Category Archives: Evangelism

We need more of this… anyone in?

Check out this street preaching group and follow @LawGrace to see some of the front lines we need to be participating in:

The man on the chair and the two beside him (along with the video operator) are the street preaching group. There is a “heckler” they call “Goad” (as is “goading you on”) who by God’s providence gathers more people through his confrontation and antics (he’s the one moving around most in the video).

Great Commission Resurgence

Pray4GCR.comSome may have heard about the Great Commission Resurgence (GCR) that was voted on earlier this year at the Southern Baptist Convention.

My church is trying to orient itself toward the great commission. This is partly because of the great commission resurgence but more fully because Christ commanded the great commission after His resurrection in Matthew 28:18-20, which states:

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Tonight my church had a meeting where we formed our great commission committee. There was a lot of optimism. We have established the committee. We have set another meeting. We’re hoping to organize three upcoming events: a block party, Operation Christmas Child, and the Lottie Moon offering.

Two things play prominent roles as we consider the great commission. I think these are also things that the GCR Task Force should begin with. First, the great commission is spoken to specific people. Verse 18 starts with “And Jesus came and said to them”. Jesus is the authority. And He comes to a group of disciples who are, well, discipled. For roughly three years Jesus has been leading these people, mentoring them, discipling them, teaching them. Following Jesus’ resurrection He has spent another 40 days discipling them. The great commission is given to discipled believers. This does not mean that new believers are exempt but that new believers should be quickly taught to communicate the faith (previously the mature in Christ have failed to do this).

Second, the great commission is the command of Jesus Christ who has all authority in heaven and on earth. We need to be obedient to His command. But more than that we need to obey His command from the right understanding. The end of verse 20 reads, “I am with you always, to the end of the age”. Our obedience comes from a dependence on Jesus’ presence in order to obey.

So we need to focus on discipleship, making sure our churches can tell others about who Jesus is, what He did, and why it matters. And then we need to understand the authority of Jesus Christ and His presence with us in order to obey His command so we can reach the lost.

Music gives insight for evangelism

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” – Romans 1:20

“They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them” – Romans 2:15

Time will tell on their power minds
Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess
Wait til the judgement day comes

Now in darkness world stops turning
As you hear the bodies burning
No more warpigs have the power
And as God has struck the hour
Day of judgement, God is calling
On their knees the warpigs crawling
Begging mercy for their sins
Satan laughing spreads his wings

-”Warpigs” by Black Sabbath

The Bible verses above along with the old, but representative, song lyrics show how deeply people reflect the image of God. The group Black Sabbath can identify injustice in the oppression of people and unjust wars. The Bible verses, Romans 1:20 and 2:15, show that groups like Black Sabbath and even everyone in general are actively suppressing the truth while trying to uphold their internal drive for justice to be done. They do not want to admit that their standard for justice is deficient, that it applies to them also and that God’s wrath should justly fall on them.

Now, of course, we could have read the Bible verses and known these things were happening. Why the song lyrics? The lyrics are an illustration that we have common ground with unbelievers, like Paul did in Acts 17. There is common ground because we too know the need for justice to be done, and done perfectly by a righteous God. There is also common ground in our God-given conscience. Their conscience in our ally in evangelism. By opening with their songs and appealing to their sense of justice we can begin a conversation that delves deeply into how their lives fall short of the perfect Judge that everyone will one day face.

The difficulty is getting them to reflect on how far short they will fall when God judges them. Here are a few Bible verses you might suggest that they contemplate:

Romans 3:10 “None is righteous, no, not one”
Romans 3:18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes”
Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

and hope for them when they realize their fallen condition:
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”