For This Reason We Live

All Scripture references are taken from the NET2 translation unless otherwise noted.

“5 One person regards one day holier than other days, and another regards them all alike. Each must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The one who observes the day does it for the Lord. The one who eats, eats for the Lord because he gives thanks to God, and the one who abstains from eating abstains for the Lord, and he gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for himself and none dies for himself. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For this reason Christ died and returned to life, so that he may be the Lord of both the dead and the living.” Romans 14:5-9.

We live for the Lord because we are the Lord’s; we belong to Him. “We” is the Body of Christ. He is our Lord. For this reason alone we live, breathe, and all that we do must be done according to His call upon our lives. For this reason we advance the Gospel Message, “Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20.

Strategies for Evangelism

And this is the place where the proverbial ‘water hits the wheel.’ There are many different strategies that have been employed by Evangelicals since the mid-20th century. It seems that every denomination has developed strategies to suit their needs and/or systems of belief. Depending upon a particular point of view it might be said that one is more effective than another, but that may or may not be 100% accurate. No effort will be made here to champion one over another, however, each of these strategies have used one or more methods which will  be discussed here.

Personally, there are 7 different strategies that I have studied and employed over many years, and the last one on the list is the most common.. Each has strengths and weaknesses and can be effective.. Is one better than another? “Yes” and “No.” Every Believer also has strengths which can effectively be employed in any one of the following methods:

  1. Lifestyle/relational
  2. Events (music, revival, youth-led)
  3. Door to door
  4. Street Preaching
  5. Tract
  6. Conversational
  7. Intentional/personal

Vision for Evangelism

If your local church does not have a vision for evangelism for saturating your community with the gospel, stop now and develop a catalyst for the development of this strategic mind-set. Evangelism’s success will only lead the congregation as far as the established vision of the local church allows. The purpose must be to pray for and to share Christ with every lost person in the local community. If this is the visible and stated vision of your church, evangelism will then flourish and result in changing the heart and soul of your community.

Perhaps the most effective evangelistic project is used for what might be called ‘outreach visitation.’ Teams can be formed consisting of 2 or 3 Believers are encouraged to go during the Sunday morning worship hour sharing Christ with individuals or families in their homes. This may be a good time to discover some who are in need of Christ. Yes, there will be ‘nay-sayers’ concerning this idea just as there will be someone who will criticize most any attempt to share the Gospel. The idea is not to hesitate to promote attempts for evangelism.

Do Not Be Ashamed

Remember these words of Paul to the church in Rome, “So I am eager to preach the good news to you also who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:15-17 HCSB. The point is simple because we who are Followers of Christ live by faith and we are proud ambassadors for Christ and His Message. The Message is available for all to believe for salvation in Him. For this reason we live.

We are but Messengers and not saviors. Jesus Christ is the One who saves. It is incredibly wrong to think that the Believer is the ‘Soul Winner’ although some have said we must be. No, we are only making proclamation of the Gospel concerning Jesus Christ who IS ‘Savior and Lord.’ AND it is the Holy Spirit who brings conviction of sin, judgment and righteousness upon us.

“Now because we are fellow workers, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain.  For he says, “I heard you at the acceptable time, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”  Look, now is the acceptable time; look, now is the day of salvation!” 2 Corinthians 6:1-2.

Jesus is Lord.

 

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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