VILLAGE EVANGELISM

Lecture One

 

Preparations for Village Evangelism

A.            Pray, pray, pray

You cannot speak to man about God until you speak to God about man.  The better your prayer preparations in God’s presence, the better the results.

  1. Pray for the chief – for a favourable acceptance and an open door to the village
  2. Pray for the people, that they have open hearts to receive the Gospel
  3. Find out and bind down the strongholds of that village for the duration of your visit
  4. Pray for your own safety and that of your team, for travel and proclamation of the Gospel
  5. Pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to be on your visit
  6. Pray for the healing of the sick and that many come to Christ

B.            Practical Preparations

  1. Know the culture of the village and approach them according to their customs
  2. Visit the village chief and get his consent to come and share the Good News

It is good to also invite the chief to attend, that he too may hear the Good News.  It is also good to bring a gift to the chief and find out the needs of the people

  1. Take note of the distance and the time it takes to get to the village and return
  2. If you are providing a crusade and a meal, make preparations to buy meilice meal, a goat and a few vegetables and make cooking arrangements beforehand
  3. If you are providing clothing, make arrangements to collect it from your church-goers, transport it and give it out in an orderly manner e.g. 1 item each
  4. If it is a small village and you are cycling, you can use a megaphone or arrange with your chief to send his gong gong beater to call the village together
  5. If you are moving in the gift of healing, tell the village to bring the sick and watch Jesus heal them
  6. If you are going in the rainy season, then arrange a place under cover or bring a tarpaulin with you to erect over some poles or between huts
  7. Think through every possible thing so that you are well prepared, so that everything runs smoothly
  8. Don’t forget about thorough follow-up for the new converts and how you intend to do this.

Know your aims

 

A.            Matt 28:19  ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  We need to bring them to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour, baptise them and make disciples.
B.            We therefore need to plant new churches

  1. To reproduce more Christians and more churches
  2. To follow the principle of sowing and reaping
  3. To fulfil the Great Commission as in Acts 1:8 when Jesus said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.”  The rest of Acts shows that they went out to the nations in the power of the Holy Spirit and planted many new churches.

Different Methods of Planting Churches

  1. Through Crusades by local evangelists, with the new believers that respond being visited weekly; they build a church and the church is planted
  2. A Bible study group is started in the home or courtyard of a home and the Bible study grows into a House Church, which may stay at the same home or switch from home to home.  When the Bible study group grows too large for a home, it can split into another house church and they grow, until it gets large and splits again.  The church planter may also go into a new area and start a new Bible Study there, which will also grow into house churches.  Sometimes this method is more effective than actually building a church
  3. A mother and daughter church planting.  One church sends some of its members to another village to plant a new church
  4. Sending church planting teams from a local church to plant churches in other villages on a regular basis.  Acts 10: Peter had 6 men with him when he planted a church in Caesarea

 

 

 

For you to think about

  1. Name 5 things to pray for
  2. Name 5 practical considerations
  3. What are your aims in Evangelism
  4. Name 4 ways of planting churches
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