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Why the Power of God Must Be Displayed for Effective Evangelism — Charisma Magazine

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There is a huge emphasis in the evangelical church on evangelism, church planting and the like. This is good since the church should never be separated from its mission of proclaiming Jesus to this lost world. In light of this, I believe the church will fall short of its goals unless we incorporate signs, wonders and miracles into our methodological norm as we evangelize. The Scriptures are replete with passages equating the knowledge of God with His display of the supernatural. For example, the Old Testament is full of examples like Abraham and Sarah having a child past the normal biological age, Moses doing signs and wonders in Egypt so that His power may be demonstrated to the world (Rom. 9:17) and Elijah calling down fire from heaven to demonstrate that the Lord is the true God (1 Kings 18).

What about the New Testament? First of all, Jesus told His disciples they would receive power to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). This power was primarily centered on the ability to be a witness to the resurrection of Christ. The biblical narratives after Acts 1:8 show that the primary reason for this power was so the apostles would demonstrate the Word by healing the sick and performing miracles.

Acts 5:12-16 connected extraordinary signs and wonders to God. This added multitudes of believers to the Lord. In Acts 8, we see how Philip was able to turn the whole city of Samaria to the Lord by moving in the power of signs, wonders and miracles. Paul, the apostle, also utilized this method of evangelism. Acts 14:3 says that the Lord bore witness to the Word of His grace by granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands (Paul and Barnabas). In Acts 19:11-12, it says that God did extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul while he was ministering in the city of Ephesus. Later on, as recorded in Acts 28:1-10, Paul was able to bring the gospel to the whole island of Malta after he healed the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius. (This happened after God supernaturally spared Paul’s life after a poisonous snake, which was supposed to kill him, bit him!) In 1 Corinthians 2:1-4, Paul said that when he preached the Word, there was always a demonstration of the Holy Spirit and power. This was so their faith would not rest on the wisdom (or rhetoric) of men but the power of God. The supernatural move of the Holy Spirit likely was a normal occurrence in the life of all the early churches, as we read in Paul’s letter to the Galatians (see Gal. 3:5). Paul said God supplied their church with the Spirit and miracles through the hearing of faith.

Furthermore, in Hebrews 6:5, it says that believers during those days experienced the powers of the age to come. (If we consider the context of this book as well as the entire New Testament, this passage seems to be referring to the power of the invisible, supernatural God, intervening in the lives of men through miraculous healings, supernatural signs and wonders.)

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Hebrews 2:4 also says that the Lord bore witness to the word from the Lord Jesus and His apostles by granting them signs, wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit. The apostles of the first-century church needed to depend upon the power of signs and wonders to preach the Word of God. How much more should we depend upon this to convince this present generation of the reality of Jesus.

Furthermore, all throughout the four Gospels, we see how Jesus moved in words of knowledge, words of wisdom, the gifts of healin, and the working of miracles to demonstrate that the Father sent Him into the world (John 5:36-37). In John 9:1-4, Jesus said that a man was born blind so that He would be able to demonstrate the works of God through healing this man. In John 4, we also read how Jesus operated in the prophetic gifts of words of knowledge to convince the woman at the well He was indeed the Messiah. In John 11:42, we also read that Jesus prayed and thanked the Father in public for what He was about to do when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. This was to demonstrate that the Father sent Him. If Jesus, the perfect God-man, needed the miraculous (even though He was the greatest preacher the world ever heard), how much more does the present-day church need to depend upon the power of God to spread the gospel of Christ.

This secular humanistic society we live in will not be convinced merely by good rhetoric and visceral worship experiences during a Sunday morning service. They need to experience the glory, presence and power of God almighty! Torch1

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What Happened When God Called This ‘Closet Christian’ to Crusade Evangelism — Charisma Magazine

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I have a confession to make.

When I heard the call of the Lord to be a crusade evangelist, I had not won one soul for Jesus. I confess this to my eternal shame. I was a closet Christian.

