What is Christianity?
Can anything be more important that helping lost people answer life’s most important question?
As we begin 2019, please join me in doing two things as we begin this new year of faith and opportunity:
We just celebrated our annual Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, and it’s a perfect time to remember how grateful we are for the gospel in our lives. Meditating on the blessings of the good news can keep you highly motivated in your gospel-proclaiming ministry.
Paul, the ultimate evangelist, modeled a thanks-driven life about the blessings of the gospel that is being proclaimed (Rom. 1:8; Phil. 1:3-4; Col. 1:3-6; 2 Thess. 2:13).
We are living in a time when fewer people have a basic understanding of faith, so we need to be prepared for questions, criticisms, and general skepticism about Christianity.
Don’t be surprised if you hear things like: “Doesn't Christianity crush diversity?" "How can you take the Bible literally?" "Doesn't religion cause violence?" "Doesn't Christianity denigrate women?" "Isn't the Bible homophobic?" "Hasn't science disproved Christianity?" "How could a loving God allow suffering?" "How can you say there's only one true faith?" "How can you say God even exists?" and others.
It’s now been one year since over 100 of our church family committed to being a better, more faithful witness for Jesus Christ. Our Tell Someone campaign was designed to re-inform, re-tool, and re-motivate our hearts to grow in our personal and corporate gospel passion, skill, and faithfulness. Here is what we shared last August as we prepared ourselves to become better witnesses for Jesus Christ:
Ever heard this question?
Ever stopped to consider its implications for your life?
If we have the only gospel truth that can save (and we do) and Satan is committed to spreading his damning lies through false religion (and he does), then what does that mean about me and my witness? Are we willing to allow Satan’s evangelists to out-share us?
BY KIM MOOREHEAD
I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. - 1 Corinthians 3:6
It was early my freshman year of college when my dad called to tell me my mom, age 46, had suffered a massive heart attack. I remember the kindness of DARCY, a girl in my dorm, who hugged me and told me she had called her mom back home and asked her to put my mom on their church’s prayer chain. Although I didn’t know what a prayer chain was, I was grateful. I attended this church many times in the years ahead whenever I would visit her on summer vacation. Who would know that years later, I would meet and marry the son of this preacher who first preached the gospel to me.
School is almost out; the sun is almost ready to stay out, and people all around us will be outside hiking, cycling, picnicking, working in their lawns and gardens, visiting parks, playing at the beaches, walking on the sidewalks, just enjoying the great Pacific Northwest. It’s a perfect opportunity to connect.
It’s been 34 weeks since we all took the Tell Someone Challenge (September 3, 2017) and it’s time for a little check-up.
1. How is my gospel witness progressing?
Am I keeping the commitment I made to the Lord in September of 2017?
What ways have I seen the Lord use me to be a gospel witness?
What obstacles have kept me from being the gospel witness I desire?
Ever feel like your attempts to be a faithful witness aren't working? Ever get discouraged by the seeming lack of response from those you are trying to reach?
Watch this brief, but powerful testimony from Ben Malcomson about how God worked in the midst of what appeared to be futile attempts to be a faithful gospel witness.
Christmas is a wonderful season when many unbelievers are more open to the idea of Jesus Christ and the church than at any other time of the year. It’s a great time to think about how to use opportunities to introduce others to the gospel message.
Here are three simple ways to connect others to the message of Christ:
Our lives are full. Sometimes to the exclusion of building bridges with non-believers around us. Be proactive in looking for ways you can share hope with those who have no eternal hope.
Recently, a person who took the Tell Someone challenge went to visit a patient in the hospital. No one had visited him. His hospitalization brought him face to face with his mortality, and he sought her out to ask for spiritual support. She engaged in conversation with him, asked questions, didn't push an agenda but sought to understand his thought process and how he came to his conclusions.
Following are examples shared by two people who took the next step. Having the "Tell Someone" challenge on their mind caused them to be proactive in looking for a chance to share.
Story One: “…. Since then, my college friend and I have lived apart, and I have gotten back into church. God has really been putting her name in my mind during our "Tell Someone" series, and I decided to just get up the courage to start the conversation....It was truly scary to share with such a close friend, but I pray for her each day that she will find a meaningful relationship in Jesus going forward. Thanks for the challenge! It was what I needed to get moving and stop stalling.”