What is Servant Evangelism?

Servant Evangelism is not something that we do.  It is not something that we read, think, or postulate about.  It is a way of life.  It is what our Savior did when he was here on earth.  He served people.

  1. He healed them:
    Matthew 8:13: Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.
    Matthew 8:14:  Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever.
    Matthew 9:27: When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”
    Matthew 12:15:  But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.
    Matthew 14:14:And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
    Matthew 15:28: Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
    Matthew 15:30: Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them.
    Mark 5:21Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea.
    Luke 6:17: And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases,
    Luke 8:40:So when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed Him, for they were all waiting for Him.
    Luke 9:42: And as he was still coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him. Then Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the child, and gave him back to his father.
    Luke 13:14:But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.”
    Luke 22:51: But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.
    John 4:46Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum.
    John 5:1 There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
    John 5:13: But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place.
  2. He fed people.
    1. Matthew 14:13 : 14:13-21pp — Mk 6:32-44; Lk 9:10-17; Jn 6:1-13
    2. Matthew 14:13 : 14:13-21Ref — Mt 15:32-38
    3. Matthew 14:14: S Mt 9:36
    4. Matthew 14:14: S Mt 4:23
    5. Matthew 14:17: Mt 16:9
    6. Matthew 14:19 : 1Sa 9:13; Mt 26:26; Mk 8:6; Lk 9:16; 24:30; Ac 2:42; 20:7, 11; 27:35; 1Co 10:16; 1Ti 4:4
  3. He came to seek and to save the lost. He evangelized.
    1. Luke 19:10 : Eze 34:12, 16; S Jn 3:17
  4. He crossed religious barriers when hewitnessed to Nicodemus:
    1. John 3:3 The Greek for again also means from above; also in verse 7.
    2. John 3:6 Or but spirit
    3. John 3:7 The Greek is plural.
    4. John 3:8 The Greek for Spirit is the same as that for wind.
    5. John 3:13 Some manuscripts Man, who is in heaven
    6. John 3:14 The Greek for lifted up also means exalted.
    7. John 3:15 Some interpreters end the quotation with verse 21.
    8. John 3:30 Some interpreters end the quotation with verse 36.
    9. John 3:34 Greek he
  5. He crossed cultural barriers when he evangelized the Samaritan Woman:
    1. John 4:1: Jn 3:22, 26
    2. John 4:3: Jn 3:22
    3. John 4:4: S Mt 10:5
    4. John 4:5: Ge 33:19; Jos 24:32
    5. John 4:7: Ge 24:17; 1Ki 17:10
    6. John 4:8: ver 5, 39
    7. John 4:9: S Mt 10:5
    8. John 4:10 : Isa 44:3; 55:1; Jer 2:13; 17:13; Zec 14:8; Jn 7:37, 38; Rev 7:17; 21:6; 22:1, 17
    9. John 4:12: ver 6
    10. John 4:14: Jn 6:35
    11. John 4:14: Isa 12:3; 58:11; Jn 7:38
    12. John 4:14: S Mt 25:46
    13. John 4:15: Jn 6:34
    14. John 4:19: S Mt 21:11
    15. John 4:20: Dt 11:29; Jos 8:33
    16. John 4:20: Lk 9:53
    17. John 4:21: Jn 5:28; 16:2
    18. John 4:21 : Mal 1:11; 1Ti 2:8
    19. John 4:22: 2Ki 17:28-41
    20. John 4:22 : Isa 2:3; Ro 3:1, 2; 9:4, 5; 15:8, 9
    21. John 4:23: Jn 5:25; 16:32
    22. John 4:23: Php 3:3
    23. John 4:24: Php 3:3
    24. John 4:25: Mt 1:16; Jn 1:41
    25. John 4:26: Jn 8:24; 9:35-37
    26. John 4:27: ver 8
    27. John 4:29 : ver 17, 18
    28. John 4:29: Mt 12:23; Jn 7:26, 31
    29. John 4:31: S Mt 23:7
    30. John 4:32: Job 23:12; Mt 4:4; Jn 6:27
    31. John 4:34: S Mt 26:39
    32. John 4:34: S Jn 19:30
    33. John 4:35: Mt 9:37; Lk 10:2
    34. John 4:36: Ro 1:13
    35. John 4:36: S Mt 25:46
    36. John 4:37: Job 31:8; Mic 6:15
    37. John 4:39: ver 5
    38. John 4:39: ver 29
    39. John 4:42: S Lk 2:11
    40. John 4:43: ver 40
    41. John 4:44: Mt 13:57; Lk 4:24
    42. John 4:45: Jn 2:23
    43. John 4:46: Jn 2:1-11
    44. John 4:47: ver 3, 54
    45. John 4:48 : Da 4:2, 3; S Jn 2:11; Ac 2:43; 14:3; Ro 15:19; 2Co 12:12; Heb 2:4
    46. John 4:53: S Ac 11:14
    47. John 4:54: S ver 48; S Jn 2:11

