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Evangelism 101


EVANGELISM 101

Quite by accident I stumbled upon an article by Paul Proctor dated January 13, 2010. The pertinent points of this article in my own words are as follows.

A “veteran missionary” is encouraging Christians to employ what is called “The Camel Method” to evangelize, where the Quran is used, instead of the Bible, to share Christ with Muslims – a method that reportedly utilizes “selected verses” and “doesn’t teach or lecture, but asks questions.

This missionary is working to start Christian movements among Muslims in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal… adding that “his goal focuses less on individual conversions and more on starting spiritual movements that will result in thousands of Muslims becoming followers of Christ.”

This “veteran missionaries” statement – “Our generation can’t afford to be satisfied or happy with winning one lost person to Christ. There are so many lost people, we can’t be happy with that.”

Is it permissible to set the Bible aside with this method of “evangelism,” and use a man written book that teaches heresy and presents Jesus as the son of Allah?

Would this be promoted by the leaders of the new spirituality and its church growth movement and thereby enter the “wide gate” and “broad way” by choosing clever methods of “evangelism.” Is this not only incompatible with God’s Word, but also prove these people unwilling to trust God with the increase – ever looking for something more clever, spectacular and impressive to glory in and boast about to a watching world?

It appears to me that this is exactly what dialectically trained facilitators have done for years in many seeker-sensitive and purpose driven churches to draw and hold large and diverse crowds of potential converts with a lot of non-offensive opinion sharing and relationship building in order to find common ground and greater tolerance for one another through compromise and group dynamics.

This is not the Bibles agenda where the Word of God is spoken and the Holy Spirit acts upon that word.

CHURCH HISTORY

Ben Stratton – Landmark southerbaptist@yahoogroups.com.

Spuregon and our Baptist Roots

“As to the Christians commonly called Baptists, we are convinced that they have, more than their brethren, preserved the ordinances of the Lord Jesus as they were delivered unto the saints…the claim ought not to be filched by the church of Rome, but should be left to that community which all along has hel one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. This body of believers has not been existed into temporal power, or decorated with worldly rank, but has dwelt for the most part in dens and caves of the earth – destitute, afflicted, tormented, and has thus proved that it is of the house and lineage of the Crucified…. It would not be impossible to show that the first Christians who dwelt in this island were of the same faith and order as the churches now called Baptists. The evidence supplied by ancient monuments and baptisteries still surviving, would be conclusive in our favour were it not that upon this point the minds of men are not very open to argument.” Charles hadden Spurgeon

(C.H. Spurgeon {1834-1892} was a noted English Baptist preacher, author, and editor. The above quote is from his sermon “Looking For Our Spiritual Roots” delivered at the Metropolitan Baptist Tabernacle in London, England. Notice tat Spurgeon believed the origins of modern Baptists were found in the Anabaptists. He also believed that Baptists/Anabaptists had existed in England since the earliest days.)

Where is the Dollar Headed?

A story by: Dan Weil quotes David Roche, former global strategist at Morgan Stanley and present global strategist at Independent Strateby say the dollar is on its way out, and the euro is on it way in as the world’s main reserve currency.

The reason given is that Europe has amore solid fiscal policy than the U.S. Which continues to add to their huge budget deficits by a total of $1.4 trillion last year.

There are those that disagree. Charles Dumas, chief economist of Lombard Street Research in London, says the euro zone will collapse.

Seems to me the U.S. Needs to get her financial house in order.

A Thought – “Oh the wonder of it all – to think that God loves me” – George Beverly Shea.

AL-GEBRA MOVEMENT….

A teacher was arrested today at john F. Kennedy International Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a compass, a slide-rule, and a calculator.

At a morning press conference, the Attorney General said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.

Al-Gebra is a problem for us,” the Attorney General said.

They derive solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values. They use secret code names like “X” and “Y” and refer to themselves as ‘unknowns,’ but we have determined that they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country.”

As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, “There are 3 sides to every triangle.”

When asked to comment on the arrest, President Obama said, “If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, he would have given us more fingers and toes.”

White House aides told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the President. It is believed that the Nobel Prize for Physics will follow.

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Spiritual Gifts 4


SPIRITUAL GIFTS 4

Spiritual Gifts Are To Be “Stirred Up” And Used.

According to I Timothy 4:14s, a spiritual gift can be neglected.

God’s intent is that it be “stirred up,” II Timothy 1:6 through searching the Word of God, giving “thyself wholly” to it, and using it to the glory of God, I Peter 4:11b.

According to Romans 12:6-8, God expects us to concentrate on exercising our gift in the church. This is seen in the words, “let us” and “let him.”

Joy Comes In Exercising The Spiritual Gift.

The Greek word which is translated “gift” in our English Bible is ‘charisma.’ This comes from another word, ‘char,’ which means JOY. (The word ‘charis’ means “grace.”)

