Part of the problem with evangelism is many Christians feel they need to get the whole gospel out in one conversation. The reason for this is many Christians are only ever in a position to ‘evangelize’ strangers, because all their friends are Christians. Evangelizing friends and neighbors, gradually, relationally, over an extended time, means that the breadth and beauty of the gospel can be expressed slowly without the urgency of the one-off pitch. -Michael Frost, The Road to Missional: Journey to the Center of the Church
When you preach or hear a sermon on mission, evangelism you should walk out of their feeling like you were just released and given the keys to life not burdened for a task.
Yesterday at Revolution we continue our series All In and I talked about sharing our faith through serving. This series though isn’t really about evangelism or sharing your faith, it is about the motivation to go all in, to change the world, to follow Jesus into the places he calls us. That motivation for changing the world, living our lives on mission, sharing the gospel all come from understanding the love God has for us.
The problem in many books and sermons on evangelism, missions or sharing your faith is that at the end, we feel overwhelmed, as if we don’t know where to start. But we also feel like we’ll never do enough.
I got a text after the sermon yesterday and someone said, “That’s exactly what we’ve been trying to do with our friends. We feel so freed up to reach them.”
When you preach on evangelism, people should walk out and feel empowered to do everything God has called them to do, because through the Spirit, they can.
Now, should your preaching challenge, help others to see how difficult this road ahead is? Yes. But it shouldn’t feel like a burden. Jesus took the burden and gives us his (Matthew 11:28).
- Stop hatin’ on other pastors & ministries. This is right on (for the most part). The only discrepency I have with Scott is when a pastor is leading people into heresy. You need to call that out, you don’t need to hate on them, but you do need to address it.
- Pastors are bible guys. I am loving this series by Acts 29 on what a pastor/elder is. Pastors have to be bible guys, men need to be bible guys.
- Sam Rainer on church staffing in 2020. This is interesting, no idea if it will come true, but I definitely think some of it will happen.
- In America’s, Christian faith, a surprising comeback of rock-ribbed Calvinism is challenging the Jesus-is-your-buddy gospel of modern evangelism.
- The gospel and marriage.
- Donald Miller on 10 reasons pastors are important.