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5 Keys to Successful Evangelism
Churches grow when there is a planned process of community outreach meeting the physical, mental, social and spiritual needs of people.

Jesus’ ministry was people-focused. He met the needs of men and women. He was concerned about them.

“Now Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.”
Matthew 4:23
He lovingly met their felt-needs. As their hearts opened, He shared the eternal principles of the kingdom with them.

Following the Savior’s example, the New Testament church met the needs of people in Jesus’ name. These early disciples demonstrated a concern for the entire person: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. (See Acts 3:6, Acts 6:1-4).
Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Savior mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then he bade them, ‘Follow Me.’”
Ministry of Healing, p.143
Growing churches have a variety of programs that meet the needs of varied people groups. Just as Jesus met the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs, His people, filled with His love, do the same. A worker who has been trained and equipped for the work can accomplish far more than workers who have not been trained.
Medical missionary work gives opportunity for carrying forward successful evangelistic work. It is as these lines of effort are united, that we may expect to gather the most precious fruit for the Lord.”
Evangelism, p. 516
In both the natural and spiritual world there are laws of the harvest. One of the most basic is simply this, “If you want to have a harvest it is necessary to sow the seed.” No farmer expects God to work a miracle and germinate seed that he has not sown.

The only visits God can bless are the ones we make. The only literature God can bless is literature we distribute. The only prayers God can bless for souls are prayers we offer. The only Bible studies God can bless are the ones we give. The only evangelistic seminars God can bless are the ones we conduct.

It is presumptuous to believe we can have a great harvest without adequate effort in sowing the seed of God’s word. In fact, it is in the process of sowing that our own hearts are watered by the Holy Spirit and prepared for the harvest. As we participate with Christ in touching the lives of others with the gospel, the Holy Spirit transforms our own heart making our churches centers of His healing grace.

When interest in the gospel is developed through Bible studies and felt-need ministries, the fourth key logically follows.

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