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Evangelism:
The Time Is Now!

Section 1, Chapter 4

Necessary Ingredients of an
Evangelism Training Program

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I took advantage of all my learning, training and field experience, 43 (2012) years worth, and combined them into two Textbooks: this one titled Evangelism: The Time Is Now! (Basic Program) and Relationship With Jesus the Key to Effective Ministry (Advanced Program).41 One of the unique qualities of these two textbooks is that they draw upon all Biblical streams of Christianity and interrelate the Conservative, Evangelical, Charismatic concepts of Evangelism without compromise.

I mean EVANGELICAL in the sense that Jesusí will for the Church is to seek and to save the lost, and to seek and to save the lost by drawing men to Himself. I mean CHARISMATIC in the sense that in order for our Evangelism to be effective and ministered in love that it must be Jesus centered and be motivated out of love relationship with Jesus. I mean CONSERVATIVE in that our Evangelism, Evangelistically Charismatically oriented, must be motivated within the guidelines of Scripture and be brought into submission to the Bible in its total context to be certain that our Evangelism and ministering is truly Jesus centered and truly motivated out of love relationship with Jesus.

These two Textbooks combine these three streams of Biblical Christianity and their teaching on Evangelism into one program. It is a more wholistic approach to Evangelism, but you do not have to be a college graduate to go through it and understand itís content. When I wrote it I strove to keep it simple enough for anyone to understand but complete enough that any Bible scholar could appreciate it and their comments after critiquing the material confirms it. When I finished the 1983 version of this textbook three different College Professors with doctorate degrees, all Evangelists, all published authors in Evangelism of three different Christian faiths critiqued the material. One said to me, I have never read anything equal to this anywhere. Your depth and completeness are astounding. The program was recommended to both graduate and undergraduate ministry majors. A very nice letter was sent to me by Dr. John D. Morris of Institute for Creation Research, the son of Dr. Henry Morris making the following comments on this Evangelism material:

"Let me congratulate you on a job well done. The materials are excellent tools for teaching others about the truth of Godís Word. I am especially pleased that you included creation evangelism in your work." ó Dr. John D. Morris, President of ICR August 11, 1998

I have since then updated the Basic (87, 94, 97, 99, 2003, 2012) and Advanced (87, 97, 99, 2012) Textbooks and made them an even better program than they were before. What I want to talk about in this Chapter is what the necessary ingredients of a Training Program in Evangelism are and how these Basic and Advanced Training Programs of Evangelism completely fulfills all of these requirements

What are the INGREDIENTS of an Evangelism Training Program that will adequately equip Laymen to do the work of Evangelism? They are:

  1. The teaching of Biblical Doctrine in the areas of Evangelism, Salvation, Discipleship and Apologetics.
  2. In Class Training.
  3. On the Field Training.
  4. And Advanced Training in the areas of Discernment, Counseling and Apologetics.

THE TEACHING OF
BIBLICAL DOCTRINE

Robert L. Hart writes concerning the design of a Lay Evangelism Program,

"Evangelism with the whole Gospelónot by one facet alone. This principle implies an understanding of conversion, discipleship and nurture. In other words, each Christian Evangelist must have a mature and Biblical understanding of what the Gospel is."42/20

The first requirement to be an effective Christian witness is the study of Biblical doctrine in the areas of Evangelism, Salvation, Discipleship, and Apologetics. Paul the Apostle commands us in 2 Timothy 2:15 that we are to study to ". . . present ourselves approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth."

Concerning EVANGELISM Jesus said,

John 4:35 "Do you not say, ĎThere are yet four months and then comes the harvestí? Behold, I say to You, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.

In this passage Jesus tells us that the time for Evangelism is always now. Paul wrote,

2 Corinthians 6:1-2 "And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vainófor He says, ĎAt the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped youí; behold, NOW is Ďthe acceptable time,í behold, NOW is ĎThe day of salvation.í"

Paul explains to us that the acceptable time for people to come to Salvation in Christ is NOW!; therefore, the time for Evangelism is always NOW! The only way men and women can come to saving faith in Jesus Christ is when we take time in our weeks to go out and share the love of Jesus Christ with them. Solomon wrote, Ecclesiastes 11:4 "He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap." In order to bring men and women to Jesus we must sow, water, fertilize and weed and the only way this is done is when we plan and make time to go out and share the love of Jesus Christ with men; otherwise, Solomon says if we do not sow, we will not reap. Jesus said the time for Evangelism is NOW!

Matthew 28:18-20 "And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ĎAll authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. GO THEREFORE and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.í"

Concerning SALVATION Paul told Timothy,

1 Timothy 4:16 "Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things; for as you do this you will insure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you."

Dr. Bill Bright in his book, How You Can Be Sure You Are A Christian tells us that the salvation experience involves the intellect, will, and then emotions.55 In order to respond to the Gospel a person must first understand what the Gospel is clearly, intellectually. Therefore in order to lead a person into salvation we must first have a clear understanding of what the basic message of the Gospel is.

