The more we love God,
It is true as McRaney states on page 198 that, “the highest level of motivation for evangelism is love for God.”
Unfortunately, this (along with many other statistics) shows that Christians in America lack the passion to be godly and love God as they should.
We have lost sight of proper priorities in life. God calls us to “love the Lord your God with all of our Heart, soul, and mind.” (mt. 22:37)
My personal problem is isolation… I am calling it a problem not a barrier, because it is my own fault. Labeling it a barrier, to me seems like pushing the blame on uncontrolables. I know better than that, because I know that I can do something in my life to address this problem.
I am glad and humbled that McRaney straight-forwardly calls me out by saying that Isolation is my selfishness. I am selfish and enjoy the fellowship of other believers. There is nothing wrong with that in of itself, but when we are blocking our own movement from growth it is a problem. We should spend some of this “fellowship” time together sharing the Gospel together, through servant evangelism, door-to-door evangelism, inviting non-Christians to join us in our fellowship at home or church…so that they see the love of Christ with us.
When I shelter myself from the world, I am disconnected. Some of the best experiences I have ever had with other Christians and with God have been the times of brokenness and challenge. Times when I had a passion to reach the lost and I was being challenged daily to share my faith with other Christians.
Accountability in evangelism is one the best tools to avoid isolation. Two or three guys or gals should meet together regularly not only for Bible study but also for sharing the Gospel. Talk about and pray for the oppurtunities in real life, but also make oppurtunities intentionally whether you are going door-to-door or if you simply just have a get-together at your home and invite your lost friends there.
We need a passion for God and a passion to be godly. Amen.
I recently listened to podcast by Apologetics.com featuring apologist and author Greg Koukl who recently authored the book called Tactics. In this book Greg offers several great approaches to talking to people in a way that will lead to spiritual conversations and possibly sharing yor faith with them.
“People are more than twice as likely to allow a person to share their faith when evangelism is combined with simple acts of servanthood.”
Servanthood Evangelism is intentionally sharing Christ by modeling Biblical servanthood.
The great ideas for servant evangelism are numerous!
Check out this website for some ideas!
Here are some thoughts:
Walk the streets of the community offering to change burnt out light bulbs for free and share the light of Christ
Change the batteries of fire alarms because of the love of Christ
pass out free water at a sporting event
Do a gas buy down…for a few hours at a gas station offer to pay the station .25 for every gallon pumped in 2 hours. The gas station sells the gas 25 cents cheaper, the customers are happy and you get a chance to talk to the customers about why you are doing this!
Bake cookies for visitors and visit them. The principle is do not just invite the community to come to your church, instead bring the church and love of Christ to them!
Community-driven: cook food for or mow grass for a particular community or a particular set of families, no strings attached.
Do not participate in a “church sports league,” do participate in a community/open/secular league.
People will ask “why are you doing this?”
This is the essence of servant evangelism and this is the opportunity to share the Gospel and God’s love!
How new people come to church for the first time
Now Crandall’s original study was done in the 10 years ago, when church growth scholarship was really studying the impact of such advertising. From research done some time ago and still in print from Amazon (Source:The Inviting Church, 1987 p. 44), here is what was found:
- 2% by Advertisement
- 6% by the Pastoral Invitation
- 6% by organized evangelism campaign
- 86% by friends or relatives
My Youth Group has joined many other groups in doing an ONLINE MISSION TRIP
Here are a lot of videos we are using to share our faith online!:
I’ll be Honest Video
Or this link:
http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=tKdLX2HkA_s
Captive (short film)
“Youth Evangelism” – Christian short film – Captive (Drama)
Four Spiritual Laws
The Christ tract clip
Examine your faith Christian Game show (Comedy)
Examine Your Faith – Christian Game Show (Comedy) – redruthfilms
LightHouse “everything” Skit
Refuge (Short film)
Refuge – Christian short film (Drama) – Redruth Films
Fight for Life (Short Film)
The Fight for Life – Christian short film – (Drama) – Redruth
Create your personal testimony in 5-clicks:
http://www. 5clicks. com/
The Gospel explained in four points:
Also send your friends to http://www.onlinemissionstrip.com/blog/2009/02/download-14-days-of-audio-omt-bible-studies