Developing A Personal Spiritual Growth Plan-Evangelism

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One of the best ways to exercise ourselves to godliness is to share the Gospel with others. Some truths about evangelism we need to know

Evangelism Is Expected.  “Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Mark 1:17 (NKJV) When we follow Jesus He will make us to become fishers of men. No fishing, no following.

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” John 20:21 (NKJV) Jesus has sent us into the world just as the Father sent Him into the world.

Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,  that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 (NKJV) This is part of what Paul was talking about when he said that those who were saved to live for the Christ who saved them and not for themselves.

Evangelism Is Empowered.  “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 (NKJV)  “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NKJV)

Evangelism Is An Act Of Love.  “…The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.  And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.  And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31 (NKJV)  “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 (NKJV)

Evangelism Is Necessary.  “For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”  How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:13-15 (NKJV)

My commitment regarding evangelism:

Here are some tips to ensure that your commitment is truly a commitment that helps you grow in godliness.

Your commitment should be specific. Specific commitments are always better than general commitments. To make commitments specific, they must explain exactly what is expected.

Your commitment should be measurable. The idea here is that if a commitment is not measurable, it is not possible to know whether you are making progress toward successful completion. Measuring progress is supposed to help you stay on track and keep your commitment.

Your commitment should be attainable. This stresses the importance of commitments that are realistic and attainable. While an attainable commitment should stretch you in order to achieve it, the commitment is not extreme. The commitment should be challenging but attainable. In the end, unattainable commitment will discourage you and keep you from keeping your commitment.

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