A PowerPoint on Biblical Evangelism, by Bill Rhetts
A PowerPoint on Biblical Evangelism, by Bill Rhetts
This is the outline of a two hour 72-slide presentation that I have given at a couple venues. It would be more beneficial to have the voice of the author give the explanation and application. Nevertheless, this may be helpful to you.
Nowhere in the Scriptures are Christians told to wait once a year, to bring an unbeliever to a crusade. But the Scriptures do tell us to bring the crusade to them.
Table of contents:
- The Church
- The Evangelist
- Boldness, courage, and/or confidence
- What does the Bible say about public preaching?
- Dealing with hecklers (with videos)
- Dealing with the ‘Stop Judging Me’ card
- Being ready to give an answer
- Developing our messages or sermons
- The Law vs the Gospel
- A check up from the neck up
- When evangelism becomes a stumbling block
- Dealing with the police
- Soteriology (an abbreviated ABC’s application to this presentation)
- Encouraging words from others, and
- Round table discussion
UPDATE 10/27/18: I no longer give this presentation at churches. I believe it is important to disciple, train-up, and equip your own men from your own congregation, and use them for teaching and preaching. But you can use this PowerPoint as you wish.
Download PowerPoint here
Some of the slides have many additional links for applicable articles and/or videos.
Lately the conversations that’s have repeatedly come up amongst brothers, is how their own local churches are not using their own men within their own churches. I’ve had these conversations in person, and I’ve seen them on Facebook. Rather than their pastor(s) (or leaders) use their own men to occupy the pulpit while their away, they will only use pastors from other churches within their own denomination (or association). The churches I attended for the first half of my Christian life weren’t that way, as they used their own men for teaching or preaching, but I no longer see this. Over the last five years, this has become a ‘growing concern’ of mine. I’m not talking about getting ‘me’ into the pulpit. I’m talking about churches using their own laymen – period. You do not need a graduate degree, nor a seminary degree to be qualified to do this.
Then hear comes my opportunity. Do I accept it, while having a log in my own eye? Or do I say “no?”
Most recently a wonderful pastor from another church contacted me. He asked if I’d be willing to present my PowerPoint presentation on evangelism to his Sunday school class (over a two week period.) It is a wonderful thing to hear a church desire to take evangelism seriously. My flesh said “yes.” I then asked him how large his congregation was. It was larger than the National average, so I respectfully declined.
I advised the pastor that I was grateful for him asking me. But I encouraged him to find a brother from his own congregation that would be qualified to do this. I told him surely there must be many of his own men that the Lord can use, out of the hundreds that attend his church. I even told him they can use my PowerPoint if they desire, and they can edit it as they wish.
It is my personal opinion that ‘a sign’ of a healthy church (or Biblical church), is they will disciple, train up, and equip their own men to teach their own congregations. They will also use their own women to perform the tasks they were gifted, and called to do.
My questions for you are the following.
1) Has your pastor (or elders) ever approached you and asked you, “What gifts has the Lord given you?” (they can then test them thru time)
2) Do they use men from your own congregation to fill a vacant pulpit?
3) Or do they use men from other churches to fill your pulpit?
When the local church sends money to support missionaries afar, that does NOT satisfy our Biblical calling to BE a missionary in our community. A Biblical principle is to toil the soil in our own Jerusalem, lest we skirt our responsibility and be in the sin of omission.
My favorite book on #evangelism is the book of Acts. Over 80% of evangelism efforts in Acts were men standing and heralding the Law & Gospel in the public realm. They were not invited, and, they were often hated, but they still preached. That #BiblicalEvangelism would #MAGA!
Repent from using unbiblical phrases like “accept Jesus” or “common grace.” It’s God who accepts His elect. And there’s nothing common about the grace of God for His elect. The non-elect are children of wrath, not a child of God, and they will endure the wrath of God forever and ever. #Apologetics #Discipleship #Evangelism #Orthodoxy
Expiation & Propitiation are essential doctrines. They cannot be separated from Atonement. If a professing Christian intentionally redacts Expiation or Propitiation, he has a truncated Gospel. Therefore, it is reasonable to inquire more about their salvation.
#Expiation #Propitiation #Atonement
In protest of crime, poverty, and the need for a community center, Chicago pastor Corey Brooks lived on a rooftop for the last 11 months. After raising $20 million, he came down from the roof. But this is all worldly vanity and nothing but a social justice gospel. A Biblical church sends Heralds out into the public square to preach God’s Law & Gospel because the Gospel is the power of God onto salvation. What we need to make America great again, is fewer protestors and more proclaimers. That will improve your community, or the “hood” as he calls it, towards the kingdom of God.
When preaching the Gospel in the streets to people not interested in hearing, it is impossible to “push them away” from God, Jesus, the Gospel, or salvation. Because the non-elect is already dead (νεκρός nekrós) in their sins (Eph 2:1). Therefore, they are like a corpse in a graveyard and are unequivocally theologically unable to respond to the things of God, and are already far away. The elect will hear and respond in agreement, and the non-elect will respond in disagreement. For the Reformed Evangelist, it’s always a win-win.
If you want to Make America Great Again, reacquiring Trump or a majority of Republicans is only a temporary 2-4 year carnal solution to some problems. What we need to #MAGA is for a majority of Churches to repent. To disciple, send, go, stand, and preach (or share) the glorious Law & Gospel in the public square. That would provide everlasting spiritual dividends. The rest is all vanity.
Christians, don’t believe the LIE that doctrine and sound teaching is not important. Christians are to practice it, defend and contend for it, and even rebuke those who contradict it. Below is just the tip of the iceberg of what GOD says about doctrine.
Titus 1:9 “He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”
1 Timothy 4:13 “Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.”
1 Timothy 6:3-5 “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.”
2 John 1:10 “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting,”
1 Timothy 1:10 “The sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,”
Titus 2:1 “But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.”
Hebrews 13:9 “Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.”
Ephesians 4:14 “So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.”
Romans 16:17 “I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.”
1 Timothy 6:3 “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness,”
2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”
2 Timothy 4:3 “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,”
2 Timothy 1:13 “Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 16:17-18 “I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.”
1 Timothy 4:6 “If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.”
1 Timothy 1:3 “As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine,”
Job 11:4 “For you say, ‘My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in God’s eyes.’
2 Timothy 4:2-4 “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”
John 18:19 “The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.”
Proverbs 4:2 “For I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching.”
Jude 1:3 “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.
Galatians 1:6-9 “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.”
2 Peter 2:1 “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
Titus 2:10 “Not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.”
#DoctrineMatters #SoundTeaching #SoundDoctrine
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