Monthly Archives: October 2013

Why EE is superior!

    I have been doing street evangelism and evangelism training since 1995, nearly 18 years. I was originally trained in Evangelism Explosion (EE), but have been exposed to, studied, and trained in a myriad of other methods. In fact my own method is a hybrid of all I have learned. I have implemented much of “Way of the Master” into the EE format when I witness. I have done Louis Palau, Contagious Christian, F.A.I.T.H. from the SBC, read all the witnessing books when I was taking courses from Moody. I am familiar with the Alpha course, the Q project, My Hope with Billy Graham, etc… I am sure if we looked for books and courses on evangelism we could literally locate thousands of them, and there are many authors writing the same books today, except they are marketing them as new ideas.

    But I am here to tell you that EE training is Superior. Why? The difference is that EE is a discipleship ministry and not just an evangelism class. The “class” portion is a minor part of EE training. The real training is actually doing visitation and watching and learning from the evangelist. Each week the trainees participate as much as they want to and as much as they are able. EE training removes the FEAR and gradually adds on knowledge and confidence. A ‘class” never accomplishes this. If you have attended what someone called EE training and you did not leave the building every week and actually “go out” and do “on the job” (OJT) training, then you did not do EE. You did a class. A class on evangelism is merely another Bible Study. You gain knowledge, but it is rarely applied in the real world. You want to be trained? You want the FEAR of witnessing to go away in a matter of weeks? You want to be able to start a conversation at any time with anyone and never worry about whether or not you have the right answer to anything they counter with?If so, the EE training is for you.

Why don’t older Christians evangelize?

    Today I met with a fellow brother and we discussed why many congregations are no longer interested in evangelism, especially older congregations who have a history of 30, 40, 50 years or more. They still talk about evangelism. They love the Lord. They love Bible Study. But it seems their love for lost people has waned. What’s wrong?

    We concluded that the problem is that many of these congregations have had a multitude of well meaning pastors who “preached” about evangelism endlessly, yet never modeled it. They cajoled the gongregation to invite their friends and neighbors to church, and yet the pastor was never able to get his friends and neighbors to come. The pastor would hold revival meetings and even use church money to pay for a prominent pastor who has become a traveling preacher now callling himself an evangelist to come from distant parts to give the congregation a message on the need for evangelism, and yet nobody actaully went and did it. Pastors would come and go and retire and yet nobody was ever trained and equipped to actually share the Gospel. Those that were able to seek out training and become equipped and would actually do evangelism would soon find themselves feeling like a fish out of water; fellow Christians looking at them strangely and not being very excited when they told stories about going out and sharing the gospel with people in the park, at the mall, or at a family gathering.

    The problem is pastors and churches do not equip the saints for good works. They preach to them and convince themselves that sermons are equipping. Jesus didn’t just preach and teach with words. He spoke with ACTION. He modeled ministry. He didn’t hang a sign up in Nazareth and tell the disciples to go get some people to hear him preach. He was on the move constantly. Sermons alone will never equip Christians to reach the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It must be modeled. Sermons can make converts, but they willl never produce disciples. D.James Kennedy said, “Evangelism must be CAUGHT, not taught”. But if the pastor doesn’t do it the people won’t catch it. Most pastors don’t so most Christians don’t either, and the next thing they know is they have invested 25 years of their life and money into a church and a couple of pastors and they have never been trained to share the gospel. It’s a shame.

Christ Together? Part 1

I received this from a friend informing me of a meeting to be held next month. It sounds interesting. I desire to see Christians uniting together for evangelism. It all “sounds” good. The ad says, “The Whole Church Bringing the Whole Gospel to the Whole Nation”. What Christian doesn’t want that? Before I jump I want a few terms defined:

What do they mean by “The Whole Church”? Does this include Roman Catholics, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, etc…  I think they mean Evangelicals, because they do provide a statement of faith of sorts called “our beliefs” at the website; http://christtogetherchicago.org/   The statement is a little LITE for my tastes, such as “Though God created us to live in a harmonious relationship with him, we turned away from him.”   I mean, that is one way of putting it. The real story is a bit more drastic and very serious. Because of SIN, Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden; seperated from the Presence of God. Adam comitted a serious TRANSGRESSION. It was not merely a “turning away”. They make it all sound so harmless and vanilla. I mean why would a loving God send people to the Lake of Fire with Satan and his fellow demons merely for “turning away”?

The next question I would ask is what do they mean by “the Whole Gospel”? Since they advocate the use of the Alpha Course as a way for churches to do evangelism I have my concerns. The Alpha Course is designed to be ecumenical and multi-denominational. It all sounds so good. Here is one site I found that is very balanced in it’s discussion of the positives and negatives of the Alpha Course; http://standupforthetruth.com/2012/12/what-is-the-alpha-course/. If Dan Weyerhauser and the others are partnering with Roman Catholics then they are watering down the Gospel, which as Paul says in Galatians 1:7a – “which is really no gospel at all”.

I have a whole host of questions I would like to ask these “leaders”.  I will attempt to go to them privately (Galatians 2:2), but since I am firm in my freedom I will not give in to them (Galatians 2:5). They are well known pastors with large followings and have made names for themselves among the famous; I saw a few of them at a Louis Palau event on stage with him. “As for those who seemed to be important – whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance” (Galatians 2:6).

It sounds like I am judging. I am not. I am very concerned though, as I am with nearly all of the visible church. In the quest for Unity the natural tendency is “compromise”. While I always extend Grace to fellow believers I am firm on where I stand and will discuss the Truth in Love for as long as it takes. Stay tuned. There will be a part 2 and possible part 3 to this ongoing saga.

The New GalatiaU

    Dear Friends

I stopped posting for awhile because I am in the process of revamping GalatiaU. I have no problems with the posts of either the “Cleansing Word” or “Possessing the Treasure”. I am thankful to both John & Mike for allowing me to re-post their Bible commentary. I have decided to move forward and make GalatiaU what I had originally envisioned; a site that teaches people how the share the gospel, and also a site that informs you about the progress of the University of Galatia which I am also moving forward with. During the next couple of months I am going to delete much of the old posts and links and replace them with items that are evangelism specific.

The University of Galatia will be a multi-site evangelism training apparatus. I am in the process of seaking partners here in Lake County who are interested in this endeavor. Everyone talks about Evangelism but so many never want to do it. A lady once told D.L. Mooduy that she didn’t like the way he did evangelism. He asked her how she did it. She said she didn’t. He replied, “I like my way of doing evanglism better than yours” (paraphrase).

Many of the churches (pastors) don’t seem to want to do personal evangelism. They prefer preaching from the pulpit (bring your friends to church to hear me) or encouraging talking to strangers on the internet. I oppose neither of those. But even if we do those we should never neglect personal face to face evangelism that leads to opportunites to actually make disciples that add to the local family of believers.  That’s all for now.