“How to Win Friends and Influence People” - For Jesus!

A Program for Personal Evangelism
based on the Faith-Sharing Concept

 

Part Six of Six:

"Earn $50,000 in 90 Days or Less!"[1]

 

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Faith-Sharing:
How to Win Friends and Influence People for Jesus
: Six Messages teach others how to witness. Based on Faith-sharing, by Eddie Fox and George Morris

Messages in this series:
1: The Incredible Seeking God
2: Gambler for Love
3: Share; Do; Name!
4: Getting on the Same Frequency
5: Up On the Handlebar!
6: $50K in 90 Days or Less!

Beyond Faith-sharing:
Digests of lectures and texts that demonstrate
quick ways to improve and increase your ministry's outreach.

Lessons in this Series:
1:   The Outward-focused Church
2:   Discerning the Needs of People
3:   The Incarnational Ministry
4:   Engaging Secular People
5:   Living Debt-free Biblically
6:   Youth Ministry Leadership
7:   Growing a New Church 1:
      The Price Tag, the Target
8:   Growing a New Church 2:
      The Pastor, People, Program
9:   Spiritual and Motivational Gifts
10: Envisioning, Friendliness and Authority
11: Making the Case
12: How Do We Get Them to Come?

 

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How to evangelism, evangelization, evangelisation evangelize program,

Do one-on-one ministry, personal witness witnessing witnesses,

How to make making winning win disciples souls, soul-winning, be a soul-winner, sole-winner,

How to get people saved, born again justified justification sanctified sanctification.

 

 

 

 

Luke 9:1,2,6, Luke 10:1-3,8,9 AND HE called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, 2. and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal. 6. And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. 10:1. AFTER THIS the Master appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to come. 2. And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 8. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you; 9. heal the sick in it and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.'

The Greene Plan

   My friend (not me, of course) received three identical letters in the mail over the course of a year.  Each letter was headed by the bold words, “Earn $50,000 in 90 Days or Less!”  My friend threw the first two letters away because he thought it was a joke.  But the third letter came at a time when there wasn't enough money to make the bills, so he read it carefully.

   The letter was about "The Greene Plan," a moneymaking program that works something like this: There are four people listed in the letter.  You buy a $5 report from each one.  The reports give you more tips on making your $50,000.  Once you’ve paid for, received and read all four reports, you take the original letter, scratch the top name off the list and write your name at the end.  Then you make 1,000 copies of the letter and send them all out.

   Suppose only ten out of the thousand (1%) get on board and buy the reports from the people on the list.  These ten responders scratch the top name off the list and put their name on the bottom.  Your name is still on there.  Then, the 10 respondents each send out 1,000 copies of the letter (that's 10,000 mailed in all). 

   If only 1% of these 10,000 get on board, you’ll sell 100 more reports for $5 each.  Now you’ve made your expenses of $550.  Do you get the idea of how one might make a lot of money thus way?  The third level mailing has 100,000 going out (100 respondents x 1,000 letters) so if there is only a 1% return on that, you’ll sell a thousand reports and receive $5,000.  In short order and with only a 1% response rate, you have already earned 1,000% return on your investment.  If all goes as planned, the fourth and final mailing with your name at the top of the list will go out to 1,000,000 people and, with only a 1% return, will net you $50,000 more, all within 90 days or less. 

   It seems remarkably simple -- and so do-able!  Everybody else does the work and you rake in the dough.  The letter says, “Imagine your mailbox full of $5 bills day after day after day!”  Maybe if we used the Greene Plan, we'd leave our worries behind and build us a big, new church out on the highway!  What do you think?  Shall we “Earn $50,000 in 90 Days or Less”?  After the meeting, we’ll take a vote!

   Back to my friend: He just exactly as the letter and reports instructed him.  And within the 90 days he did receive money, but not $50,000.  No, he received $20 – four $5 bills – that was all.  The Greene Plan seemed like sure thing, but something caused it to fail.  My friend found his mistake only when he read about how Jesus won friends for his Kingdom. 

   For Jesus used a very similar plan of evangelism.
 

Matthew 10:1,5,6,11. He summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits with power to drive them out and to cure all kinds of disease and all kinds of illness. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them as follows: "Do not make your way to gentile territory, and do not enter any Samaritan town; go instead to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. `Whatever town or village you go into, seek out someone worthy and stay with him until you leave.

 To find out the twelve’s results in terms of faith disciple-making, we turn to Luke 10:

Luke 10:1,2 After this Jesus appointed seventy-two others and sent them out in pairs to every place he himself intended to go.  And he said to them, "The harvest is rich but the laborers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to do his harvesting.

