It is our mission to follow these princples of evangelism presented to us by our Pastor Ira J. Mccloud, to follow him as he follows Christ Jesus to evangelize every city that the Lord Jesus directs us to go. HOW SHOULD THE GOSPEL BE PRESENTED? Bible Reading: Matthew 13:1-23 Key Bible Verse: But some seeds fell on fertile soil and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted. (Matthew 13:8) THE GOSPEL MESSAGE CANNOT BE REDUCED TO A SIMPLE FORMULA. This parable should encourage spiritual “sowers"- those who teach, preach, and lead others. The farmer sowed good seed, but not all the seed sprouted, and even the plants that grew had varying yields. Don’t be discouraged if you do not always see results as you faithfully teach the Word. Belief cannot be forced to follow a mathematical formula (i.e., a 4:1 ratio of seeds planted to seeds sprouted). Rather, it is a miracle of God’s Holy Spirit as he uses your words to lead others to him. THE GOSPEL MESSAGE MUST BE GIVEN TO CREATE SOME RESPONSE. The four types of soil represent different responses to God’s message. People respond differently because they are in different states of readiness. Some are hardened, others are shallow, others are contaminated by distracting worries, and some are receptive. How has God’s Word taken root in your life? What kind of soil are you? Bible Reading: John 4:1-26 Key Bible Verse: “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me some of that water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to haul water.” (John 4:15) SOMETIMES RESULTS OF EVANGELISM TAKE TIME AND PATIENCE. The woman mistakenly believed that if she received the water Jesus offered, she would not have to return to the well each day. She was interested in Jesus’ message because she thought it could make her life easier. But if that were always the case, people would accept Christ’s message for the wrong reasons. Christ did not come to take away challenges, but to change us on the inside and to empower us to deal with problems from God’s perspective. This woman did not immediately understand what Jesus was talking about. It takes time to accept something that changes the very foundations of your life. Jesus allowed the woman time to ask questions and put pieces together for herself. Sharing the gospel will not always have immediate results. When you ask people to let Jesus change their lives, give them time to weigh the matter.