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Closer To God Through Evangelism

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Radio transcript for the week of September 13, 2009

Ricky Berger preaches on "Closer to God through Evangelism" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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And now a lesson titled: Closer To God Through Evangelism

As a Christian, can you faithfully serve the Lord without being an evangelist? This is the question I would like for you to consider as we study together. Think about how we are to be like Christ (Philippians 2:5; 1 Peter 2:21). Our Lord's concern was and is for the lost (Matthew 1:21; Luke 19:10; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21). As Christians, we must have the same concern as He did(Romans 10:1; Matthew 9:36-38; Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15). Everything we do is based around evangelism. Evangelism not only allows you to teach others, it is one of the best ways to grow and mature as a Christian. Again, can you faithfully serve the Lord without being an evangelist? (John 15:1-2, 8).

The following is a list of suggestions to help the evangelist.

  • Be the right example. A bad example will not convert anyone to Christ (Matthew 5:13-16; 1 Timothy 4:12).
  • Find someone experienced to learn from (1 Timothy 1:1-2; Acts 16:1-3).
  • Pray for the people you are studying with and that more opportunities will come (Colossians 4:3).
  • Be prepared to teach when you do have an opportunity (Hebrews 5:12; 1 Peter 3:15; 4:11).
  • Be confident about what you are teaching (Romans 1:15-16).
  • Expect positive results from those you are teaching (1 Corinthians 3:6; Acts 16:5).
  • Realize that not everyone will want to obey the Lord and overcome discouragement when this happens (Matthew 10:14).

You too can come closer to God through evangelism. Why not begin today?

What does the Bible say about salvation?

  • All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
  • The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
  • But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).
  • Not everyone will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:13-14; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
  • Only those who obey God will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:21).
  • Obedience means believing that Jesus is the Son of God (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6).
  • Repenting of sins (a change of life) (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30).
  • Confessing your faith in Jesus (Romans 10:9-10).
  • Being baptized for the remission (forgiveness) of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:20-21).
  • Live as a faithful Christian until death (Titus 2:12; Revelation 2:10).

What does the Bible say about how we are to worship God?

  • We are to worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).
  • Worship is to be on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
  • The male members are to lead the worship service (1 Corinthians 14:34).
  • God's word is to be preached (Acts 20:7).
  • Prayer is to be offered to Him (Acts 2:42).
  • Christians are to give cheerfully according to how God has prospered them (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
  • The Lord's Supper is to be taken (1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Acts 20:7).
  • Members are to sing one to another from the heart (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).
  • We are not to change by adding to or taking from (Revelation 22:18-19).

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