7 October 2014 - Reinhard Bonnke's School of Evangelism - Christ For All Nations - Day Two
Reinhard Bonnke: Getting Going - The ABC's of the Gospel
Do not look for the person with the highest education. Look for the person with the right temperature - ablaze with the fire of the Holy Spirit.
The Word of God makes a man a prophet, not a mere pulpit performer. Understanding of the Word is vital.
Our acceptance of the Word of God, the Bible, is not based on the consent of public opinion, the agreement of Scholars, or the voice of tradition, but on our individual contact with the Inspirer of the things written. "I'm acquainted with the author."
There is no point in arguing that a telephone directory is a forgery if it provides me with all the right numbers. Every time I choose a number and dial it, I am getting connected. And every time I open the Bible, any page, I am getting through to the Throne of God. That is enough. It is more than proof. It turns into experience and a living relationship with The Lord.
The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit, but only when we preach it. That is the apostolic secret to route the enemy.
We do not provide prayer as a generic tranquilizer. We do not promote a pray-and-feel-calmer brand of meditation or hold classes in spiritual aerobics. The Church is a power pack for the nations, designed to put a dynamic charge into all life. God is not a mini-God. He is the God of heaven and earth. He presides over the eternal destiny of us all.
Miracles are not just bicycle bells to attract attention. Miracles are an integral part of the gospel!
We need to break the Bread of Life into edible pieces so that the listeners don't choke on it. Our preaching must be easily able to be received.
The border to eternity is not ahead of us. It runs parallel to life. It can be stepped over by anyone, young or old.
The Holy Spirit has only one obligation - to confirm the Word of God.
Asking questions is okay, but don't make it a hobby!
We are not here to deliver beautiful speeches. We are throwing out lifelines to produce salvation.
The Holy Spirit is the Master Evangelist. He alone convicts of sin, righteousness and judgement.
Parts of an Evangelistic Message:
1) Pointing out our sinfulness and our need for a Savior. All have fallen short of the glory of God.
2) Jesus died in our place, for our sins, and gave us His righteousness and His eternal life.
John 8:2-12 - We should be preachers of the 'Neither do I condemn you' gospel, just like Jesus.
"Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”" (John 8:2-12 NKJV)
Nobody is beyond salvation. Everyone has the opportunity to receive salvation.
Never trust a hypocrite, if even he comes in religious robes. Put your trust in Jesus.
You need forgiveness for all your sins, whether big or small. The smallest sin is enough to take you to hell. We all need a Savior, and this Savior, is Jesus!
God resists the proud. The Pharisees backed away from Jesus because of their pride, and missed their opportunity for eternal life and forgiveness.
When preaching, go into the story, imagine and describe the details as vividly as possible.
As evangelists, we are fishers of men. We need finely-meshed fishing nets. If we have holes in our messages, mend the holes so that the catch can be greater.
We should not change to the temperature of the world. We need the fire of the Holy Spirit so that we can change the temperature of the world!
Peter Van Den Berg: Follow Up and Partnering with the Local Church
The three legs of ministry: 1) Holy Spirit Anointed Ministry, 2) Good Planning and Organisation, 3) Good Technical Backup.
Don't just look for the same type of person like you when you form a ministry team. Look for those people who can do the jobs you need to be done.
Jesus did not just ask for souls to be saved, but also for the saved to become disciples.
The true measure of a successful evangelical crusade is: how many people saved at the crusade are in church in 6 months time?
To build a relationship with local churches and pastors, build your credibility by holding crusades no matter how small or big. If you're good, those who have witnessed you in action will give a good report of your performance to other pastors and their networks.
God has given you gifts and advantages to allow you to reach people that others can't. Be thankful with what He has given, and use them to bring people to Christ.
Organise a crusade where and when the harvest fields are ripe for harvest.
If you're effective in your crusades, you will face opposition. This is a battle, not a game.
Todd White: Lifestyle Evangelism
Everything we do is sanctified because we as believers are Holy Spirit-filled children of God.
We are asked to be imitators of Christ.
Always be in a place of humility and trembling before the Father.
What are you doing with Jesus that you have in your heart?
We are hidden in Christ.
Christ is in us, the hope of glory!
When we lay hands on people to pray for them, their sickness and disease cannot come onto us.
We shouldn't be afraid of darkness when we have the true light.
