Archive for the ‘Way of the Master’ Category

roll.jpg

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!!!

(more…)

sermonjamsheader.jpg

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

(more…)

heart

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.”
(more…)

Got a spare 50min? This is a recent Church message by John Legg (WOTM, Melbourne) that is well worth listening to. I have heard half of it and it is a great challenge for people who may have entered the Church through a man centred gospel. I look forward to your comments. The message is entitled Impostors In Our Midst.

Josh and I went out witnessing for about an hour and we shared the gospel with 5 people and handed out a couple of tracts to others.

I arrived late and Josh was already witnessing to Valentino. He was a mature man with a black polo shirt and red braces. He had a large chunky silver necklace and spoke with a strong European accent. I am not exactly sure if he claimed to be an extra-terrestrial or if he claimed to be somehow in contact with aliens, but he was not ready to listen to the gospel. He had all sorts of clunky ideas that he countered with in response to the presentation of the gospel and he was very secretive and said that he was not permitted to tell us stuff. Strangely enough he did encourage at the end to continue to preach the gospel.

After a quick prayer we headed to wards the skate park. 3 girls lay on a picnic rug stroking their white dog. The all had trendy sunglasses on and one of them was busy receiving calls on her mobile while we chatted to them. They had a Catholic school background and were quite blasé about anything to do with Christianity. They all listened well as I explained the good test. Josh confirmed at the end how the commandments show us what God’s character is like – holy, just and good.

We left the girls and headed under the flood barrier and talked to Dave in the skate park. For the entirety of our conversation Dave swore heavily and blasphemed intensely. We met Dave resting on a mountain bike as he watched his two boys doing tricks on their BMXs. I had a good natural conversation with Dave about his background and what he does for a living.  I have worked doing the same job as he does so we shared about that. At one point he made a joke about suicide and that was when I asked, ‘what do you think happens when you die?’ He believed that he would just go into nothingness. Josh and I then spent some time overcoming his ignorant objections to the authority of the bible. I took Dave through he good test – he really thought he was good but then he started to make a joke about everything. It was weird – Dave was constantly changing between caring and not caring about his eternal destiny. Dave was very proud and I thought it wise to not go on to share the gospel. Josh did give a small mention of the gospel in answer to one of Dave’s questions. I am concerned for Dave.

We left the afternoon joyful and thankful that we had an opportunity to glorify God. I took a camera but didn’t get any footage of the witness encounters to share and spruce up this post. I will try to do something like that in the future.

Last night I listened to a brilliant and compelling lecture by Curt Daniel on why reformed Christians (and any Christian) must evangelise. The lesson is strongly reformed but it is also wonderfully balanced in holding the paradoxes that seem to exist in the doctrine of salvation.  

This is a 5 star lesson that you must listen to if you are a Christian. If you have heard Hells Best Kept Secret you will appreciate this teaching and it may move you further along to an even more biblically faithful understanding of how to present the gospel to non-Christians. I appreciate the Way of the Master but I am coming to understand that there is more that can be done in improving our Gospel presentation to be more biblical. I think this message from Dr. Daniel can provide some missing information to help us get there. I want to run a series on this Lecture because it has many insights that I want to share. Please download it today. If you use windows, right click and select ‘save as’ from the menu that pops up. Its 55mins and only 6.5Mb.

I found it difficult to be listened to by a close family member this last week. They were quite stuck on the idea that there can’t be just one true religion in the world.

I think the Way of the Master is close to reality when they say that Family members can be the toughest to share the gospel.

There is much to be said for going out doing street evangelism with a friend. I do a lot of street evangelism by myself: it’s just so much more easier than organising a group to meet at a certain time and place. On Tuesday I tried my first serious walk-up evangelism with a friend who was interested in seeing how I share the gospel. It was really good. He had a lot of strengths that came out in answers to certain questions. Sometimes we took turns as we went through each explanation and other times we “double teamed” and talked to different people in the group at the same time.

Another benefit to evangelising with others is that you can actually learn things from your friends as you see them in action. My friend came out with some gems that I will remember and use next time I get those questions.

We only had a limited time (about 1 hour) and we witnessed to a large group of students (4-6), a Couple visiting from St. Helens and an elderly man from King Island. We also had two refusals to talk to us. One was from a pair of elderly ladies who sternly refused to talk about God and another was from a Couple who refused and said they were Aboriginal. I tried to open up in natural conversation with them but they seemed to feel that Christianity was anti-Aboriginal

We were really encouraged by going out witnessing together we are planning to get a few more people together and go out Sunday afternoon. Perhaps in a place where there are a lot of people with time on their hands to talk.

I now want to share just a part of an email that my friend sent to me reflecting on his experiences evangelising with me. I had previously shared with him that I felt nervous witnessing to our last guy – Barry.

