God didn’t call you to be a victim. He called you to victory.

At the outset of his book, Nehemiah is informed that the few living in Jerusalem—God’s holy city—was living in shame because the walls are burnt down and in ruins. In short, they were a people living as victims in a world that wanted to keep them as such.

A few chapters later, we read that Nehemiah was able to rally the people to build that wall in 52 short days. Though there were several challenges (primarily by the unholy trinity of Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem), it only took one man of God to rally the people and finish nearly 5 miles of rebuilding in a little over 7 weeks.

Mark 10:27 tells us: Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”


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The Church and the Message

“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46-47

One of the least spoken axioms of evangelism is the following: the church remains and will always be the greatest tool of evangelism in our world.

As the church in Acts evidenced, there is a great power in unity and shared belief between people. A common faith in Jesus can bridge across all types of barriers, including race, politics, social injustice, or socioeconomics. In short, a group of many is always better for disseminating beliefs than an individual.

Our churches are under attack by demonic influences. Several false gospels and satanic ideologies are trying to penetrate the congregations in our communities in order to paralyze the evangelistic efforts in churches.


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Contextualize the Message

“For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man…” -Acts 17:23-24

Contextualization is the art of being able to take a foreign concept and make it relatable to an audience. It is an effective tool for all those who wish to communicate concepts that are of importance.

As seen by the events of Acts 17, Paul was an expert at being able to contextualize the Good News for an audience of Greeks who were highly educated, yet lacked wisdom in spiritual affairs. He observed that the Greeks had an altar dedicated to an “unknown god,” with which Paul was able to translate the spiritual message of Jesus through a means that was familiar to them. As Paul, we must proclaim the Gospel to all persons in all strata of society.

From the story of Paul, we can decipher three areas which will help you be able to effectively relate the Gospel message:


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Be the Message!

“The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear,and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger.” –Matthew 23:2-4

Your Christianity was never meant to be hidden. That is why Jesus says that we are “the light of the world” because our good works are meant to be seen to give glory to God (Matthew 5:14-16). In essence, we represent God on this earth as ambassadors to the Kingdom (2 Corinthians 5:20).

Sometimes we have the tendency to think that our relationship with Christ is a personal affair, of which no one should care because it’s none of their business. However, this mentality runs antithesis to what the Bible teaches. We are open books to the world. Jesus is revealed to humanity through us.


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Confession versus Commitment

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

We’ve all seen people who respond to the invitation at the end of the sermon, cry at the altar, then leave the church to return back to the life they led before. Some do this out of ignorance and others out of disregard. However, ultimately, this describes the religious experience of many who receive Christ at our altars.

The problem is that many times we, as mature Christians, fail to understand the difference between confession and commitment.


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