Evangelism is explaining to a person what it means to be a Christian and how to become one. Often times the reason Christian Laymen are not able to lead others to Christ is because they cannot articulate what it means to be a Christian and how to become one. This is the first job of Training in Evangelism. This is what led James Kennedy to develop Evangelism Explosion.43 He told his congregation they needed to get out and share their faith. The problem was they did not know how. In answer to the problem James Kennedy fulfilled his calling in Ephesians 4:11-13 by developing a program of Evangelism called Evangelism Explosion to teach them how to. The end result is that not only his Church but hundreds of Churches using his program all over the country and the world have led thousands of men and women to Christ because the Laymen have been trained how too.

Paul commands us in 1 Timothy 4:16 to know clearly what constitutes salvation not only to assure our own but in order to assure the salvation of the person we are witnessing too. Therefore any effective Program of Evangelism must first start with training the individual in what the Gospel is and then how to communicate it to others.

Concerning DISCIPLESHIP Jesus commanded,

Matthew 28:18-20 "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and MAKE DISCIPLES of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Evangelism is not just explaining to a person what it means to be a Christian and how to become one, but once they accept Jesus, it is then teaching them what it means to be Jesusí Disciple.

This leads us to two questions: What does it mean to be Jesusí disciple, and, how do we go about teaching a new Christian to be Jesusí disciple? The word here in the Greek for Disciple is maqhteuvw  (mathetuo) meaning to make a disciple, to train in discipleship.44 Jesus gives the answer to what it means to be His disciple in the Gospel of John 10:27 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me." Jesus tells us in this passage that being His disciple means learning to discern what is truly His voice and then obeying what He commands us to do. Discipleship Training therefore is teaching a Christian how to discern what is truly Jesusí voice to him in the different areas of his life and then encouraging him or her to obey what Jesus commands them to do. According to Matthew 28:18-20 this involves teaching the new Christian all that Jesus commanded as given in the New Testament. For this reason to have an effective Evangelism Training Program, one must not only teach clearly what the Gospel is, but also what it means to be Jesusí disciple and how to teach it to others.

Concerning APOLOGETICS the Apostle Peter commanded,

Peter commanded,

1 Peter 3:15 "But Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence."

The word defense in Greek is ajpologiva  (apologia)45 from the Greek word ajpologevoma (apologeami) meaning A positive offense for the Christian not a negative defense.34/1 Apologetics is giving honest answers to honest questions about the validity of the Christian faith. It is also explaining how we know that what the Bible teaches is true and is truly Godís Word, Godís Holy Word alone. Many Christians shun this area of discipline in there witness saying it is a lack of faith to ask questions. Francis A. Schaeffer in his book, 2 Contents, 2 Realities responded to this attitude in the following manner,

"Evangelicals can fall into something which really is not very far from existential theology without knowing it. One form of such evangelical existentialism is the attitude, if not the words, Donít ask questions, just believe. This sort of attitude was always wrong, but it is doubly wrong today when we are surrounded with a monolithic consensus which divides reason from nonreason and always puts religious things in the area of non-reason. We must call each other away from this idea. It is not more spiritual to believe without asking questions. It is not more Biblical. It is less Biblical and eventually it will be less spiritual, because the whole man will not be involved. Consequently, in our Evangelism, in our personal work, in our young peopleís work, in our ministry wherever we are, those of us who are preachers and are preaching, those of us who are teachers and are teaching, and those of us who are evangelists must be absolutely determined not to fall into the trap of saying or implying, donít ask questions, just believe. It must be the whole man who comes to understand that the Gospel is truth and believes because he is convinced on the basis of good and sufficient reason that it is truth."37/8

The problem is not a lack of faith on the part of the prospective convert, but a lack of love on the part of the person witnessing. What I mean by a lack of love is the unwillingness to love man deeply enough to do the work of research necessary to give the individual the answers he needs so that his faith can be released to surrender to Jesus as Savior and Lord. The alternative is eternal hell. Christianity does have the answers to all the questions and can be found for the person willing to pay the price to find them. If we really care about the salvation of men the discipline of apologetics is not an option in our witnessing to men. It is an absolute necessity according to the Apostle Peter, and a very necessary part of any truly serious Evangelism Training Program.

Because teaching and training Christians the importance of EVANGELISM, what SALVATION is, what it means to be Jesusí DISCIPLE, and basic principles of APOLOGETICS are clear commands of Scripture, we can be assured that we are being led of the Holy Spirit when we include them in the development of an Evangelism Training Program.

This Basic Textbook more than satisfies these four teaching requirements of a Basic Training Program. This material has been developed out of 43 years of weekly Evangelism, Discipleship and Apologetic work on the field and in the classroom.