Hi Daniel,

Today was very good. It felt very unusual to go into the mall and actually and actively care about the souls of people there… I am impressed with your directness with total strangers and I think it is quite disarming (in a good way) for many people.

I didn’t notice any nervousness on your part when we talked with Barry – I was too interested in his very bright and sparky character and lively eyes – seemed liked quite a nice bloke with a lot of history. I was surprised that I felt no nervousness with any of the people we spoke to. I liked the way that you didn’t just abandon conversation with those who were disinterested in talking to us. The Aboriginals were an interesting pair, I think maybe conversation with them might be better started about social justice, meaning of life, social ills of abuse, alcoholism, racism etc. and then turned to God and His standard and what that means for them as rational moral humans who are just as bad(in God’s sight) as the white Europeans who mistreated them and made them want to distrust and reject anything they have to offer including Christianity.

I think some (many) people really need a relationship of trust and respect to be able to hear the truth. That said, I think there is a big need for us to spread the gospel whenever and where ever and to who ever we meet. Our time or their time could come at any moment and what a great opportunity to miss not telling a hell bound sinner about where we are going and how to get there. I love how you just choose anyone to speak to, No respect of persons. I analyse my prospective converts too much. It is better just to dive in with everyone. I need to learn that.

I had a sense of the awesomeness and solemnity of bringing the gospel to people on the way into town. If we do it faithfully then the Spirit will use it to awaken souls now or later or ultimately harden them. The Word never returns void. It does what it was sent to do. God’s Word finds and convert sinners and leaves the hard of heart without any excuse. Obviously God is in charge of how many opportunities any person gets to hear the gospel but still it is a big thing to bring it and be a part of that process…

After writing my previous post I did two “phrase limited” Google searches and this is what I found:
“Christ died for you” 31,100 results
“Christ died for sinners” 802 results

Obviously the message that “Christ died for you” is more emotional, personal, popular and appealing but its not biblically faithful. I just want to share what I found in the first Google results for “Christ died for sinners”:

CRTA

Limited Atonement (Particular Redemption)

Limited Atonement is a doctrine offered in answer to the question, “for whose sins did Christ atone?” The Bible teaches that Christ died for those whom God gave him to save (John 17:9). Christ died, indeed, for many people, but not all (Matthew 26:28). Specifically, Christ died for the invisible Church — the sum total of all those who would ever rightly bear the name “Christian” (Ephesians 5:25).

This doctrine often finds many objections, mostly from those who think that Limited Atonement does damage to evangelism. We have already seen that Christ will not lose any that the father has given to him (John 6:37). Christ’s death was not a death of potential atonement for all people. Believing that Jesus’ death was a potential, symbolic atonement for anyone who might possibly, in the future, accept him trivializes Christ’s act of atonement. Christ died to atone for specific sins of specific sinners. Christ died to make holy the church. He did not atone for all men, because obviously all men are not saved. Evangelism is actually lifted up in this doctrine, for the evangelist may tell his congregation that Christ died for sinners, and that he will not lose any of those for whom he died!

Extract from, CRTA

A more detailed article can also be found on this subject at Monergism.org

I have heard so many evangelists say the following statements in their evangelism.
Please choose which is biblically faithful:

A: ‘God sent his Son to suffer and die on the cross for you.’
B: ‘God loves you so much that he sent his Son to die for you.’
C: ‘Jesus died on the Cross to pay for your sins.’
D: ‘If you die in your sin’s you will go to Hell, that is not God’s will.’
E: ‘Christ died on the cross for sinners.’
F: All of the above.
G: None of the above.

Multiple Choice
How did you go?

Recently I showed one of my million dollar tracts to a Christian friend and he pointed out an error in the gospel presentation. When I though about it, I realised how often this error is perpetuated in evangelism.

It is unbiblical to say ‘Christ died for your sins’ in our evangelism. Instead we should say, as the scriptures say, “Christ died for sinners’. This might seem like a pedantic point but it is the actual language of the bible. Saying ‘Christ died for your sins’ supports a completely Arminian view of salvation. It is possible that we are not telling the person the truth – Christ might not have died for their sins. The bible says that Christ’s death was an actual sacrifice for actual sin, not a potential sacrifice for sins if we would believe in it. 

The only correct statement is E:’Christ died on the cross for sinners.’

Hebrews 9:28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

Hebrews 10:12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,

1Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

Hebrews 10:12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,

1Titus 1:15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

Romans 5:6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

So from these verses we can find biblically faithful ways of explaining the work of Christ to people we are witnessing to:

‘Christ died to bear the sins of many’
‘Christ offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins’
‘Christ suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring people to God’
‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’
‘Christ died for sinners’
‘Christ died for the ungodly’

The difference is we are not personalising the work of Christ to that person – as it may be the case that Christ will never work in that person’s life.