SHARING THE GOSPEL
THE RIGHT WAY!
It is amazing there are so many unqualified
people in the ministry who have no inkling of a clue how to reach the lost.
Here we will reveal the right way! It is not the only way, but it is
the most effective and precisely the same method Jesus himself used and it
is contrary to what many ministries are doing!
Problem #1: Unqualified hirelings or
volunteers are doing evangelist work and they have no qualifications to
reach the lost. They may know how to conduct a church service or talk
doctrine and theory, but effectively reaching the lost is not evident.
Many do not even believe God will perform a miracle to solve a lost person's
problem. We serve a God who loves to do the impossible and He
demonstrates His power in the Bible over and over again. He punishes
unbelief. So, start believing God's promises and share them with the
Problem #2: Salvation message does not
always come first. Too many pastors have spent too many years inside a
sheltered church environment and can not truly relate with the troubles
Let's use the highway trucking ministry for an
example, but many churches do the same old thing. They are not telling
truckers God will perform a miracle for them to solve the problem they are
facing. They will not open the Bible and find the promise to share
with the truck driver. Why? Because they are fearful the Lord
will not deliver on His promise. And, pastors generally believe you
must first be saved to have God perform a miracle for you. This way of
thinking is not how Jesus thought at all. Jesus did not always preach
salvation to the multitudes before He performed miracles. He
also did not make people become believers first. He performed miracles
to get the people's attention and to reveal Who He Really Was. The
miracles can come first and that is what the average lost person needs, a
miracle, then they will come to the Lord and believe. Everyone
deserves a miracle from God. Peter healed a blind beggar. Peter
did not give money, but he gave the beggar healing. Peter did not
first insist the beggar be a believer and become saved before getting a
miracle of healing. When God performs a miracle He will still do it to
those who are lost in order to save them in the end. Let us stop
limiting God's power and promises. Let us unleash God's promises upon
all people and let God perform His Word, just as He promises He will.
Deliver the promise and get out of the way!
So, instead of telling truckers, "I don't have
the solution to your problem, but let me tell you about God's salvation
plan..." There are hundreds of promises God has made to cure disease,
finances, depression, etc. Show the trucker the solution which is
"God's Word." Show the trucker God's promises to solve his problems
then let God perform the miracle. Sow the promises! When the
Lord delivers on His promise, the unbeliever will believe and then get
saved. Don't put the cart before the horse. People need real
answers for the real problems they face and they need to know the real God
who wants to deliver them from their troubles. That is the Good News
the lost need to hear. The Good News gets even better once they see
how good God is and how Jesus has saved them from hell too.
Problem #3: The lost do not know
they are lost and they believe they do not need to be saved. When you
are faced with this reality you can preach the salvation message all you
want and it will not reach the lost because they can not relate to the
message. You can reach a backslider, but a truly lost person has no
need for the salvation message because they do not know they need salvation.
They do not understand sin and they have too many worldly problems to be
concerned with the afterlife. They do not know that God has hundreds
of promises to share with them to solve their needs. If they only knew
about the wonderful promises God has ready for them they would listen.
Then, after trusting in God's promise to solve their problem and God
does solve it, they will certainly be grateful and come to hear more of what
God has in store for them. Now the salvation message will make sense
to them as they open their ears to hear.
Problem #4: The methods Jesus and
Peter used to reach the lost are not used by Christians who are playing
their hand in evangelism of the lost (this is not evangelizing the saved as
what most evangelists are doing). Example: Truck stop ministries
have tracts and brochures and books and recordings that the average trucker
can not relate to. They have a trailer by the truck stop and conduct
church services for truckers. Churches can do that job so duplication
is taking place here. The unsaved trucker has no time or interest to
attend a church service (only the saved will attend while the unsaved pass
on by and are not reached by the saved). The primary advantage is that
the truck minister could reach the lost, but they mostly only service the
needs of the saved (most of the time). Why? Because ministers
are not giving real solutions to real problems truckers face. Most
truckers, like most lost people, do not want to be saved, they want a
solution to their life problems. Many truckers are disappointed by the
ministry because the promises of God are not being proclaimed to the lost.
Problem #5: The lost will remain
lost and the ministers will continue to hold church services for the saved.
This needs to be changed. Jesus did not tell the people to enter a
church or attend a church service then perform miracles for the people.
