for sermon preparation and proclamation. Where are our street evangelists?

On a daily basis, we hear in the news about all the street crime, killings, and violence. It seems that the streets are a fertile place for street communicators of the gospel. I had the privilege of serving on a team of street evangelists for over ten years. Most of these men were of the Boomer generation. Some were of the Builder generation. I have met a few men from Gen-X as street evangelists, but we need more street evangelists.

Who from the next generation, the Millennials, will stand up and be the street evangelists and take the gospel to your generation? This is not a calling for everyone, but there are a few good men who will and are called to this type of God-called ministry.

Being a street evangelist is not an “in the spot-light” ministry. Being a street evangelist will not make you rich but God does provide for your needs. However, the blessings of seeing the multitudes of hard-core lost individuals come to faith in Jesus Christ is super rewarding! You will see drug dealers go from selling to not selling in a matter of minutes. You will meet people who are broken, without purpose and meaning in life be transformed by the gospel right before your eyes.

I have seen an individual recently saved, transformed from not a Christ follower to after trusting in Jesus as Lord and Savior, go and evangelize a neighbor. I have seen individuals saved and three minutes later encouraging friends they needed to listen to my message about Jesus Christ. The New Testament Church is built on street or market place evangelists making Jesus Christ known to a community and a city.

In the book of Acts, God revealed to me that His plan was to take the gospel in twenty years plus, over 1,500 sea miles from Jerusalem to the capitol city of the known world at that time, by using the apostle Paul. Paul had to go from city to city preaching and teaching in the communities. Paul had to first evangelize the lost, make disciples and then form the churches. The churches then supported Paul in his ministry. Also, the churches continued to evangelize, to make disciples and to send out evangelists to make Jesus Christ known.

We need some good men to stand up for Christ and surrender to become street evangelists. Some will do this full-time and others will be part-time. But God will call, empower and lead you to preach evangelistically and make disciples. Who of you will answer God’s call to be the next generation’s street evangelists?

America needs you! God is calling you! Will you answer God’s call?

Some have argued against the pubic invitation by saying, “I am not the Holy Spirit.” I agree there is only one Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit uses the believer to give the invitation. When a person is born again, the individual receives the Spirit as God’s guarantee of salvation and His power. Author Roger Carswell refers to the Holy Spirit as the Evangelist.[1] Every Christian can evangelize in the power of the Holy Spirit. He is the one who gives the invitation, as Dr. Tom Johnston professor of evangelism said, “Using our vocal cords to communicate the gospel and persuade men and women to trust in Jesus.[2]

This short excerpt is from the book, “Breaking the Evangelism Code” chapter twelve entitled “Giving An Evangelistic Invitation: Inviting Someone To Trust In Jesus As Lord And Savior.  (available on amazon.com)

[1] Roger Carswell, And Some Evangelist. Christian Focus Publications, 2000

[2] Dr. Tom Johnston is a professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas, Missouri.

This week I had a meeting with the Regional Coordinator for the Southeast for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for My Hope, a Church evangelism strategy. We were discussing positions for a new structure for My Hope teams. The term “vital” was used referring to the new positions for the team Coordinators. Dr. Guth, said, “Do you know that the word “vital” means signs of life.”

Vital signs are those indicators which give evidence that an organism is alive. We went on to discuss how the new volunteer positions were vital for the success of our strategy to reach the fifty capital cities by partnering with the local churches to take the gospel into the communities.

As I pondered our conversation and the term “vital” I began to think of the church. The church is a living organism. And the church also has “vital” signs, indicators that it is alive, or sadly, in some cases, dying a slow death. I began to ask myself “what are some vital signs that a church is alive, thriving, and growing.

From a biblical perspective, here is a simple list, based on biblical principles, examples and historical models.

  1. The church is intentionally praying for lost people to be saved.
  • Prayer meetings are held to pray for the lost.
  • At group meetings, bible studies, the staff and directors pray for lost people to be saved
  • The church is prayerwalking the streets, tearing down strongholds in Jesus Name!
  1. The church is intentionally evangelistic.
  • The church staff is teaching its members how to evangelize.
  • The church creates avenues for members to go out and evangelize visitors,
  • Conduct evangelistic door to door surveys,
  • Provides gospel tracts for members to distribute when the opportunity presents itself.
  • Creates opportunities to draw people into venues so its members are able to evangelize.
  • Every sermon has an evangelistic component and offers an evangelistic appeal
  1. The church is intentionally making NEW disciples
  • Evangelistic events, and outings, will produce new believers, so they must be discipled
  • New believers are taught how to evangelize, mentored how to share the gospel
  • New bible groups are formed from new believers as they complete a New Believer’s class
  1. The church is baptizing new believers
  • New believers want to follow Jesus. They want will be baptized.
  • Offers a Baptism Class for new believers
  • There is excitement about baptism and the church celebrates with great joy.
  1. The church is alive with excitement
  • Members of all ages are enthusiastic about seeing lost family, friends, and acquaintances coming to faith in Jesus.
  • Members are continually inviting lost people to “’Come and See’ what God is doing at our church!”
  1. The church will have to expand
  • Salvations and baptisms equals growth. This can occur by
    • adding more Bible study groups
    • double your worship services
    • add another location
    • or build

