Here are 5 terrible substitutes for evangelism:
Ask people about the last time they shared the gospel, and you’ll often be met with silence. In a 2012 Lifeway Research study on evangelism, eighty percent of people who attend church more than once a month believe that sharing the Gospel is an important part of their faith. But of those eighty percent, sixty-one percent haven’t shared their faith in the last six months.
People are nervous to share the Gospel—they don’t want to mess it up or embarrass themselves. I’ve seen Christians intentionally avoid the discussion when asked by people who are generally curious.
1. Do you call yourself a Christian?
2. Do you believe in the power of God’s word?
3. Do you believe The Bible is the inerrant and inspired word of God?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, congratulations… You’ve just applied yourself to a life of full-time ministry.
I can only the imagine the intensity and curiosity of Moses as he approached the burning bush in Exodus chapter 3. All throughout scripture we see people encountering God in the most unfathomable ways, but I believe this is one of those defining moments that truly showcases how mysterious and relentless God is when trying to reach His people.
1. Do you have a burning bush experience?
2. How did you encounter the presence of God?
Over the last few years I have noticed that when I put myself into unfamiliar situations, I begin to expose a lot about myself, my leadership, and my relationship with God. Unfamiliar situations will do this to the best of us, and I firmly believe that evaluating the way we handle change is a wonderful way to scale our relationship with Christ.
Recently I shared a post about my cross-country move to a new state, city, and ministry position. And although it’s only been about a week since I have arrived, I can’t begin to explain how much I’ve already learned, grown, and experienced.