Luke 14 vs. 23 – And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
Jesus instructed his followers to compel people to come to the House of God. How could you achieve this?
- You must know you are a servant of God
- You must be willing to serve God.
- You must develop or prepare a strategy or plan to serve God
- You must ‘Go out’ to serve God
- You cannot serve God in the comfort of your bedroom ‘Go out’ to the streets, ‘Go out’ to office, ‘Go out’ to the burdened, ‘Go out’ to the unbelievers, ‘Go out’ to the unsaved.
- ‘Go out’ means doing the work of a Missionary or Evangelist
- ‘Go out’ means leaving your church for mission fields.
- There is no resident evangelist or missionary. Evangelists and Missionaries are always on the field.
- Nowadays, we are contended in preaching to saved souls. We focus only on Churches on Sundays and during week service
- ‘Go to the highways’. Highways are places you find a crowd and human traffic. Go to markets, public spots, football fields, schools, take over the internet, facebook, twitter, Instagram etc. for Christ
- Go to the hedges. These are places that are remote, inaccessible, and difficult to reach. The Hedges are urban slums, coastal areas, mountainous areas, deserts, and Island, villages, Iceland etc.
- Compel them to come with spiritual and material gifts
- Compel them to come by offering them a ride, give them a meal pack, follow them up, remind them through phone calls or text messages. Visit them, intercede and pray for them
- Compel them to come. Pressurize them to come to God’s house!
- Holy Spirit teach me how to evangelise in Jesus name
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Read 2 Corinthians 11 vs 23- 33
- He received 40 stripes five times for preaching the gospel.
- He was imprisoned several times for carrying the cross.
- He was beaten with rods three times.
- He as stoned once, and his accusers thought he died, but he miraculously survived.
- He suffered ship wreck thrice during his missionary journeys.
- He spent 24 hours in the deep of the waters once.
- He suffered many dangers and risks on the sea, in the hands of robbers, by fellow Hebrews, in the wilderness, on the sea, and among unbelievers.
- He went for many days without water and food, not because he was fasting but there was no food or water to drink.
- He was always on marathon fasts
- He was always on the road and exposed to extremes of weather- cold and hot.
- He still managed to work and sent offerings to the churches.
- He suffered weaknesses as a result of his afflictions.
- He suffered sicknesses as a result of his afflictions.
- He was once imprisoned in Damascus, and he escaped through a window by a basket.
- I receive the passion for souls in Jesus name.
Mark 6 vs. 6 – And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.
- Jesus was a village evangelist
- However, modern day preachers find it difficult to leave the comfort of the city to preach in villages where the gospel is most needed.
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“I try to find common ground with him so that he will let me tell him about Christ.” 1 CORINTHIANS 9:22 TLB
There are basically five reasons why we don’t share our faith more often, and not one of them will hold up when we stand before Christ: Read the rest of this entry »
CHRIST COUNSEL AND WARNING
“Jesus said unto him let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid then fare well, which are at home at my house.
And Jesus said unto him, man having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God”(Luke 9:60-62). The time is very short. Consecration and devotion to serving the Lord should not be limited by any personal concern or need.
“Whatsoever the hand findeth to do it with thy might; for these is no work nor device nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave whither thou goest” (Ecclesiastes 9:10). Our time of sojourn in this world is a time to serve the Lord, a time to rise and do something for the glory of God. It is not a time to sleep.
” I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day; the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4). Serve the Lord seriously and jealously with all your might. Do not be entangled with the affair of this life.
Do not allow the cares of this life to choke the word of God and the Zeal of the Lord in your heart and life. Arise and work for the Lord, labour like the wise. “shake thyself from the dust; arise and sit down, o Jerusalem, loose thyself from the bands of the neck, o captive daughter of Zion(Isaiah 52:2)
Corporate prayer- Thought they beginning may be small yet thy latter end shall greatly increase.(Job8:7)
Praise God for:
- 1. His goodness
- 2. Mercy
- 3. Protection
- 4. Financial breakthrough
- 5. Preservation
Then pray for :
- 6. More job opportunities
- 7. Reawakening of the idle
- 8. Willingness to work
- 9. Divine connection to available jobs
- 10. Favour in obtaining good jobs
- 11. Humility in taking up menial jobs
- 12. Zeal and commitment
- 13. Restoration for the backslider
- 14. Grace to overcome spiritual poverty
- 15. Prudence in managing business
- 16. faithfulness in paying tithe ad offering
- 17. Prudent in managing
- 18. Prosperity and expansion
- 19. Faith for prosperity
- 20. Prayerfulness to succeed
- 21. Open door of opportunities
- 22. Grace to be occupied till he comes.
