In the Andes mountains Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador where my wife and I are missionaries, we’ve been having what we call “Discipleship Group,” in our home for almost 3 years now. It’s not just a class or a bible study, it’s totally participatory gathering, often spontaneous, always a blessing and every single attendee is out in their local spheres of influence making disciples daily. We have seen more than 10 generations of disciples made and many churches planted as a result of the work. Lately, we’ve taken a break from our current subject, “The End-Times,” and have spent many hours “Reconsidering Evangelism.” As part of ”A framework of Evangelism,” we desired to draft an “Evangelism Accord.” This list represents the components of the accord offered by the people of that Discipleship Group. It has been translated directly from Spanish and is a bit crude in English, but I didn’t want to detract from the original, as much as was possible. Would you sign this Accord? If so, just write the word “YES,” in the comment section. If you wouldn’t, tell us why.
When it comes to Evangelism, we:
Will – go with meekness, joy and much love.
Will be patient and persistent.
Will – be transparent about our own brokenness and how the Lord is leading us through it.
Will – go in faith and sincerity.
Will – speak of righteousness and justice and holiness and demonstrate it where we can.
Will – speak of the crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
Will – consider others higher than ourselves.
Will – practice what we proclaim.
Will – use the the exact words of Christ when possible.
Will – teach sound doctrine.
Will – use biblical examples.
Will – evangelize according to the needs of the person.
Will – speak of the ability of the Gospel to change lives and tell others how it has done so for us.
Will – Share our testimonies.
Will – speak of what it means to live in the kingdom now.
Will – Pray for them and with them.
Will – speak of the journey on the path that God has us in in the moment and how we are walking on it.
Will – speak and demonstrate the love of Christ first.
Will – ask God for direction and wait and listen for an answer from His Spirit.
Will – speak of the hope of spending eternity with Jesus.
Will – be sensitive to God directed moments of opportunity.
Will – consider evangelism as a form of worship.
Will – Always be in a state of profound humility.
When it comes to Evangelism, we:
Will not – grumble about the challenges that the Lord has us in currently or minimize theirs.
Will not – beg others to listen to what we have to say or go with a begging attitude or bribes.
Will not – be noisy.
Will not – use fear or any threats that are contrary to the grace of God.
Will not – speak bad things against other denominations, doctrines, or other religions.
Will not – obligate others or create a situation in which they feel obligated to listen to us when they don’t want to in the moment or at any other time in the future.
Will not – use pressure, our own power, intellect, or force, to make a disciple.
Will not – overstay our welcome.
Will not – talk more than listen or discern.
Will not – leave the people without addressing their current or future needs.
Will not – soften the truth for acceptance.
Will not – act in such a way that suggests they need to submit to us.
Will not – “claim” people.
Will not – assume by default that they want us or to hear our message.
Will not – discourage their own search while trying to show them “our way.”
Will not – abuse an established trust.
Will not – disrespect the person or their culture.
Will not – cover a sin with our own opinion about it.
Will not – Shout or appear to be angry.
Will not – Create a “decision making” environment.