Love in Context #5: Lifestyle Evangelism | Pastor Mac Hammond | October 23, 2022

This weekend Pastor Mac started his Vision 2023 series and wrapped up his series Love in Context. Both of these topics are intricately connected to how we take God’s love that He has for us and turn around and show it to the world. Some people preach God’s love and salvation from the corner of every street, but some people simply show God’s love to others through their lifestyle. They are a living, breathing example of God’s love for this world. Everyone has a style of evangelism that works for them.

Dive Deeper:
Before Jesus left this earth, He had specific instructions for His disciples to be His witnesses “both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). This is a clear strategy for how we can bring Jesus from our house to the world. Affecting the world for Jesus starts with those close to us: our family and community. From there, it goes to our state, our nation, and the world.

So how do we do it? How do we go into the world and preach the Gospel to all people?

First of all, know that if the idea of evangelism intimidates you, it doesn’t need to. You can relax, for God has provided every believer with a unique evangelism style within which they can communicate God’s love and salvation to others.

Some people are like Peter. After he was filled with the Holy Spirit, he preached to crowds of people and confronted them with the reality of their sin and the amazing blessing of God’s salvation. Others are like Paul, who had the intellectual ability to debate the truth of God’s Word with those who doubted. Others have a testimony of God’s goodness that they want to spread to the world through their relationships. Still others are like Dorcas, serving everyone with the love of God. One of the biggest groups of people are those who invite people to church.

With invitational evangelism, you don’t have to explain the Romans road or walk someone through the salvation prayer. You can let the church do it. Just get your friends and family and community into church so they can be saved.

Which style of evangelism resonates most with you?

Read About It:
John 3:16 KJV
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Acts 1:8 KJV
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Acts 2:38 KJV
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 17:17-18 KJV
Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him. Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.

Mark 5:20 KJV
And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

Acts 9:36 KJV
Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.

Luke 14:23 KJV
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.

Discussion Questions:
1. How do you like to share your faith with others?
2. Have you ever invited someone to church?
3. What’s one thing you can do today that will point someone to Jesus?
4. Why do our individual stories about our relationship with God matter?

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