Yet, when the Lord spoke to my heart and appointed me to the mighty task of mass evangelism, I instinctively understood something: He could not use me to preach the gospel to the masses until I could witness to the individual. And so, I started—albeit awkwardly and messily. But, in spite of my inexperience and nervousness, the Lord used me to win the lost, soul by precious soul. Today, He uses me to win both the one and the many!

Why do I share this with you? For two primary reasons. First, when the Lord calls you to do something, I guarantee that you will feel unqualified for the task. You will feel insufficient, unprepared and unable. This is completely natural, dear friend. Our God wants you to step out upon the waters. He wants you to be completely reliant and utterly dependent on Him. He wants you to cling to Him fervently and draw from Him desperately. Why? He wants you to achieve the impossible—and the impossible is only possible if attempted hand-in-hand with Him! In my case, He called a young woman who had not yet won one soul for Jesus to win the masses for Jesus. How typical of the Lord! After all, He called uneducated fishermen to lead the early church and teach ceiling-shattering doctrine. He called a murderer and church-hater to pen the gospel of peace and write a prolific portion of the New Testament. He called a herder of sheep to be the king of His people. In short, He calls us to become what we most certainly are not and then makes us to be what we could never dream of becoming. This is the delight of the master of the universe and the prerogative of the architect of all creation! And so, embrace the uncertainty, push past the fear and take that first step of faith. This leads me to my second point.

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Dear friend, whatever dream the Lord has laid upon your heart, whatever purpose He has called you to accomplish, the important thing is for you to get going. Take the first step, regardless of how small it may seem or how poorly you take it. The Lord will grow you, advance you and, when the time in right and your character is steadfastly grounded in Him, He will raise you up! Take the first step … and then the next … and then the next. For me, starting to evangelize one-on-one was the first step. Perhaps your first step is registering that dream business, applying for an online course, volunteering at your local church or simply spending more time with the Lord in prayer and His Word on a regular basis. You know what that first step is, and if you are unsure, take the most logical one. God loves action. If you take an action step with a sincere heart, doing your best to follow His leading, He will use it for His glory and redirect if necessary. The Lord works with workers and moves with movers. Go forward, and go for it! The Lord is with you.

Listen to the first episode of In His Name on the Charisma Podcast Network, Getting to Know Tamryn and learn more about how the Lord called me to crusade evangelism and how I went about taking that first step of faith. I know it will be a great encouragement to you in your own walk with the Lord. Torch1

Tamryn Klintworth is an evangelist and the founder of In His Name Ministries, an organization winning Africa for Jesus through mass crusades and empowering believers around the world to be used by God. Connect with @tamrynklintworth on Instagram and Facebook.

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This Divine Encounter in a Bar Led a Lost Soul to Salvation — Charisma Magazine

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I often tell the story of a group of friends and I going to a restaurant with Dr. Nick Gough. We had to walk through the bar area to get to our table, and as we were being seated, we noticed he was no longer with us. Looking around, we finally found him.

He was in the bar speaking with a woman and her brother. He was prophesying to her about her abusive broken relationships and the love she desperately wanted to find. Though she rejected his offer of Jesus, her brother was drawn in, saying there was no way Nick could have known those things about his sister. He knew God must be real and accepted Christ in the bar.

Prophecy is a powerful tool for evangelism. I have seen it in action and can tell you it is one of the most effective tools I have ever seen. I have witnessed it in actual real time practice with my friends, pastors Nick and Robin Gough, who are some of the best prophetic evangelists I know. They are pastors of a growing church in Apex, North Carolina, called Hope Chapel.

Listen in on the powerful conversation I recently had with them on my podcast Move Forward With Dr. Kim Maas on the Charisma Podcast Network. Hear their stories and be inspired, encouraged and empowered to step into this exciting and powerful season with this incredible tool. Then let God use you to bring the lost into the kingdom!

If you missed our first podcast of the season with Special Guest: Dr. Randy Clark. You can listen here as he discusses revival movements and prophecy in our church history. Torch1

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Another High-Profile Christian Walks Away—What’s Going On? — Charisma Magazine

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A headline this week has many people scratching their head: “Former Desiring God writer Paul Maxwell announces he’s no longer Christian.” How can this happen? Did he lose his salvation?

