Lesson Three: Necessity Versus Fear

Body: 

Lesson #3:  Necessity Versus Fear    

 

Expectations:

  1. Recognize evangelism as one of the primary functions of the Church.  

  2. Understand the power of multiplication in evangelism.

  3. Identify fears and exercise faith to overcome them.

  • Choose to evangelize as a necessity in spite of one’s fear.

 

The Need for Evangelism

 

  • Consider the national news today. What does it reveal about the spiritual condition of people in this nation? What about the people in your state, county, city or community? If more people in your community were saved and trying to live according to God’s word, would your community be safer? ______. Explain.

 

  • Matt 4:19: Jesus’ guidance on evangelism is to “follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” However many in the church are spectators instead of disciples. A well-functioning church has a balance of ministries that include evangelism, edification, fellowship, and service. Consider these examples:

 

Evangelism                Edification            Fellowship                Service

 

Going to the lost            Worship                Sharing our lives and the    Meeting the needs of

                                                    life of Christ with each        people – both Christians

Giving them the                Instruction                other                        and non-Christians

Gospel where they are

                            Prayer                    Developing a

Bringing them into                                    commonness of concerns

Fellowship of God’s

People

 

When Christians are spectators instead of participant, the Church appears different.

 

Evangelism                Edification            Fellowship                Service

 

Supporting a pastor or     Putting on a great         Enjoying the exclusive    Putting money into the

minister of evangelism    for spectators on         company of a few         offering plate

who can reach the lost    Sunday                    select friends

            

The Power of Multiplication in Evangelism

 

  • To reach this world you must; 1) see that you are ministers of Christ and are as responsible for the lost as the pastor is, 2) be effectively trained in evangelism, 3) accept the fact that the call to be Christ’s disciples is the call to be fishers of men, and 4) actually see evangelism happening by watching someone witness. With 300 million people in the US and approximately 50 million evangelical Christians, it is possible to evangelize the entire nation within two years if every evangelical won three souls each year. That means Culpeper is reachable if you commit to personal evangelism one Saturday morning each month. Once trained, what objections or obstacles exist that keep you from fulfilling this evangelistic commitment? Please explain.

 

  • Evangelism is exponentially powerful if we succeed in effectively winning souls who in turn will learn to win souls for Christ. If you win two people to Christ each year and they in turn win 2 people to Christ each year, how many people will come to Christ after 5 year? _242_.  Imagine what that means if 5 members of Mount Zion achieved half that amount.

 

Fear vs Faith

 

  • Evangelism is both exciting and scary. What scares you about sharing your faith? Some possible fears includes the fear: 1) of rejection, 2) of ridicule, 3) of failure, 4) of bodily injury, 5) of hypocrisy, 6) of not knowing what to say, 7) of not knowing how a person will respond, 8) of trying something new and unfamiliar, 9) of not being smart enough to answer objections, 10) of intruding into the private areas of people’s lives, 11) of the unknown, 12) of past experiences in witnessing, 13) that your fears will show, 14) that the gospel will not be effective in this situation, 15) that you are not worthy to share this great message, and 16) that you will say something wrong.

 

  • John 14:1/Hebrews 13:5-6 - Fear is rational, but so is faith.

 

  • 2 Timothy 1:7/Matthew 28:18-20 - Fear is sin if it keeps you from doing God’s will.

 

  • Impulses that can overcome fear of witnessing include:

 

  • 2 Corithians 5:14-15/1 John 4:18 - 1) the love of Christ,

  • 1 Peter 3:15 – 2) the setting apart of your life for the Lord.

  • Acts 3:4-6 – 3) confidence in the power of God’s Word.

  • 2 Timothy 2:4 – the great joy that comes from being obedient to our Commander.

  • John 15:20-21 – the ability to distinguish between personal rejection and the rejection of our message.

  • An understanding of the condition of our present world, especially if we impact the destiny of the world in which our children live.

    

 

Closing thought:  We must recognize that fear robs us of courage. The people that you are talking to about your faith will also be afraid. We must face that which we fear. Recognize your personal fears and decide to witness anyway. The love of Christ will help you overcome every fear. Pray that none of those fears listed will rob you of the exciting challenge of witnessing.

 

Assignment: Memorize word-perfect the following scripture - John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:4, and 2 Peter 3:9.