In the area of EVANGELISM this Basic Textbook teaches the student:

  1. The Creation, Constitution and Fall of man and Jesusí Complete Salvation for man and how to receive that salvation.
  2. Who Jesus Christ is and His Claims about Himself.
  3. How to communicate the Gospel to others and bring them to commitment in Jesus using the tract What Is Eternal Life?
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  5. What the necessary Ingredients for Christian Conversion Are.
  6. The Importance of Prayer before Evangelism, what one needs to pray for in preparation for Evangelism and how to pray for these things before going out on the field developed from 43 years of battle on the field.
  7. How to develop and communicate oneís testimony of salvation clearly.
  8. How to be an effective witness on the job.
  9. The different kinds of Evangelism there are and when they are to be used.
  10. What Holy Spirit led Evangelism is and is not.
  11. Ethics in Evangelism.
  12. Several case examples of Evangelism on the field.
  13. Finally, the cost required to be an effective consistent witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In SALVATION the Basic Textbook teaches the student:

  1. What the Bible teaches about manís fall and why man cannot save Himself.
  2. Why God the Son had to be fully God and fully man to save us from our sins.
  3. Why we must be born again to be saved.
  4. Why Jesus is the ONLY Way to God.
  5. Why Jesus is our final and only High Priest and why in light of this the Levitical Priesthood was done away with permanently.
  6. Why Jesusí Salvation is received through faith alone, not by any works of ours.
  7. How Jesusí salvation for our sins makes us perfect in Godís eyes.
  8. How What Is Eternal Life? adequately communicates these truths on the field.

My reason for choosing to use a tract like What Is Eternal Life?47 in this basic school of Evangelism is not because I think it is the Only way to approach Evangelism. In aggressive planned Evangelism, I find it is the best way to approach Evangelism. The goal of Evangelism is to explain to a person what it means to be a Christian and how to become one. When witnessing to a co-worker on the job or a long time associate, I will share with them my life and how events in my life led me to Jesus and His Salvation. But when I go out to witness to a total stranger I will in most cases never see again, my primary goal is to communicate to that person what it means to be a Christian and how to become one clearly in a way so that when I leave, even if he is not ready at that moment to give his life to Jesus, when he is ready he will know what to do and how to receive Jesus Christ into his heart.

Using a Salvation Tract makes this possible. First, it keeps the focus on Jesus. It keeps you on the message of the Gospel and prevents the listener from getting you side tracked to issues not related to the Gospel. Second, it keeps the presentation of the Gospel simple, concise and to the point. Third, not only is the person hearing the Gospel but sees it communicated on paper and thus brings into involvement more of his senses than just his hearing. The more senses that are involved in your presenting the Gospel, the better the person will remember what you communicated later. Fourth, using a tract gives you something you can leave with the person so that when he or she is ready to receive Jesus, they have something in their hands that will tell them how to do it. Fifth, not only will the tract tell them how to receive Jesus, but will give them assurance of Salvation, explain to them the importance of discipleship training and their need to contact someone like yourself to get the necessary discipleship training in Jesus they will need. The tract also provides you with a way to explain to them the importance of fellowship and getting involved faithfully in a body of believers. Finally, you can leave your name, address and phone number on the Tract so that when they do make that decision, they will know how to get in touch with you for follow-up and discipleship training when they make the decision to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord of their lives.

When I talk about the benefits of a planned presentation, I am not just talking from intellectual pursuit, I am talking from 43 years of field experience using Salvation Tracts in aggressive Evangelism on the college campus, in juvenile detention centers, on the islands of Hawaii, in city malls, door to door and at any other place it has proven appropriate for the situation. The tract I wrote, What Is Eternal Life?, was written as a result of the needs I was seeing being expressed in sharing the Gospel on the field. It was a three year project, started in 1989, to begin with and has been revised several times since then (present copyright 2012) developed and perfected in the process of presenting the Gospel to people on the field. Chapters 2, -9- and -10- in this Section, Chapter 2 of Section 3 and all of Section 6 explain in detail its complete value as a tool for Evangelism on or off the field.

During these 43 years, several people have walked up to me and said, Do you remember me? I usually reply, No. They then tell me,

"Five years ago you shared the Gospel with me through a tract you left with me. I thought about what you shared with me for several months. Then one day I pulled out the tract you gave me, reread it, prayed the sinners prayer in the back and gave my life to Jesus. I have been walking with Him ever since."

In DISCIPLESHIP this Basic Textbook teaches the student:

  1. What Discipleship is and how to Disciple a New Christian.

  2. The Nature of Spiritual Warfare and the Nature of the Flesh.

  3. How we relate to Jesus for the answer to our needs.

  4. The Importance of Daily Time in the Word of God.

  5. The Importance of Weekly Fellowship in a Church.

  6. How to successfully manage their time during the week so they can also include at least two hours a week to go out and share their faith with others.

