Weekly Devotional | "Evangelism
This devotional is based on Matt Gray's sermon, Evangelism, given on September 25, 2016.
Day 1: Who is God?
- “The power of God unto salvation is located in a message, the message of the Gospel, the message of Jesus Christ; all that he was and all that he did to reconcile sinners to a holy God.” Matt Gray
- “If we don’t start with God, we have nothing to do with Paul’s gospel.” Matt Gray
Questions and Reflections:
- Explain the danger of evangelizing without having firm grip on the doctrine of God?
- What does it mean for a church to have a “culture of evangelism”?
- How do God’s various attributes like holiness, sovereignty, love, and goodness shape our understanding of the nature of evangelism? How do they encourage and empower us for evangelism?
- Behold the majesty of God in Isaiah 6:1-5. Ask God to fill you with a fresh sense of his awesome glory, resulting in an overflow of bold passion and eagerness to proclaim his name.
Day 2: What is God’s message?
- “Oh my friends! It is the most wonderful news in all the Bible. It is the most wonderful news of all the news that has come before the eyes and ears of mankind! How can God be both just and forgiving? I hope you’re asking that question. It’s in the cross of Christ!” Matt Gray
Questions and Reflections:
- Why is the goodness of God such a mysterious aspect of God to seriously consider?
- How does Jesus sacrifice resolve the paradox of God’s desire to be both just and merciful?
- 1 Peter 1:12 reveals the mystery of the gospel (as it was being communicated through the prophets by the Holy Spirit) was a source of such profound wonder that even the angels were longing to behold it. Ask God to open your eyes to see even more of the grand beauty of the cross and all that Christ accomplished by it. Ask him to set your joy increasingly upon this most important foundation.
Day 3: What is God’s mission?
- “When God’s good news is proclaimed it unleashes the power to save.” Matt Gray
- “The picture of Christians and their desire to make disciples ought to resemble a dog that is chained up. He just keeps running forward as fast and as hard and he can. The only thing holding him back is that chain.” Thabiti Anyabwile
- “The great apostle [Paul] knew that if he was ever to see a person come to Christ, it would only happen by way of the proclamation of the Gospel. No gimmicks. No tricks. No manipulation.” Matt Gray
Questions and Reflections:
- How deeply concerned are you for the lost? Do you ask God for opportunities to be used in his saving work? Are you planning your life around proclaiming the gospel?
- Who is the first person that comes to mind when you consider your non-Christian friends? What are a few biblical motivations for evangelism that you can meditate on in an effort to press through the reluctance to share the gospel? Ask God to give you an evangelistic burden.
- Consider the different communities Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville currently engages with: University of Louisville, Churchill Downs, Scarlett Hope, Speak for the Unborn, various bible studies, and countless homes. God is actively working to save souls through this church. Where might God be inviting you to participate in this great work? Would you ask God to bring you an opportunity?
- According to Romans 1:16, we are to be unashamed of the gospel and it’s saving power. Unfortunately, that’s a great struggle for every believer. Ask God to encourage you by his Spirit and to kindle within you a zeal for the lost that resembles his own. Also ask God for a fresh opportunity this week to share the gospel with one non-Christian.
Group Discussion Questions:
- Ask the group if anyone would be willing to briefly share the name(s) and relational significance of the individual(s) who had the courage to share the gospel with them and ultimately used by God in his or her conversion.
- During your time reading from the Word of God this past week, what has the Spirit revealed to you regarding God’s character? Was there a specific scripture that described his holiness, sovereignty, love, or goodness?
- Read Ephesians 6:19-20 to the group (this takes off quickly so you may want to start earlier in the passage in order to get a frame of reference). Matt reminded us that we don’t perform the act of saving, God does. However, we still get to be ambassadors for the Kingdom. Who are you currently praying to be a faithful ambassador to in order that God may convert them?
- We want to cultivate a healthy “culture of evangelism” within our Church. Explain to the group what that means and how it might practically look, ensuring the group understands this is by no means an exhaustive list of opportunities. If you have Mack Stiles book Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus, consider reading the example Mack gives starting on page 76. Ask the group to share ways in which they have seen this culture flourish in our church. Ask if there are ways in which the group can support the evangelistic efforts being put into the non-Christians specifically mentioned in the previous question.
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