The heart of God beats so that His name will be made famous all over the earth.
Since 2000, the population of Richland County has grown from approximately 322,000 people to over 394,000. That’s about 72,000 extra people, or 31 "Shandons". Thousands and thousands of people who need help to know, love, and enjoy the living God and each other live all around us.
Over the next three weeks (February 15, 22 & March 1), every adult and student in Sunday School at Shandon Baptist Church will be trained in how to share the gospel so that we as a church will be stronger in sharing Christ with those who don’t know Him.
We'll discuss the following 3 topics that I hope will propel you to be more confident, more faithful and more joyful in sharing your faith:
February 15: Overcoming Fear.
February 22: Looking for God Openings.
March 1: What Do I Say?
Although training may be a piece of the puzzle,
evangelism can only be accomplished through the power of the Holy Spirit and the power of prayer.
Did you know that evangelism is actually never mentioned in the Bible. Not one time.
The Bible does refer to “evangelists” (Ephesians 4:11) and “evangelist” (Acts 21:8 and 2 Timothy 4:5). We use the term evangelist to refer to someone who proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the process of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ is called evangelism.
Evangelist: someone who proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ
People have different thoughts about evangelist and evangelism. Some may instantly think of the judgmental street preacher and have a negative connotation of the word. Others may remember fondly a kind pastor who sat in their living room who shared the gospel with them for the first time. Although God does equip specific people with the spiritual gift of evangelism (Ephesians 4:11), Jesus commanded all his disciples to proclaim His name everywhere (Matthew 28:19-20).
Simply put, evangelism and evangelism training is discipleship. You are carrying out the responsibilities of a disciple of Christ when you tell people about Jesus or help another Believer grow in his or her faith.
Starting this Sunday, February 15, I hope you’ll join us as we take another step in being disciples of Jesus Christ.