  7. What the Bible teaches about the Constitution and Personality development of man.

  8. How to Discern What is Truly Jesusí Voice.

  9. How to Know and Succeed in Jesusí Plan for Your Life.

  10. How to Experience Jesusí Forgiveness Daily and how to teach this to others.

  11. The Different Kinds of Faith that there are and the Faith that pleases God.

  12. What it means to Love Jesus with all your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength.

  13. The Cost of Discipleship and what walking with Jesus truly means.

Principles of Discipleship are very important in an Evangelism Training Program because most Christianís problems that are binding them up can be traced to a lack of knowledge or practice of one or more basic Biblical discipleship concepts. The training in this Basic Textbook of Evangelism will give the trainee the ability to communicate these principles simply and clearly to the person being counseled on the field.

In APOLOGETICS this Basic Textbook covers

  1. The Claims of Jesus Christ and The Nature of God which addresses and corrects most of the Christological heresies taught by many leading Christian cults in America today.

  2. How we know who is the Only True God and that the Bible is His Only Written Word to man.

  3. The Bibleís Teaching on the Constitution of Man verses Secular Psychology.

  4. Witnessing ethics: what and what not to do in Evangelism.

  5. The Issue of Predestination verses the Importance of Evangelism.

  6. The different ways in which we determine what is true and how the Bible meets these criteria.

  7. The reliability of Old and New Testament manuscripts.

  8. Evidence for Mosesí authorship of the Torah.

  9. Why Genesis and Evolution are not compatible.

  10. Evidence for the Literal-Historical Reliability of the Bible Godís Word in the areas of historical, cosmological, scientific, theological and redemptive fact.

  11. Major Old Testament Prophetic predictions concerning Jesus and His fulfillment of them, amazing fulfilled prophecies in the past fifty years and Hebrew Codes.

  12. Testimonies of Evangelism on the field that deal with tough questions one encounters on the field.

  13. The literal absolute reality and existence of Heaven and Hell.

  14. Quick Reference sheets for the Internet and any other kind of Evangelism on the field.

When sharing the Gospel with a non Christian, just sharing the simple Gospel may not be enough to release the individualís faith to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord because of false assumptions about the validity of the teaching of Scripture or the Christian faith. Jesus said that knowing the truth will set a person free (John 8:32). In order for a personís faith to be released these strongholds of the mind, as Paul calls them (2 Cor 10:3-5), must be removed. This is the discipline of Apologetics. In this Basic Textbook the student is taught what most of the major arguments are against Christianity and the Bible Godís Word and how to respond to these negative assertions in a way that will release the faith of the person being witnessed to so that they see that Jesus really is the only answer to their life and needs and that the Bible really is the absolute Word of God and absolutely reliable to base life and society on. Again, the teachings of Apologetics in this textbook were developed as a result of 43 years of ongoing weekly Evangelism on the field and the questions encountered on the field as current as the copyright of this book. As a result, Chapters in this Basic Textbook on Apologetics cover and answer most of the questions one will encounter on the field. All of this Apologetic material is also the result of 43 years of reading and research by the author to find these answers and so is fully documented in each case covered.

To lead a person to Jesus Christ requires:

1. First, Explaining to a person what it means to be a Christian and how to become one which is EVANGELISM and SALVATION.

2. Second, teaching a New Christian how to discern what is truly Jesusí voice to him in the different areas of his life and then encouraging him or her to obey what Jesus tells them to do which is DISCIPLESHIP.

3. And third, giving honest answers to honest questions about the validity of the Christian faith which is APOLOGETICS.

This Basic textbook on Evangelism, Salvation, Discipleship and Apologetics gives the Christian more than an adequate foundation in these four areas for successful Evangelism and any Ministry work.

IN CLASS TRAINING

The second stage to becoming an effective Christian witness is learning how to communicate the Gospel to each other in class in a non-hostile environment until one can do it comfortably and unselfconsciously. Some people feel this is putting the Holy Spirit into a box, but 43 years of Evangelism and discipleship training have taught me that a person cannot even begin to understand what it means to be led of the Holy Spirit in Evangelism or Ministry until he first overcomes his self consciousness and self-focus. The student cannot overcome his self-consciousness and self-focus until he becomes so familiar with the message that he no longer needs to think about what he is going to say and how he is coming across. This is accomplished in this Basic Training Program through seven weeks of in class practice of sharing the Gospel with other Christians before ever going out on the field and sharing the Gospel with a total stranger. During this time the student does go on the field, but only as an observer to learn from an experienced Christian witness, not actually engaging himself in witnessing.

Evangelism is a skill learned like any skill and is perfected through repeated practice. Proverbs 14:23 states, "In all labor there is profit." When a student is well prepared for Evangelism he finds it enjoyable. When he is not prepared and does not know what to say, he becomes embarrassed on the field and develops a hatred for Evangelism, leaves it, and then becomes next to impossible to recruit for further Evangelism in the future. He argues as follows: I do not have the gift of Evangelism! I believe in Friendship Evangelism. I only believe in Holy Spirit led Evangelism (while the Holy Spirit never does seem to lead them). It is the goal of this Basic Training Program of Evangelism to make Evangelism an enjoyable experience for the student so that when he finishes the training, he will continue regular ongoing Evangelism and Ministry Outreach as a lifestyle.