Below is my response about salvation that I’ve shared before. I also just released this short clip that goes into more detail on why Paul Maxwell may have fallen away.

A common question for many is, “Can I lose my salvation?” I’ve heard both sides of the argument, and only God truly knows a person’s heart—but I can share a few thoughts. The reason there is a debate is because the Scriptures teach that salvation is a gift from God that cannot be earned, but they also offer warnings about falling away.

There should be a healthy tension between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. This issue should not create a spirit of division, elitism or theological superiority.

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One school of thought suggests that salvation cannot be lost, as in losing your car keys, but that it can be left, as in walking away from it. This may be why Jesus spoke of the man who said in his heart “my master delays His coming; therefore, I will turn from living a godly life.” When the master returned unexpectedly, the servant was banished because he chose to turn from what he knew to be right (see Luke 12:45).

In another passage, Jesus said, “You have left your first love,” when speaking to the church in Ephesus (Rev. 2:4b, NASB). James 5:19-20 adds that if anyone wanders from the truth and someone turns him back, a soul is saved from death. If anything, these Scriptures, and many more, reinforce the fact that we have certain responsibilities.

Three Key Points to Consider

1. We must look at the context of such verses. For example, in James 5, the context is a believer who is sick because he or she wandered from God (a pattern of sin)—from alcohol and drugs to lying and slander, and from sexual sin to the sin of pride—the warnings, convictions and rebukes were all ignored. The elders become involved in hope that confession and repentance take place and that faith-filled prayer releases the person from God’s chastisement (see Heb. 12:5-7). The believer is heading toward physical death as the result of wandering from God, but if repentance takes place, they will be restored—the soul is saved and his ongoing pattern of sin (multitude) is covered, concealed and dealt with. This verse is not about salvation but disobedience.

We should never turn from what we know to be right. Jesus encouraged His followers to be watchful, prepared and ready for His return. Are we watchful? Are we prepared? Are we ready? (Read Matt. 24:45-51 and Luke 21:34.) The Scriptures offer a healthy tension between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility.

The other school of thought suggests that some passages are dealing with people who never fully surrendered to Christ. As a result, they fell away. They heard the gospel but never fully embraced it and turned from their sins; they only had “intellectual” knowledge of salvation. According to this view, the real question isn’t, “Can a person lose their salvation?” but, “Was the person really saved to begin with?”

Titus 1:16 and James 2:14 both conclude that many people “say” that they know God but deny Him by their lifestyle. First John 2:19 (MEV) suggests that those who acknowledge Christ initially, but deny Him later, are not saved to begin with: “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have remained with us.”

2. Who holds us together? If we must maintain our salvation, what happens if Alzheimer’s or some other mind-debilitating disease sets in and begins to twist, corrupt and pollute our thinking? Is all lost, or are we held together because we are a child of God? I am convinced, like Paul, “that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities nor powers, neither things present nor things to come, neither height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38-39). Nothing can separate us from God, but we should never ignore the strong warnings about turning from Him.

When it comes to salvation, we all agree that God gets all the glory and all the credit. Salvation is His work. We are never outside of His sovereignty and control: “It is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ” (2 Cor. 1:21a, NIV).

Our salvation is guaranteed based on the assurances found in Scripture, but we also must “work out [our] own salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12b, MEV). My goal is to be faithful to the command to preach, witness and proclaim while understanding that God does the drawing, saving and sealing.

3. At the heart of the division is Calvinism versus Arminianism. Sadly, brother is shooting brother, and sister is wounding sister. Have we forgotten how to show grace to those in the body with whom we disagree? Those who believe you can lose your salvation should not chide those who believe in eternal security—”once saved always saved” is by no means a license to sin—it’s a belief in God’s guarantee. But on the flip side, those who embrace eternal security should not mock those who disagree.

But What About Hebrews 6?

