Public Evangelism Resources
People loved Jesus as He ministered on this earth! Men, women, and children of all walks of life, including some Pharisees, followed Him non-stop, forcing Him to find deserted places late at night to pray. He could not get away from them. Whenever Jesus was visible there were crowds around Him. People could not get enough of Him, they wanted to connect with Him, see Him, hear Him, and touch Him. In several occasions the disciples had to ask the question: what are we going to do with the crowd?
What caused people to love Jesus? What made people follow Him so intensely?
As I read the Gospels, I can see that:
Jesus was not loved because of His dress. The Bible does not say much about Jesus and dress, it mentions His clothing during the crucifixion, as the soldiers played at the foot of the cross for His garments, but not much more.
Jesus was not followed because of His diet. Jesus was not a vegetarian. I am vegan, and by the way, this does not increase my odds for salvation, we are not saved by eating lettuce and tomatoes, we can only be saved by Jesus. Yet, getting back to the point, people did not follow Jesus because He was vegetarian.
Jesus was nor loved or followed because of His taste of music. Scripture does not elaborate much, at all, regarding Jesus and His taste of music.
Jesus was not even followed and loved because of His perfection. After all, when was the last time that you told someone that you are better than him or her, and they continue to like you and stick around you?
People followed Jesus because Jesus loved them. People loved Jesus because Jesus loved people.
If people are not flocking to us, our churches are not full, and our ministries are not thriving, perhaps we have not been doing what Jesus did, and definitely need to learn some more from Jesus. Let’s stop saying that our churches are empty because we preach an unpopular message and let’s begin to love people. We have a very complete package of beliefs, the problem is not our message, our challenge is our lack of love and compassion for people.
The biggest Revival & Reformation our Adventist Church in North America needs is to be filled with the Love of God and the Compassion of Jesus. As long as we continue to argue about dress, diet, music, and other things, we will never fulfill the mission that Jesus gave us. There is no better evangelism than freely sharing the Love of God and the Compassion of Jesus in practical ways in our homes, our churches, and communities.
A Lifestyle of Compassion is real Evangelism. Not everyone can preach or teach, but we all can love and serve, and that is Evangelism. If you don’t agree ask Jesus.
Pastor Jose Cortes Jr., is an Associate Ministerial Director and Leads Evangelism for the Adventist Church in North America.
- Compassion Boston - A Historic Evangelistic Journey in the Northeast
- Different at the Expense of God’s Love?
- A Lifestyle of Compassion is Real Evangelism by Jose Cortes Jr.
- Truth that is not Afraid of Innovation!
- Season Of Service, Fueled by Compassion by Roger Hernandez
- A Movement Must Have Momentum
- Offertory Reading Appeal for April 30, 2016
- Day of Hope & Compassion - Columbia, MD Projects Signup Form
- A Grand Collaboration of Effort and Spirit for Mission
- Rules for the Digital Road
- Compassion 10Million
- Best Practices for Adventist Evangelism - January 29, 2016
- Some of Our Churches Are Dying, Why Plant More?
- The Story of The Grace Place
- Compassion and the Christmas Season
- Plant 1000 - #plant1000
- Day of Hope & Compassion - #dayofhope #compassion10m
- Compassion 10 Million - #compassion10m
- Best Practices for Adventist Evangelism - Special Year End Meetings 2015 Edition (Initiatives & Funding)
- A Turning Point in Adventist Evangelism in North America
- Best Practices for Adventist Evangelism - September 30, 2015
- My Visit with a Homeless Pastor
- Seven Days Without - Episode #1
- Seven Days Homeless Video Report
- Seven Days Without - Episode #2
- Best Practices for Adventist Evangelism - August 21, 2015
- Evangelism Shark Tank Update #1 - Pastor Mike Dauncey, Aldergrove Adventist Church, British Columbia Conference, Canada
- A Conspiracy in North America (Part 2)
- Is Your Church Visitor Friendly?
- A Conspiracy in North America
- Two $50,000.00 Grants for Transformational Evangelism Distributed
- Best Practices for Adventist Evangelism - July 23, 2015
- Compassion Boston—10,000 Meals
- Evangelism Shark Tank - Over $120,000.00 Given Out for Innovative Evangelism Initiatives
- Young Adults & College Students ONLY - COMPASSION Austin - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
- Evangelism Shark Tank Finalists
- Get Out and Venture Outside the Walls
- Memorial Day Message
- Best Practices for Adventist Evangelism - May 21, 2015
- Planting More SEEDS
- Who Can the Church Love?
- Best Practices for Adventist Evangelism - April 24, 2015
- Global Mission Report: $360,000.00 Distributed Among 50 New Church Plants
- What is Your Church Doing For Community Mothers on Mother's Day Weekend
- Best Practices for Adventist Evangelism - March 18, 2015
- More Compassion in San Antonio by Armando Miranda Jr.
- A Miracle in the Making
- Forever Relevant
- Seven Days of Miracles
- The First Thing You Do at a New Church
- Current Experiences in Personal Evangelism
- Answering the Ultimate Question
- Fishing with Crickets
- NY13 Begins Health Outreach with Let's Move Day
- In Behalf of Some of Us
- Finding Christ in Sin City
- North American Evangelism: Important Information