Capacity for love

The more we love God,

the more we learn to love our Christian brothers,
the more we love God and our brothers,
the more capacity we have to love our lost friends,
the more we learn to love our lost friends,
the more capacity we have to love even strangers we have never met.
It all starts though with our love for God and builds from there!

Christian Isolation

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.

Keep your eyes open for God at work

I have been reading The Unexpected Journey by Thom Rainer. The book is about people from 12 different faith backgrounds came to find and know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

The testimonies and stories of faith are revealed via interviews conducted by Thom, his wife and occasionally other staff members.
The book is a fun read because the narratives. There are details about each faith and each persons story on how they found Jesus Christ.
My heart has really been humbled and yet excited by reading these stories. One key I have been reminded of by these stories is that God is always working! Even when we think that are neighbors or friends are lost causes, we should not give up on them.
Be on the look out for where God is at work. God placed Christians in each of these respective lives on purpose to share Christ’s love and the Good News.
Simply showing Christ’s love to a neighbor you know is in need by serving them with a gift, food, merely talking to them or even prayer if God is pushing you to serve. The simple love of service can really open the doors to the lost person’s heart and prepare them for the Gospel.

The Question

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.

The podcast did not offer everything that is in the book but briefly went over some of the important topics in the book.
One thing that really stands out from the podcast is the simple use of the question.
A lot of Christians are not sure what to say or what to talk about in order to bring a spiritual conversation, some Christians are just afraid…
but the use of questions is an amazing thing.
First it puts the burden of proof on the other person. Second it makes you look like a good guy, you care and are asking great questions and are letting them share thier prespective. Thirdly it is safe. They are relational. They encourage your relationship with others. 
Questions can be leading. can be investigative, or can be curious. If your friend says they do not believe in God for instances…instead of being afraid and feeling like you have to prove God, simply ask “What do you mean by God?” or “How did you come to that conclusion?”
Let them do the explaining…then after they have shared you can be ready to offer your own expirience or opinions in a kind but evangelistic manner.
I plan on getting this book and posting more about this book on my blog eventually. But check out the book Tactics. And the podcasts at Apologetics.com 

Servanthood Evangelism

“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

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

from: http://www.evangelismcoach.org/2009/15-strategies-to-increase-first-time-visitors/

Online Mission Trip Videos

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!:

http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=JTyv1RwL3WM

Smart Video
Code:

Link:
http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=VKaRQMZ7TqQ

I’ll be Honest Video

Code:

Or this link:
http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=tKdLX2HkA_s

Captive (short film)
Code:
“Youth Evangelism” – Christian short film – Captive (Drama)

Link:
http://vids. myspace. com/index. cfm?fuseaction=vids. individual&videoid=33805634

Four Spiritual Laws
Code:

Link:
http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=SkQ1o5ikU6I

The Christ tract clip
Code:

Link:
http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=rc2RrQTz9qk

Examine your faith Christian Game show (Comedy)
Code:
Examine Your Faith – Christian Game Show (Comedy) – redruthfilms

Link:
http://vids. myspace. com/index. cfm?fuseaction=vids. individual&videoid=45692739

LightHouse “everything” Skit
Code:

Link:
http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=9_M0H5nrY8E

Refuge (Short film)
Code:
Refuge – Christian short film (Drama) – Redruth Films

Link:
http://vids. myspace. com/index. cfm?fuseaction=vids. individual&videoid=45799868

Fight for Life (Short Film)
Code:
The Fight for Life – Christian short film – (Drama) – Redruth

Link:
http://vids. myspace. com/index. cfm?fuseaction=vids. individual&videoid=33816170

Other stuff:
Create your personal testimony in 5-clicks:
http://www. 5clicks. com/

The Gospel explained in four points:
http://4laws. com/laws/english/flash/

Also send your friends to http://www.onlinemissionstrip.com/blog/2009/02/download-14-days-of-audio-omt-bible-studies


Online Gospel Interactive Umbrella Tract:
http://www. pocketpower. org/umbrella/