Becoming a Matthew: A Model for Evangelism – Part 2Matthew 9:9-13 A typical Canadian community – take an average neighbourhood of 100 people • 5 of your neighbours struggle with depression and have considered suicide • 12 are crippled by fear and anxiety • 11 abuse or are addicted to drugs or alcohol • 7 are struggling because they’ve lost their job • 3 are grieving the loss of a loved one • 66 rarely or never attend church.
1. A Mandate for Evangelism • Mark 16:15 (NIV) – [Jesus] said to [his disciples], “GO into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. • “preach” means – to announce – to proclaim – to tell • verb “to preach” a command. • All followers of Jesus Christ are commanded to tell other the good news the gospel
2. Our Motive for Evangelism: • Our love for Jesus and our love for the lost. • Romans 9:1–3 (NLT) - With Christ as my witness, I speak with utter truthfulness. My conscience and the Holy Spirit confirm it. My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed—cut off from Christ!—if that would save them.
1 Corinthians 9:19–22 (NIV) – …I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.
3. A Model for Evangelism • Matthew met Jesus and responded by leaving everything behind to follow Jesus. • Matthew then hosted a party at his house and he invited all his friends and colleagues to meet this Jesus who had changed his life. • We often make sharing our faith story complicated. • We should all have something to say about what our life was like before Christ. • The focus of our story should be on what life is like for us NOW! How has Christ made the difference?
1 Timothy 1:12–14 (NIV) I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
a. Looking Around • Who are the people that you cross paths with everyday who don’t know Christ? • The majority of people who become Christians do so through some form of friendship with other Christians. • Write down the names of 10 people you know that you might invite to your home to share your faith with this fall your “Matthew List”.
b. Looking Up • Pray for each person on your list. • God would prepare their hearts to hear the gospel in the fall • God would use your faith story to help them see their need for Christ • God would give you opportunities between now and then to build on your relationship with that person. • Salvation is a supernatural work of God and we need to be committing this outreach to God in prayer. • Romans 10:1 (NIV84) Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.
c. Looking Out • If we love the lost, what effort are we putting into actually connecting with them? • 1 John 3:18 (NIV) - Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. • Build your relationship with those on your Matthew List • This is called – Pre-Evangelism
d. Looking Forward • Looking ahead to the actual My HOPE event this fall. • Invite each person on your list to join you in your home for a special evening. • Be honest with them and be clear about the purpose of the get together. • Show a special video that shares the gospel message in a clear way • Share your 3 minute testimony • Ask if any of your guests would like commit their lives to Jesus Christ.
e. Looking After • For those who do respond to the gospel, we need to come along side them • inviting them to church with us • help them grow in their faith • Evangelism was at the heart of Jesus’ earthly ministry and he passed that mandate on to us – His followers. • Evangelism is at the heart of our mission efforts as a church
Challenge: are you willing to become a Matthew? • Romans 10:14–15 (NLT) But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” • Let’s commit ourselves to being messengers of good news!