Thus we see spiritual gifts in the light of God graciously giving us the desire to do His will – Philippians 2:13.

In Studying The Subject Of Spiritual Gifts, The Word Of God Takes Precedence Over “Experience.”

Isaiah 8:20. If experience is our basis then we logically have to accept all experiences.

If experience is our rule of faith and practice, then we are judging the Bible to be true or false according to our experiece. The Bible is to be our rule of faith and practice in all things, and what we experience is to be judged by the Bible, the Word of God.

If we were to say, “I have looked into the eyes of a man and I saw his soul and he has not been saved; the Bible would judge us on the truth or falseness of that statement.

A PORTFOLIO OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS

A list of spiritual gifts mentioned in the New Testament is compiled from the following Scriptures:

Bible Listing Of Spiritual Gifts.

  1. Wisdom – I Corinthians 12:8
  2. Knowledge – I Corinthians 12:8
  3. Faith – I Corinthians 12:9
  4. Healing – I Corinthians 12:9,28
  5. Miracles – I Corinthians 12:10,28
  6. Prophecy – I Corinthians 12:10; Romans 12:6; I Peter 4:11
  7. Discernment – I Corinthians 12:10
  8. Tongues – I Corinthians 12:10,28
  9. Interpretation – I Corinthians 12:10
  10. Helps – I Corinthians 12:28
  11. Governments (Ruling) – I Corinthians 12:28; Romans 12:8
  12. Ministry – Romans 12:7; I Peter 4:11
  13. Teaching – Romans 12:7
  14. Exhortation – Romans 12:8
  15. Giving – Romans 12:8
  16. Mercy – Romans 12:8

Bible Listing Of Gifted Men.

Ephesians 4:11

  1. Apostles

The office of “apostle” has ceased.

Although the Greek word ‘apostolos’ means “sent one,” or “missionary,” the Biblical qualifications for the office of apostle were that they must have been:

    1. An Eye-Witness Of The Resurrected Christ.

Acts 1:22; I Corinthians 9:1; 15:8

    1. Audibly Called To Be An Apostle By The Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 10:5; Romans 1:1

    1. Been baptised by John.

Acts 1:22

For this reason we do not have apostles today. There is no such thing as “Apostolic Succession.”

  1. Prophets

The office of “Prophet” was two-fold.

The “fore-telling” aspect of the New Testament prophet ceased with the completion of the New Testament Scriptures.

According to Romans 16:26, the human writers of the New Testament were prophets.

  1. Evangelists

An Evangelist primarily establishes or builds up a church NUMERICALLY through Gospel preaching. (Acts 8:5-12,26-40; 21:8.) He is a “Gospeller” – or a missionary.

  1. Pastors And Teachers

A Pastor primarily builds up an established church SPIRITUALLY through preaching and teaching the whole counsel of God. (Acts 20:27,28; I Peter 5:1-3.)

According to Ephesians 2:20, the temporary offices of apostles and prophets were FOUNDATIONAL – whereas the permanent offices of evangelist and pastors and teachers are FUNCTIONAL. (These offices are not mutually exclusive – a pastor is to “do the work of an evangelist.” – II Timothy 4:5.)

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Spiritual Gifts 3


SPIRITUAL GIFTS 3

Every Church Member Has A Spiritual Gift.

I Corinthians 12:7,11; Ephesians 4:7; I Peter 4:10.

No one misses out! However, note the following:

  1. Every Believer Has Already Received A Spiritual Gift.

I Corinthians 12:7 is in the complete tense. The gift is received at the moment of receiving the Holy Spirit – at the instant of salvation. Ephesians 2:8,9 clearly shows and clearly states that salvation is a gift and the resulting sealing by the Holy Spirit is an exstension of salvation. Everyone saved has this gift from God.

  1. Not Every Member Has The Same Gift.

I Corinthians 12:29,30 – Who would have thought that teaching or preaching is a gift. There is so much talk about those gifts that are highlighted by pentecostals and chrismatics. Could we get back to the best gifts mentioned in verse 31 and covet those.

  1. All Gifts Are necessary.

I Corinthians 12:14-26 – For the unity of the church, and the edification of the church makes the best gifts more desirable and necessary.

Some gifts may appear more noticeable, even more desirable – but all gifts are equally necessary.

The Sole Purpose Of a Spiritual Gift Is To Edify A Chruch.

The big problem in the church at Corinth was the flaunting of spiritual gifts as a matter of pride and ‘spirituality.’

The only right motive is “edification,” “profit,” “enhancing,” and building up” a church.

I Corinthians 12:7; 14:12; Ephesians 4:12-16.

Every reference is in relation to the Church. It is not to impress or inflate egos.

There Are Tree Distinct Areas To The Study Of Spiritual Gifts.

Motivations

Ministries

Manifestations

Gifts

Admisistrations

Operations

I Corinthians 12:4

I Corinthians 12:5

I Corinthians 12:6

The basic ability which God

places within each member to express His love

Listed in: Romans 12:3-9

The opportunities for service in the church which enable the exercise of the motivation.

