The Lord Jesus Christ said in scripture, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” John 14: 27. This is something to shout about! You must understand that the Lord has given you His peace. He gave you His peace not as the world gives its peace. That peace is inside your spirit, you have to stir up from within.
A well-known line is God is love. But both of those words, God and love are ambiguous in today’s culture. God can mean a multitude of religions and love can mean a gamut of definitions. A more biblical interpretation is God is Jesus; and love is Agape (the Greek word for God’s love).
Evangelism is important because most Christian nations in the world, such as America and South Korea, the top mission-sending countries in the world now have less than 3% of their next-generation following Jesus. Now is more important than ever to understand and renew what we believe evangelism is and how we do it, and how we make it part of the regular lifestyle that we’re supposed to be having with Jesus.
In the Bible, Paul shared that I didn’t come at you with words only but I came at you with power and authority. Paul was speaking about real evangelism. The Bible defines evangelism with transforming power. Powerful evangelism comes with true authentic love. The love of Jesus is what transforms lives in evangelism.
Organic evangelism is natural and relational while it’s still organized and focused. Versus machine-like evangelism is more forced, routine, and formulaic. Like a machine. There is no emotion involved, there’s no genuine relationship. Machine evangelism is more of a one-way street. Organic evangelism is a relationship. It’s a two-street. Someone speaks, the other person responds. Organic evangelism involves the emotional love of Jesus. Machine-like evangelism is pure actions and no compassion.
Have you ever encountered that person that evangelizes with no grace in their words? Someone we met that preaches the gospel and does more harm than good? Where they see people as projects or points on a belt, instead of as human beings. That’s not the heart of Jesus. Jesus was a messenger of the gospel because he loved people. At the foundation of graceful evangelism is love. Those that are filled with love have effective communication with other people and the power of the holy spirit. We must also learn what it means to have biblical and graceful evangelism.
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On average our full-time missionaries preach the Gospel to 10,000+ people and work in some of the most dangerous and unreached nations of the world. All of them started out not knowing how to evangelize or engage with a worldwide movement. Through rigorous training, some of the best in the world, and hours of dedication and prayers for the lost, they are able to be effective the second they place their feet on the mission field. Learn what they learned in our Impact Workshop Podcast Series.
Many believe that keeping our First Love first means praying and not going. Others may think to fulfill the Great Commission is going and not praying. Both are wrong. Living for our First Love is praying and going at the same time! The greatest place of intimacy is in our secret place while making an impact.