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Are You Out of (Evangelism) Shape?

What if faithful evangelism was simply part of faithful Christianity?

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Diagnosing Evangelistic Apathy

Why don’t we evangelize more faithfully?

This is a general but nevertheless important question. There are a number of true and helpful ways to get at answering it, but I want to simply focus on one here. One reason that we do not evangelize is that we don’t consistently believe the gospel. There is not a consistent “buy-in” for the powerful truth of it.

Think about an ambassador for any organization. Their value is not simply in holding the position but in believing in its mission. Think about those who endorse a product. How valuable would a Pepsi promoter be if he was seen drinking Coke all the time? I am not attempting to reduce the gospel down to a product to be peddled but simply showing that even in everyday life the principle shows itself forth. The best proponents of something are those who actually buy in. They are truly behind it.

Is there any wonder why the gospel is far from our minds in conversations with unbelievers if it is likewise distant from our talks with other Christians? Some Christians have grown adept at never talking about the gospel at all. Never mind with those who are headed to hell, they don’t talk about it with those who are going to heaven!

One thing you notice when you read the letters of Paul is that he was always banging the gospel drum. He talked about the gospel when he talked about anything. Question about marriage? Gospel (Eph. 5:22-33). How about division in …

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Notecard Answers for Why I Believe the Bible

As Christians we are to always be ready to give a defense of the hope that is within us (1 Pet. 3:15). The basis of this hope is our confidence that the Bible is God’s Word. It is trustworthy and sufficient.

There are many times when our confidence in the Bible can come under attack. Consider a temptation to doubt the truth of God’s Word when you or someone close to you is diagnosed with a severe medical condition. Are you tempted to doubt the sufficiency and truthfulness of God’s promises? Or consider the moment of great temptation to sin. Like Eve you are appraising the way the desire can bring satisfaction to you and meet your need. You weigh this against God’s Word. At some point you have to remind yourself of the truthfulness of the Bible. Finally, consider a conversation with an unbelieving friend who is sanctioning their lifestyle because the Bible is not true. In each of these scenarios you need to have some quick, simple, and compelling truths on retainer.

I’ve put these 5 together as something of a quick reference notecard for why I believe the Bible. I’m sure there is an acronym or something clever but I’ve not thought of it.

(1) The Biblical Argument.

By this I simply mean that the Bible claims to be God’s Word. This claim is not just in a remote passage or book but throughout. We read in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, …

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Did You Tell Anyone?

Our family recently got away for a refreshing summer trip to the beach. With a lot of kids comes a lot of curiosity and imagination. The ocean proves to be a suitable playmate and stimulant for both. Add to this the summer news of shark attacks and you have the potential for some exciting moments on the beach.

One day one of our children recalled that they saw a shark fin sticking out of the water. After the story was told later in the day, a friend of ours who lives there on the coast asked a good question: “Did you tell anyone?”

Her point was clear: if you really did see a shark then you really should have run up and down the beach warning others to get out of the water. But, if you might have seen something or imagined it or hoped to see it–then you would probably just talk about it with friends and siblings.

As I thought about that exchange throughout the day the application for evangelism is appropriate. Do we really believe that Jesus rose from the dead? Do we really believe that he died on the cross for our sins? Do we really believe that Jesus is God in the flesh? Or do we just hope that it is true?

Similiar to potential shark sitings I guess you could tell by who you tell. Do you simply talk about it with friends and family–those in comfortable settings? Or, do you warn others–strangers and friends alike–because it is …

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Gospel Shaped Outreach Giveaway 4

Last year I completed an evangelism training program for The Gospel Coalition’s new Gospel Shaped Church curriculum. It was published by The Good Book Company and contains a leader’s guide, participant manual, and DVD’s of the course. This is material that I have taught at our church and have found it to be helpful.

For today’s free copy, leave a comment explaining why you think your church or small group should get this free copy of the training. I’ll pick two people to receive the copy of the Leader’s Guide.

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Gospel Shaped Outreach Giveaway 3

Last year I completed an evangelism training program for The Gospel Coalition’s new Gospel Shaped Church curriculum. It was published by The Good Book Company and contains a leader’s guide, participant manual, and DVD’s of the course. This is material that I have taught at our church and have found it to be helpful.

Over the next week or so, I’ll be giving away 5 copies of the Leader’s Kit, one per day.

For today’s free copy, leave a comment detailing how God has showed you the importance of prayer for evangelism. I’ll pick one to receive the copy of the Leader’s Guide.

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Gospel Shaped Outreach Giveaway 2

Last year I completed an evangelism training program for The Gospel Coalition’s new Gospel Shaped Church curriculum. It was published by The Good Book Company and contains a leader’s guide, participant manual, and DVD’s of the course. This is material that I have taught at our church and have found it to be helpful.

Over the next week or so, I’ll be giving away 5 copies of the Leader’s Kit, one per day.

For today’s free copy, leave a comment explaining why so many churches struggle with evangelism. I’ll pick one to receive the copy of the Leader’s Guide.

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Gospel Shaped Outreach Giveaway 1

Last year I completed an evangelism training program for The Gospel Coalition’s new Gospel Shaped Church curriculum. It was published by The Good Book Company and contains a leader’s guide, participant manual, and DVD’s of the course. This is material that I have taught at our church and have found it to be helpful.

Over the next week or so, I’ll be giving away 5 copies of the Leader’s Kit, one per day.

For today’s free copy, leave a comment describing the worst experience you’ve had in trying to share the gospel with people. I’ll pick one to receive the copy of the Leader’s Guide.

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Gospel-Shaped Outreach Giveaway

Last year I completed an evangelism training program for The Gospel Coalition’s new Gospel Shaped Church curriculum. It was published by The Good Book Company and contains a leader’s guide, participant manual, and DVD’s of the course. This is material that I have taught at our church and have found it to be helpful.

Over the next week or so, I’ll be giving away 5 copies of the Leader’s Kit, one per day. There will be something you have to do, like answer a question of some sort. The “best” answer will be chosen each day.

 

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Your Church: A Missionary Family

Roger and Luke were sitting down for coffee to discuss ministry. Roger was a missionary overseas and Luke was a pastor. At one point during the conversation Luke asked Roger what he found most discouraging about his ministry.

His answer was surprising and revealing. Roger told him that the most discouraging aspect of ministry in his area is the other missionaries.

He went on to describe in detail how so many western churches send people to their area for mission work but in reality they are just on a vacation. They collect a check, get the benefits, and relax at the beach. Their engagement with the locals is minimal and when they do—they engage them with a critical spirit. These “missionaries” take up space at church and are really not ready to serve.

What is the problem here?

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