Expression of faith
Explanation of faith
Engaging Urban missions-Strategies
Importance for training for missions
Urban missions Dynamics
Conclusion and Prayer.
Taking the truth of the gospel in a clearest and most convincing way to the heathen is
one of the most critical role of any Christian believer. The wise man in Prov. 11:30 says
“he who wins souls is wise.” Jesus in Mathew 28:19-20 COMMANDS us all to reach out
to the dying world and make disciple of all nations. He says, “19 therefore, go and
MAKE disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father, the son and the
holy spirit and TEACHING them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely,
I am with you always to the very end of the age.”
Reaching out begins right from the environment we’re. Christ promises his disciples the
holy spirit who will give them enablement(power), to be his witnesses from their
jurisdiction (Jerusalem) their surrounding (Judea and Samaria) and the rest of the
world. Acts 1:8
However, the environment we’re in is dynamic and its hostility is a true reality to
impeding both our expression and explanation of our faith. Some institutions and
countries forbid Christian evangelism, some people are repulsive when we try to extend
a hand . The scandals and struggle we are experiencing in church and the confusion as
a result of indoctrinations somehow has made the world trust us no more.
On the other hand, traditional and modern ideologies like scientism, Sceptics, atheism,
naturalism, cultism etcetera has crept lots of fear among believers affecting their
commitment to witnessing.
5. UNCHANGING COMMAND
These realities, however, do not alter the centrality and vitality of God’s command to the
saints to make disciples of all nations as we see in Mathew 28.
God in his sovereignty knows for sure that such realities will pop-out.
He however demands that he be obeyed in the area of FISHING MEN! It’s like “if you’re
not fishing, you are no following”
1Peter 3:15 Jude vs 3-4
6. THE MOTIVATION
Mathew 9:35-38 “35 and Jesus went throughout the cities and villages teaching in their
synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and
every affliction 36; when he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them because
they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd 37; then he said to the
disciples, “the harvest is plentiful but the labourers a few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to
the Lord of Harvest to send forth labourers to his harvest”
He “saw” the crowds. That sight touched Him mightily. People were not jargon to Him.
Before him, they were INVALUABLE. The little children, blind men, lepers, the
Canaanite woman, even prostitutes, were people whom He loved for the sake of new
life. Look at the people in the shadow of your jurisdiction. Do you look at them as Jesus
looks at them?
7. THE MOTIVATION
Love prompts us to take action. See John 3:16-17
John 3:16-17 “for God so love the world that He gave his only son, that whoever
believes in him should not perish but have eternal life .17 for God did not send his son
to the world to condemn it, but in order that the world maybe saved through him”
See 2 Cor 5:14-15 “…Christ’s love compels us…living not for self but for him!”
Ed Silvoso unashamedly says; “Preaching the good news without love is like giving
someone a good kiss when you have bad breath. No matter how good you kiss all your
recipient will remember is not your good kiss but your bad breath”
8. THE MOTIVATION
Craig Barnes writes; “the more we say we love him, the more He will bring us back to
our calling, ‘feeding sheep’. And we feed people because they’re hungry for meaning
and purpose, for comfort and understanding. They are hungry most of all for God. ”-
when god interrupts.
Therefore evangelism invites us to choosing denial of self and Love relationship.
Loving God with all our heart, Saul, mind strength and wealth and our neighbor as
ourselves. Luke 10:27
The greatest changes we would love to see comes through love. Love that shows no
9. GAME CHANGER
The dynamic world we’re in prompts us to engage evangelism in a creative way that we
can still win their trust and attention for proclaiming the unchanging gospel to the
EMPHASY- the gospel (the good news, the divine message of salvation through
Christ.) Evangelism is communication of this message. Therefore two-fold;
Content –the message(the gospel) 1 Cor 15:3-4. It includes
sharing both the verbal content of the gospel but also with an
awareness about the context and spiritual journey of the
person with whom one is sharing. It doesn’t change!
10. GAME CHANGER
Container person bearing the message. Conveyor of the message. The message is
God’s, we are witnesses!
Therefore in Evangelism, we both EXPRESS our faith and EXPLAIN our Faith.
Basically through lifestyle. How we live. Here, recipient learn through observation. Its
living in such a way that arouses spiritual curiosity on the side of the non-believer.
Therefore, doctrine is important, but the teacher of doctrine is of immense importance.