I can hear it now, “But what about Hebrews 6:4-6.” It says, “It is impossible for those who were once enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to be renewed once more to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and subject Him to public shame.”

Based on my understanding of terms such as “enlightened,” “shared,” and “tasted,” they are not necessarily words linked to salvation. Judas Iscariot was enlightened—he knew a great deal. He also tasted and shared in the ministry of Christ, but we all know his fate. When he fell away, repentance was elusive. His fate was sealed. However, this verse should force all Christians to take inventory.

The Most Important Question

We all sin and fall short, but the important question to ask is what is the condition of your heart—have you truly repented and believed in Christ as your Lord and Savior, or are you trusting in false assurance? This may be why Paul said in 2 Corinthians 13:5a, “Examine yourselves, seeing whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not know that Jesus Christ is in you?”

Our actions reveal a great deal about our relationship with Christ. A.W. Tozer said: “When people find that after being in the church for years they are not making much progress, they ought to examine themselves and wonder whether they have been truly converted.”

Has your heart become so hard as to reject Jesus Christ? If so, you can change that today. I’m aware that I’m driving this point home, but I’d rather err on the side of speaking too much about a committed relationship with Jesus than too little.

It’s never too late to get back on track: “Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord (Mal. 3:7b). God is sovereign, but man has a responsibility to repent and return. Torch1

Shane Idleman is the founder and lead pastor of Westside Christian Fellowship in Southern California. More can be found at shaneIdleman.com, and free downloads of his books are available at wcfav.org. Visit him on Facebook and subscribe to his podcast.

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Watch Out! Don’t Stumble on Righteousness — Charisma Magazine

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What is the righteousness of Christ? How and why is Jesus referred to as a stumbling block to the Jews and those who look to themselves and their religious law-keeping as their righteousness?

Throughout Scripture, Jesus is referred to as a stumbling block and even calls Himself the stumbling stone in the book of Matthew (see Matt. 21:44). We must go back to Isaiah, who prophesied about the stumbling stone to come. Isaiah prophesies through a messianic prophecy revealing Jesus as the stumbling stone placed in Zion.

Let us go on to discover what Jesus says of Himself concerning the stumbling stone of righteousness given instead of earned. Jesus speaks of Himself in Matthew 21 as the stone the builders rejected, and whoever stumbles over this stone will be broken.

Matthew 21:42-46 reads:

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Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

“Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing its fruits. Whoever falls on this stone will be broken to pieces. But on whomever it falls, it will crush him.”

When the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them. But as they tried to arrest Him, they feared the crowds, because they held Him as a prophet.

The apostle Paul goes on in Romans to speak of Jesus as the stumbling stone of righteousness by faith and not works. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel that reveals the righteousness of God and not of self. Moses’ law was given so that the trespasses might increase, not so a man could use it as justification before a holy God.

Paul’s passion for the Jewish people is expressed in Romans and numerous other New Testament books. His love is for his Jewish brothers that they might be delivered from certain death as deserved of their sin through faith in Jesus Christ, their Messiah. Here Paul speaks of the Jewish people’s passion and zeal for God but not according to knowledge. Although they are passionate about God and his ways, they have missed the point of Moses’ law. They are attempting to justify themselves as righteous instead of humbly accepting a Savior’s work, Jesus.

Paul encourages believers that the message of salvation is near us and in our hearts and mouths. When we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, we will be saved and delivered from the wrath of God that stood against us as a result of our shameful failure to keep His holy standard. When we look to Jesus Christ and His redemptive work, we are saved.

In this week’s episode of Revealing Jesus, I bring Jesus out of the Scripture to reveal how Jesus is the stumbling block referred to in Isaiah and how depending on our religious law-keeping will cause us to stumble.

Listen to the episode here. Check out this entire blog post full of Scripture: “Watch Out, Don’t Stumble on Righteousness!” Be sure to visit the store to get your One Collection shirt—one King, one body and one heart.

