Finishing up Coleman’s book, The Master Plan of Evangelism, here are some highlights from his chapter titled Demonstration.
As you seek to lead, train, and disciple people you need to keep in mind the practices that Jesus implemented.
1. Jesus DEMONSTRATED what we wanted His followers to do.
He prayed in front of them. He gave them a model prayer and commanded them to pray.
They saw God praying to God. There is no doubt this made a huge impact on them, helping them to see the need for prayer in their own lives.
2. Jesus showed them the importance of using scripture. Jesus was constantly quoting scripture. His life was in complete agreement with scripture. He was not against what the Bible said in the Old Testament – He was fulfilling it.
3. Soul winning
4. Class – Jesus made life His classroom. All the situations, circumstances, failures, and successes of His disciples were used as opportunities to teach them and make them into men of God.
Coleman – “It is good to tell people what we mean, but it is infinitely better to show them. People are looking for a demonstration, not an explanation.”