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In 1984, the year I was saved, churches had a Pastor of Evangelism and staff. He helped keep the church focused on the Great “Missionary” Commission. Then came the day when churches did away with the Staff Evangelism person and team. This was the trend in early 2000 – 2001, 2002, 2003-.

The decrease in salvations and baptisms recorded the following years soon followed among leading churches, both were already on a downhill slope. The decision to eliminate a key role in the local church accelerated the decline.

If a church wants to impact its community, then the focus on prayer and evangelism are foremost.

And the bigger a church gets the more evangelistic it must become, or face becoming a memorial in the community.

Is it time for churches to retool their staffs and get back to prayer for the lost, and evangelism as the major emphasis. The battle for the souls of men and women continues as many churches have sat unengaged on the sidelines.

In the book of Acts, we learn that the apostle Paul carried the Gospel to Rome, the capital city of the world of his day, by doing intentional evangelism in the metropolises, towns of his day. Then he gathered believers into house church groups.

Does prayerwalking work? I learned how to prayerwalk from Foreign Missionaries while in a foreign country years ago. We prayerwalked for hours each day. I learned how to pray specifically and generally over people, in neighborhoods, in communities, and in the cities. I prayerwalked, prayed on buses, prayed on ferry boats, and on sidewalks. What an experience and mentoring moment it was for me. Having gained this knowledge on prayerwalking, since that time, I have taught and conducted classes on prayerwalking. I have led teams prayerwalking in inner cities and communities all across our nation.

Prayer and Prayerwalking still work. Recently, I received a testimonial from my son, who is Senior Pastor in Georgia. He has been preaching and teaching his church members how to be intentional in sharing the gospel and praying. Recently, he encouraged the church to prayerwalk their children’s campuses. Here is a story how prayer does impact our communities.

“As I sit here and read Colossians 4: 2-6 I want to thank you for your challenge you gave us Sunday. As we visited (our daughter’s) school yesterday I asked the principal, her teacher and her paraprofessional- “How can my family pray for you this year?”  Each was surprised 🙂 but their response was awesome! The teacher and para-pro were appreciative and shocked. They both stated no one has ever asked them “How can my family pray for you this school year” – the para pro- got a little misty eyed and stated – “That gave me goosebumps”.
I’m not sharing this to boost but once again to thank you for listening to God and preparing His words for us each week. Through this opportunity, I believe a door was opened with my daughter’s teacher and para-pro that probably would not have if we just had a simple greeting. Stay in the word, continue to seek God’s will for our church and keep preaching the truth!
Love ya brother,“

What an amazing story! This story contains several important facts for the Christian who is living an intentional Christ-like life. (1) Teachable spirit – church members allowed God’s spirit and their pastor to teach and encourage them how to be intentional Christians. (2) Intentional spirit – church members are obedient to the Great Commission to go and make disciples. (3) Celebratory spirit – God rejoices, but so does the church when we go in obedience and connect people to God through Jesus, through prayer and the gospel.

I will never forget what a teenage drug dealer said, after one our mission teams, on a Saturday morning, had engaged a group of young men with the gospel and prayer. They said, “We cannot know that God loves us unless, you guys, (the church) comes out here and tells us.” If your community does not know God loves them, that the Jesus died for them, and that Jesus rose from the dead and conquered sin, death, and the devil, then go tell them. Then your community will know.

Let me pray for you.

Dear Jesus, we ask that you empower us and sent us out in Your Holy Spirit’s power to go and make disciples. Give us favor with people in our communities. Give us the words to say during each witnessing encounter. And allow us to see people born into Your kingdom by Your Spirit as they believe in You Jesus as Lord and Savior.  In Jesus Name!

When I stop and consider what is happening to the American culture and around the world, I feel like I am watching a horror-SyFy movie. The main plot is a crazed tyrant or crazed cult leader, who tells the people in a small town or society that things are not what they seem to be.

They are told that the genetic and physical gender, in which they were born, is not who they are psychologically and physically. Humans are being told to dress as the opposite gender and to act like the opposite gender, as a contradiction to what they were created by God. Others are misled and talked into mutilating their bodies and led like sheep to a slaughter. We have seen adults, then teens and now plans by the sick minds, to alter the minds and mutilate the body and gender of young children to create a distorted humanity.

What we have is the greatest mockery of God’s creation by the devil, who hates God. He hates everything God has created. He hates God’s plans for humanity and he wants to go against every aspect of God’s plan. He wants to distort, mutilate, confuse humans in every way possible.

What has been described above, if it were not really happening, you would think and say, “The individual who would conjure up, plot, scheme and construct such a destructive plan has to be mentally sick, sadistic, a serial murderer, manipulative, a psychopath. No one in their right mind would tell another individual that their genetic and physical gender is incorrect and they must dress as the opposite gender and then consider mutilation to change their physical gender.

From my research, this is similar to what the Nazi’s did to the Jewish prisoners, in the concentration and death camps, in the name of scientific research. Cutting off and cutting out body parts and reassembly of body parts as an experiment on human lives.