I am certain there are other suggestions that can be added but these are the basics vital signs of life for a church. I hope your church has good vitals.

In studying and teaching Jesus’ approach of evangelism as well as His disciples, I have found Jesus and the apostles used an Intentional Community Evangelism approach. In the four Gospels we find Jesus using various approaches or methods to communicate the Kingdom Message.

After His forty day fast and prayer, in Matthew 4 we see that Jesus began to preach (12-17). He was intentional in His approach, the Scriptures say that Jesus went to live in Capernaum and began to preach “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near, (17).

In chapters five-seven of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus preached the Beatitudes to the masses of people who are following Him. Again, we see Jesus intentional approach of communicating the Gospel Message. The Gospel of Luke also gives an account of the Beatitudes as well.

Throughout the Gospels, the word spreads about the Man Jesus who is healing, feeding and resuscitating people from the dead. These were signs and wonders to validate His ministry. But it was the Kingdom message that He wanted the people to grasp and not just receive a healing from an illness or a piece of fish to eat.

Jesus sent out the twelve to proclaim the Kingdom Message, again an intentional approach. The Gospels of Matthew 10, Mark 3; 6; 13; Luke 6; 9; 10; 12; 21 also give accounts of Jesus commanding the disciples to go to the people to preach the Good News.

The Gospel accounts of Matthew 28; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8 all give the mandate for everyone who professes Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to go out, and do intentional evangelism in the communities across our nation, and the world.

During the years of 2001-2013, God give me the opportunity to lead and work with a team of men who had surrendered all to Jesus. They were from all walks of life. Most of the men were laymen in their churches, some were pastors, ministers and SBC leaders, but all were called by God to go out and replicate the evangelistic approach of taking the gospel to the inner cities across America.

This team of volunteers gave up a weeks’ vacation and their time to go into the inner cities of America to start evangelistic conservations with people in communities you may have heard about in the national news. The only time you hear of some of these communities is the result of shootings and killing of young black men and sometimes children.

We always worked through and with inner city churches, mostly plateau or declining and dying. We encouraged the churches to follow up with everyone. We equipped the churches in follow up, intentional evangelistic conversations, prayerwalking, and develop a presence in the community.

From the years 2001-2013 the team recorded over 23,000 professions of faith. We were able to conduct baptisms in parking lots of churches which resulted in by standers coming out of the crowds and requested baptism after a gospel presentation was given.

The approach we used has been called Inner City Evangelism and it has been called Intentional Community Evangelism. Regardless of what you call it, it is intentional and it works. And yes, we even help start churches in areas like Oahu, HI, Nashville, TN, San Antonio, TX, Phoenix, AZ, and Binghamton, NY.

If you are interested in learning more about Intentional Community Evangelism, go to amazon.com to get your copy. If you want to learn how to develop a team that using this intentional approach contact us at m28evangelism@gmail.com. 

What could be a catalyst to change an entire communities through the local church? What could stimulate your church to intentionally begin to reach its community with the gospel?

The Intentional Community Evangelism (ICE) strategy was originally developed by Victor Benavides, in 2002. ICE combines equipping the local church in prayer, evangelism, discipleship, coaching and neighborhood events to engage entire communities.

Each ICE emphasis is a 12-month process in which a church or group of churches are guided to develop unique and personal strategies for serving the surrounding community.

The main goal in the ICE evangelism training is to discover a training method that works for the urban/inner city church within the cultural context of the people the church is trying to reach. A strategy that the church will not use is no strategy at all, so the church must be comfortable and confident with the particular evangelistic approach it chooses.

The challenge for each urban/inner city churches is that of reaching a community filled with thousands of people, of all walks of life, and economic status, many of which are unconcerned about church. To reach those folks, we’re going to have to use some non-traditional approaches. The challenge is tremendous but the end results can be very rewarding.

Through ICE, a church staff and lay leaders can meet with M28evangelism.com team members to develop strategies to actively engage the community, starting with intentional prayer.

