Friday, June 1, 2007

The A, B, C’s of Evangelism

Imagine driving home from work on a Friday late afternoon. The traffic is steady and slow everybody around you including yourself looks a little frazzled and impatient by the slow traffic. As you look around trying your best not to look at the other motorists you begin to notice the advertising, that’s all around you and you start to think of the things you need.

You see folks advertising is needed to help remind you of what you need. But what do you really need the most out of this life, to truly be happy? You know the kind of happy I’m talking about, like when you fell in love for the first time. I bet you were just like the “Juicy Fruit” guy on his way home from school and decided to chew some gum and didn’t notice anything else around you. You get home and your sister tells Mom that you were chewing “Juicy Fruit” again. You know that kind of happy were nothing else matters except the moment.

Now imagine that within all that advertising you’re seeing there’s a message or two from God in there to the populace. Remember when Italy won their fourth World Cup and all we could see was green, white and red flags flying from car windows. Today one of my closest friends saw a red flag with white writing that said “Jesus is Lord” flying from the window of a brown Toyota Corolla. She had just finished talking with her future business associate about their business plans. They both said in simulcast stereo we should pray about this and that’s when the car went by with the message.

Now after hearing that story I was reminded about a story that happened in Florida back in the late 90’s. Some anonymous guy hires an advertising agency to put about a series of billboards all over Southern Florida that is embraced by Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA). The billboards are messages that are signed with a single name – God. Some of the more memorable ones are;

  • Don’t make me come down there

- God

  • What part of “Thou shall not”… didn’t you understand?


  • Need Directions?

- God

So what does this have to do with the A, B, C’s of evangelizing? Quite simple really if you have never evangelized but consider yourself a Christian you would be one of those Bad Christians that are not obedient to God. Some folks would call you a “Backslider”, “Fallen Brother/Sister”, “Flying Fornicator”, “Worldly”, “Transgressor”, etc. They say English is one of the hardest languages to learn but I think Christianese is the hardest of all. Now the same folk calling you on your idleness really don’t have a plan either. Because, they are usually the ones in leadership and should be implementing some sort of a plan of evangelizing.

Well Christian I am not here to offer a plan but encouragement and help in understanding the task at hand as well as the very importance of it. Well alright it is a bit of a plan but it’s up to you, too do the trying. Here’s how I think about it;

- A -
Always pray before evangelizing, that God will send those ready to hear his word

- B -
Believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring about understanding and the right words
- C -
Commit to learning all different methods of evangelizing the gospel of Jesus Christ

The ABC method is to explain who Jesus is (John 3:16) and why he died and that he rose from the dead and defeated death (John 20). You also explain who God the Father is (God is "Father" to all men because he created the world and in that sense "Fathered" the world and its inhabitants) and His unconditional love for us when we were still sinners (Romans 5:7-8). Then explain the Holy Spirit and how he works right now in helping to understand that Jesus is Lord (John 14:16, 16:8-11, 20:21-23).

A – admit you are a sinner

B – believe that Jesus Christ (the Son of God) is the redeemer of the fallen world

C – choose to live for Jesus Christ and choose to have Him reside in your heart and to make you a new creation in Christ

- Romans Road –

Romans 3:23
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"

We all have sin in our hearts. We all were born slaves to sin and this world.
We were born under the power of sin's control.

- Admit that you are a sinner-

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”

Sin is death and Jesus defeated death at the cross by becoming sin. Imagine how Jesus looked hanging on the cross He was beat beyond recognition. Sin is ugly and vile and that is what was done to Jesus. He took all our sin and set us free.

- Understand that you deserve death for your sin-

Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

When Jesus died on the cross He paid sin's penalty. He paid the price for all sin.
-We love because He loved us first (1John 4:19)-

Romans 10:13
For “whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved!"

- Ask God to reveal Himself in the name of Jesus!-

Romans 10:9-10
9. That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
- Ask Jesus into your heart to live in you and through you -

Jesus said,
Revelation 3:20
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
- Is Jesus knocking on your heart's door?-

- The Way of The Master –

The Way of the Master

- Friendship Evangelizing –

You basically demonstrate Jesus to all you know and meet by the way you live your life. For example we have free speech here in North America but many countries do not. Christians in these nations are imprisoned for there belief, they are beat and tortured yet they continue to love the torturers who then become Christian by example of the believer. Check out this book called Jesus Freaks by the band dc Talk.


The Lord bless and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

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