- 23. Spiritual slothfulness
- 24. Idleness and laziness
- 25. The devourer
- 26. Fear of failure
- 27. Backsliding
- 28. Non-chalant attitude to work
- 29. Carelessness and lukewarness
- 30. poverty
- 31. Pray and fast on the above prayer points.
By W.F. Kumuyi Deeper life
What is evangelism and who is an Evangelist?
By Babatope Babalobi
Broadly defined, evangelism is defined as spreading the good news of salvation with the purpose of ensuring the conversion of unbelievers into Christianity. ‘Evangelistes’, the Greek word for evangelism means a ‘bringer of good tidings’, and it occurred thrice in scriptures-Acts 21:8; Ephesians 4:11; and 2 Tim 4 :5
Evangelism is not the mere testimony of a good, consistent life. The quiet, pervasive influence of the Christian life is necessary — but it is not evangelism. Being friendly, helpful, and neighborly may be a necessary preparation for evangelism, but it is no substitute for evangelism. Christianity cannot be radiated; truths about God and his Son have to be communicated. Good deeds do not convey the actual content of the gospel; the good news must be expressed in words.
Evangelism, then, is the specific, articulate presentation of the message that Christ’s death upon the cross propitiates (turns away) God’s wrath which abides upon man in his unregenerate state (Romans 3:25; John 3:36). Evangelism is the presenting of Jesus Christ, so that men will accept Him as their Savior from the guilt and power of sin, and declare Him Lord as they seek to follow Him in their daily lives.
Euangelistes “a messenger of good”, denotes a “preacher of the gospel,” Acts 21:8; Eph. 4:11, which makes clear the distinctiveness of the function in the churches; 2 Tim. 4:5. euangelizo, “to proclaim glad tidings,” and euangelion, “good news, gospel.” Missionaries are “evangelists,” as being essentially preachers of the gospel.
“Jesus evangelized. He preached the “glad tidings of the kingdom of God” (Luke 8:1). Paul evangelized. He said, “I have preached to you the gospel” (2 Corinthians 11:7). Philip evangelized. He “preached unto him Jesus” (Acts 8:35). Evangelism in the Bible, then, was a ministry of the spoken word. Evangelism means “to make known the message of the gospel.” 
Since the only good news around is ‘Jesus news’ an Evangelist can therefore be safely defined as a Public speaker on the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The task of soul winning should be the preoccupation of every Christian since we are saved by grace in order to reach out to others. Every Christian is therefore meant to be an Evangelist, and no Christian should wait to be ordained to do the work of Evangelism. Once a person becomes born again, he automatically becomes an Evangelist and is expected to carry out the work of Evangelism.
“And he gave some apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some pastors and teachers” –Ephesians 4 vs. 11
This passage talks about five kinds of Ministers, including Evangelists, showing that Evangelism is a peculiar and unique ministry which can be solely focused upon or combined with other offices in a Christian ministry.
Christians are motivated to share the Good News primarily because our Lord commands us to evangelize. The heart of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 is “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.”
The command in Acts 1:8 is “Ye shall be witnesses unto me.” At the Berlin Congress on Evangelism John R. W. Stott said: “We engage in evangelism, not necessarily because we want to, or because we choose to, or because we like to; but because we have been told to. The church is under orders. The risen Lord has commanded us to go, to preach, and to make disciples, and that is enough for Us.
We are motivated to evangelize also because men are lost (Luke 19:10), without hope (Ephesians 2:12), under condemnation (John 3:36), and destined for destruction (Mark 16:16). For some, nobody is lost in the eternal sense; nobody is really perishing; nobody is destined to spend eternity in Hell. This is a new form of an old universalism — but Jesus taught eternal punishment as well as eternal life (Matthew 25:46).
There is an estrangement between man and God which needs reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19). Jesus says that it is sin that defiles us and cuts us off from God (Mark 7:14-23; Isaiah 59:12). Something happened in the Garden of Eden that blighted the entire human race (Romans 5:12).
As a result the whole human family is spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:l)and is under the grip of sin (Galatians 3:22). Therefore man needs to be shown the depth of his depravity and the extent to which he has fallen short of the expectation of God.
