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Urban Evangelism

Urban Evangelism. Sharing Jesus in the big cities.

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Urban Evangelism

  2. 2. Our Presenter
  3. 3. • • Reclaim your faith
  4. 4. The Bible, Spirit of Prophecy, and Health Evangelism
  5. 5. Luke 4 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor;
  6. 6. he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord
  7. 7. • Heal • Preach • Recover • Liberate • Teach
  8. 8. Isa 58:6-7 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
  9. 9. Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
  10. 10. Sealed with the Sabbath Seal The fifty-eighth chapter of Isaiah contains present truth for the people of God…Upon those who keep the Sabbath of the Lord is laid the responsibility of doing a work of mercy and benevolence. Medical missionary work is to be bound up with the message, and sealed with the seal of God. --Manuscript 22, 1901. {WM 121.3}
  11. 11. 1. You will never be ministers after the gospel order till you show a decided interest in medical missionary work, the gospel of healing and blessing and strengthening. {CH 533.2}
  12. 12. Luke 14:21-23 • 21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
  13. 13. • 22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
  14. 14. • 23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
  15. 15. A Fulfillment of Scripture 2. Why has it not been understood from the Word of God that the work being done in medical missionary lines is a fulfillment of the scripture, "Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind…
  16. 16. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be full." {WM 121.4}
  17. 17. Medical missionary work brings to humanity the gospel of release from suffering. It is the pioneer work of the gospel. It is the gospel practiced, the compassion of Christ revealed…
  18. 18. Of this work there is great need, and the world is open for it. God grant that the importance of medical missionary work shall be understood, and that new fields may be immediately entered. Then will the work of the ministry be after the Lord's order; the sick will be healed, and poor, suffering humanity will be blessed. {MM 239.3}
  19. 19. True Gospel Ministry To take people right where they are, whatever their position or condition, and help them in every way possible--this is gospel ministry. Those who are diseased in body are nearly always diseased in mind, and when the soul is sick the body also is affected.-- Testimonies, vol. 6, pp. 300, 301. {WM 121.2}
  20. 20. 3. I wish to tell you that soon there will be no work done in ministerial lines but medical missionary work. The work of a minister is to minister. Our ministers are to work on the gospel plan of ministering. . . . {CH 533.1}
  21. 21. Medical Missionaries and The Church
  22. 22. The work of every Church Training Center • 4. Every church should be a training school for Christian workers.
  23. 23. The work of every Church Training Center • Its members should be taught how to give Bible readings, how to conduct and teach Sabbath school classes, how best to help the poor and to care for the sick, how to work for the unconverted.
  24. 24. The work of every Church Training Center •There should be schools of health,
  25. 25. The work of every Church Training Center • cooking schools, and classes in various lines of Christian help work.
  26. 26. The work of every Church Training Center • There should not only be teaching, but actual work under experienced instructors. Let the teachers lead the way in working among the people, and others, uniting with them, will learn from their example. -- The Ministry of Healing, p. 149.
  27. 27. The work of Every Church HEALTH REFORM • There is a message regarding health reform to be borne in every church.-- Testimonies, vol. 6, p. 370.
  28. 28. The work of Every Church • The medical missionary work should be a part of the work of every church in our land.-- Testimonies, vol. 6, p. 289.
  29. 29. To my ministering brethren I would say, Prosecute this work (Medical Missionary Work) with tact and ability. Set to work the young men and the young women in our churches. Combine the medical missionary work with the proclamation of the third angel's message…
  30. 30. Make regular, organized efforts to lift the churches out of the dead level into which they have fallen, and have remained for years. Send into the church workers who will set the principles of health reform in their connection with the third angel's message before every family and individual…
  31. 31. Encourage all to take a part in work for their fellow men, and see if the breath of life will not quickly return to these churches.--Letter 54, 1898. {WM 124.2}
  33. 33. • • Crwded earth. where is everyone going to live • • Moving out of the cities by DAvid Westbrook. • • Reclaim your faith • • Pope Francis • • City Slums •
  34. 34. • In every large city there should be corps of organized, well-disciplined workers; not merely one or two, but scores should be set to work. But the perplexing question is yet unsolved, how they will be sustained. . . .
  35. 35. • More attention should be given to training and educating missionaries with a special reference to work in the cities. Each company of workers should be under the direction of a competent leader,
  36. 36. • and it should ever be kept before them that they are to be missionaries in the highest sense of the term. Such systematic labor, wisely conducted, would produce blessed results.- --Medical Ministry, pp. 300, 301. (1892)
  37. 37. • There should be no delay in this well- planned effort to educate the church members. Persons should be chosen to labor in the large cities who are fully consecrated and who understand the sacredness and importance of the work.
  38. 38. • Do not send those who are not qualified in these respects. Men are needed who will push the triumphs of the cross, who will persevere under discouragements and privations, who will have the zeal and resolution and faith that are indispensable to the missionary field.--Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, pp. 118, 119. (1909)
  39. 39. • Repeatedly the Lord has instructed us that we are to work the cities from outpost centers. In these cities we are to have houses of worship, as memorials for God; but institutions for the publication of our literature, for the healing of the sick,
  40. 40. • and for the training of workers, are to be established outside the cities. Especially is it important that our youth be shielded from the temptations of city life.--Selected Messages, book 2, p. 358. (1907)