 

The Jesus Plan

   My friend wanted to win every $5 bill in the United States, but he couldn't do it alone.  He had to enlist thousands to help.  And time was short -- he had only 90 days.  Likewise, Jesus wanted to win all the lost sheep of Israel, but time was short and he couldn't do it alone.  He had to enlist thousands of laborers.  He started out with twelve who responded and authorized them to authorize others.  He sent these twelve out in six pairs and to share the Good News and enlist laborers.  Each pair won twelve more disciples: there are now 72[2] who report back. (Do the math: 6 pairs x 12 converts per pair = 72 new disciples)  Jesus saw in this disciple-making plan an exponential potential to win thousands in his short ministry.

   If a third account of his sending had been recorded, we might expect Jesus to send the 72 in 36 pairs to reach 432 others.  Then the 432 are sent in 216 pairs to reach 2,592 others.  The next round would net 15,552 others, and the next 93,312, and on and on.  Within 300 years, the Roman Empire was conquered by this plan.  Even the Emperor was baptized.  Within 1,200 years the Roman Empire was renamed the Holy Roman Empire, a place from where many of us in this room originated.  And today we find ourselves to be the disciples of disciples of disciples.

   Now Jesus could have used this plan to make $50,000 in 90 days or less.  But he didn't.  He used it for a higher purpose, and so can we – to share our faith and make disciples.  Let me offer you a “business report” revealing the secret of how he made the plan work. (I won't even charge you $5 for it.) 

REPORT: Jesus sent his people not to strangers or foreigners, but only to the "house of Israel" -- to people they knew, to friends, relatives, acquaintances and neighbors, in a very limited geographic area: only about 10,000 square miles (

70 by 140 miles).  Jesus' people used their relationships (i.e. linkage) with others they knew and knew about.  They targeted only people they knew or knew of, or became acquainted with – they prayed without ceasing for them – then they entered into their cities and their homes.  They did good deeds, told their stories, named the name of Yahshua.  Then they trusted supernatural grace to do the rest. 

 

What My Friend Overlooked   

   Do you see what my friend overlooked in trying to raise $50,000 in 90 days?  The plan wasn't the problem; the target list was.  You see, he bought his mailing list.  Each member was a stranger.  He neither knew them nor even knew of them.  They were not his children of Israel.  Consequently, he couldn’t sow seeds because he couldn’t know needs.  On the other hand, the Jesus' Plan worked precisely because his apostles were linked to their prospects – they went out to people they knew.  They quickly discerned their needs into which they sowed their seeds; they persisted in ministry and testimony.  The grace of the Almighty did the rest.

 

Planning Our Work; Working Our Plan

   Jesus' plan to win friends and influence people was based not on doctrine or church affiliation but on relationship.  And we may plan accordingly, taking advantage of our privileged position with others whom we love, or know, or know of: for Yahweh has given us people and he waits to see what we’ll do with them.  He's prepared to help us when we decide to sow, tend and harvest.  Jesus was certainly a shrewd planner.

   Did you know that he had a job?  According to Matt 13:55, Jesus was a tektwn -- a builder.  Scholars tell us he may have helped build the great stadium in Sepphoris, just 5 miles from Nazareth.  This amphitheater still stands magnificently today because it was built according to a solid plan.  Jesus had a hand in that.  As a builder, Jesus knew how to create and follow a blueprint.  Success or failure depends not on chance but planning.

   Jesus planned the work and the twelve worked the plan.  They didn't rely on a suitcase, wallet, sandals, a good car or a credit card. They relied on their linkage to others, their stories, their good deeds, and the unlimited grace of their god.  The twelve won 72 and today -- there are over a billion who call themselves Christian.  As for us few, failure to follow the blueprint may cause our efforts to win friends for Jesus to be an exercise in futility and disappointment.  We must work the plan!

 

An Example of Poor Planning

   I gave you Jesus’ example of good planning.  Here’s an example of bad planning:  

On his insurance claim form, a bricklayer scribbled "bad planning" as the reason for his accident.  He wrote, "I was working alone on the roof of a ten-story building.  I had 500 pounds of bricks left over. I planned to lower them in a barrel by a rope on a pulley attacked to the side of the building.  I tied one end of the rope to the barrel on the roof.  I went down and tied the other end to a tree.  I went back up and loaded the bricks into the barrel, then went back down, untied the rope and held it really tight so that the 500 pounds of bricks would come down real slow.  (Note that I weigh about 135 pounds).