Shouldn’t this be labeled as a modern day version “Frankensteinism!” Isn’t this what we would expect to happen in a horror film and plot? What we see happening in our culture and around the world, is nothing more than the Devil’s plan to deconstruct God’s plan for humanity, family, and marriage, of one genetic and physical man and one genetic and physical woman.

The Devil has been at work since the creation of Adam and Eve, working feverishly to deceive, distort and as yes mutilate God’s creation, first psychologically and then physically. The source of humanity’s problem is at the heart, which includes the mind and soul. If an individual’s mind is restored by God’s Spirit at the moment of salvation, the change of the physical outward appearance will follow. “17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

So as the Church considers all that is happening, the Church has a new ministry at its doorstep. The question is “How to minister to those who fell for the devil’s lies and now are coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ?” These individuals will realize that they were lied to and some have mutilated their bodies. The Church must develop plans to make disciples of these new individuals in Christ, who are born again and become a new person in Christ.

The apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:16, “For who has known the mind of THE LORD JEHOVAH that he may teach him? But we do have the mind of The Messiah. Aramaic Bible in Plain English

He quotes Isaiah 40:13 and then makes a statement concerning all believers: “We have the mind of Christ.” Having the mind of Christ means sharing the plan, purpose, and perspective of Christ, and it is something that all believers possess.

Having the mind of Christ means we understand God’s plan for humanity and in the world. God’s creation brings glory to Himself. He reveals Himself as a loving, caring, merciful and restoring God. Through Jesus Christ, His desire is to restore creation to its original magnificence and provide salvation for sinners.

Jesus mandate still stands, He has not changed His mind, we are commanded to Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20.

Jesus told His disciples in Acts 1:8, “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (NASB)

What does it mean to be a “Radical Christian?” I am not talking about a screaming in your face or a bullhorn on the street corner Christian. Though it might mean you do at some occasion stand on a street corner or on the side of the road and use a bullhorn, using the correct tone of voice and mannerism.

Radical Christianity is much more than being loud. To a be a Radical Christian, from a biblical standpoint, means to have a God-given, Holy Spirit empowered, concern and passion for evangelizing lost people with the gospel. Anyone can talk about doing evangelism, but the Radical Christian does it. He or she trains and mentors others how to share the gospel in various contexts.

Radical Christianity, means you go into the hard areas, the high-risk areas, whether, the urban centers across America, or the college campuses, or the workplace and you look for divine appointments to share about Jesus Christ as the Spirit leads. What is a divine appointment, you may be asking? Those are the opportunities, the moments when the Holy Spirit leads you to a person or brings someone to you to start a witnessing conversation.

A Radical Church is a local gathering of Radical Christians whose main objective, the main focus is to make Jesus Christ known. The Radical Christian prays daily and yes, even throughout the day, for opportunities to witness, and for souls to be saved. The Radical Christian goes through the day looking for the opportunities to offer a gospel tract, or pray for someone and then shares how Jesus Christ gives hope, love, forgiveness and a new start in life.

The Radical Christian does not have to go overseas to evangelize, though they can and do make a trip to a foreign land to be Jesus’s witnesses. But for most Christians, the most difficult trip may be to go across their yard to the next door neighbor, or across the street to share the gospel.

The Radical Christian is a soul winner, a prayer warrior who talks to God at the spur of the moment in someone’s time of need. Evangelism will become easier as the Radical Christian engages in witnessing conversations. And they will experience more people born into God’s kingdom because they evangelize.

Radical does not mean fanatical, but people who are not followers of Jesus Christ will probably refer to you as a fanatic because you have a faith they do not have or do not understand. Radical Christianity is the life of the “Church.” The Holy Spirit is the flame, and at salvation, a lost person, who believes and receives Jesus Christ by faith, becomes on fire, hot-hearted for Christ.

A Christian is radical in belief and action because Jesus was radical and experienced a radical death and resurrection. At the moment of salvation, we get the Holy Spirit who is in Jesus and Jesus through Him, that makes a radical life.

So go live a radical life of Christianity and be Jesus’ witnesses. Go tell people, the world about the Lord and Savior of the world. Go and make Jesus Christ known to the world.

 