  41. 41. The City As a means of overcoming prejudice and gaining access to minds, medical missionary work must be done, not in one or two places only, but in many places where the truth has not yet been proclaimed… Every city is to be entered by workers trained to do medical missionary work. Testimonies, vol. 7, p. 59. (1902) {Ev 515.4}
  42. 42. • Oh, that we might see the needs of these cities as God sees them! At such a time as this every hand is to be employed. The Lord is coming; the end is near, yea, it hasteth greatly!--Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, p. 101. (1909)
  43. 43. • These cities have been neglected for years. The angels of God are waiting for us to give our labors for their inhabitants. From town to town, from city to city, from country to country, the warning message is to be proclaimed, not with outward display, but in the power of the Spirit, by men of faith.--Evangelism, p. 428. (1908
  44. 44. • In connection with the proclamation of the message in large cities, there are many kinds of work to be done by laborers with varied gifts. Some are to labor in one way, some in another. The Lord desires that the cities shall be worked by the united efforts of laborers of different capabilities.
  45. 45. • All are to look to Jesus for direction, not depending on man for wisdom, lest they be led astray. As laborers together with God they should seek to be in harmony with one another.
  46. 46. • There should be frequent councils and earnest, wholehearted co-operation. Yet all are to look to Jesus for wisdom, not depending upon men alone for direction.-- Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, p. 109. (1909)
  47. 47. • The Lord is calling upon the men and women who have the light of truth for this time to engage in genuine, personal missionary work. Especially are the church members living in the cities to exercise, in all humility, their God-given talents in laboring with those who are willing to hear the message that should come to the world at this time.
  48. 48. • There are great blessings in store for those who fully surrender to the call of God. As such workers undertake to win souls for Jesus, they will find that many who never could be reached in any other way will respond to intelligent personal effort.--Medical Ministry, p. 332. (1910)
  49. 49. E. G. White. EV 100.1 The workers in the large cities must act their several parts, making every effort to bring about the best results. They are to talk faith and to act in such a way as to impress the people. They are not to narrow the work down to their own particular ideas.
  50. 50. E. G. White. EV 100.1 In the past too much of this has been done by us as a people, and it has been a drawback to the success of the work. Let us remember that the Lord has different ways of working, that He has different workmen to whom He entrusts different gifts.—Testimonies For The Church 9:144-146 (1909). {Ev 100.1}
  51. 51. E. G. White. EV 104.4 Do Not Block the Wheels—There are some minds which do not grow with the work but allow the work to grow far beyond them.... Those who do not discern and adapt themselves to the increasing demands of the work, should not stand blocking the wheels, and thus hindering the advancement of others.—Letter 45, 1889. {Ev 104.4}
  52. 52. E. G. White. EV 105.1 Methods to Be Improved—There must be no fixed rules; our work is a progressive work, and there must be room left for methods to be improved upon. But under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, unity must and will be preserved.—The Review and Herald, July 23, 1895. {Ev 105.1}
  53. 53. E. G. White. EV 105.2 Different Methods From the Past—Means will be devised to reach hearts. Some of the methods used in this work will be different from the methods used in the work in the past; but let no one, because of this, block the way by criticism.— The Review and Herald, September 30, 1902. {Ev 105.2}
  54. 54. E. G. White. EV 105.3 New Life in Old Methods—Men are needed who pray to God for wisdom, and who, under the guidance of God, can put new life into the old methods of labor and can invent new plans and new methods of awakening the interest of church members and reaching the men and women of the world.—Manuscript 117, 1907. {Ev 105.3}
  55. 55. E. G. White. EV 106.2 Method Determined by Class of People—Let us not forget that different methods are to be employed to save different ones.—The Review and Herald, April 14, 1903. {Ev 106.2}
  56. 56. E. G. White. EV 129.1 Devising Methods to Reach the People—Workers with clear minds are needed to devise methods for reaching the people. Something must be done to break down the prejudice existing in the world against the truth.—Letter 152, 1901. {Ev 129.1}
  57. 57. E. G. White. EV 75.2 Large Halls in Our Cities—The large halls in our cities should be secured, that the third angel’s message may be proclaimed by human lips. Thousands will appreciate the message.—Letter 35, 1895. {Ev 75.2}
  58. 58. QUESTION • How the gospel spreads?
  59. 59. Key Scriptures • Acts 1:15- 120 (core group) • Acts 2:41- 3,000 (public launch) • Acts 2:47- Lord Added Daily • Acts 4:4- 5,000 Men • Acts 6:7- Increased rapidly, large # Priests • Acts 11:26- Taught many people • Acts 12:24- Continued to increase & spread • Acts 17:6- Turned world upside down • Acts 19:20- Spread widely & grew in power • Acts 21:20- Many thousands of Jews
  60. 60. Reasons The Church Grew
  61. 61. Viral Spread 5. Through the united and motivated efforts of the growing numbers of Christian believers, who invited their friends, relatives, and neighbors to share the “good news.” Stark. P.208
  62. 62. Gospel Examples • Demon Possessed Man: Mark 5:19 • Zacchaeus: Luke 19:9 • Royal Official: John 4:53 • Matthew: Mark 2: 14-15 • John 4: Women at Well
  63. 63. Sociology of Conversion
  64. 64. 3 Universal Units • Family • Community • Tribe • The Early converts of Jesus belong to these Units.
  65. 65. What about today?
  66. 66. WHY? Why is the viral spread of the gospel through social networks so effective?
  67. 67. • Trust • Time • We live in a Skeptical Age, but people still trust their friends. • Transformation
  68. 68. Viral Evangelism Unleashed • 1. Build a trust network • 2. Get to know the families in your community • 3. Start a Facebook account and expand your friend network. • 4. Establish a live stream • 5. Involve your children
  69. 69. Online Tools • • Google+ • • • • • • • Website • Blog
  73. 73. The End