DIVINE SERVICE ON 01, DECEMBER , 2018
Lecturer at UR/CST/SoE/CEGE
Believer at Gikondo SDA church
Title: EVANGELISM TIPS IN ACADEMIC AREAS
- Bible lesson: II Corint 5:19
- Hymn I: 228
- Hymn II: 253
This discussion is designed with the goal of helping you share the word of God with your friends colleagues in academic areas in a simple way, systematic and effective manner.
The Word of God
- No other study will so ennoble every thought, feeling, and aspiration as the study of the Scriptures. This Sacred Word is the will of God revealed to men.
Here we may learn what God expects of the beings formed in His image.
Here we learn how to change the present life and how to secure the future life.
No other book can satisfy the questionings of the mind and the craving of the heart.
As an educating power the Bible is without a rival. Nothing will so impart vigor to all faculties as requiring students to grasp the stupendous truths of revelation….
The Bible is most comprehensive and most instructive history which men possess.
It came fresh from the fountain of eternal truth, and a divine hand has preserved its purity through all ages. ( Testimonies, Vol 5, pg 24-25).
Some bible lessons to read:
2 Tim 3:15-16, Matt 4:4, John 5:39, John 17:17.
Gospel evangelism, Our Mission
Whatever where we are (in academic areas or not), evangelism is our Mission:
Matt: 28:16-20: “16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen
- 2 Corint 5:14-21
14 For the love of Christ constrained us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
15 And [that] he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we [him] no more.
17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
How to approach colleagues for Evangelism?
Some evangelical tips:
- God has called each of us to partner in His redemptive plan. Some of the greatest joys in the Christian life come from making Jesus known to those who don’t yet know Him personally.
The following are some tips for success in effective evangelism: Be led by the Holy Spirit (Acts 16:6,9-10)
Like Paul in Acts, I continually ask the Holy Spirit to lead me to people whose hearts are ripe and ready for the harvest.
Be convicted by eternal reality: What is your motivation for evangelism? Are we just doing it because it is the Christian thing to do? Are we doing it to try to please God by our good works? Are we doing it to try to grow a bigger church? Pray and ask your Father to give you His heart for the lost.
When God shares His breaking heart with us, we will share His burden for the lost.
Discern soul cravings. I believe everyone has cravings for purpose, meaning, and significance in life. By listening to and speaking into a person’s cravings, you can delicately awaken them to recognize that the fulfillment of all their cravings can only be found in God Himself.
Develop relationships. Jesus was the complete expression of the Father’s love to the world; the love of God flowed like a spring of living water from the life of Jesus. I believe that in many cases, God’s love can be more compelling than scientific evidence of God or a theological argument. Is God’s love flowing through you? Are people in your life compelled by how passionately and personally you care about them?
Share your story. You have a very powerful story and God wants to use it! People will be most compelled by your thoughts and experiences because they know you. If Jesus is a tangible reality in your life, others will see that and want it.
Be empowered by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). Learn to look to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and allow the Holy Spirit to take over the conversation. Know with confidence God will lead you and give you the right words to say to the right individuals.
Be patient and faithful: For many people evangelism can be very discouraging because they don’t see immediate results. Though the ultimate goal of all evangelism is to lead people to Christ, it may not happen overnight. We must remember that only God knows when the seeds we plant will bear fruit.
Remember that people are on a journey. Each person is in a different place (or approaching a different spritual threshold ) in their journey, and some may not be ready to fully commit their lives to Christ. Our responsibility is to simply lead them further down the path and bring them closer to finding a relationship with Jesus.
Pray unceasingly. One of the most essential components of evangelism is prayer. You may have loved ones or friends for whom you have been continually praying for years. Do not give up hope!
ØPrayer enables God to speak to us and reveal to us the sins in our lives,
ØDeepens our desire concerning the things for which we pray,
Places us in touch Divine wisdom
Remember that it’s not all up to you. Campus Crusade for Christ founder and lifelong evangelist, Dr. Bill Bright, had a very simple and powerful definition of success.
He said, “Successful witnessing is simply sharing Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God.”
How to initiate a conversation with someone you don’t know:
- The FORT Method and TOPICS
How do you talk to someone you don’t know? How do you bring the conversation around to talk about Jesus? The FORT method is a good tool to use.
The FORT stands for Family-Occupation-Religion – and Testimony.
People like to talk about themselves.
- While TOPICS stands for:
üOccupation & Education background
üPlace, partner, parents
üShare (yourself, your testimony).
- The table below contains sample questions that can be used to break the ice with people and get them to talk about themselves.
- You do not ask all questions on each topics.
- Be a good listener and let them do most of the talking.
- Be sure and listen for their needs and desires.
- Pray for ways that you can help meet their needs.
Table of Questions
üHow is your family doing?
üAre you originally from this area?
üIn what area were you raised?
üWhat kind of work do you do?
üHow long have you worked there?
ü(if retired or unemployed) What type of work did you do?
üDo you like your job?
üWhat is your religious background?
üHave you been a …. (Methodist) all of your life?
üDo you attend church?
üWhich church do you attend?
üDoes your whole family attend together?
ü My life before I accepted Christ was …..
üHow I became Christian ……
üMy life since becoming a Christian ….
üI have recently been sharing with friends some interesting Bible lessons that have meant much to me. May I share them with you?
Order of topics:
- 1. The wrong way :
- The right way:
- Jesus first
- Then doctrines after
This good order of topics would look something like this:
a.The bible as God’s Word
c.The sign of second coming of Jesus
d.Origin of evil
e. Divinity of Christ
g. The second coming of Jesus
h. 2300 days
i. The judgement
l. change of Sabbath
n. State of Sabbath
r. Spiritual Babylon
s. True church
t. Spirit of Prophecy
u. Tithe / Stewardship
v. mark of the beast
w.USA in prophecy
x. Holy Sprit and Unpardonable sin
y.Heaven and the New Earth
- Discuss on the following excuses:
1.I don’t know what to say,
2.I don’t know the bible well enough
3.I can’t remember the bible verses
4.I am afraid my efforts won’t amount to anything,
5.I feel alone
6.I’m not good enough
7.God can’t use me
- My talents are too small. What can I do?
- I don’t have the education,
- I’m so new at this. It scares me to try to teach others,
- I’m afraid my family and business will suffer if I give to others
Daniel 1, 1-21: ”
- Daniel 1,3-4: 3And the king spake unto Ash’-pe-naz the master of his eunuchs, that ……. 4 Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chal-de’-ans.
- Draw near to God in earnest prayer, and He will fill your hearts with high and holy purposes, and with deep, earnest longings for purity and clearness of thought” ( Gospel workers, pg 100)
- Power Point Attached:Evangelism tips in academic areas_slides
God bless you all