Archive for the ‘encouragement’ Category

“Be ready for responsive evangelism.”

Phillip Jensen (St Andrews Cathedral in Sydney) gives some great advice for all Christians on doing evangelism. This one of the best talks about this topic that I have ever heard. Vimeo lets you download this video if you follow through to the videos original page. The download link is on the bottom right of the page (you will need quick time player.)

As well as being extremely helpful, this could be a great resource to take to your bible study group and discuss how you might take on evangelism as a group. Its a long video (27min) but is real gold. I recommend that you watch it full screen (click the X-arrows next to the time line.) OK, start buffering, grab a coffee and enjoy.

“Make people hungry to know more.”

“Bring God language into everyday conversation.”

“Break out of the construction, that we should not talk about God.”

“We have found that people that go out on the streets and share the gospel are the ones that see their friends converted.”

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I am still a big time sookielala (wimp) when it comes to the one on one, street evangelicalism so I am sticking with the tract depositing by stealth.

However even depositing tracts by stealth still comes with its pit falls, challenges, fears, worries and problems!!!

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What I am about to say right how is very familiar to most of you…

We are travelling over very familiar territory right now….

And here is a sad fact of human nature. this is absolutely an effect of the fall…

“we get familiar with things”

 

In fact we get overly familiar with things”

so we get “used to things”

And as we get overly used to things they lose their “effect on us”

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Would you ever think that a quote from John Calvin could be turned in to a song? What about Mark Driscoll talking about Idolatry worked in to a techno thumping sound track?

“No!” you say?
Well then keep reading!

Would you like to have the best parts of sermons preached by the likes of:

Mark Driscoll
John Piper
Joshua Harris
Rick Gamache

And then have the Gospel and reformed/Calvinistic theology worked in to modern smooth techno rhythms?

If so, then welcome to…

www.1031sermonjams.com

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I was listening to way of the master last week and was very taken by a section sent in by a listener to WOTMR, sent in this quote from “Hope Lutheran church – C F W Walter”

“There is a difference between the Law and the Gospel. All religions contain PART of the Law. Some of the heathen have advanced so far that they have even perceived the necessity to have a inner cleansing of the sole. Purification of thoughts and desires, but of the Gospel not a particle is found except in the Christian religion.
The Law is written in their hearts, Their consciences bearing witness to them, but not the Gospel, this is why we need to go to the ends of the world. Had the Law not been written in men’s hearts, no one would listen to the preaching of the law. Everyone would turn away and say “That is too cruel, no body can keep the commandments, such as these!”
But my friends do not hesitate to preach the Law, people may revile it but they only do so with there mouths, but what you say to them is the things that there conscience is preaching to them everyday! [Unless God has let them go, and that is a terrifying thought…] Nor could we convert any person by preaching to him unless we preach the law to him first. It would be imposable to convert any one if the Law had not been written in men’s hearts.”
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“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. GrapesGrapes

Throwing one’s self into evangelism without being a part of that life giving vine, or plugged into the power source, is futile. Let’s be encouraged to stay faithful in our personal walk with Christ – as He says “apart from me you can do nothing.” I struggle with keeping the balance, if you do too, we can remember the key to bearing fruit is “remaining in” Him.

The Sixth Step – TALK

Posted: October 2, 2007 by Daniel in encouragement, evangelism, get equipped, resources

Welcome back to the six steps review. This week we looked at the final step, which is TALK. Surprising, huh, since the series is called “Six Steps to Talking About Jesus”(Matthias Media).

This week’s references were: 1 Peter 3:15 and Colossians 4:2-6. Awesome verses about evangelism. The thrust here is to pray for God to work in opening doors, and then to be able to clearly give a gospel message in an appropriate way, as well as equipping yourself to answer questions and objections. Our heart attitude is also touched on, we need to be gracious and loving, bringing “salt” to the conversation. I thought it was great that we were reminded that a good gospel presentation is all about Jesus and the listener, and where they stand with our holy God, and not about the presenter.

This study gave us opportunity to consider ways to present the gospel, e.g. tracts, personal testimonies, and ways to turn conversations, although we only touched briefly on this aspect.

I loved this study series. I highly recommend it to you if you’re looking for a new perspective on personal evangelism that is scripturally sound.

I have recently been reading the book When The Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper. This isn’t going to be a full review of it, so if you would like to read one please visit Irish Calvinist , where you will find a good review of the whole work. I recommend you do so, it’s a good blog.

 

A few things struck me as I read this book. The most relevant for this blog being what Piper has to say regarding evangelism and the depressed Christian. As anyone out there who has suffered a depressive illness will know, the last thing you feel up to concerning yourself with when you are struggling to make it through the day without losing your grip is sharing your faith with others. This is entirely understandable, but can present you with an opportunity to do something that may aid you in your recovery. As Piper suggests:

“Millions of Christians live with a low-grade feeling of guilt for not openly commending Christ by their words. They try to (more…)

1st Birthday

Posted: September 14, 2007 by Daniel in Christianity, encouragement

Just a little moment of celebration; today is Evangelism Action’s first birthday.

We hope that this blog can be a souce of inspiration and encouragment for the work of evangelism in the time that the Lord allows us to continue.

If you are a frequent ‘commentor’ or visitor – thanks for your friendship and interest in what we have to say.

Daniel.

New tracts coming soon

Posted: September 13, 2007 by Daniel in Christianity, encouragement

Get excited – we are in the final stages of developing two new gospel tracts. The ‘Choose your own adventure tract’ is a highly thought provoking tract that challenges the reader with the urgency of the gospel. Another tract ‘The Family Values’ tract questions where we get our values from? This tract will connect well with the Jesus All About Life ad campaign currently running in our state. Well done to Georgie and Angela. They have been working furiously on these tracts this week.

Keep you posted.