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A light bulb flashed on for me during tonight’s sermon.

Previously I have felt a bit ashamed to speak too much about sin and guilt when presenting the gospel.  I have tended to want to major on “the positives” e.g.  adoption into God’s family, new life and eternal life.

Tonight’s sermon by Pastor John de Boer was titled “The Holy Spirit – Our Roommate”.
One of the points brought out was that the work of the Spirit is like a spotlight directed at Christ. One of the bible texts used was John 16: 8 – 11.

Unless I go away, the Counsellor (Holy Spirit) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

As I read “when He comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement…”  it occurred to me that I have not seen the significance of exposing sin for what it is, or as I should have been seeing it.

There is a great temptation to play down the harsh offence of the cross, and make it more appealing.
This text shows that people can’t see their need for Christ till they are convicted of guilt.

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Ever dreamt of walking up to a stranger, striking up a conversation and then sharing the gospel with them? It is a surprisingly fearful, but tremendously important work that many Christians can get involved in. MTS is an Australian organisation that trains up evangelists in this work. They have a very sound article that serves as a great introductory ‘how to’ guide. Check it out if you dare!

Just came across Erik Raymon’s Irish Calvinist blog. I really like the Postcard Tracts – clever photos on one side and a great gospel message on the other side: very thorough and very clear for the unChurched. There is an even more detailed explanation of the gospel on the Free Gift page. Erik seems to be a pastor who has a keen heart for evangelism.  Well worth checking out!

Well done everyone who had the patience to wait the extra week for this step!

I liked this week, it was short but to the point. Basically it was around figuring out who we know who isn’t saved and thinking about what we can do to witness to them. I especially liked that we were encouraged not to wait for a friendship to develop. Yeah! As most of us know really, if you wait for a friendship to develop, it gets harder to witness and share your faith, not easier.

When we are saved we are freed to serve (1 Cor 9 :19-23 & 10:31-11:1, Gal 5:13-14). The best service we can offer to those we know or meet is to witness to them.

Sorry!

Posted: August 28, 2007 by Daniel in Christianity, get equipped
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Sorry to the ones and ones of people waiting with baited breath for my take on the next of the Six Steps to talking about Jesus – CONNECT. My bible study group was so depleted this morning that we decided it would be best to wait until next week to do the study rather than have all but four of us miss out completely. Came as a bit of a surprise, we’re usually a big group!

So hang in there and I’ll catch you up next week. Check in with us on Saturday for the next Gift of the Gospel presentation, assuming it gets posted on time. If not, check in on Sunday!

Arrived at the park today to find Daniel already in conversation with a lady Agalaia? sitting at a park bench. As I walked into the action, Daniel had opportunity to explain why we were meeting together in the park and what we were doing. This led to questions about her experience and knowledge of God, the Bible and Christianity and some lengthy discussion about whether she knew and cared about her sinful condition in relation to the Law of God.

She admitted she was sinful but thought it didn’t really matter that much because she wasn’t as bad as everybody else at which point we took the time to explain that Jesus said it did matter and that according to God’s standard a lustful look and a hateful thought are as bad before God as the acts of adultery and murder that can follow them.

She was sure that her asking for forgiveness each night would make her right with God and I asked her why she thought God would cancel her debt … if He’s a just God He can’t just ignore her sin and offence … just because she wanted Him too … she had no bargaining power with the God she had offended. I then explained that when a Christian prays, they have to acknowledge that they can only come to God “through Jesus” as their representative, acknowledging by faith that they need His righteousness and His payment for sins to be theirs. This seemed to sink in a little. I also explained that the fact that she prayed to God each night was of no use unless she came to the Father through faith in the Son … she might think she was praying to a God that would forgive her because “she wasn’t that bad” and they “were only little sins” but that to pray to a God in that way was only to pray to a God of her imagination. To pray to the holy, just and living God she needed to come through the person and work of Jesus. She accepted tracts and a Bible and seemed genuinely interested in hearing the gospel.

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question markWhat a great study today, once again. Texts were Titus 3:3-8, 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 and Acts 4:8-31. All about prayer in evangelism, God’s role in the person of the Holy Spirit and our role as announcers of the gospel.

We had a young christian in our group who missed last week’s study on the basics of the gospel, so we got into a few areas of fundamental doctrine. Lots and lots of questions, followed by our best efforts to explain things like election and the trinity, and how repentance is not a work that leads to our salvation but a response to what Jesus has done. (more…)