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Evangelism as a Team Sport

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Evangelism as a Team Sport

A while back we gathered RD Group leaders and members for a time of equipping. One of the questions we discussed was how the Lord could use RD Groups to see evangelism increase at our church.

Initially a few people responded with, “Wait a second, I thought RD Groups were for believers.” Which is true. However, if we are going to fulfill our purpose of seeing people mature in Christ and multiply their faith with others; evangelism will be a vital part of the process. Here are the benefits people shared about focusing on evangelism with others:

  1. Prayer –Sharing the burden of praying for the people the Lord has called you to pursue, provides additional strength.
  2. Accountability – All of us have room to grow in Christ, and having someone we know is going to ask us about what we’ve committed to do makes a difference.
  3. Share Stories – Spur each other on by listening to opportunities the Lord has provided for gospel conversations to take place.
  4. Create an Expectation – Regularly praying and checking in with each other about who you are reaching out to provides a greater sensitivity to pointing people to Christ.
  5. Make Plans – Schedule an opportunity for your RD Group to meet the non-Christians you are praying for. It could be for a meal, to watch a game, or to attend an event together.
  6. Serve Together – Most people find value in helping others. Try organizing a serve opportunity that your RD Group can do with or for non-Christians.
  7. Be Authentic – Use wisdom and innocence to allow non-Christians to see where you are vulnerable. Let them know how much it has helped to have your RD Group in your corner praying, encouraging, and challenging you.
  8. Meet in Public –Use your times together to meet in public and ask the Lord for guidance in sharing with the non-Christians that cross your path.
  9. Ask for Help – If you have been stumped with what the next step is with a non-Christian you know, ask your RD Group what they would do in the same situation.
  10. Leverage Different Gifts – Viewing evangelism through RD as a team sport could mean the Lord uses one person to invite, another to show the love of Christ, and another to share the gospel.

 

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Stories from the Field: From Anger to Acceptance

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From Anger to Acceptance

 

This is another Making Disciples story from a Jersey member. If you or someone you know has a similar story, let us know for the benefit of others.

I have known the Lord for a long time and have taught His Word to others for quite some time as well, but I have always been somewhat backward about sharing my faith. However, the leading of the Holy Spirit is powerful when we yield our will to His. Several years ago I witnessed to a long time friend who had for many years rejected God.

Over time he shared that he was mad at God for not saving his marriage. Years earlier his wife left him and he became a single parent with a child to raise on his own. After many conversations and invitations he eventually started coming to church. Once he got acclimated to the church, he realized his next step was to attend a small group, so I brought him to our group.

 

After a number of weeks of hearing God’s Word preached and taught, then working through questions he had together, he prayed to receive Christ. This resulted in him repenting from how he had been living. It led to him being reconciled to his brother and his brother’s family who he had been estranged from for years. The Lord did a miraculous work of transformation in his life and now he is very active in his church.

No matter what fear, uneasiness, or concern we may have with sharing Christ, none of it compares to the joy we experience afterward in seeing someone come to know and follow Him.

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