Part of the in-class training also includes mock demonstrations of sharing the Gospel and Discipleship concepts under similar circumstances you would encounter on the field or in someoneís home. These mock demonstrations are given in the Evangelism: The Time Is Now! Teacherís Manual .173 This is part of the Apologetic training and teaches the student how to respond and answer the questions he will encounter on the field.

ON THE FIELD TRAINING

At the end of seven weeks of training the next stage required for an effective Evangelism Training Program is to overcome the fear of talking to a total stranger on the field. Half the Battle of overcoming the fear of witnessing on the field is knowing what to say and how to say it. This is why the first and second stages are absolutely essential before going on to this third stage. But no amount of knowledge and in class training eliminates all the fears of witnessing. On the field training has its own set of fears to overcome.

The first fear to overcome is going out on the field itself. I had a student once who after going through the first two stages called me up in tears, petrified with fear about going out and talking to a total stranger, and told me she just could not do it. I never force a student to witness to a total stranger until they are ready because if they are not ready, forcing them to do it could destroy their potential of ever being a witness at all. Instead I told her that she did not have to go out and witness but that she did have to go out and observe. A lot of peopleís fears about witnessing are in their heads and not in reality. She went out with me the next day and watched me witness to several people. The end result was that she saw her fears had no basis in reality.
The next week she went out witnessing with another student and the two of them led two people to Christ. She will be witnessing the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the rest of her life because it is a joy to her not a fearful experience. This Basic Program of Evangelism is designed to consider the individual. It does not make Christian student witnesses a herd of cattle.
After the student gets over the trauma of just walking up to a total stranger or stepping into a strangerís home on the field he then needs to overcome the problem of self-consciousness and self-focus as he witnesses to the stranger. This takes about six weeks or more depending on the individual. There are few positive results in this stage because the studentís self consciousness and self-focus hinder him from showing genuine love and concern for the person being witnessed too. The lack of self-confidence communicated to the stranger hinders him from accepting the genuineness of the message. Ecclesiastes 10:4 states, ďIf the rulerís temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure allays great offenses.Ē In other words, unflinching confidence convinces a person of the validity of what you have to say.
Finally, as the self-consciousness and self-focus began to dissipate, genuine love and concern for the individual come through and positive responses begin to result. This is because the fruit of the Spirit is love and so when a person is ministering in love he is beginning to learn what it means to be led of the Holy Spirit in witnessing and in ministering, but there are no short cuts to getting to this place of maturity in witnessing. It can only come about by going through the discipline of these three stages. Any honest Minister will have to admit this was true in the development of his own ministry work. It was true in mine.

ADVANCED TRAINING

In the first three stages, which is covered in this Basic Textbook, the student learns how to effectively and lovingly communicate his faith, how to disciple a new Christian or older Christian, and how to deal with some of the tough questions one encounters concerning the integrity of the Gospel. These are the goals of a Basic Evangelism Program: to bring a person to Christ and give him or her some basic tools to guarantee their on going maturity. But this is not the only purpose of an Evangelism Training Program.

The more advanced purpose of an Evangelism Training Program is to teach the Christian how to strengthen the weak, heal the slick, bind up the broken hearted, and to bring back those who are scattered and lost. This is the purpose of the Advanced Training put together in the Advanced Textbook on Evangelism, Discipleship, Apologetics, and Counseling titled, Relationship With Jesus the Key to Effective Ministry. The primary purpose of this training program is to teach the Layman compassion in ministering through right discernment.

It does this first by teaching the student what the Bible states about the relationship of the Trinity and Jesusí desired relationship with the church. Second, how this relates to the complexity of manís constitution and what the Bible teaches about manís constitution. Third, how we approach Jesus for the answer to our needs and in counseling. Fourth, why we do not always succeed in our attempts to minister Jesus to others. Fifth, what our primary motive is in discerning Jesusí will and plan for our lives individually. Sixth, what the believers relationship to the Law is. Seventh, how to discern the hidden causes for our conscious actions we cannot seem to control and then how to discern Jesusí solution to overcome these subconscious urges. Eighth, why we as Christians suffer. Ninth, foundations necessary for discernment, required conditions for discernment, required motivation for discernment, primary principles for discernment and miscellaneous principles for discernment. Tenth, the importance of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and especially how this relates to the manifestation gifts of the Holy Spirit and how these help us get to the root of a problem and to the root solution. Eleventh, how we approach Jesus with our needs and discern which manifestations of the Holy Spirit to minister. Twelfth, how we are to properly relate to one another in the body of Christ and why this is the key and solution to successful world Evangelism. Thirteenth, how to teach these advanced principles of Evangelism, discipleship and Counseling to others. Fourteenth, the importance of knowledge and how to discern what areas of knowledge Jesus wants us to pursue individually. Fifteenth, how to discern Jesusí place of ministry for each of us individually. Finally, how to succeed in what Jesus has called us to do individually.

