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Equipping


5 Keys to Successful Evangelism
Churches grow when each member is trained and equipped for service.

Our Lord encouraged the disciples to follow Him with these words: “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19).

The disciples were equipped and trained by the world’s greatest teacher. Jesus spent three and a half years training and equipping His disciples. In the book of Acts, they applied the lessons Jesus taught them. The disciples went out in Jesus’ name, meeting the needs of men and women, touching them for the kingdom of God.

As they participated in this “hands-on” training program with both personal instruction and practical field experience, they gradually became the effective witnesses Christ could use to turn the world upside down.

The apostle Paul encouraged every pastor to equip the believers for the work of ministry.
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors, and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
Ephesians 4:11-12
“Many would be willing to work if they were taught how to begin. They need to be instructed and encouraged. Every church should be a training school for Christian workers. Its members should be taught how to give Bible readings, how to conduct and teach Sabbath School classes, how best to help the poor and to care for the sick, and how to work for the unconverted. There should be schools of health, cooking schools and classes in various lines of Christian help work. There should not only be teaching, but actual work under experienced instructors. Let the teachers lead the way in working among the people, and others, uniting with them, will learn from their example. One example is worth more than many precepts.”
Ministry of Healing, p. 149
A worker who has been trained and equipped for the work can accomplish far more than workers who have not been trained.
“One worker who has been trained and educated for the work, who is controlled by the Spirit of Christ, will accomplish far more than ten laborers who go out deficient in knowledge and weak in the faith.”
Evangelism, p. 474
If every church member should be engaged in some line of service for the Master, where do we begin? Ellen White tells us in the book Evangelism: “In our churches let companies be formed for service. The formation of small companies as a basis of Christian effort is a plan that has been presented before me by One who cannot err.”
Evangelism, p.115
When church members are equipped to serve, and as they form small groups to reach out to their community in Bible-based ministries, the church will explode in growth.

A revived church filled with members and equipped to witness, is a church that is ready to reach its community.

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