Paul calls leaders of the Church to watch over their life,,, Acts 20:28a “keep watch over
Expressions invites us to being with the lord-Abiding in Him. John 15:5 (Read). Being
precedes doing. Abiding keeps us watch our actions.
11. GAME CHANGER
Disciples are made by a Pattern. Jesus said, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.
Paul said, imitate me… Philippians 3:17
The credible witness carries out an exegesis of what salvation is step by step. Mindful of the
CONTEXT. Creativity is employed. Values content. 1 Cor 15:3-4. presents the gospel as it
Brings recipient to the reality of sin, the sinfulness of mankind, the need for the savior Jesus
Christ, and importance for continued reliance on the Savior.
The credible witness is concerned with spiritual journey of recipient. Invites witness and
recipient to a relationship Journey, “make disciples.”
Goal is transformation of life and recipient becomes a witness. Made to make!
EMPOWERED TO IGNIGHT.
12. ENGAGING URBAN MISSIONS
EVANGELISM IN A DYNAMIC WORLD
CYCLIC EVANGELISM TRIANGLES (CENTS)
One youth evangelist agrees with another 2 youths to venture into CENTS as the three
take numbers 1,2,3 in the group or team. Decide on a time frame and meeting times;
i.e. fortnight meetings for 4 months.
Deliberate and strategic planning
Small group- individual commitment
Triangle is an accountability platform for the 3
Central prayer for the lost
Easy follow up
Loong term- no comparisons-not hit and run
13. ENGAGING URBAN MISSIONS
EVANGELISM IN A DYNAMIC WORLD
INTEGRAL MISSIONS (identifying people’s needs and meeting them as we
It embraces both Evangelism and social responsibility. Its both proclamation and
demonstration. It’s a lifestyle.
Integral missions require is the task of bringing the whole of life under the Lordship of
Christ. Romans 8:18-27
14. ENGAGING URBAN MISSIONS
EVANGELISM IN A DYNAMIC WORLD
EVANGELISTIC BIBLE STUDIE (s)
This is one of the ways of RE. Involves a careful and Systematic look with non-Christians on the
Person Jesus Christ. In EBS;
Seekers are majority (numbers and Members)
Focuses on the four gospels (Person Jesus)
People who already believe are not Authority
IMPORTANCE OF EBS
An ongoing witnessing
People discover for themselves what the bible says
Focuses on life and teachings of Jesus
Lays a foundation for BS when one becomes a believer
15. ENGAGING URBAN MISSIONS
RE appreciates the context and Content, Achieves evangelist’s right to be heard while
respecting the evangelized and takes time
(faith here comes in stages).
16. ENGAGING URBAN MISSIONS
FORMS OF RE
17. IMPORTANCE OF TRAINING FOR MISSIONS
“If we ignore the world we betray the word of God. If we ignore the word of God we have
nothing to present to the world” . Raphael Kinoti
We should never assume that everybody understands the world we are reaching out to and
the word which the world needs.
We need training because the world is dynamic, cultural differences, effective witnessing, to
explore other effective alternatives, to grow-it’s a component of discipleship (ourselves and the
other people) etc.
Organize a training for particular witnessing strategy before witnessing; e.g.
Cross cultural- outreach and in-reach
Reaching the unreached
Mission Leaders Training-How to lead in effective missions
18. URBAN MISSIONS DYNAMICS
Did you Know that the nations are here with us?
The urban church is a dynamic- actually a strategic ground for outreach. the urban
center is cosmopolitan Reaching someone and discipling them to reach out to their
Making URBAN-MISIONS effective through;
Make evangelism seeker sensitive (EBS, CENTS, RE, seeker sensitive fellowships)
Engage integral/ Holistic Missions urban settings.
Social Justice/ Advocacy- Clean market,,, Sexual Exploitation, Corruption, drugs and substance
Setting aside More resources for urban Evangelism- resourcing through projects and savings.
How much does your Church spend on evangelism?
Accountability structures for follow-up to monitor effectiveness.
Engaging Partnerships- Churches, Para-church organizations, CU’S, Mission training agencies
JESUS’ Word and Lifestyle is the ultimate model of evangelism.
Jesus valued People. Philippians 2”…He emptied himself...” he identified with
People (needs, issues, strengths and weaknesses), he was intentional and never
lost sight on His Purpose/goal and he lived a simple life
Becky Pippert “Out of the salt shaker”
If you live by the same priorities and values that he had. You’ll find evangelism
happening naturally. It becomes a lifestyle and not a project.