Monday, August 27, 2012

Prophetic Evangelism

We love to put titles or descriptive words on events or circumstances we endeavor in. There is nothing wrong with it until we start calling it Divine Truth. I want to submit a topic about Evangelism in this blog. I call it Prophetic Evangelism but you will not see these words arranged in the bible. However, I do feel you can see the process and performance of prophetic evangelism very clearly. So what is P.E.( Prophetic Evangelism for short.)? P.E. is simply the means of reaching out to the lost through a more led by the Spirit mentality.  There are many different types of evangelism but I feel P.E. is the most effective in today's world for the INDIVIDUAL BELIEVER.

Types of Evangelism ( Note: I am not saying these are bad or ungodly. I have personally used each type in my life.)

1. Event Evangelism: A church holds a revival, tent revival, or special open air meeting for the sole purpose of evangelism.
2. Outreach Evangelism: This is where a special need is provided for the community and people come to the church or mutual place.
3. One on One Evangelism: A believer simply witnesses to a friend, relative, or acquaintance the gospel.
4. Door to Door Evangelism: A group of believers blanket an area ( Usually an apartment complex) by going door to door within that community.
5. Acts of Kindness Evangelism: A group of believers go to an area and simply perform acts of kindness for willing hearts.
6. Street Evangelism: You guessed it! Some believers minister to passer-byes on a street side walk or local park.
7. Prophetic Evangelism: This is where an individual or group of believers have visions, dreams,  and Spirit's leading to a person or group of people for the sole purpose of evangelism.

I am not saying all the above besides P.E. are not spirit-led. If a church or group of believers feel led of the Lord to do any of these types of Evangelism then do them. However, ensure it is Holy Spirit's timing and purpose for that moment. I have done events just because I knew I needed to reach out or I wanted to grow my church. This is the wrong mentality to have. Unfortunately, it is the pressured mentality of the American Church. I'll save that topic for another blog.

All the above types of Evangelism are great ways to spread the word of God. God uses each one as directed by His Spirit. I wanted to focus on Prophetic Evangelism and how it works.

There are examples that we can glean from in God's word.

1. John 4 ( Jesus prophesied and was led of the spirit to the woman at the well)
2. Acts 10 ( Peter sees a vision and brings Holy Spirit to the gentiles)
3. Acts 14:7-11 ( Paul listens to Holy Spirit and see a person getting healed. The healing opens the door for ministry.)
4. Acts 16:6-11 ( Paul sees a vision of a Macedonian and is asked to come preach the gospel there. Holy Spirit leads him to that place but prevents him from going into Asia.)

There are many more examples and the above are great ones but I wanted to glean some insights from Philip's experience in Acts 8.

Acts 8:26-40  But an angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza: the same is desert.  (27)  And he arose and went: and behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasure, who had come to Jerusalem to worship;  (28)  and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.  (29)  And the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.  (30)  And Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?  (31)  And he said, How can I, except some one shall guide me? And he besought Philip to come up and sit with him.  (32)  Now the passage of the Scripture which he was reading was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before his shearer is dumb, So he openeth not his mouth:  (33)  In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: His generation who shall declare? For his life is taken from the earth.  (34)  And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other?  (35)  And Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture, preached unto him Jesus.  (36)  And as they went on the way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch saith, Behold, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?  (37)  And Philip said, If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  (38)  And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.  (39)  And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, for he went on his way rejoicing.  (40)  But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached the gospel to all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

Philip was prophetically given the direction for his next assignment. He follows Holy Spirit's lead and comes upon a Eunuch from Ethiopia. Next Holy Spirit tells Philip to go near to the Eunuch's chariot and join it. Finally Holy Spirit opens the mouth of Philip and uses him to preach the gospel to the Eunuch from Ethiopia.

Prophetic Evangelism allows the individual to tap into the Spirit voice of God and hear from heaven his or hers assignment. The good news is that you don't have to be a prophet or have a gift of prophesy to prophetically evangelize. It is for every believer. Philip was not a prophet, as in terms of an office, he was an evangelist and a deacon at his local church.