The doctrine of the return of Christ has also been one of the great motivating factors in evangelism. The day of salvation is “now” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Jesus said there is a night coming “when no man can work” (John 9:4). The second coming of Jesus Christ is the blessed hope of every believer (Titus 2:13), and to desire others to share in that hope becomes an impelling motive for evangelism. 
By Babatope Babalobi
“Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world”-Mathew 28 vs. 19.
The key words in these last words of Jesus Christ to his disciples are: Go, teach, nations, baptize, and always.
Let’s look at another passage: “And as ye go, preach, saying, The Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils, freely ye have received, freely give” –Mathew 10 vs. 8.
There are six duties of the Evangelist as deduced from the two passages above.
The first duty of the Evangelist is to take the cross of Jesus and spread the message of Jesus salvation globally. An Evangelist must be ready to Go and embark on a mission.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” –Romans 1:6
Paul was thoroughly trained in the school of the Torah at Jerusalem, and well versed in Hellenistic culture as a result of his training in Tarsus — but his one and only concern was to bear witness to Jesus Christ and His death upon the cross for the sake of all people.
Second, the Evangelist should be mobile, using various media to evangelize from one village to another, city to city, country to country, and continent to continent. An Evangelist has the world has his constituency, and should therefore be willing to spread the good news to all nations.
Third, the work of an Evangelist should end up in conversion of sinners to Christ. Since there can be no baptism without repentance, the Evangelist’s activities should produce fruits for the Kingdom in form of saved souls. Evangelists bring people to Christ.
Fourth, the Evangelist is also charged with the responsibility of educating new converts on the rudiments of Christianity. The duty of the Evangelist does not stop in converting sinners, but following up new converts, teaching them the word of God, counseling them, praying and interceding for them, directing them to appropriate Churches to fellowship with other brethren, and generally ensuring the growth of new converts in the Christian faith, living in absolute holiness and righteousness in obedience to God.
Fifth, the Evangelist has a duty to trust in God, and rely completely on him for his protection and provision. Though the evangelist is walking in the midst of thorns, and spreading the message of salvation to various categories of unbelievers, he must remain bold and courageous.
“Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses. Nor scrip in your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat”- Mathew 10 vs. 10
Lastly, Evangelism is a total salvation ministry encompassing deliverance, healing, holiness, and prosperity. Evangelism is also expected to demonstrate love, care, and compassion to the people. Evangelism should not be turned into a commercial venture, and Evangelism must discharge their divine mandate with deep sense of responsibility refraining from deepening the burdens of new converts through commercialized Christianity.
By Babatope Babalobi
The main and immediate output of evangelism is Soul conversion from darkness to light from unbelief to the truth, from the dominion of Satan to the Kingdom of God. The whole ministry of Jesus Christ is to reconcile man to God, and evangelism helps in bringing this to reality.
Do you wish to make heaven happy? Do you want to create a joyous scene in the presence of God? Do you want angels to back slap in celebration? Then do the work of an evangelist, for the Bible says there is much angelic joy in the presence of God for every soul that is won to the kingdom of God.
If Evangelism makes heaven rejoice, then it must have its own rewards.
“And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life”-Mathew 19 vs. 29.
One of the challenges that the Evangelist is borne to have is determining how to raise funds for personal and ministry needs, considering the fact that evangelism is not Church based and therefore cannot easily be financed by tithes and offerings. The evangelist should consider himself as a servant of God; meaning he is an employee of God, doing God’s business, accountable directly to God, and therefore God –his employer will work out how he will be rewarded for his contribution in the vineyard.
Paul the Apostle understood this principle so well, no wonder in almost all the epistles, he always introduces himself as a bond servant of God separated to the work of God. I believe a Servant means some one who belongs to another person, and therefore committed for life to do his owner’s will and desires, at all times.
It is only by faith that a Christian can successfully do the work of Evangelism expecting a reward. If you are sure of your calling, and have a passion for Christ, then no problems will hinder you from working as an Evangelist. In the early and trying days of my Evangelism ministry, the Holy Spirit directly encouraged with Hebrews 11 vs. 6:
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” –
The key points to note is that an evangelist must have a heart for Christ, a passion for soul winning, diligent and hardworking believing that God his employer is taking record of his daily activity and this will form the basis of his reward, and the Evangelist must remain focus on God.