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Evangelism
by Vernon Dunning

I. God has equipped us with the senses we need to function in life.
  A. The ancient philosopher Aristotle distinguished the five senses as sight, hearing, small, taste and touch.
  B. All of these senses are important, and they work together.

II. More important than these physical senses, we need to possess spiritual senses.
  A. We need spiritual senses to fulfill the challenge and command of the great commission. Matt. 28:18-20, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching 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.”

III. There are six senses of evangelism.

I. SENSE OF AWARENESS.
  A. We must be aware of what the world values.
    1. Economics and self are the objects of most people’s faith.
      a. Walking by sight.
      b. Parents want their children to grow up financially secure. Col. 3:2 reads: “Set your affections on things above, not on things in the earth.”
      c. Many individuals will struggle with loneliness and the quest for human love in the world. John 13:35 tells us, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
    2. The revival of interest in religion is many times deceptive.
      a. There is a lot of talk about God, but there is very little commitment. Jesus tells us in Matt. 10:34-39, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”
      b. People try to mold God into what they want.
        1. A god without moral principles.
        2. A god without religious convictions.
        3. A god without judicial power. 2 Thess. 1:7-9 tells us, “ And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power”.
      c. People don’t really know who Jesus is.
  B. We must be aware of the fact that people are lost. There are two categories in which we place the lost. Alien sinners and erring Children of God.
  C. We must be aware of the value of a soul. Matt. 16:26-27 reads, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” Prov. 11:30 continues: “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
  D. We must be aware of the value of the gospel. The apostle Paul writes in Rom. 1:16-17, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

II. SENSE OF RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION.
  A. A zeal for God’s cause must consume us.
    1. The love for Christ is our motivation. 2 Cor. 5:14-15, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 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.”
    2. The importance of God’s cause must be realized.
    3. Courage must accompany our efforts. John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
    4. A hatred for evil must accompany a love for God. Rom. 12:9, “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.”
    5. Evil must be exposed. Eph. 5:11, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

III. SENSE OF COMPASSION.   A. Compassion must accompany righteous indignation. Rom. 9:3, “For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh”.
    1. We must never take delight in the fact that people are lost. Luke 19:41-44, “And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.”
    2. Our primary goal must be positive. 2 Pet. 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” John 3:17, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
      a.Compassion refuses to ignore needs or label persons.
      b.Compassion sees no undesirable.
      c.Compassion reaches out to everyone.

IV. SENSE OF URGENCY.
  A. The dictionary defines “urgency” as “requiring immediate attention or action.”
    1. We just don’t know when Jesus will return or when people will die.
    2. The Bible tells us we are responsible for teaching the lost. Ezek. 3:18-19, “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.”

V. SENSE OF DEDICATION.
  A. We must be dedicated to winning souls to Christ.
    1. This requires sincerity.
    2. This requires study. 2 Tim. 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 1 Pet. 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts; and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”
    3. This requires sacrifice.
  B. We must be dedicated to finding ways to awaken people’s interest in the gospel.
    1. We msut get to know where the lost are coming from.
    2. We must overcome the problem of procrastination.
    3. We must rely on God as our primary source of strength, rather than: programs, methods, the group or anything else.
    4. We must go to where the lost are, because they will not come to us. Luke 19:10, “For the son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”     5. We must not let our light be covered by ineffective communication or improper attitude.

VI. SENSE OF VISION.
  A. We must never loose our vision of leading the world to Christ.
    1. Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see.
    2. We can reach the masses is we don’t loose our vision. Phil. 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
  B. We must have a sense of direction for our vision.
    1. We must know where we are going and how to get there.
    2. We must remember that soul winning is a process of planting, cultivating and reaping.
  C. We must be persistent.

When we use our six senses of evangelism, we will be able to fulfill the challenge and command of the great commission, that does not mean we will save everyone we talk to, but it does mean we will be talking to those who are not saved.
      JESUS WANTS TO SAVE EVERYONE!

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