Listed in: I Corinthians 12:27-31; Ephesians 4:11

The actual fruit in the lives of others to whom we minister.

Listed in: I Corinthians 12:7-11

When we exercise our MOTIVATION (Romans 12) through our MINISTRY, the Holy Spirit determines what MANIFESTATIONS will benefit those in the church body best.

We are not to seek after manifestations, but to concentrate on our motivations.

The Possession Of A Spiritual Gift Does Not Mean “Spirituality.”

The church at Corinth had within its membership every spiritual gift (I Corinthians 1:7a,) but was at the same time carnal, schismatic, and full of serious problems. I Corinthians 1:11; 3:1-4. Notice that while the church had every gift, none of the members had all of the gifts.

Spiritual Gifts Are To Be Discerned.

A spiritual gift may be discerned through:

  1. The Word Of God.

Studying the Word of God and hearing it preached will enable a believer to discern his gift – Romans 1:11; 15:29.

  1. The Presbytery.

I Timothy 4:14

A pastor often discerns the spiritual gifts within the membership of his church.

In this case, Timothy’s gift came through prophecy – preaching, and was recognized in him by the pastors of his church. The ‘laying on of hands’ was their symbolic recognition of , and identification with, that gift.

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General Facts Concerning Spiritual Gifts


GENERAL FACTS CONCERNING SPIRITUAL GIFTS

Spiritual Gifts Are God-Given Abilities For Service.

Eph 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

Eph 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

  1. Talents. - Talents are certain natural abilities, which need to be enhanced by training and education, and may be used in many ways – for good or bad.

  1. Gifts. -Spiritual gifts are God-given abilities to serve the Lord in the church. Notice that each one of these are given to individuals apart from the church but are given to those in the church and apparently busy about the Masters business.

They are given by the Holy Spirit. – I Corinthians 12:4,7. 1Co 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 1Co 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

The ministry of the Holy Spirit is essential for effective Christian service, and these gifts are a manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the believer.

Spiritual Gifts Are Sovereignly Bestowed.

I Corinthians 12:11 – 1Co 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

The bestowing of spiritual gifts is NOT the result of spirituality, but as the Holy Spirit Himself wills.

Since these gifts are given according to the sovereign will of God, tere is no purpose in seeking or praying for a certain gift.

1Co 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

This command was given to a church body. I Corinthians 1:2 Paul has addressed this letter to the church at Corinth. This was not addressed to all the saved or all the world. It was addressed to those that had been born-again and had been baptized and make members of that local church.

1Co 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

1Co 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

Until Next Posting or the Lord’s Return

James

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Gifts


THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We will look at this subject in small pieces so that they may more readily be absorbed. This subject has a very emotional and fleshly attachment to it that has a tendency to direct the thoughts and energies of some that feel a need for a sign to be attached to their spirituallity.

The history: In 1896 a Southern Baptist by the name of Richard Spurling declared that the restoration of the first century A.D. Gifts-including those of tongues and healing – had occurred at a revival meeting in North Carolina. In 1901, students of Charles Parham at the Bethel Bible College, Topeka, Kansas, announced they had received “the baptism” and had spoken in tongues. In 1907 William Seymour, a black Nazarene preacher, founded what was to become the world famous “Azusa Street Revival” in Los Angeles, California.

Thus began Pentecostalism, rooted in the “Holiness” movement, issuing in a number of disunited denominations, and characterized by Arminian (the loss of one’s salvation) theology, sensationalism, the “gift” of tongues and healing. This movement found little acceptance amongst the mainline denominations, and by the 1950′s was in a state of decline.

It was at this time, under the leadership of Demos Shakarian, a wealthy Californian, that the “Full Gospel Business men’s Association” was formed. This movement adopted tactics of infiltrating the established mainline denominations promoting their views on the “gifts,” and financing and editorializing what was in the 1960′s and 1970′s, to explode into the Charismatic Movement.

Consequently there is a great focus on the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the area of Spiritual Gifts today.

The Book of I Corinthians, chapters 12,13, and 14 deals with the subject of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

    In considering this subject ist is important to keep in mind the following:
  • The Book of I Coringthians was primarily addressed to “the church of God which is at Corinth.” This was a literal, local, visible, assembly of baptized believers – I Corinthians 1:2.
  • The Book of I Corinthians was also a circular letter, addressed to believers associated with “every place- i.e. who were in other New Testament churches.
  • The subject of I Corinthians is ‘divisions’ and ‘unity’ – I Corinthians 1:10. It is not a complimentary letter.
  • The occasion for writing I Corinthians was ‘contentions’ – I Corinthians 1:11.
  • The time of writing the Book of I Corinthians was 55 A.D. – 25 years after the events on the Day of Pentecost.

Now we have a little back ground and will proceed with the next posting.

James

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