With one mission, we reach a lost, hurting and dying world! Torch1

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Matt Redman’s ‘Upon Him’ Celebrates God’s Gift at Easter — Charisma Magazine

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Matt Redman, singer-songwriter and longtime worship leader, says the church will never stop singing about one theme—and it’s the one we celebrate today.

Whether in old hymns such as “There Is a Fountain” or fresh anthems like his own “Upon a Hill,” Redman says, “This is a theme that will never grow old. And we’re finding new ways to sing about the cross and the glories of the cross.”

Redman says when the Lord led him to write “Upon Him,” he realized he could tell “so much of the story of Calvary” with that one simple expression: “Upon a hill, a perfect Savior/ Upon that day, the greatest love/ The punishment that should have fallen on us/ Upon Him, upon Him.”

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Redman adds, “It goes on to say. ‘Upon His head/ A crown of thorns/ Upon His heart/ a broken world/ The wages of sin, the weight of our transgressions/ Upon Him, upon Him.'”

“I love something Oswald Chambers said: ‘At the cross, this collision takes place,'” Redman says. “‘And it’s the collision between the righteousness and perfection of God, and then the fallenness and brokenness of us.’

“And then he says, ‘But the amazing thing is, all of the costs and all of the pain and all of the shock of that collision, that crash, were absorbed by the heart of Almighty God,'” Redman says. “And that’s why salvation is so easy for us to obtain. And that’s a beautiful thing. You can never stop singing about this theme; we’ll be singing about it for all eternity.”

For much more from Matt Redman about his music and how God has used him to lead worship across the globe, listen to the entire episode of the Strang Report podcast here. Be sure to subscribe to the Strang Report on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast platform. As we celebrate the promise of Easter, enjoy Redman’s acoustic rendering of “Upon Him” here. Torch1

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Has the Church Lost Sight of Kingdom-Minded Evangelism? — Charisma Magazine

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Recently, I’ve been profoundly stirred about evangelism. Now, just before your eyes glaze over at the mention of the “e” word, take a moment to hear me out—or, read me out, as it may be. The new kingdom era that we’ve just entered is an era of unprecedented harvest. The prophets have been saying for a generation that this time was coming, a time when the global harvest would come in. I think they’re right. But I think, since they are right, we need to align our hearts with the chief evangelist as He teaches us how to do evangelism in a new, kingdom-centered way.

I have a thousand things to say about this, but I’ll offer just three.

First, we need a new model. The two primary models of evangelism in the past were No. 1 soul winning (hard sell, cold call, salesman-style personal evangelism) and No. 2 church growth (a crowd draws a crowd, pack ’em in and let the “wow factor” win them). Though both are rooted in noble motives, both tend toward performance-based evangelism. Since both are numbers-based and results-driven, people tend to become incidental to the mission.

Second, the church needs a new release of the Spirit of “The Evangelist” Himself—the Lord Jesus. Evangelism must not be detached from the person and presence of Jesus. We must not reduce evangelism down to a technique or a method. Evangelism is the Spirit of the living Christ who was “moved with compassion when He saw the multitudes.” The one who cried out so passionately so long ago, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers!” is still crying out today.

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Third, evangelism must become again, as it was originally meant to be, “kingdom evangelism.” And I mean by that we must see evangelism as heralding the good news of the kingdom. Evangelism is so much more than merely saving the lost so they can go to heaven when they die. No, evangelism is recruiting people for kingdom influence and world transformation right here, right now. With kingdom evangelism, success is measured in the transformation of people and families, cities and nations, not in the size of crowds we gather.

The old tricks won’t work anymore. The COVID-19 shutdown has made it painfully obvious to many Christians that church-as-they-knew-it is completely irrelevant to their lives. Many have found they don’t miss it, thank you very much. But there is a groundswell of lost people being swept into the kingdom by the inexorable drawing of the Father’s heart. And, if we are to partner with Him for this harvest, then we must shake off the old methods that were designed mostly to secure our success in the eyes of others, and we must embrace kingdom evangelism once more.

Listen to Kingdom Strategies on the Charisma Podcast Network to learn more about the three evangelistic efforts Jesus came to implement in the church. Torch1

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