Q2 SS-2012 Lesson 5: Spiritual Gifts for Evangelism and Witnessing (read Lesson 5)
Sequential evangelism is a step by step approach to sharing the gospel that was taught and practiced by Jesus during His ministry on earth. In the adult Sabbath School lesson five titled “Sequential Evangelism and Witnessing", we are reminded of four basic steps used by Jesus during his earthly ministry. These fundamental steps remain valid today.
- Meet the needs of people where they are.
In the Parable of the Sheep and Goats, Jesus taught that first step in evangelism is to meet the people where they are (Matt. 25: 31-40). It is important that as individuals and as a church, we seek to meet the physical needs of the community we serve with love and kindness, for in doing so the process of evangelism is initialized.
- Share simple truths
The second step in the evangelism sequence is to present the simple truth of the gospel in a manner that will lead people to surrender to Christ. This is the gospel milk that will allow for spiritual growth and prepare people for the deeper themes that they are not now mature enough to understand or fully accept.
In 1 Cor. 3:1-3, Paul follows this strategy with the church at Corinth when he says “Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it."
- Care & Nurturing
The third step in the evangelism sequence is the care and nurturing of the people brought into the church. This must be done by individual members and by the church body as a whole. Jesus explained this in his Parable of the Sower. Of note in the parable is that there are a variety of plants that grew, but not all survived. Life changing truths can be difficult to accept and some can turn back. Others can become discouraged if many complicated and difficult to understand doctrines are thrust at them too soon.
- Measuring Growth
The final step is to measure the growth of the new believers by staying in touch with them. Member should ask them how they are doing socially and spiritually, and share prayer time and social activities. Even at the early age of twelve, Jesus was the ultimate example of measuring growth.
Luke 2:46 “After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.”
When evangelism is conducted in the right sequence, spiritual growth will be manifested in the church as spiritual newborns move from milk to solid food. Let us pledge to follow the example of the Master Teacher.
“Christ drew the hearts of His hearers to Him by the manifestation of His love, and then, little by little, as they were able to bear it, He unfolded to them the great truths of the kingdom. We also must learn to adapt our labors to the condition of the people—to meet men where they are.”—Ellen G. White, Evangelism, p. 57. How should love for those to whom we are speaking about God’s Word temper the way we present Bible truth, especially points of doctrine that might challenge a person’s existing beliefs? Is there a need for some doctrines to be "tempered"?
Q2 SS-2012 Lesson 5: Sequential Evangelism & Witnessing: (read Lesson 5)
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