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Evangelism teaching with video

March 27, 2009

It’s been a busy week. I’ve had the privilege to teach at The School Of Supernatural Living here at Revival Fires. I taught on street evangelism during the week, drawing on The Word and some of my own experiences, and then we went out onto the streets and did some! We saw healings and miracles and one lady accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour! There is a CD available with 75 minutes of teaching in two parts available which I made while teaching students in my church. If you would one, please contact me. I talk about soul winning, maintaining contact with those you meet, and moving in presence evangelism, prophetic evangelism, and signs wonders and miracles. I’d like to put just a sample of that teaching into this blog for the benefit of anyone who wants to touch their world around them with Jesus Christ, and His love and saving power.

Why are we called to preach the gospel? Jesus commanded all believers to do so. Mark 16 verse 15 tells us to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (KJV) If we love God we will obey His commandments (John 14:15)

How do we approach people: I believe that honesty is better than putting on some kind of churchy mask that people can see through. Of course you can ask people how they are, talk about the weather or something else but at some point you need to ask people if they want prayer or what they think about God, even ask them where they think they are going if they were to die today! I usually tell people that I’m a Christian out praying for people, and ministering to their needs. No one likes someone pushy, a gentle approach is the best. You might prefer to be sat on a bench, or be in a line at the supermarket rather than go up to people on the streets like myself but find what works best for you. It may seem scary at first, but The Lord rewards boldness when it is rooted in faith and love.

Sharing the gospel: Romans 2 verse 4 says that the goodness and kindness of God leads people to repentance. In Matthew 14 verse 14 we see that miracles came out of the compassion of Jesus. Jude 22 tells us to save some with compassion. However verse 23 tells us “save some with fear”. Asking people what their need is is an important way to build trust. Religion turns people off. What people will pick up on is whether we have love. Love never fails. We mustn’t water down the message though. I believe we have shifted in our generation to a gospel more centered around God’s unconditional love than the threat of an eternity in Hell such as was preached in previous centuries. What we need is the unconditional love of God, but we mustn’t be ashamed of the undiluted gospel message. (Romans 1: 16) If people have an encounter with God that leaves them without conviction that they need to truly repent, go to church and get discipled then perhaps we didn’t convey the need we all have as sinners for a Saviour. Sometimes I have asked people where they think they will go when they die. I get a mixture of responses. One of the most common, especially from older people who had a religious experience of church is that they hope that they are good enough to be accepted into Heaven. I then ask people why they think Jesus came to Earth. Many people don’t know! Then I explain, and ask them if they would like to accept the gift of salvation by turning from their sins and giving their lives to Jesus. A number of people have got born again like that.

However we live in a sceptical world that is looking for evidence. Perhaps it’s always been like that because Paul saw the need for people to see “the demonstration of The Spirit’s power” (1 Corinthians 2 4-5) rather than “enticing words of man’s wisdom.” So where people need physical or any kind of healing, ask them if they want prayer. Remember nothing is impossible for God and it is “Christ in you the hope of glory” (See Colossians 1 25-29) who is working through you. As a Child of God you are seated in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2 verse 6) and you can do all things “through Christ which strengthens you”. So don’t disqualify yourself, it’s not about self-confidence, it’s about putting your confidence in God! If you pray for someone and nothing happens, don’t be discouraged. Some healings are gradual. If you notice improvement, then pray a second time. Ask the person if they are feeling something. Often before I pray for someone for healing I will ask The Holy Spirit to touch the person with the love of Jesus, with the love of The Father. If they feel something this increases faith for both of us (see 2 Corinthians 3 verse 17).

The importance of follow-up for converts to become disciples: It’s important to remember that relational evangelism is very powerful, and it’s one thing to make converts, quite another to see newly saved people come into our churches and get nurtured and discipled. What we can do is stay in contact with the people we meet in the marketplace by getting their contact details, and if they don’t feel ready to come to a church service, they might be interested in just meeting for coffee or going to something specially set up for new Christians such as an Alpha course or similar. All we can do is our best, but we must remember that it’s God who brings the increase, and we shouldn’t get discouraged if we don’t see fruit, we are just called to be obedient to God. Let’s never lose the joy of intimate relationship with The Lord by getting too focused on external results that people might judge. In any event, The Lord Jesus is building His Kingdom, we are just the vessels. That means that people may not come into our church, at least not immediately, and we may have to be patient before they turn from converts into mature disciples.

What I would say is spend time with the Lord, seek His face, pray, as you feel lead fast and pray which I believe is a major key to move powerfully in the gifts of The Spirit, worship Him, read His Word so that you have an answer to give people on the street beyond your own personal testimony. Personal testimony though is very important because it’s difficult for people to argue against it. Also Tithe and give, this is one of the keys to ministering under an open Heaven. We need His presence, so seek His presence, seek His glory, and remember that only as we abide in the vine of Jesus Christ can we do anything (John 15 verse 5). Spend time soaking, resting and being still so you can hear His voice and allow Him to fill You with His Spirit, and with His oil. When we hear His voice, He can give us clues as to the people we will meet. This is known as treasure hunting (see Luke 15 :8). For example, he might tell you what they are wearing, where you need to go, and a word of knowledge about them. When you share something that you didn’t know in the natural it opens their heart to the reality of Jesus.

