As we enter our final week, we now move into exploring EQ callings & roles on an individual level, which enable us to see how the gift fleshes itself out explicitly in people.
- Articulate the difference between “implicit” EQ functions & purposes and EQ “explicit” callings & roles
- Widen your horizon beyond the typical evangelist caricature
- Reflect on healthy and unhealthy expressions of the evangelistic
- Grow in love for those who do not know Jesus through praying for their salvation
- Learn how to become a storyteller of your own God-Story
- Share the Good News and invite someone to begin following Jesus
Chapter 7 — Hirsch, A. (2017). 5Q: Reactivating the original intelligence and capacity of the body of Christ: 100Movements.com.
Blog article “How To Disciple an Immature Evangelist”
Recommended but optional: Chapter 5 The Evangelistic Exercises: Roaming, Relating, Reconciling — Brewer, Nathan (2016). The Pulse of Christ: A Fivefold Training Manual: Xulon Press.
Recommended but optional: Cahill, Mark (2002). One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven: Mark Cahill Ministries.
Recommended but optional: Wimber, John (2009). Power Evangelism Updated Edition: Chosen Books.
Take some time as a group to discuss these key concepts:
(A) In the APEST E video, the precociousness(over-developed) of an evangelist was touched on. Aspects such as “making the quick deal, praying the sinner’s prayer, sorting out the discipleship stuff later” were mentioned. Evangelists are often accused as being “pushy” or confrontational as well. On an outreach, which of the other four giftings would help complement this and how? Another precocious aspect is their tendency to be judgmental towards those who are in the church, although they have a large love for those who are not. Who would be their key compliment here? To those part of the church, how could an evangelist’s passion for the Gospel actually be very beneficial? To those evangelists in our teams/churches/groups, remind them of this important aspect of their ministry for the body.
(B) Many individuals struggle with sharing their faith and in essence, throw up their arms in exasperation, claiming “I just don’t have the gift of evangelism.” In the reading excerpt about the calling/role of the evangelistic person, can you find a statement that reconciles that tension? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
(C) Anyone who is convinced about their new gym, a new recipe, skin care, or excited that their team won last night shares it with those around them in their school or workspace. They may even post it on social media. This fits quite well to being an evangelist: infectious, spreaders of the message, singers of the organization’s song, sales and marketing. When it comes to the Gospel, however, evangelistic efforts seem to be internally stymied. “Sharing good news and inviting people to join the story” makes it sound so simple — what factors can you identify that seem to make this so difficult? How would you propose to overcome those hindrances?
As with all ministry and gifts, our center of motivation must be love. 1 Corinthians 13 reminds us without love it is all nothing. It was also touched on in the EQ video how the heart of the evangelist beats with love for people, especially for those who don’t know God. This exercise will help you identify with that, and through prayer grow in love towards the lost.
Preparing and Praying Your Personal Oikos
Group Warm-up Stage: Read the introduction below, then pray and ask the Holy
Spirit to move in power.
Salvation is a miracle. This inner transformation of someone’s heart can only come about through the power of God through the Holy Spirit. For our role, nothing is more crucial than prayer. Through prayer, God releases his power to move the seemingly immovable, soften the hardest of hearts, and reach those farthest away. As we are seated with Christ in heavenly places, we lock arms with Jesus to partner with him in reaching a lost world. He chooses to use us as conduits through which he can reach those around us. These circles of influence are important to recognize, target and pray for, as you may be the only Bible someone ever reads.
As we seek to emulate Jesus as he “came to seek and save the lost,” we will be the most fruitful when we target those things in prayer, collaborating with God as much as possible for him to bring someone from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. As we pray, we grow in love for that person as well.
- to identify people in your oikos, your relational network
- to cultivate a regular prayer habit for those people
- to see people we know and love get saved!
- Fill in the chart in the PDF with headings across the top of “family, friends, co- workers, neighbors, other” that form vertical columns.
- Fill in as many names as possible into each one of these categories.
- As there are likely an abundance of names, ask the Holy Spirit to highlight just three of them: people you have a lot of contact with or you expect to see this week.
