Sunday School: Evangelism (Pt.2: A Culture of Evangelism)
The Benefits of Communal Evangelism:
• We hold one another accountable.
• We strengthen our mutual resolve.
• We learn from one another.
• We rejoice together in success and cry together in failure.
• We bond through shared experiences in intense situations.
WHAT IS A CULTURE OF EVANGELISM?
1. A Culture Motivated by Love for Jesus and His Gospel
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (2 Cor. 5:14–15)
2. A Culture That Is Confident in the Gospel
I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation. (Rom. 1:16)
3. A Culture That Understands the Danger of Entertainment
Your people who talk together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, say to one another, each to his brother, “Come, and hear what the word is that comes from the LORD.” And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain. And behold, you are to them like one who sings lustful songs with a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument, for they hear what you say, but they will not do it. (Ezek. 33:30–32)
4. A Culture That Sees People Clearly
From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. (2 Cor. 5:16a)
5. A Culture That Pulls Together as One
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. (Phil. 1:3–5)
6. A Culture in Which People Teach One Another
. . . always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. (1 Pet. 3:15b)
Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. (2 Tim. 1:13)
7. A Culture That Models Evangelism
What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Tim. 2:2)
8. A Culture in Which People Who Are Sharing Their Faith Are Celebrated
I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. (Phil. 2:19–22)
9. A Culture That Knows How to Affirm and Celebrate New Life
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ … just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. (Col. 1:3–4, 7)
10. A Culture of Doing Ministry That Feels Risky and Is Dangerous
I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. (Phil. 1:12–13)
11. A Culture That Understands That the Church Is the Chosen and Best Method of Evangelism
And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46–47)
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