by Robert Costa
Pulpits of Hope is a simple, flexible and effective initiative that every preacher may adopt in his or her church. It is part of a comprehensive evangelism plan, and part of the five universal keys of successful soul winning and evangelism based on the book of Acts.
THE FIVE KEYS OF SUCCESSFUL EVANGELISM
Key 1 – REVIVAL. Churches grow when there is a genuine spiritual revival in the spiritual life of the members. Three ways to have a spiritual revival:
• Churches are revived when there is a renewed emphasis on the study of the Bible. 2 Peter 1:2-4, John 17:3.
• Churches are revived when there is a renewed emphasis on intercessory prayer. Colossians 1:3, 9; Philippians 1:3-5.
• Churches are revived when there is a renewed emphasis on witnessing. Acts 1:8.
Key 2 – TRAINING AND EQUIPPING. Churches grow when every member is trained and prepared to serve. Ephesians 4:11, 12.
Key 3 – COMMUNITY OUTREACH. Churches grow when there is a planned process of outreach that meets the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual needs of people. Matthew 4:23. “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.
Key 4 – HARVEST. Churches grow when preaching the Word of God through evangelistic proclamation.
Key 5 – FOLLOW-UP AND NURTURING . Churches grow when members and new converts are nurtured and trained to witness.
Jesus surprised Nicodemus with the statement: “You must be born again” (John 3:7). Churches are BORN AGAIN when they teach, follow and implement the five keys:
1. The strategy of prayer, Bible study and witnessing for REVIVAL.
2. TRAINING and preparation of church members to reach out to the community through Bible-based ministries.
3. COMMUNITY OUTREACH programs.
4. HARVEST through evangelistic meetings.
5. Events for NURTURING new believers and transform them into disciples.
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