I recently heard a statistic how the suicide rate and attempts among high school age and college age students is on the rise. We not are hearing about it on the news but the news by word of mouth and social media travels. Our campuses are under a dark, dark cloud. Some if not most have a toxic environment. Most of my missionary and pastor associates would say that the devil has a strangle hold on our campuses and kids.
We must ask, “Why is the suicide rate on the increase among students?” Could it be that Old Testament principle is ever so true, “Confession is good for the soul,” Psalms 119:26. What are some of the benefits of confessing our sins to God? God made us with a spiritual, soul and body. He made us to have a loving relationship with Him, but our sin separates us from God and from having the proper relationship with Him. Jesus death on the cross, burial and resurrection is a blessing from God so that we can have our sins forgiven, Acts 3:26.
According to Romans 3:23, “We are all sinners.” Sin eats at your mind, your body, and your emotions. The effects of sin tears away and at the self-worth and self-esteem that God intends for you to have a child of God. He made you to be a child of the Most High God, Creator of all creation.
Instead, your children have been taught that their origin of life is by chance. They are taught they evolved out of the pool of slimy, soupy, pool of muck from a one cell organism that went through transformations of animal life and eventually became what we are today. What value does life have if your origin is based nothing more than a slimy one cell organism? This lie robs us of the Divine Truth that a loving heavenly God created us with a special plan and design in mind.
Who would conjure such a degrading lie? Well, only someone with such venomous hatred for all humankind. This individual is worse than Adolph Hitler and his regime of hate filled soldiers who brought horrific inhumane atrocities against people. The author of this dehumanizing theory must not only hate all human life but the Creator of life, God. He is known as the devil, Lucifer.
And he continues to steal, kill and destroy life John 10:10, and pervert life. Your children are told if they think it, it must be correct. If you consider a particular lifestyle then you must have been born to live it. If that is true, then we would all be rich, famous, a successful athlete, the best singer in the world, cure cancer, aids, stop world hunger an instant, bring world peace and stop ISIL in their tracks and they would stop beheading innocent Christian men, women and children.
Confession is good for the soul. Without confession of sin, you store up evil and bad thoughts, you store up hatred and bad actions that break God’s laws. You can only take so much pressure and the weight of your sin. God didn’t make you to carry all the weight and guilt of your sin. God provided a way for you to be released from the guilt and weight of your sin. He sent Jesus, His One and Only Son to die on the cross for your sin, so you can have His forgiveness.
Some intellectual individuals, like Voltaire, deny God and his existence. Voltaire eventually went crazy and was cared for by the very people he hated, Christians. Sin will make you feel guilty and tear you to pieces, emotionally, physically and hinder your mental capacity to make the right decisions.
Everyone needs to confess his and her sins to God, on a daily basis. When you pray asking God to forgive your sins, He pours on you His cleansing Spirit. But you must begin first by acknowledging Jesus Christ as God’s Son. Admit to God you have sinned against Him. Believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, because only He has died in your place for your sin. Confess your sin to God, and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. Ask God to cleanse you from all your sin.
Next you need to find a Bible teaching and preaching church and tell the pastor of your decision to surrender your life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and be baptized as a believer in Jesus.
We Christians need to begin praying our campuses. The Church needs to begin praying for and prayerwalking the college campuses. Students need to know that there is a holy, loving God who wants His best for them and to bring forgiveness, and comfort.
The apostle Paul, the New Testament writer, who penned the majority of the 39 New Testament books, wrote, ““If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) Our campuses and our nation God to send His Spirit to awaken lost people and save them. Pray for our churches to become alive again and passionate for God, taking the Gospel to the people once again.

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. 

Many have said that does door to door evangelism and surveying does not work or is not effective anymore. I have continued to train, and conduct door to door surveys and evangelism in communities across our nation. I have mentored and taught churches and believers how to do door to door evangelism.

One of the men that I have mentored is now mentoring a young church planter in the Midwest, in door to door evangelism and surveys. He sends me reports that bring me joy in reading. I wanted to share with my readers a great report how one church planter who has not bought into the lie that door to door does not work anymore.

Jerald’s Story
It has been said that door to door evangelism does not work anymore. Being a street evangelist who loves doing door to door, or “cold calls” as some say, this has really made me stop and think about whether that statement is true. I have been helping a church planter in Atchison, Kansas. He had been there about a year when I became involved. He told me I could handle evangelism however I wanted.

I didn’t know a single person when I entered the town. He and I started prayerwalking and talking to everyone we had an opportunity to engage. As we began visiting door to door, I realized that the approach of doing door to door evangelism I was using was lacking something. I started praying about it and God showed me a new way to engage the people we were meeting.

Now, I go door to door and ask people if they have any needs the church can meet. Then, I ask if I can pray for them. I carry a small notebook with me and write it down if they say yes, and I ask if I can come back in a week or so to check on them. If they agree to a second visit, I make sure to return.

Follow-up is so very important; it lets people know that I care and mean what I say. Returning to build a relationship earns me the right to share Jesus with them. Before leaving I give them a card with the church’s address, phone number, and service times – but I don’t invite them to our church. I simply ask them to pass the card on if they know someone who needs a church. More than one person has thanked me for not trying to pull them out of their own church.

The more I visit the people I have met, the more they begin to trust me. This opens the door for further ministry and evangelism in their lives. After getting to know people, we have even started Bible studies in their homes. They were willing to let us enter their homes for Bible study because we built good relationships and earned their trust. This becomes an open opportunity for true discipleship. I pray that you would give door to door evangelism a try and see how it works for you.

For more information about training your church how to do door to door evangelistic surveys, and prayer request, email m28evangelism@gmail.com. You can also go to M28evangelism.com and learn more about M28evangelism.