So what are Christians supposed to do?  We do not go to church we are the church.  Our lifestyles reflect Jesus by what we say and do.  Yes, we are imperfect.  Yes, we sin in thought word and deed.  God uses us to carry out The Great Commission. Evangelism is not what we do it is who we are.  It is who we are all the time.

Five levels of Servant Evangelism

  1. Institutional Church: Surface level: Handing out water bottles or info that has the church’s information. give them stuff
  2. Institutional Church: Go to where people work, a park or a play, you give out stuff: and you talk to the people there.  Go to a specific place where people are, and you develop a minimal relationship with them you give them stuff – minimal..but it is not deep.
  3. Institutional: You go to where people live. You serve the community and rake leaves or cut their lawns NOT for pay. Still institutional, but not one on one personal.
  4. Personal evangelism: is when you give to other people in Jesus name – not for them to pay you.  You go out and serve someone.  You give cookies to your neighbors. You personally start to do things for other people.  Help them personally in a game.  Get something to them that they need that they would not have access to.  Or simply bake them cookies in Jesus name.
  5. Level 5 is when you go to where people live, work, and or play and you interface with them. You do it not because the church tells you to, but because you do it naturally as Jesus to these people. Put up the shopping carts instead of leaving them in the parking lot.  Push carts into the cart station instead of waiting for the people who are paid to do it.  Escort people into the store with your umbrella.  You stand and open the door for other people.  You listen to people and meet their needs.

Some things you can do personally

How about going to your local public school and once each week leave a treat for the teachers in the school.  Just let them know that you are blessing them and thanking them for teaching the future of America.  After doing this for a while, people will begin to ask why.  Then the door is open for you to witness to whoever asks questions of you.

  • How about volunteering to tutor kids after school?  After a while, the kids and their parents will ask you why are you doing this
  • How about volunteering to serve in the concession stand of a high school stadium? That is another opportunity to serve.
  • How about volunteering to shelve books at the local school library?
  • How about you, your Bible study group, or your church buy some teacher supplies each year?
  • How about you pray for all the teachers whom you know each year?
  • How about volunteering to be a room mother?

Our goal is not to build up the institution of the church, but it is to be the incarnation of Jesus Christ as you live your life.  Buydown gas for people in a gas station.  How about wiping down someone’s windshield for them?  This opens the door for you to share your testimony with other people.

  1. How can Egg Angels ministry members meet people at their point of need through the game?
  2. How can you carry out acts of servant evangelism for people whom you meet each day? Think about it and let EM know?

Put yourself out there to meet people in your community. Make them something to eat and introduce yourself to them.  If you are home and can cook for the people in your community how about hosting a sidewalk barbecue.

Bibliography

Wheeler, David. “Servant Evangelism as a Lifestyle.” (Video of Lecture, EVAN 525-B12 LUO, Week 4. Liberty University, Spring 2015.) Accessed February 2, 2015.

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