Pentecost and Evangelism—A Natural Link
Pentecost is a pivotal Sunday for evangelism. This is especially true for churches that order their worship and ministry according to the Christian Year. Pentecost is a celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Because Pentecost is the day on which 3,000 new converts were added to the church, Pentecost Sunday affords a wonderful opportunity to publicly acknowledge those who feel called to evangelism. If people have completed a faith-sharing training, such as Witness or Faith-Sharing, invite them to come forward during the worship service for prayer to encourage them and to encourage the congregation to be more active in evangelism.
Invite people to make a special effort to share their faith during the summer and fall seasons through intentional acts of evangelism.
Evangelistic Preaching Tips
Prepare your sermon with three audiences in mind.
- The Churched; that is, professing Christians
- The Unchurched; that is, pre-Christians
- The Inactive; that is, people with previous church or Christian experience who feel estranged from the church
Begin with the end in mind. What's your aim for each audience?
- Renew — the believing community. Compel them to act on their faith and actively witness in the world.
- Reclaim — the discouraged, disgruntled, or disgraced community. Invite them back into loving relationship with Jesus Christ and restored fellowship with the church community.
- Evangelize — the pre-Christian audience. Invite them into personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Evangelistic preaching compels people to focused action. Note the following:
- For a churched audience, use a "renewal approach." Demonstrate your faith in Jesus Christ! Put your faith into action!
- For an unchurched audience, use an "evangelistic approach." Come! Follow Jesus Christ!
- For an inactive audience, use a "reclamation approach." Reclaim your faith in Jesus Christ and rejoin the fellowship of believers today!