Paradigms for Prayer Evangelism and Spiritual Strongholds

(Taken from ACTS 13: Cross-Cultural and Urban Mission Training done by the IMB )

ESTABLISHED PARADIGMS IN THE CHURCH

1> ONE CHURCH IN THE CITY. (I COR 11:29-30, EPH 4:15-16)

Stronghold: Disunity

For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. ” (1 Corinthians 11:29-30)

but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. ” (Ephesians 4:15-16)

2> OUR CITY MUST BE REACHED FOR CHRIST NOW! (ACTS 1:8)

Stronghold: Apathy

but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” ” (Acts 1:8)

3> PRAYER EVANGELISM IS THE KEY TO REACHING OUR CITIES FOR CHRIST. (I TIM 2:1)

Stronghold: Prayerlessness

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, ” (1 Timothy 2:1)

4> IDENTIFICATIONAL REPENTANCE (I TIM 2:1-8, NEH)

Stronghold: Ignorance of the Past

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension. ” (1 Timothy 2:1-8)

5> THE CHURCH IS NOT BORN IN THE UPPER ROOM BUT IN THE MARKETPLACE. (ACTS 2:6,14,41)

Stronghold: Exclusivity

And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language. ” (Acts 2:6)

But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words. ” (Acts 2:14)

So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. ” (Acts 2:41)

RECENT PARADIGMS:

6> PRAYER IS A PRIVATE AND PUBLIC ACTIVITY.

Stronghold: Fear of Embarrassment

(“ Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension. ” (1 Timothy 2:8) )

7> THE FOLD IS NOT EQUAL TO THE FLOCK. (MATT 9:36)

Stronghold: Inward Focus

Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. ” (Matthew 9:36)

8> PASTORS ARE CALLED TO PASTOR THE CITY NOT JUST THE FLOCK. (ACTS 5:28)

Stronghold: Nearsightedness

saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” ” (Acts 5:28)

9> IT IS POSSIBLE TO CHANGE THE SPIRITUAL CLIMATE OVER A CITY (I TIM 2:1-3)

Stronghold: Hopelessness

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, ” (1 Timothy 2:1-3)

EMERGING PARADIGMS:

10> INTERCESSION IS A SPIRITUAL GIFT, BUT IT IS ALSO SOMETHING ALL CHRISTIANS MUST DO. STRONGHOLD: SELF-FOCUS (EPH 6:18)

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, ” (Ephesians 6:18)

11> MARTYRDOM IS A POSSIBILITY ON STANDBY. (REV 12:11)

Stronghold: Self-Preservation

“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. ” (Revelation 12:11)

12> ALL THE OFFICES OF EPHESIANS 4 NEED RESTORATION. (EPH 4:1,11-12)

Stronghold: Human-Centred and Chosen Leadership

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, ” (Ephesians 4:1)

And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; ” (Ephesians 4:11-12)

13> LOVING THE LOST IS AS ESSENTIAL AS LOVING GOD. (MATT 22:37-40)

Stronghold: Hypocrisy (faith without works)

And He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “This is the great and foremost commandment. “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” ” (Matthew 22:37-40)

FUTURE PARADIGMS:

14> THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL. (MATT 9:37, JOHN 4:35)

Stronghold: Unbelief

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. ” (Matthew 9:37)

“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. ” (John 4:35)

15> THE LORD’S RETURN IS MOTIVATION TO FULFIL THE GREAT COMMISSION (ACTS 1:11)

Stronghold: Sloth

They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” ” (Acts 1:11)

16> NO DIVISION BETWEEN CLERGY AND LAITY. (ACTS 10:26)

Stronghold: Arrogance

But Peter raised him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am just a man.” ” (Acts 10:26)

17> THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD POURED OUT ON ALL FLESH. (ACTS 2:17-21)

Stronghold: Hard-Hearted Attitude

‘And it shall be in the last days,’ God says, ‘That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, And your young men shall see visions, And your old men shall dream dreams; Even on My bondslaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit And they shall prophesy. ‘And I will grant wonders in the sky above And signs on the earth below, Blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke. ‘The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood, Before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come. ‘And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ ” (Acts 2:17-21)

Adapted From:

Prayer Evangelism , Ed Silvoso, Regal Books, Ventura, CA, 2000

(ISBN 0-8307-2397-8)

All Scriptures quoted from: New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995. LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

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