Lecture 5
Visiting Church Members


The Pastor must have a genuine interest in the welfare and spiritual and physical health of each church member, but without a controlling spirit.
1 Cor 13:4-6 - Love is patient and kind, love is not jealous or boastful, it is not arrogant or rude, love does not insist on it's own way, it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice in wrong, but rejoices in the right, love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Be interested in the life and family interests of the church member, and then one can bring the conversation from these to the reason for the visit or to the evangelistic questions already taught in the evangelism course.


Questions you can ask non- believers

  • Do you see God as the Supreme Being who watches over you and to whom you
    will give an answer to one day?
  • Do you ever pray?
  • What do you think is the greatest need today?
    • Have you come to the place in your spiritual life where you know that if you were
      to die today you would go to heaven, or is it something you are still working on?
    • If you were to die today and God asked you why He should let you into heaven
      what would you say?
    • Have you heard of the commandments? Do you think you have kept them all?
      • The ninth commandment is Thou shall not lie'. Have you ever told a lie, a half
        truth, a white lie or been deceptive? What does that make you?
      • The eighth commandment is Thou shall not steal'. Have you ever taken
        anything that wasn't yours regardless of how small? What does that make you?
      • The seventh commandment is Thou shall not commit adultery'. Jesus said that
        if you look with lust, you have already sinned. Have you ever looked with lust?
      • On judgement day will you stand before God innocent or guilty?
      • Do you think you would go to heaven or hell?
      • Does this concern you? Do you realise hell is a place of everlasting torment?

Give the gospel message

  • Do you understand how much God loves you and why you need Jesus?
    • If you could receive forgiveness, healing, deliverance and eternal life right now,
      would you like to? Are you ready t£> turn from sin and follow Jesus now?

Lead them to Jesus by asking them to repeat a simple prayer of repentance
which may be as follows: -
Jesus forgive me where I have sinned against you in thought, word or deed, and for things that I have left undone. Please come into my life as my Lord and Saviour. Amen.

  • Give six tips on how to grow in Christ e.g. pray every day, read your Bible, go to
    church, have fellowship with other Christians, get baptised in water, and tell
    others the good news of what Jesus has done for you.
  • Pray for them that they may experience the Lord's love, peace, joy, healing and
    presence.
  • Get them to fill out a commitment card
  • Do follow up and teach them the new faith.

Follow up with care

  • Invite them to join your church, fellowship etc.
  • Phone them or visit them to encourage and teach them further.
  • Get them involved in teachings for growth.
    • Prepare them for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and lead them through the
      prayer.

Other areas of visiting

  • Door to door -This can be the most effective way of bringing others to Christ.
    • The elderly - nursing and residential homes. These people have time to hear
      you and need to make a commitment to Christ before it's too late.
    • Hospitals - always a welcome area, where people are in need of healing.
      Praying for the sick and watching Jesus heal them is so effective in showing
      them that Jesus is alive. Many will then repent and receive Jesus as Lord.
    • Prisons - another effective area to people who know they have sinned and are
      looking for an answer. You can ask the following questions: -
  1. Would you like to be free? The answer is always yes.
    1. Do you think these prison bars are the problem or is it the prison bars within
      your heart that caused you to be put in prison?
    2. How many of you have been in prison more than once? Usually over half have
      been in prison before because the prison bars that the devil puts on people are
      still there in the spirits of theft, alcohol, drugs, rape, murder etc. etc.
    3. Did you want to commit that crime? The answer is always no.
    4. Why did you commit the crime then? The answer is usually, I don't know.
      1. Would you like to be set free of that thing that caused you to commit the crime?
        The answer is almost always yes.
      2. Tell them about the fall of man through Adam and Eve eating the fruit of the
        knowledge of good and evil.

Tell them how the devil is in revenge against God, because God threw him out
of heaven for his sin, and because God made man in His own image and loves
man. Tell them that the devil, in fury and revenge, can only hurt God in one
way, and that is by taking as many people as he can into hell with him so that he
can torment them for all eternity. That is why he goes to so much effort to tempt
man to sin, to send evil spirits upon them to cause sin or sickness to hurt their,
bodies, or lies to lead them from the truth, hence their situation now.
Questions to think about

  1. How do you bring a person to Christ through questions?
  2. What follow up would you do?
  3. Share other areas of visiting.
  4. How would you witness to a prison or school?

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