We do know and have proof that one evangelistic strategy did work. It was the strategy of the early church in Acts. Let’s analyze why they were so successful:
Acts 2:46 & 47 says…
“And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
We do know that whatever they were doing – it resulted in people receiving Christ on a daily basis. So, what “pieces of the puzzle” came together so this could occur?”
Let’s look again at Acts 2:46&47:
#1. The first thing we see is the word “together” – they had genuine fellowship with one another.
#2. Next, we see that they had compassion that resulted in action. Authentic faith results in action. They met one another’s physical needs.
#3. They were consistent, “day by day…” This was a normal lifestyle occurrence – not an occasional event.
#4. They were unified – “with one mind.” God will not bless a ministry full of jealousy, backbiting, and strife.
#5. They fellowshipped in large groups “in the temple.” We should never minimize the value of worshipping in larger groups.
#6. They spent time fellowshipping in each other’s homes (and one of my favorite parts – “over food.”)
#7. They experienced “gladness” or happiness and joy from just being together!
#8. They experienced genuine fellowship with “sincerity of heart.” People were honest and “real” with each other. They derived spiritual strength from simply being together!
#9. They spent time praising the Lord!
#10. What was the result of these characteristics? They had favor with all the people! People were attracted to the Christians because they had something appealing about their lives that they didn’t have… spiritual fruit. They produced the fruit of the Spirit which was attractive to non-Christians – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
They were “salt of the earth – letting their light shine before others.” (Matthew 5:13-16)
What was the result of the believers following these Biblical principles? “And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.” People were receiving Christ as their Savior!
Acts 5:42 is another verse supporting both large and small groups in evangelism is, “And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.”
Most churches do good sharing the gospel in the large group (“in the temple“) but not so good at sharing the gospel from house to house.
If you would like to review and implement an excellent “house to house” evangelistic strategy, simply click or tap here: Knowing God Evangelistic Home Bible Study.
My daughter and her husband went to 100 homes in their neighborhood and invited them to the Knowing God study. As a result, a man named Eric received Christ as his Savior. Here is the e-mail he sent them:
Dear Austin & Emily:
Thank you so much for inviting me to your home so I could receive Christ. I used to use evolution as an excuse for not believing in God, but now I realize that there really is a God who designed everything we see. I am so happy to be a Christian!
I would like to challenge you to implement the very same Knowing God neighborhood evangelistic strategy.
There are five simple steps:
Step #1. A pastor or church leader will invite existing church small group leaders to a vision casting luncheon or coffee time after worship services and present the Knowing God vision. Several Leader’s Packs should be ordered ahead of time, so each small group leader can become equipped.
Step #2. Small group leaders are challenged to attend five small group equipping sessions so they experience the materials for themselves, together being trained to lead evangelistic Bible studies in their homes for their own neighborhoods. (This can also be done in a single equipping session for experienced small group leaders).
Step #3. After the training is complete, each small group leader personally visits their neighbors on their street and adjacent streets and invites them to the four week study about Knowing God.
Step #4. Each small group leader presents the four week home Bible study and seeks to lead some of their neighbors to Christ during the fourth session. Each person is personally followed up and shown how to grow in Christ.
Step #5. After this initial harvest, the pastor casts vision for the rest of the congregation and asks for other church members to simply host an evangelistic home Bible study for their respective neighborhood so trained small group leaders can lead the study at their homes.
Even if you had to invite 100 homes to find one sheep…would it be worth it?
“Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”
– Luke 15:3-7