Recently, I tagged along with some folks ,from the church I currently attend, as they ventured out on an evangelist outreach. We were going to go to apartment complexes and give some lucky folks some gift cards. It was an act of Kindness Evangelistic outreach. Before we went, we had a time of prayer. During the time of prayer I kept seeing a vision of a Spanish family. I saw the dad with his facial hair, the mom sitting on the couch, and three children running around. The Lord spoke to me and said that we would give a gift card to them because they need it. It would be a testimony to them of his provision. Before we left to go on our adventure,  I tell my team mate about my vision. He in turn tells me about his vision of seeing a black woman with a grey shirt on. He really felt like God wanted to love on her. So with shared visions out in the open, we head off to our destinations. We ride around listening to Holy Spirit and stop at one of the Apartment complexes. We walk in and go up stairs. We knock on apartment door 6 but no answer. I sensed Holy Spirit telling me not this one. We go to apartment number 7 and my spirit begins to leap. I told my partner. " This is the Spanish family. This is the one!" We knocked on the door ,and it was just as I had saw in my vision. We ministered to the family in our broken Spanish and gave them the gift card. They were excited and taken back by our act of kindness. We let them know that Jesus loved them and turned and walked away.  Next we went to some other Apartments and houses. We ministered and prayed with a few, but we did not see the black woman in the grey shirt. We felt like she would be near the Price Chopper shopping area in Grandview. We drive into the parking lot where the Dollar store resides. A older gentlemen was in the parking lot with the hood of his car up and appeared to have car trouble. I felt compelled to stop and asked if he needed help. He said "yes" and I pulled around, pulled out my jumper cables, and tried to get his car cranked. As we were standing there waiting to see if the transference of battery energy would carry over to gentleman's battery; I saw the black woman in a grey shirt walking on a side walk with her children. I motioned my partner in crime and told him, " There is the woman in the vision you saw." He looks and slowly walks in her direction. He comes back minutes later sharing what God had done.  This was truly a great day! I could give you countless stories of this happening in my life. Maybe you don't like the phrase " Prophetic Evangelism." That is fine call it whatever you want, but the key is listening to Holy Spirit.

Too many Christians share the gospel without Holy Spirit's involvement. The commandment to go into all the world was given prior to wait until the promise has come upon you. The disciples did not go into all the world until the promise came upon them. Jesus knew they would need the power and direction of Holy Spirit to spread the message around the world. We need Holy Spirit more and more even today. Leaving tracks on public toilet seats , preaching the gospel to any thing that oves in your eye's view, and telling people to stop cussing around you are not ideal types of evangelism. Evangelizing without the leading of Holy Spirit is like casting your pearls before the swine. The message falls on deaf ears and is trampled upon. For me, I feel the call to protect the message and not just let it float out without Holy Spirit's direction.  I have not always been that way mind you, but it is through my many past mistakes I can share this truth with you today.

Prophetic evangelism is a precision way to evangelize. I call it the sniper shooting of evangelism. You get in shoot the target who was prior given to you and you get out. It is much cleaner and  you find yourself simply being the spectator as Holy Spirit takes over. It is a beautiful thing! God has called us all to this form of reaching out.  We all have the ability to connect with Holy Spirit then in turn share the message with others. How can people come unless Holy Spirit draws them anyway? Salvation cannot happen without Him. So how does one Prophetically evangelize? Let me give you some simple truths. Please write me if you have questions or would like to know more about this topic.

Prophetic Evangelism:

1. Be open to the Holy Spirit.  ( You have to have a relationship with the Spirit of God in order to hear from Him. )
2. Don't be afraid to get it wrong. (  Many believers are afraid to reach out because they are afraid of being wrong. You know what? Sometimes you are going to be wrong. We are human ; it happens. We mistaken the voice of God sometimes with the voice of the bean burrito we had the night before. It happens. Learn from it and continue to trust God. )
3. Don't focus on trying to get a vision, dream, or some word in your thoughts just trust in Holy Spirit to reveal when the time is write.
4. Don't go straight to the first place you see. Drive around and listen to Holy Spirit.
5. Be open to go any where even to a laundry mat or local store.
6. When you discover your target just don't run up to him or her. Cautiously approach and wait on Holy Spirit for the words to speak.
7. Know when you are done with your  present assignment and be prepared to be taken to your next. ( Many Christians don't know when to shut up.  I have a relative that is that way, and it turns people off and can ruin what Holy Spirit is trying to do. Simply conclude the conversation when Holy Spirit has concluded. )
8. Understand that P.E. is also the revealing of the person's heart. Holy Spirit will give you things to speak to the individual that you had no way of knowing about. Remember the Story of the Woman at the Well with Jesus. He told her things that only she would know. 

Once again, I hope this has helped you in some way. Get out and share you faith. Don't be afraid to let people know about our Savior. Be led by Holy Spirit. Trust that he will guide you and give you the words to say. Once again, I wanted to say that all the other forms of Evangelism are just as great as prophetic evangelism but the key is listening to Holy Spirit's direction. Make sure that Holy Spirit is guiding you to each event and assignment. A true farmer and harvester of souls knows how to plant seed and harvest a crop.  The bible says that " He who wins souls is wise..." Prophetic Evangelism is  a keen way to be wise in our efforts to spread the Gospel.

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