Ministry is the overflow of Your relationship with Him, so get close, cultivate intimacy with The Lord. Remember too that God releases angels to minister with you. Jesus is building His church in these exciting days, and wants to use you to bring in the end time harvest. Be encouraged as you see this testimony of a lady healed of arthritis and accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour. God wants to use you too:

Prayer: Father, touch that person reading now with Your Spirit. Draw them into a deeper relationship with You. Let them receive impartation to move in the fullness of the gifts of The Spirit as they go out and minister to people. I pray for divine appointments, and lasting fruit as souls are won to Your Kingdom becoming disciples and not just converts. Let it be all for Your glory alone in Jesus name Amen

Worship, intimacy, and the levitical inheritance

October 10, 2008

Today I want to look at the single most important key to seeing miracles, intimacy with God. James 4 verse 8 says “Draw near to me, and I will draw near to you.” What attracts God to us most? I believe it is praise and worship. I’m not just talking about the songs we sing on a Sunday, important as that is, but a whole lifestyle of worshipful consecration unto The Lord. 1 Peter 2 verse 9 says “but you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.” I want to talk first about how praise and worship can release the atmospheric realm of God’s glory where sickness and disease have to flee in His Holy presence, and then the whole area of consecration where we as part of the royal priesthood live for Him alone where like the levitical priests, HE alone is our inheritance.

Psalm 22 verse 3 says “But You are Holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.” God inhabits the praises of His people. We are to worship Him “in Spirit and truth” (John 4: 23-24). We cannot do that without the precious presence of The Holy Spirit. As we honor Him, give Him the glory due to His name so we forget about ourselves, even who’s ministering in music or who wrote the song we’re singing but we just focus on the beauty majesty and glory of Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, and The Father, we surrender our hearts and our whole being to God. As we love upon Him, there is wonderful divine exchange that comes where He comes and touches us. Andy Park, worship leader and songwriter once said that we don’t worship Him to drum up His presence, we worship Him for who He is, but God is attracted to our praise and worship. Benny Hinn has learnt this, and that is why worship is so important in his miracle service meetings, and why many people get healed during worship without anyone laying a finger on someone sick to pray for them. Likewise many people got healed in the atmosphere of worship in Lakeland Florida without the leader praying for someone. So too at Revival Fires Church Dudley, my home church many people have been healed in the atmospheric realm of His glory during the worship time and signs and wonders have happened too as gold dust and precious jewels have manifested. Worship releases angels into the atmosphere too, and God uses these angels as “ministering spirits” (Hebrews 1: 14) to bring His healing and deliverance to people. Recently my pastor Trevor Baker interviewed our worship leader Ryan Baker-Barnes about how important worship has been recently during the Dudley outpouring which is still going. See this:

I also want to highly recommend a new CD to you of live worship from the recent Firestorm Gathering which was broadcast internationally through God TV which features original songs by Sharon Baker and Ryan Baker-Barnes. You can get more details about this and information about upcoming outpouring meetings and conferences at http://www.revivalfires.org.uk

Before I go out to the streets to minister I like to spend some time in praise and worship, and even when I’m there in town I start quietly praising God as well as praying because I believe that this can and does release more of Him, and therefore more of Heaven into the atmosphere. Sometimes when the outreach has been tough going and I’ve starting thinking negatively, I will start praising Jesus and declaring His Lordship and His victory over darkness and disease. We must never forget that miracles point to Him, and they are for His glory alone. God wants us to love Him first and firemost, more than miracles, more than ministry, more than anything He must take first place in our lives. If we focus too much on what comes from His hand, and even the vessels He uses we will miss it in God.

Worship and intimacy go hand in hand because they are about close relationship. Good relationships take time. Like seeds sown into good soil, they need to be cultivated. As we spend time with The Lord we get to know Him, and His oil can come to saturate us. When we minister out of the overflow of being with Him, the wineskin of our characters become strengthened so we can contain more of His new wine, more of His glory to touch people’s lives. We become purer vessels for Him to work through us as He refines us and burns away the dross out of our lives. Deuteronomy 10 8-9 says “The LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister and to pronounce blessings in his name, as they still do today. 9 That is why the Levites have no share or inheritance among their brothers; the LORD is their inheritance, as the LORD your God told them.” Just as The Levites were consecrated to The Lord, so He wants us to be consecrated to Him, but we obtain the fullness of our inheritance when we do! We have an even more wonderful inheritance than the Levites had though and that is Jesus Christ and His fullness in our lives. Jesus came from the tribe of Judah. Let’s look at Hebrews 7 verses 14-16 “For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.15 And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest 16 who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.” Is there a limit to the power that He wants to pour through us? No, but the key is intimacy and consecration. With intimacy comes trust, and trust releases faith to see The Lord break through into people’s lives. I do want to stress again though that we are all works in progress, we all fall short, I know I certainly do, but God can still use us to win the lost through His miraculous touch on people so we shouldn’t come up with excuses to not go after the great harvest of lost souls that need Jesus.

When God is our inheritance we can trust Him to meet all our needs (Philippians 4 verse 19). We have seen the global economy crash. We can’t put our trust in world systems. In fact world events point to Jesus coming soon. Those secure in God will have their needs met. Matthew 6 verse 33 says “Seek first The Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” I believe that we will soon see a wealth transfer to the body of Christ (Proverbs 13 verse 22). Tithing and giving into good soil are essential at this time therefore.

Summary: Our highest calling is to minister to Him. Ministering to people is good, but it should never compete with our ministry to Him which is worship, especially the lifestyle of worshipful consecration to Him through intimate relationship. When we put Him first we discover how much His heart beats for His lost children. With intimacy comes more of His presence in our lives. So we can expect to see an increase in signs, wonders, and miracles because The King of Kings is abiding in us, working through us, and for Him absolutely nothing is impossible!