 

        Lesson #3:  Necessity Versus Fear    

 

Expectations:

  1. Recognize evangelism as one of the primary functions of the Church.  

  2. Understand the power of multiplication in evangelism.

  3. Identify fears and exercise faith to overcome them.

  • Choose to evangelize as a necessity in spite of one’s fear.

 

The Need for Evangelism

 

  • Consider the national news today. What does it reveal about the spiritual condition of people in this nation? What about the people in your state, county, city or community? If more people in your community were saved and trying to live according to God’s word, would your community be safer? ______. Explain.

 

  • Matt 4:19: Jesus’ guidance on evangelism is to “__________ _ ____ and I will make you fishers of men.” However many in the church are spectators instead of disciples. A well-functioning church has a balance of ministries that include evangelism, edification, fellowship, and service. Consider these examples:

 

Evangelism                Edification            Fellowship                Service

 

Going to the lost            Worship                Sharing our lives and the    Meeting the needs of

                                                    life of Christ with each        people – both Christians

Giving them the                Instruction                other                        and non-Christians

Gospel where they are

                            Prayer                    Developing a

Bringing them into                                    commonness of concerns

Fellowship of God’s

People

 

When Christians are spectators instead of participant, the Church appears different.

 

Evangelism                Edification            Fellowship                Service

 

Supporting a pastor or     Putting on a great         Enjoying the exclusive    Putting money into the

minister of evangelism    for spectators on         company of a few         offering plate

who can reach the lost    Sunday                    select friends

            

The Power of Multiplication in Evangelism

 

  • To reach this world you must; 1) see that you are ministers of Christ and are as responsible for the lost as the pastor is, 2) be effectively trained in evangelism, 3) accept the fact that the call to be Christ’s disciples is the call to be fishers of men, and 4) actually see evangelism happening by watching someone witness. With 300 million people in the US and approximately 50 million evangelical Christians, it is possible to evangelize the entire nation within two years if every evangelical won three souls each year. That means Culpeper is reachable if you commit to personal evangelism one Saturday morning each month. Once trained, what objections or obstacles exist that keep you from fulfilling this evangelistic commitment? Please explain.

 

  • Evangelism is exponentially powerful if we succeed in effectively winning souls who in turn will learn to win souls for Christ. If you win two people to Christ each year and they in turn win 2 people to Christ each year, how many people will come to Christ after 5 year? _____.  Imagine what that means if 5 members of Mount Zion achieved half that amount.

 

Fear vs Faith

 

  • Evangelism is both exciting and scary. What scares you about sharing your faith? Some possible fears includes the fear: 1) of rejection, 2) of ridicule, 3) of failure, 4) of bodily injury, 5) of hypocrisy, 6) of not knowing what to say, 7) of not knowing how a person will respond, 8) of trying something new and unfamiliar, 9) of not being smart enough to answer objections, 10) of intruding into the private areas of people’s lives, 11) of the unknown, 12) of past experiences in witnessing, 13) that your fears will show, 14) that the gospel will not be effective in this situation, 15) that you are not worthy to share this great message, and 16) that you will say something wrong.

 

  • John 14:1/Hebrews 13:5-6 - Fear is rational, but so is __________.

 

  • 2 Timothy 1:7/Matthew 28:18-20 - Fear is _______ if it keeps you from doing God’s will.

 

  • Impulses that can overcome fear of witnessing include:

 

  • 2 Corithians 5:14-15/1 John 4:18 - 1) the love of _____________,

  • 1 Peter 3:15 – 2) the setting apart of your ________ for the Lord.

  • Acts 3:4-6 – 3) confidence in the _________ of God’s Word.

  • 2 Timothy 2:4 – the great joy that comes from being obedient to our Commander.

  • John 15:20-21 – the ability to distinguish between personal rejection and the rejection of our _______________.

  • An understanding of the condition of our present world, especially if we impact the destiny of the world in which our children live.

    

 

Closing thought:  We must recognize that fear robs us of courage. The people that you are talking to about your faith will also be afraid. We must face that which we fear. Recognize your personal fears and decide to witness anyway. The love of Christ will help you overcome every fear. Pray that none of those fears listed will rob you of the exciting challenge of witnessing.

 

Assignment: Memorize word-perfect the following scripture - John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:4, and 2 Peter 3:9.

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