In Apologetics the Advanced material focuses on the teachings of Francis A. Schaeffer. Dr. Schaefferís books teach how to discern oneís culture and in relationship to that how to make the simple Gospel simple to the person we are witnessing too. The Apologetics also focuses on the literal historical reliability of Genesis, evidence of the world wide flood, the significance of the genealogy of Genesis and how this relates to Jesus being truly our Savior and Messiah, evidence of Mosesí authorship of the Torah, the significance of the different names of God in the Torah and why Genesis and Evolution are not compatible.

These advanced concepts will give the Layman the ability to minister to any normal need physically, spiritually, and mentally; but also the discernment to know when to refer an individual to someone more qualified than himself to meet the need.

By the time the Layman has gone through both the Basic and Advanced Training Program he will be adequately trained to then take on greater responsibilities in other areas of ministry in or outside the Church or continue in the Churchís Evangelism Training Program so he can help train others.

FIELD EVANGELISM TOOLS

Why All Christians Need Training in Evangelism is a book written for Christian Laymen to explain to them the importance of Evangelism and training in Evangelism and the value of this training material to that end. You use this book to introduce this training material on Evangelism and for advertizing upcoming classes to this end which you advertize on the back of the book. The book contains Chapters 1-4 of this Textbook.

*Field Tracts

When I do Evangelism during the week, I never assume anyone is a Christian whether they say they attend Church or not, so I always start off with the Salvation tract. When I do, many times Christians tell me they accepted Christ months or years before but that He is no longer Lord of their lives. Often times this is not because they do not want to walk with Jesus, but because of some problem in their lives they were unable to overcome. As a result they became frustrated and under condemnation and eventually gave up trying to live the Christian life and for Jesus. Their problem is that they are trying to live the Christian life in their own strength instead of drawing upon Jesusí strength. They know that Jesus is the answer to their needs but do not know how to apply this truth to their problems. This is what my Forgiveness Tract titled, Jesus Is the Answer to Your Needs (same title as discipleship book), is all about: first, to bring the Christian back to the place of surrendering their lives to Jesus as Savior and Lord and to then show them how to practically draw upon Jesusí strength and power to live the Christian life and apply this to their problems and needs. Also available is a companion pamphlet titled, How to Share the Forgiveness Tract Jesus Is the Answer to Your Needs, which explains how to effectively minister the content of this Forgiveness Tract with a Christian.

After many years of preaching the Gospel and seeing how effective using a Salvation Tract in presenting the Gospel is, I came to realize that an Evangelism Tract would be just as effective in motivating Christians to give of their free time to share the Gospel. After much seeking of the Lord and prayer, the Evangelism Tract titled, The Most Loving Thing You Can Do!, was the end result. The results have been very encouraging. When the student meets someone who is a Christian on the field and he becomes convinced they are a bornagain Christian, he will then ask them if he can instead get their reaction to their presentation of this Evangelism Tract. Like the Salvation Tract, it explains the importance of their making a commitment of their free time to share the Gospel and concludes with challenging them to make a prayer of commitment to that end.

Discipleship Series

Chapter 9 of Section 5 of this textbook titled, "How to Disciple a New Christian," gives guidelines of how to do follow-up and discipleship work the first five weeks after salvation. It teaches the student how to take a new Christian through the four basic discipleship books listed above whose titles and contents are the same as the Section titles they match in the Basic Textbook.

*Apologetic Series

Along with the Discipleship books are nine books on Apologetics listed and described below which the student is to give to people being witnessed to on the field when appropriate. Like the Discipleship books, these books cover apologetic material that the student himself will cover under the same Section titles in this Basic and the Advanced Textbooks on Evangelism. These books and their contents are the following:

What Is Truth? The contents of this book comes from Sections -1-, -3- and -7- of this Textbook. Secular education teaches that Christianity is based on myth, not on verifiable facts of science, history or archaeology. This book first shows the significance of Jesusí Physical Resurrection, how this gives absolute proof to what Jesusí taught and what Moses taught about Creation and the Creation of man, manís fall, etcetera. It next shows how the same methods we use to verify any historical fact are the same methods the Apostles used to verify the claims and facts of Christianity. Finally, it then explains what the Bible teaches about the Creation, constitution and fall of man and why God had to become a man in order to attain for man his full salvation and how to receive that salvation.

The Bible: Godís Word Absolutely. The contents of this book comes from Sections -1-, -3- and -7- of Textbook. This book covers how we determine what is true and how the Bible has meant all this criteria. Second, it covers how we know that the manuscripts of the Bible we have today are reliable and gives both external and internal evidence of this reality. Third, it covers the historical and scientific reliability of the Bible through the discoveries of science and through the science of archaeology. Fourth, it covers fulfillment of Old testament prophecies and many prophecies that have been fulfilled in our day and the significance of this in how it confirms and verifies that the Bible is Godís Word and Godís Word alone. Fifth, it covers the evidence of Moses authorship of the Bible through historical and archaeological documents and discovers. Sixth, it covers Jesusí claims that what Moses and the Old Testament teach is literal historical truth and His verification of this through His Physical Resurrection. Finally, it then explains what the Bible teaches about the creation, constitution and fall of man and why God had to become a man in order to attain for man his full salvation and how to receive that salvation.

