Text: John 17:13-21
U.T.: Prayer for Preservation of Believers in the World
SST: Jesus prayed that His followers would live lives that were useful for his continued purpose in the
Thesis: The evangelistic purpose of God is made effective when believers demonstrate and
communicate the gospel to individuals who can know God through faith in Christ.
S.O.: I want my hearers to commit to effective evangelism.
Title: "Effective Evangelism"
G. Campbell Morgan's book, Evangelism, begins with this statement, "The future of the
Christian chruch may be said, humanly speaking, to depend on evangelism."
In John 17, Jesus prayed that his followers would be at one with im by continuing his mission of
God-glorifying evangelism. He prayed that we would be effective in our mission of evangelism. Let us
examine the effective evangelism of Jesus' prayer found in John 17:1-4, 13-21.
I. The Aim is Regeneration (17:21, 23)
Application of the Text
The aim is not reformation which just changes the outward by removing faults an defects then
introduces a better procedure for living. In reformation the emphasis is on outward correction. This
has generally been evidenced by what people cease to do. Cursing, drinking, smoking carousing. It
has also been evidenced by what people begin to do. Praying, tithing, going to church, reading the
Bible. Now all of these are good. yet, evangelism ahs as its goal something greater than outward
change because that can come and go.
General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, stated that his fear for 20th century
Christianity was religion without the Holy Spirit, Christianity without Christ, Morality without God and
Heaven and without Hell.
Explanation of the Text
The aim of evangelism, according to Christ's prayer, is outward evidence of an inward change.
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