Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Master Plan of Evangelism - Selection!

And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; (Lk. 6:13)

Men Were His Method

It all started by Jesus calling a few men to follow Him. This revealed immediately the direction His evangelistic strategy would take. His concern was not with programs to reach the multitudes, but with men whom the multitudes would follow. Remarkable as it may seem, Jesus started to gather these men before he veer organized an evangelistic campaign or even preached a sermon in public. Men were to be His method of winning the world to God.

The initial objective of Jesus' plan was to enlist men who could bear witness to His life and carry on His work after He returned to the Father. John and Andrew were the first to be invited as Jesus left the scene of the great revival of the Baptist at Bethany beyond the Jordan (John 1:35-40). Andrew in turn brought his brother Peter (John 1:41,42). The next day Jesus found Philip on his way to Galilee, and Philip found Nathaniel (John 1:43-51). There is no evidence of haste in the selection of these disciples, just determination. James, the brother of John, is not mentioned as one of the group until the four fishermen are recalled several months later by the Sea of Galilee (Mark 1:19; Matt. 4:21). Shortly afterward Matthew is called to follow the Master as Jesus passed through Capernaum (Mark 2:13,14; Matt. 9:9; Luke 5:27,28). The particulars surrounding the call of the other disciples are not recorded in the Gospels, but it is believed that they all occurred in the first year of the Lord's ministry.

As one might expect these early efforts of soul winning had little or no immediate effect upon the religious life of His day, but that did not matter greatly. For as it turned out, these few early converts of the Lord were destined to become the leaders of his church that was to go with the gospel to the whole world, and from the standpoint of His ultimate purpose, the significance of their lives would be felt throughout eternity. That's the only thing that counts.

I have always known a great deal about evangelism, but this book really helps me to be able to see evangelism in a different light, God's light. I'm only getting started and look forward to sharing so much more with you in regards to such an incredibly critical subject. In the last days we live in, global evangelism online and offline will continue to be a benchmark of God's calling upon our lives. With that said, let us never take for granted anything that God provides us to be effective witnesses of Jesus Christ.

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! My hope and prayer is that your heart for evangelism regardless of where God chooses to use you never fades. God has indeed chosen us to witness and share the love of Jesus Christ with our loved ones, friends, co-workers, and anyone that God brings our way. May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name my awesome friends! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-).