Preach the Word

2 Timothy 4:1-5

Paul, writing one of his very last letters addressed to his dear friend and partner in ministry, exhorts Timothy:

“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”

The Lord's Ministry During the Forty Days

It must have been thrilling for the disciples to speak with their resurrected master and to listen to His familiar voice, discussing the “things concerning the kingdom.” Apart from the incident recorded in the Gospels, the only fragment of teaching during the transitional period of Jesus’ forty days after His resurrection is found in Acts 1:1-8. The instructions recorded here are a greatly condensed summary of the principles given to the men to whom the Lord was entrusting the evangelization of the world and the establishment of His kingdom on earth. 

Jesus Sends Witnesses with the Holy Spirit

Visitation Training, Training Members to Make Effective Home Calls (Leader's Manual)

A Ministry of Fairhaven Bible Chapel

Organizing A Visitation Training Program

A good calling program is never haphazard. It involves a plan, training, goals, prayer and commitment from those participating. An effective training program helps people to overcome the typical sense of fear and inadequacy.

It is not designed to relieve dependency upon the Holy Spirit.

Elders and other men and women should be available for visitation. One or two people cannot do it all. That is why you need to train others. What is needed for an effective visitation and training program?

· A Director to suggest calls; trainers should initiate calls.

· Experienced trainers to assist others.

· Selected trainees. Start with a modest number of prayerfully selected, capable trainees. They should possess normal ability to converse easily with people. Select those who are willing to be committed to the ministry (have them sign a commitment sheet).

· Regular calling night. Monday is good.

· Someone to lead each session. Use videos, audios, manuals.

· Thorough training. Period of systematic instruction before going out (one hour maximum). A typical training schedule is as follows:

Meet at 6:30pm for instruction, discussion, do assignments, prayer time and calls from 7:30 to 9:00pm.

Making Appointments For Calls

In today’s troubled world, there are more people needing visitation than we can effectively reach. Where should we start?

Visitation Training: Training Members to Make Effective Home Calls (Student's Manual)

Visitation Training
Training Members to Make Effective Home Calls
Student’s Manual

A Ministry of Fairhaven Bible Chapel



Memory Verse

Key Question

Way of Life

Week 1

READ: Pastoral and Evangelistic Visitation

Eternal Life: John 10:10b; John 5:24; John 3:16; Romans 5:8

Early Days of Gospel Broadcasting in the Philippines

    The time: evening of December 7th, 1941. The place: radio studio in downtown Manila. The half-hour program of the “Gospel Messengers” was just about to go off the air but the clocked showed they still had another minute. The broadcaster picked up a card, handed to him earlier that day, - “A perfect Convoy of Dreadnaughts”. On this card were printed seven verses, each with “Fear not”. In that remaining minute the broadcaster read: “Fear not, I have redeemed thee.

Do It!

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The Proof of the Pudding

A few years ago I was introduced to an older gentleman whose demeanor and smile made me want to get to know him better. I had heard about this man, so when I was in his area for a few meetings, I made an appointment to meet with him in his home one afternoon. I came a little like the queen of Sheba--with some hard questions about how to see assemblies grow and how to overcome difficulties that crop up from time to time. And I left many hours later (almost late for the m...

Evangelization - A Word to the Evangelist

Evangelization — A word to the Evangelist.

C. H. Mackintosh.

We trust it may not be deemed out of place if we venture to offer a word of counsel and encouragement to all who have been and are engaged in the blessed work of preaching the gospel of the grace of God. We are, in some measure, aware of the difficulties and discouragements which attend upon the path of every evangelist, whatever may be his sphere of labour or measure of gift; and it is our heart's desire to hold up the hands and cheer the hearts of all who may be in danger of falling under the depressing power of these things. We increasingly feel the immense importance of an earnest, fervent gospel testimony everywhere; and we dread exceedingly any falling off therein. We are imperatively called to "do the work of an evangelist," and not be moved from that work by any arguments or considerations whatsoever.

Let none imagine that, in writing thus, we mean to detract, in the smallest degree, from the value of teaching, lecturing, or exhortation. Nothing is further from our thoughts. "These things ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone." We mean not to compare the work of the evangelist with that of the teacher, or to exalt the former at the expense of the latter. Each has its own proper place, its own distinctive interest and importance.

But is there not a danger, on the other hand, of the evangelist abandoning his own precious work in order to give himself to the work of teaching and lecturing? Is there not a danger of the evangelist becoming merged in the teacher? We fear there is; and it is under the influence of this very fear that we pen these few lines. We observe, with deep concern, some who were once known amongst us as earnest and eminently successful evangelists, now almost wholly abandoning their work and becoming teachers and lecturers.

The Great Commission

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Knock Knock

In 1960, D. James Kennedy graduated from seminary and began preaching at the Coral Ridge Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL. After just eight months of ministry there, the congregation dwindled from 45 to 17 believers. Although he was very discouraged about what was happening, he would not give up. He realized the problem was that he lacked courage to confront unbelievers with the truth of the gospel. To his surprise, he was invited to Decatur, GA, to conduct a gospel campaign for ten days. He preach...
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