The Literal Historical Reliability of Genesis . The contents of this book comes from Sections -1- and 10 of the Advanced Textbook of Evangelism. This book covers a lot of the same material the The Bible: Godís Word Absolutely covers, but with a primary focus on the book of Genesis. It covers how discoveries of science in our time confirm and verify the Bibleís claim of the six twenty-four days of not only Creation but in the exact order of that creation and why it could not have been otherwise. Second, it covers the scientific and archaeological evidence of a world wide Genesis Flood. Third, the literal historical evidence of the absolute truthfulness of every story in Genesis including the flood, Joseph in Egypt, Abraham, even evidence of Adamís part in writing some of the information contained in the book of Genesis. Fourth, again the evidence for Mosesí authorship of the Torah. Fifth, why the teachings of Genesis and Evolution are absolutely incompatible and cannot be mixed. Finally, it then explains what the Bible teaches about the creation, constitution and fall of man and why God had to become a man in order to attain for man his full salvation and how to receive that salvation.

Spontaneous Generation of Life. The contents of this book come from Sections 1 and 10 of the Advanced Textbook of Evangelism. This book talks about DNA, RNA, Amino Acids, the basic building blocks of the cell and the workings of the Cell and how what we know about these workings confirm the book of Genesis. Second, it talks about how Millerís Spark Chamber proved the impossibility of Spontaneous Generation of Life. Third, it goes into the issue of mutations and shows how while we have hundreds of examples of destructive mutations, we do not have one case example of a constructive mutation and how these truths confirm the book of Genesis.

Heaven & Hell an Absolute Reality. The contents of this book comes from Sections -1-, -3- and -8- of this Textbook. This book covers what the Bible teaches about Heaven and Hell and some stories of men and womenís experiences of Heaven and Hell that are very convincing. The book also contains a bibliography of sources I have collected over the years on the subject; How Jesus proved there is a Heaven and a Hell through His Physical Resurrection; finally, it then explains what the Bible teaches about the creation, constitution and fall of man and why God had to become a man in order to attain for man his full salvation and how to receive that salvation.

The book PRO-LIFE Why We Are Involved talks about why Abortion is aborticide, the murdering of an innocent human being, and encourages the individual to consider other alternatives other than murdering an innocent child.

The book What The Bible Teaches About God, the Universe & Man is covered in Sections -1- and -3- of this Textbook and Section 10 of the Advanced Textbook. This book was written for the person who has no knowledge about what the Bible teaches about God, Man and the Universe. It explains the creation of the Universe according to Genesis, the creation and fall of Adam and Eve and Godís full plan of redemption for man through Jesus Christ.

The book What It Will Take To Bring America Back To God is covered in Section 9 of this Textbook. This book talks about the fact that there is no such thing as a safe and costless Christianity, that in order to win the lost for Christ there is always a cost involved. I share in this book what sharing the Gospel has cost me to stay faithful to it for forty-three years. No one goes into war without getting bloodied. But it also talks about the fact that until we the Church are willing to get bloodied and lose this world, we will not bring America back to God. America will not turn back to Jesus until it sees that Christians really believe what they preach and that is that this earth is only temporary but that Heaven is forever; that Heaven is more desirable than anything this earth has to offer, so much so that we are willing to lose anything this earth has to offer to stay true to Jesus and to bring others to Him.

Matthew 13:45-46 "The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it."

Only when America sees that Christians so believe this that they are willing to give up their free time and resources to preach the Gospel to men, will America even consider giving any attention to the message we preach. It is the fact that Jesus gave His life for us on the cross that drew us to Him, not the messages that He preached. Until America sees that our bringing the Gospel to them is more important than our jobs, our Church buildings and land and all that this world has to offer, they wonít even consider the message of Jesusí love and forgiveness or turn to Christ. The cross brought us to Jesus and only the crosses we are willing to bear will gain the ear of America to turn it back to Christ. There Is No Such Thing as a Safe & Costless Christianity.

The book How to Bring a Person to Saving Faith in Jesus Christ is covered in Sections -1- and -3- of this Textbook. This book explains what is involved in the process of Salvation and why we can only receive Jesusí death and shed blood for our sins through faith, not by works. It also explains how to know a true believer from a false one.