   I was holding on so tightly that I was jerked off the ground.  I dared not let go of the rope.  Up the side of the building I flew. At about the fifth floor, I met the brick barrel coming down.  This explains my concussion and broken collarbone.  I continued upward and stopped only when my fingers were about two knuckles into the pulley.  Despite the pain, I held on to the rope for dear life lest I fall ten stories.

   When the bricks hit the ground, the bottom broke out of the barrel.  Without the bricks, the barrel weighed about 30 pounds.  Still clutching the rope, I flew down fast.  At about the fifth floor, I met that barrel coming up.  This accounts for my broken legs.  But that slowed me down enough that I only broke my pelvis when I hit the ground.

   Still clutching the rope, I lay there among the bricks on the ground, in terrible pain and unable to stand, watching that empty barrel swinging back and forth ten stories above.  It was then that I LET GO OF THE ROPE.

           

The FRAN Plan

(Note:  You as group leader MUST get the people to take up the form below and writing material and fill them out.  Sometimes this takes some work, but this step cannot be passed over, because these forms and the work done with them need to be reported on in later meetings.  Each person must be held accountable for their prayerful choices.)

   That was an elaborate plan gone bad, wasn’t it?  The plan we need is simple.  It works just as it is and has been proven to work over and over again as we work it.  It’s the Jesus Plan: after all, he is our teacher and model.  We use his plan, but we call it “The FRAN Plan” to help us remember how to work it.  F – R – A – N stands for friend, relative, acquaintance and neighbor.  Look at the form in your bulletin:

My FRAN Plan for Faith sharing

Friend __________________________________
Relative _________________________________ 

Acquaintance ____________________________
Neighbor ________________________________ 

1.  I will pray that Yahweh’s grace will make an opening for me in their lives.

2.  When that happens, I will not avoid the opportunity, but will

            (a) Do a Deed

            (b) Share a Story

            (c) Name the Name of Jesus

            (d) Issue an Invitation.

3.  Then I will wait and watch, persisting in prayer, as the Holy Spirit does the rest.

 (Fill it out, pray for those on it, lift it up, and get ready for action.)

   Although my friend had little success with the Greene Plan, many have achieved personal success with the FRAN Plan.  I’m not a very outgoing person and I don’t have a gift for evangelism.  I’m an introverted teacher!  But I chose three acquaintances and tried this plan when I learned of it. 

   One acquaintance was a young drug addict, the second was a lady raised with witches, and the third thought he was too good to need a Savior.  I tested the plan out, just as Jesus did: I did a good deed for each, shared my story, named the name of Jesus and issued an invitation.  For two of these people, I only did those things one time.  None of them accepted my invitation.  But I prayed daily and expectantly waited on the Holy Spirit to move.  I prayed and waited for two years.

   By the end of that time, short by spiritual standards, all three of these people were delivered and converted through the labor of others better equipped than me.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they all came to Jesus at about the same time, and very gratified because all I did was follow the plan then prayerfully waited.   

   And YES!  If credit were due, I would get credit for speaking up and then praying without giving up.  But the fact that they all came from the edge of judgment into the Kingdom of the Beloved Son gave me such a thrill that it was better than a few points in heavenly circles - or $50,000 in 90 days!

   The Holy Spirit offers every church and every believer a decision – whether to grow or die.   What’s good is that we’re ready to growth, committed to mission and wanting to make disciples.  And we all have a great deal of linkage to those who are already being saved.  You have friends, relatives, acquaintances and neighbors to whom you may do the deed in love, share the story, name the name and issue the invitation.  You all have plenty of time to pray these people through.  You have no reason not to follow the plan; it’s so simple a child could do it.  And if you follow the plan, you will succeed.  The Holy Spirit will see to it and you will have become an evangelist in the purest sense of the word whether you can preach a sermon or not. 

 

Conclusion to Six Messages

   And it's on this happy note I conclude six messages on winning friends and influencing people for Jesus.  There are lives at stake and conversions waiting to happen; there is a Kingdom to populate and a church to save.  And now you have the tools to make exactly what you want happen.  What do you want, to grow or die?  Are you willing to put forth the little bit of effort needed to get it?  (It seems somebody is willing to make the effort considering how many came Friday night to the healing meeting we had here.)  But are you willing to use your linkage for the Kingdom and for the people you love?  You need to take this plan seriously and do it now.


[1] Adapted from Faith-sharing by George Morris / Eddie Fox, composed September 1, 1994 (earn50.srm), updated December 3, 1997.

[2] 72 is an alternative reading, just as valid as 70.

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