- Pray for God to prepare their heart and draw them to Himself by praying John 6:44.
- Pray for an open door to share Christ naturally by praying Colossians 4:2-6.
- Pray for yourself, for boldness in that moment by praying Acts 4:29 and Romans 1:16.
Cool Down Stage
- Commit to praying for these three people daily for a few minutes in the morning.
- As you continue to meet with this group regularly, build in five minutes of praying.
- Share updates of “your three people” the next time you meet — you will be amazed how God works!
Once again we refer to Rich Robinson’s statement in the EQ video where he contends, “we have such a narrow caricature of the evangelist and evangelism. Yet if we reorient ourselves around Jesus, there were . . . so many different ways — physical and verbal — that he embodied and shared the good news.”
It is easy to have the typical narrow view of the evangelist as the one who is on the street screaming for repentance and exhorting that now is the day of salvation. From your discovery of Jesus’ EQ in the discussion forum 2.1, how do those things broaden your view of the evangelist? How do they open your eyes to see others around you in your group or team that may be atypically evangelistically gifted?
Share your God story! Evangelists are gifted story tellers. They have the unique ability with non-believers to take any context and make a bridge to the Gospel by telling a story. We can all grow in this area, and one area we are all familiar with is our own story, our own journey with God. Through a bit of practice, it can be sharpened so you can share with sincerity, impact and clarity the power of what God’s done in your life. Realize first and foremost, that no matter what your life has looked like, there is power in your testimony! In this Action 4.4, an effective three point approach will be used to communicate your personal testimony in three minutes. The outline focuses on before you trusted Christ, how you surrendered to him, and the difference since you’ve been walking with him.
(use the table in the PDF)
Before: Simply tell what your life was like before you surrendered to Christ. What were you searching for before coming to know Christ? What was the key problem, emotion, situation or attitude you were dealing with? What motivated you? What were your actions? How did you try to satisfy your inner needs? (Examples of inner needs are loneliness, fear of death, insecurity. Possible ways to fill those needs include work, money, drugs, relationships, sports, sex.)
How: How did you decide to follow Jesus? Simply tell the events and circumstances that caused you to consider Christ as the solution to your searching. Take time to identify the steps that brought you to the point of trusting Christ. Where were you? What was happening at the time? What people or problems influenced your decision?
Since: How has Christ made a difference in your life? What is different about you? For example, how has his forgiveness impacted you? How have your thoughts, attitudes and emotions changed? Share how Christ is meeting your needs, what a relationship with him means to you now, and how you live out his mission of spreading his love.
Share the Good News and invite someone to begin following Jesus! Sometimes we make things too complicated; at the heart of the Gospel is this simplistic, yet dynamite packed message. There are hundreds of methods to enable the believer to be able to share their faith. If it’s helpful, there is a video you can use below or some verses to guide you. The method is not necessarily important. What’s important is the believer grasping the Gospel in their head and heart and the Gospel going forth in some way, shape or form. The power of the Gospel will accomplish its work no matter how it is shared. That’s the Holy Spirit’s job; therefore, we simply share unashamedly, planting and watering. God brings the growth (1 Corinthians 3:6). Practice right now 2-3x in a safe place…
- Provide feedback to one another
- Group leader provides overall coaching and feedback to group
- Switch and do with a new partner
- Repeat as often as preferred or time allows
Tools to guide you:
- 1 John 4:16 and John 3:16
- Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23
- Romans 5:8 and 2 Corinthians 5:21
- Acts 2:38 and Romans 10:9
(B) 3 Circles Evangelism Sketching
As you have practiced several times now, continue to pray for those on your list from Reflection 4.2 in the next days and purpose towards an opportunity to share the Good News and invite them to begin following Jesus.
As we close this fourth and final week, pray for understanding of what God wants you to grasp about this topic. Identify 3 aha’s (key reflections, greater sense of excitement, conviction or understanding) and 3 questions.
Write them in your 5Q journal and share them with someone you are journeying with or the group you are studying with.