We receive honor from God, not from men.
When you know the Comforter, we will put ourselves into uncomfortable situations so that He can show up.
Without the Holy Spirit, head knowledge of the Word of God alone can make you puffed up and proud.
The reason why we don't 'feel led' to love someone else is because we feel scared.
Don't be afraid that people will feel offended by your sharing the gospel with them. Nothing can hurt us.
Stop revisiting things that God had forgiven you of and already cleared from His records.
If you can't see your self-worth in Christ, you can't love others.
There is no secular and God separation. Your life should reflect your identity in Christ everywhere you go.
We should see what God sees when we look at ourselves in the mirror. We should love who we are because we are valuable to God. That's confidence, not pride.
Atheists believe that Christians can't handle life and use Jesus as a crutch.
Christianity should not be only a confession in your mouth, but it should be an expression of your entire life.
The fear of man prevents many Christians from realising their full potential in Christ.
Christianity is a lifestyle.
Do people see Jesus in you?
Jesus did not come to give us a better day. He came to give us a brand new life and a brand new purpose.
When we are fully-focused on a mission, our bodies are full of light. When we are distracted, we are full of darkness.
Those who are forgiven much, love much.
Fill your mind with things that God says about you, not what the world says about you.
Give your life to Jesus, not because you want something out of it, but because it is the only reasonable thing to do.
We didn't choose Jesus, Jesus chose us.
Don't allow people to tell you what your value is. Their souls are in a mess, they have no right to tell you who you are.
Resistance to the devil is found in your submission to God.
We can be a good father after we experience the love of our Heavenly Father.
No matter how bad you think somebody is, once God touches them, they can be totally transformed.
We can save others from their troubles if we saw our own value in Christ, because we would show that to them.
You cannot curse what God has blessed.
If God is for us, who can be against us?
Our value is found is realising the true value of the blood of Jesus Christ.
Heaven went bankrupt to get us back into God's kingdom when it gave Jesus up at the cross.
The only thing stopping us from living Lifestyle Evangelism is ourselves. God will not hold Himself back.
When you cease from striving, you will enter into the true rest found in Jesus and all things will be done for you as a by-product.
As a Lifestyle Evangelist, We get to travel the world and love people for a living.
Colossians 3:17 - Do everything in the name of Jesus.
"And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." (Colossians 3:17 NKJV)
The Bible is not designed for your brain, it is designed for your heart (spirit-man). Your heart can take you places where your brain can't fit.
Do not sacrifice truth just for being culturally-relevant.
Complaining, gossiping and criticism is the language of hell. Don't be involved in it.
Romans 14:17 - The kingdom of God in found in the Holy Spirit. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.
"for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Romans 14:17 NKJV)
Grace comes to the humble. We must only exalt the Father in heaven, not ourselves.
By denying ourselves and abandoning ourselves to Jesus, God gives us honor and it glorifies Him.
John 5:31-47 - Religion deprives people from being set free by the truth, in order to receive honor from men.
"“If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light. But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. “I do not receive honor from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”" (John 5:31-47 NKJV/)
God loves people much more than their unbelief of that. People who are in unbelief can still be healed by God.
It's God's good pleasure to give us the kingdom. We are sons and daughters of an awesome Dad!
Teresia Wairimu: Accompanying Signs
We are not living a fairytale, but we live in a Holy Spirit tale.
Before we can do God's work, we must know who we are in Christ.
Desperate people do desperate things when they know exactly what they want.
Refuse to fear. The devil should fear us believers.
Pray for the sick and lay hands on them and they will be healed.This is a command to us believers.
When people see the supernatural manifestation of God, they will start attempting to do it too.
Things that look impossible with man, are all possible with God.
Anything that has a name has to bow in the name of Jesus.
God is able to do for us exceeding and abundantly above anything we can think, ask or imagine.
Miracles must accompany the gospel.
Sometimes when you pray for someone's healing and nothing seems to have happened, the person may wake up in the morning and find themselves healed!
An anointing is a tool for doing God's work. Anointing is not a trophy of accomplishment.
We better do what God has called us to do, if not, God has prepared a better substitute to replace us in His plan!
You cannot substitute true repentance in the mind and heart with the act of baptism in water.
Preach the gospel the way it is. Call sin, sin. Don't compromise on the gospel.
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