He went into the countryside and preached where the lost can be found and
when He found them He healed them of disease, etc. and most all He healed
were never saved first to obtain the healing. The lost do not want to
go to your church. They do not want church. That is why you
don't see them standing in line to get into your church. The lost can
not relate to you or your church. Why? You are not relating to them.
Jesus knew how to relate to people and we need to go back and study what
Jesus did and do the same. The process being used today to reach the
lost is not Biblical. It may be religious, but it is not Biblical.
The Salvation message is important, but to reach the lost the lost need
God's deliverance from real problems facing them. So, tell them of
God's promises. Jesus told the people of God's promises when He
preached. He told them that God would take care of all their needs if
they put the Kingdom of God first. That is what the lost need to hear!
They need to know that there is a God that will solve problems for them.
Problem #6: Increase the number of
Bible tracts that give people the promises of God. Not just promises
of salvation and promises of heaven some day. The lost are not
interested in the future when they are living in misery now. The devil
has them in his grasp and they need to know how to get out of the hell they
face. Like in Malachi 3:10 God say's there is a "financial curse" on
them. So tell them that is why they are suffering financial losses and
problems. They rob God. Now tell them the solution about
tithing. God will solve the problem! Do you get the message now?
Yes, some of God's promises have "conditions" the unsaved must meet to
obtain the promise and that is their choice to make. At least you told
them the solution to their problem! Focus more on the promises
of God. The tract should also focus on the Law, their guilt, punishment of
hell and their need for the Savior Jesus Christ who will save them.
Read this book: The
Way of the Master
it reveals how to reach the lost in simple and
powerful ways using the method Jesus used.
Problem #7: Time is not the
essence. Most lost people you meet are busy and can not spend a lot of
time with you. In most cases, salvation is a long process and a series
of attempts made by many people over a long period of time. However,
when you start to tell them about God's promises for them they will
certainly perk up their ears and listen to God's promises. Give them a
Gospel tract that explains the solution to their problem by giving them the
promises of God to solve their problem. That will get you results.
Why? Because it takes you out of the equation and places the person at
the mercy of God. When God delivers His miracle the unsaved become
saved in short order. So, get some books and recordings about how God
solves financial problems, heals the sick and restores broken marriages,
etc. Make your own tract if you must to reach the unique needs of
those you normally minister to. Read this daily devotional that shows
you hundreds of tips on how you can witness to the Lord
Walking With The Lord.
Problem #8: The lost are not
interested in your invitation to come to your church service. They are
not religious and they do not appreciate your offer. If they came to
you for any reason it is because they are desperate and need advice.
They need a solution to a problem. God may have lead them to you, but
you fall short of the mission and try to convert the person to become a
church member. "Pastor, I have $10,000 debt, my wife is cheating on me
and my kids are stealing, my mother has a disease and..." Those are
real problems and a pastor has no right to tell the man, "I don't have the
solution to your problem, but you are welcome to come to church this Sunday
and we can pray about it and..." The man will leave lost more than
ever because you failed to tell Him that God has promises to solve these
problems. And He does, too! Church is not everything. It
is everything to a pastor and the typical churchgoer, but it was not
everything in Jesus eyes. Jesus never commanded anyone to go to
church. Only after he healed he told some, not all, to go show
themselves to the priests to adhere to Moses law and to demonstrate to the
priests Jesus healed them. Today, pastors want the lost to come to
church to get their healings, etc., but Jesus never did that. He went
out where the lost was and performed miracles without being inside a church.
In fact, Jesus was even forced to leave churches because He was unwanted
there or He left because there was no faith present. He still leaves
churches today where there is no faith present! He is still kicked out
by many pastors today!
Author's note: When I proclaim the
Gospel to the lost I tell them God wants to solve their problems and God has
promises they can rely on. That God will deliver on those promises
because God does not lie, he will deliver! That gets their full
attention. Then I tell them what God had done for me. The many
miracles, etc. Then I tell them to read the Bible and find those
promises and obey and believe what they read. This now gets them to
thinking that they had better follow the advice if they want to get out of
the problem they are facing. I tell them to try it God's way.
After all, you tried it your way and it does not work. Then God
performs the miracle He promised in His Word. Soon they shout the Good
News they have been delivered and dive into the Gospel with diligence and
then get saved! Results happen. It is how Jesus proclaimed the
Gospel to the lost. Give people a solution to their problem and they
will come to believe and love the Lord.
