EVANGELISM LESSONS FROM THE 70

by Joshua Welch

Luke 10:1-16 contains an account where Jesus had sent out “seventy” of His disciples “into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.” This evangelistic method has some simple pointers that may help us as we try to reach lost souls. Consider a few points…

Jesus didn’t try to do it alone. He had already sent out “twelve disciples” (Luke 9:1-5). He was sending out “seventy others” in this passage (10:1). Evangelism is a team effort. If your church is preacher-reliant to do all the evangelism you are doing it wrong.

He sent them out “two by two” (10:1). There may be wisdom in going with an evangelism partner. They may provide an alternative approach, protection and accountability.

He asked for pre-evangelism work in “every city and place where He Himself was about to go” (10:1). Do you share announcements of upcoming sermons and spiritual opportunities to prepare the crowd? No work of the church will succeed if the church itself does not support and invite.

He was optimistic saying “the harvest truly is great” (10:2). Sometimes a pessimistic approach to evangelism is like pouring water on hot coals. Be positive and pray.

He was also realistic saying “I send you out as lambs among wolves” (10:3). There will be opponents and enemies and hurdles to climb. So, don’t be naïve as you do this work.

He wanted them dependent upon his provision as they carried “neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals” (10:4, 7-8). God will “give the increase” and provide (Matthew 6:33).

He taught them to go into “houses” (10:5-6). They would change hearts one conversation at a time. The best evangelistic work is not always done in pulpits, but often in living rooms.

He encouraged helping people (10:9). He says “heal the sick there.” Our opportunities for good will increase as our reputation for good deeds increases. Do good.

He knew there would be a time to walk away (10:10-11). Not all will hear or receive the message. So, when that occurs, we must not keep forcing it but know when it is time to go.

He reminded them not to take rejection personally (10:16). He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”

When the seventy obeyed His instructions they “returned with joy” (10:17). Do God’s work God’s way and God will bless it in His way.

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