Prayer is really the bedrock of the ICE strategy. It prepares the hearts of the community and the church for a movement of God. Prayer is God’s roto-tiller busting the hard packed, rocky and thorny soils of the hearts in communities across our cities.

Each church member participating in an ICE emphasis is trained in prayerwalking and is asked to organize prayerwalks in designated areas. The more people you mobilize to learn how to prayerwalk and participate in prayerwalking training and conduct prayerwalking their community the greater results you will see through an evangelistic effort.

As a part of ICE, you should prayerwalk block party venues, parade venues, Trunk or Treat venues, Spring Festival venues, apartment complexes, subdivisions, basically anywhere you plan to carry out evangelistic conversations.

You should also prayerwalk for a golf tournament. Men’s wild game dinners, Women’s events, felt need conferences, and food distribution venues. Any location where a church plans to distribute the gospel and have witnessing conversations with people, Church members should prayerwalk.

Churches should prayerwalk the rooms, hallways, sanctuary and parking lots of the church weeks before Vacation Bible School.

Through an ICE emphasis participants will be trained and equipped to follow up quickly with those who have made professions of faith in Jesus Christ, and to disciple them through a small group Bible study.

The ICE strategy culminates with three days of intentional community evangelistic events; however, the process does not end there.

The Intentional Community Evangelism strategy process will just begin for the local church as it will be encouraged to continue in the practices that it learned over the year.

For all churches, it means continuing to follow where the Holy Spirit is leading.

Our heartfelt desire is to reach our community for the Lord Jesus Christ. We have a burden to reach those who live all around us. To be totally honest, many churches have been in their location for some time and many have lost the passion to impact its community like it should have. We hope to change that through ICE and with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

To learn more about how your church can equip your members how to engage intentionally engage its community using Intentional Community Evangelism go to M28evangelism.com. or email m28evangelism@gmail.com.

My previous article, I wrote on “Rethinking How We Measure Evangelism in America Today.” Well this is a follow-up article with a real life story that just happened a few days ago. A young man moved in his spiritual journey toward knowing God and Jesus as Lord and Savior.

These are the words of the young military soldier sitting next to me on the flight from San Antonio, Texas to Atlanta, Georgia, “I have never read the Bible before.” Dustin was probably in his mid-twenties and had grown up in Joplin, Missouri. We talked about the 2011 Joplin tornado that was a catastrophic EF5 multiple-vortex tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, late in the afternoon of Sunday, May 22, 2011. Dustin had family and friends that were affected by the tornado.

I shared how Southern Baptist churches from across the country have teams trained and are certified to serve as disaster relief recovery teams, in chain saw, water purification, meal preparation, washer and shower trailers, and demudding and debriding. He was very thankful. I also mentioned how Southern Baptist had started new church in Joplin, he was very interested.

Our conversations shifted to belief in God and other religious beliefs. I shared about my degree in the study of world religions. Then I asked Dustin if he had ever read the Bible, that is when responded, “I have never read the Bible before.” Then our conversation moved into the reliability of the Holy Scriptures. I was able to share how I studied “Textual Criticism” as part of my Masters of Divinity in Biblical Languages work and the science of preserving the manuscripts.

Dustin said he had heard there were two sections to the Bible. So we talked about the difference between the Old and New Testament, the former foretelling of the coming Messiah (Hebrew) and how the New Testament was a fulfillment of the Christ (Greek). We talked about the categories of the books in the Old Testament, the writings of Moses beginning with creation, the exodus of Israel and the Law, and the difference between the Major and Minor Prophets and wisdom writings.

The young soldier wanted to know about the books of the New Testament, so we talked about the four Gospels, the Apostle Paul, as one of the most intelligent men during his time, a hater of Jesus, and how he believed in Jesus and God using him to pen the majority of the New Testament books.

This led to us discussing the difference between Islam and Christianity. Our conversation eventually came to who was Jesus. We talked about Jesus’ two natures, fully God and fully man and how his two natures were totally separate and how the Man Jesus had to die for our sins. The crucifixion led to resurrection of Jesus Christ and how He conquered sin, death and the devil and made the only way for people to get to God, and the assurance of God forgiveness and eternal life.

After sharing my life story with Dustin, I asked if he had ever asked God to forgive his sin and had he trusted in Jesus as Lord and Savior. He said, that he had never done that before and probably needed to make that decision. He was not ready at the moment to pray to Jesus. So I gave him my Christian Workers New Testament to read. He thanked me twice for giving him the New Testament and we parted ways. I am praying for Dustin that he will get the place where he hears God’s Spirit leading, prodding him to place his faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior.