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Make the Most of Every Evangelistic Opportunity

Colossians 4:2-6

Make the Most of Every Evangelistic Opportunity

Instead of waiting for unbelievers to come to the church, the church is meant to go to the unbelievers out in the world.  By making the most of every evangelistic opportunity, disciples engage in Kingdom work by the way they pray, walk, and talk.

Pray for Opportunity (Col. 4:2-4)

  • Be devoted to a spiritually alert prayer life.
  • Instead of praying to get out of your circumstances, pray that God will use your circumstances to open doors for ministry.
  • Pray that God would equip you to proclaim the gospel’s mystery with clear simplicity.

Walk with Integrity (Col. 4:5)

  • If you are going to impact outsiders with the gospel, you have to learn how to live among them with integrity.
  • Non-believers are watching to see if your practice of life matches your profession of faith.
  • Seize every opportunity you have with a non-believer because you never know how God will use it.

Talk with Specificity (Col. 4:6)

  • Preach the gospel at all times.  Since it is necessary, use words.
  • If you are sharing grace with another, then your words should be gracious.
  • Have specific conversations with specific people that leave them thirsty for more.

Next Step

  • WHERE
    • Onsite – What do you need to adjust to think about outsiders in worship with us?
    • Online – Do you represent Jesus well online?  Do you use it as a tool to reach others about Jesus and the church?
    • Offsite – How will you be intentional to reach people outside the church?
  • WHO
    • Write out the top 5 people you interact with regularly in each column (family, neighbors, work, and play).
    • While you cannot be completely confident regarding a person’s salvation, you can have a genuine leading based on a person’s profession of faith and evidence of fruit.
    • With that in mind, mark a cross besides those you believe to be saved, a “x” beside those you believe to be lost, and a “?” beside those of whom you are unsure.
    • Evaluate how your list shapes out and make some observations about those closest to you in life.
    • Circle three of the names with either a “x” or a “?” beside them, and make a plan to start intentional gospel interactions with them in how you pray, walk, and talk.

Prayer and Discipleship

A personal prayer habit is vitally important in the life of a disciple maker.  Not only does it remind us of our dependence upon God for sanctification, but we must also model healthy prayer disciplines in our discipleship of others.

We learn how to pray by praying.

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Fully Pleasing to God

Colossians 1:9-14

Fully Pleasing to God

As the gospel transforms us from the domain of darkness into saints standing in the light, our lives are meant to be fully pleasing to God.  Disciples strive to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.

Pray for Spiritual Wisdom (Col. 1:9)

  • Knowledge is the content of truth, wisdom is the comprehension of truth, and understanding is the application of truth.
  • “To be filled” means “to be controlled.”  We need more than biblical information – we need biblical motivation.

Pray for Obedient Lives (Col. 1:10)

  • Our partial obedience can never obtain God’s full pleasure.
  • The closer we get to Jesus, the clearer we can see the areas that still need work.

Pray for Fruitful Ministry (Col. 1:10)

  • Bearing spiritual fruit is due to the work of God and for the benefit of others.
  • Learning God’s will enables us to obey God’s will which equips us to share God’s will.

Pray for Joyful Endurance (Col. 1:11)

  • We burn out trying to live for God when we attempt to do it apart from the power of God.
  • A great indicator of your maturity is determined on how joyfully you can endure through trials.

Pray for Redemptive Gratitude (Col. 1:12-14)

  • We are qualified by God’s grace and not our merit.
  • If Christ has brought us from the dark into the light, why would we ever drift back towards sin’s shadows?

Praying Intentionally for Your Children

The Bible talks about blessing your children more than it does praying for your children.

In some ways, a parental blessing is what you are praying to be fulfilled through their lives.

Praying for our children must become a regular, intentional, specific part of our lives.  As you think about your children, how would you pray concerning them in the following areas:

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Church activity
  • Personal spiritual growth
  • Vocation

Begin praying for where they are now but also where you hope they will be.

Don’t just pray the same generic prayer everyday.  Maybe take days where you pray for them through the lens of a daily psalm.  Maybe you have a daily emphasis like Sunday – walk with God, Monday – marriage (future or actual), Tuesday – friendships, etc.

Pray about what you see and what you hope to see.  Get intentional and specific in your prayers for your children.

The intense prayer of the righteous is very powerful.  –James 5:16

Serving in Your Church Prayer Ministry

This week’s book of the week is by my professor, advisor, mentor, and buddy, Chuck Lawless.  Serving in Your Church Prayer Ministry is a fantastic read with practical steps for a church to prioritize prayer.

Favorite Quotes

  1. “The early church was a prayer-driven church…They watched [Jesus] minister to all types of people, but they didn’t ask for ministry training.  Instead, they wanted to teach them to pray like he prayed (Luke 11:1)” (9).
  2. “Driven by duty rather than by love for God, we work harder in church but often pray less” (16).
  3. “When we really believe that prayer makes a difference, we’ll pray more” (19).
  4. “I see a prayer room as a place of action — almost like a war room where the troops get their orders and renew their strength” (42).
  5. “Let’s be honest.  Most of us who are leaders in churches are gifted enough to carry out our responsibilities in our own strength – at least for a while…Our own prayer life becomes less important because we become less dependent on the power of God” (51).
  6. “Most effective evangelistic churches pray intentionally – that is, they have a prayer strategy with focus and direction” (62).

Product Description

Group training Prayer is absolutely indispensable for your church. The early church was powerful because it prayed—and today, God moves in praying churches in ways that planning and programs alone can’t produce. This book is designed to help your church become more alive, more powerful, and more in love with Jesus Christ as you and your group learn and practice the secrets of effective prayer.

Serving in Your Church Prayer Ministry discusses:

  • The importance of prayer
  • Organizing for prayer
  • Prioritizing prayer in your church
  • Praying for leaders
  • Praying evangelistically
  • Multiplying pray-ers in your church
  • Praying without ceasing