Evangelism In the Early Church, Part 2 (Soul Winning Motivator Podcast #132)
Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Acts 17:27 which reads: “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from everyone of us.”
Allow me to share with you some insights regarding this Scripture from David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible:
Paul proclaimed that we are all descended from Adam through Noah, and that there is one God who created us all and we are all obligated to Him. Since God created us all, we should seek the Lord . . . though He is not far from each one of us.
Our soul winning quote today is from John Piper. He said: “Don’t wait for a feeling or love in order to share Christ with a stranger. You already love your heavenly Father, and you know that this stranger is created by Him, but separated from Him, so take those first steps in evangelism because you love God. It is not primarily out of compassion for humanity that we share our faith or pray for the lost; it is first of all, love for God.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 115 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler. And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book — “Evangelism Is…: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence.” It is available on our website for just $35.
Evangelism In the Early Church (Part 2)
There are at least five basic characteristics of the New Testament Church revealed in Acts 1–4. Each of these principles should serve as a foundation for future generations to follow. We looked at the first characteristic in the previous podcast, and now we will look at the second characteristic.
2. The Early Church Depended on a Consuming Power
From the beginning of Acts, it is evident that the consuming power of the early church is the Holy Spirit as manifested in the lives of committed believers. Jesus spoke to the disciples shortly before ascending into heaven. In Acts 1:8, He said: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
This passage restates the Great Commission, as shared by Christ in Matthew 28, and also expresses the theme for the book of Acts and the establishment of the early church. That the Holy Spirit is the motivating power of the early Christians is evident in the first four chapters of Acts. According to Acts 2, various individuals were “filled with the Holy Spirit.” The key person was the apostle Peter, who preached to the multitudes at Pentecost.
Acts 2:29-33 reads: “Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.”
A similar theme is repeated in Acts 4:8 where it states that Peter was “filled with the Holy Spirit” as he defended himself and John before the religious leaders. The consuming power spreads further according to Acts 4:31, where the whole church was “filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”
In our next podcast, we will continue looking at Evangelism In the Early Church.
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Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time,
Keep the soul winner’s fire!
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.