The sample of the survey on this page titled Community Religious Survey was developed to aid you in doing door to door Evangelism. It is not just a survey for the sake of a survey. The first four questions are designed to find out the spiritual needs of people and why they may be negative to Christianity. This will help your Church understand what the spiritual needs of your local community are and how you can better serve the needs of your community and congregation spiritually. The rest of the questions are designed to find out what they believe about the Gospel and what is keeping them from receiving the Gospel. The value of the answer to these questions are that they will tell you how you need to personalize your presentation of the Gospel to them so they will believe and be saved. Believe me, I can tell you from personal experience that it works very well. The Section in this Basic Textbook titled: Testimonies of Evangelism On the Field give fifteen examples of how this survey helped in presenting the Gospel successfully under several different circumstances and arguments against the Gospel. I give their answers to the survey at the beginning of each of the Testimonies and then go on to share how I was able to use this information to successfully lead them to Christ. I strongly encourage you to use this survey in your door to door Evangelism outreach and in your college Evangelism outreach.

Conclusion

It is clear from the passages that we have studied in this book that Jesus wants you as a Layman to be involved in aggressive one on one Evangelism. In fact, one of the major keys to understanding and the interpretation of Scripture is the importance of spending time in our weeks in aggressive Evangelism. This is because the Bible was written by Evangelists and prophets who wrote what they wrote out of a motivation of Evangelism to bring men to repentance and back into right relationship with God through Jesus Christ. You will never understand the message of Scripture fully if You are not regularly involved in an aggressive program of Evangelism.

Also if we are to win the lost and America for Christ, we must return to the example of the cross. How much was Jesus willing to sacrifice to bring us back to Himself and to salvation? He was willing to give and sacrifice all that He had: His very life on earth, and He did. We will not win the lost and America for Christ until America sees that we as the Church and as individual Christians so believe in the reality of heaven and its supreme value in comparison of what this life has to offer, that in order to convince them of that belief that we are willing to loose anything this life has to offer to bring them the message of Jesusí love and forgiveness, even to the extent of our very lives. Until America sees that, America will not turn to Christ.

The key to reaching the world for Jesus Christ does not lie in pulpit activity or in crusades; it lies primarily in the Laymen of the Church themselves reaching out aggressively one on one. Charles Goodell quoted Dean Hodges as giving the following information about the effectiveness of Laymen leadership throughout the history of the Church,

"There have been three notable periods in the history of the extension of the Christian religionóthe time of the martyrs, the time of the monks and the time of the Methodists. In each of these periods, religion spread phenomenally. The significance of each of these for our present purpose is that each of them was an era of Lay activity. The Christian Church was begun by Laymen; the apostles were all Laymen. It has ever since owed its best growth to the cooperation of Laymen. The monks were Lay orders. The Methodists won their great victories by Lay preaching. Not only that, but these Laymen in every one of these three periods did their work in spite of the clergy, discouraged by the clergy, detested by the clergy."36/72-73

The key to reaching our society and America with the Gospel is you! That is Why All Christians Need Training in Evangelism.

What Do You Need to Do?

Now that you have finished reading this chapter, you now need to pray and ask Jesus if it is His will that you go through this Evangelism Training Program. If you come to the conviction that Yes! He does, in order to succeed in seeing this training program through, you will need to pray the prayer of commitment at the end of this chapter. Why? If Jesus wants you to do this training program, Satan does not. Evangelism is bringing people into saving faith in Jesus and transferring them from Satanís kingdom to Jesusí Kingdom. Satan doesnít take that lightly. Because he does not, he will fight you and will do all he can to distract and keep you from doing and successfully completing this training program (2 Tim 3:12). He will use your friends, boy friend or girl friend, well meaning Christians, your family, whatever he finds useful and cooperative. In light of this, how then does one overcome Satanís attempted distractions and successfully complete this training program? By praying a prayer of commitment to complete the training program and fight off any attempted distractions of the enemy to do otherwise. Pray this way:

Jesus, I believe you called me to do this training program. Therefore, by faith I commitment myself to go through this training program from start to finish and to exercise whatever discipline and self-control is necessary to see it through to completion. I also will to fight off anything, anyone and any attempts of Satan to cause me to do otherwise. Jesus, I acknowledge You in this commitment and also my total 100% need of your Holy Spirit grace, strength and power to see this commitment through and ask for Your grace, strength and power and Holy Spirit power to see this Evangelism Training Program through to completion. By faith I believe you for the answer to these prayers, in your name Jesus, amen.

If you just prayed this prayer of commitment, Jesus promises in His Word to help you see this commitment through. He says in Proverbs 3:6 "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." He also says in 2 Thessalonians 3:3 "But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one." Now you need to read Chapter 5 titled "Time Management Through Relationship With Jesus" which explains how to plan your time during the week so you can successfully complete this training program. Also Chapter 6 titled "The Nature of Spiritual Warfare" which is a series of five letters I have written to former students which explains how to protect themselves spiritually from themselves, Satan and outside forces to successfully see this evangelism training program through to completion.

Following in this Chapter are some testimonies of students who went through the Basic and Advanced Evangelism Training Programs.

Bibliography & Notes
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