There is another method that is powerful and it
is the hell-fire message. It too works out of sheer fear! It is
Biblical to use as Jesus warned of hell and used parables about hell.
Another method is conviction of sin. Jesus did this to the
Samaritan woman by the well. Make the person realize how he broke
God's commandments and deserves separation from God in hell. The
salvation message can work, but it is rare that it does. If you want
to get the lost into your church (or just get their serious attention) then
tell them the Good News of God's Promises and then tell them of God's
Salvation. There is nothing wrong with using all of the methods.
The problem is most pastors are only using one message and that is the
salvation message and it is too deep for the average lost person to
comprehend or relate to. It is meat when milk is needed.
Do not limit God by your own unbelief.
Step out in faith and at least deliver God's promises (His Word) to those
who have serious problems and need a miracle. Just share God's promise
to deliver them. Give people who have problems a solution to the
problem. God has a solution! You may fear that God may not
deliver them, but that is not your problem. God made the promise, not
you. God will keep his promises. Step out of the way once you
deliver God's promise. Do not preach salvation until after the miracle
happens. Don't worry, they will be back to tell you of how God
delivered them then you can preach a bit more to them of God's salvation and
they surely will be receptive to it. Many may not be delivered and it
will be because they chose not to adhere to God's conditions or chose not to
believe in God or trust in Him. God know the inner heart where we do
not. All you have to do is sow the Word. A man who is
financially broke needs God's promise of fixing financial problems. A
person who has a disease needs God's promises on healing. Give people
God's solution! Jesus even went so far as to feed thousands of people
twice to get their attention. He had mercy on them and He will have
mercy on the lost and perform miracles if you will allow Him.
The people perish due to lack of knowledge.
I may add my opinion the people perish due to unqualified ministers who do
not share God's promises to the lost. Too many pastors are remaining
silent about this and are not sharing God's promises with others.
I would have had a better life if pastors would have told me about these
promises. When I later found them I was upset and disappointed in
pastors for hiding this knowledge from me (us). It needs to stop.
Tell the people God's promises. If you don't know them then learn
them. You can buy books listing the promises of God. Give them
away to those who need them. Share the promises. The promises of
God are not only for the saved. The saved have a right to the
promises, but so do the lost have a right to obtain a miracle from God, if
you tell them. Jesus never demanded salvation first, then healing.
It was healing first, then they came to be saved. Why are pastors
turning this up-side-down and reversing the process? Why are they
hiding God's deliverance from the eyes of people? Many are not
qualified to preach and can not be trusted to preach the entire truth.
Most are not educated or experienced in saving the lost. Many were
never lost and were sheltered inside churches all of their lives and never
were truly lost, living without Christ and God's Word and His promises.
And many that were lost have become "churched" and have lost contact with
reaching out to the lost. Go back and read the Gospels and see how
Jesus preached to the lost and you will see what you are doing wrong.
The salvation message is critical and
important, but to the lost point of view it is low priority and that is at extreme odds
with you. If Jesus had to perform miracles to those who were already
religious, how much more do the ungodly need a miracle? A lot more!
The nice part is God will keep His Word. Why? Because He does
not want anyone to be lost and He will perform a miracle to save that
person. Change your strategy to reflect the methods Jesus and the
Apostles used to reach the lost and you will see better results.
Salvation is not a requirement to obtain healing or deliverance from evil or
any problem. Did Jesus first demand the cripple or devil possessed man
to be saved before He delivered them? Of course not. What about
the ten lepers? They came to believe in Jesus after they obtained
their miracle. Most all of the miracles of Jesus followed this pattern
of God's mercy delivering people before they became saved. Jesus even
died for us while we were still sinners. He did not wait for us to
first become believers to obtain salvation. A woman touched the hem of
His garment and she was instantly healed and she was not yet saved or
baptized, etc. It is time to face the facts and stop man-devised
church methods that are mostly unbiblical and non-effective in trying to
reach the lost. When you begin to see God perform on His promises you
will tell everybody you meet of His wonderful promises, which will also
include salvation. Tell them of both the promises and salvation, not
just salvation. Tell it all.
The Lord's eyes search too and fro though the
earth for someone He can to prove Himself strong. He is doing it
today. Will He hear you saying, "Here I am Lord, send me!" If
you take on the job to reach the lost, then tell the lost of God's mighty
power and promises and watch God deliver - James Russell
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