Tag Archives: Evangelism

You Can Make the Difference!

22 Jan

Whenever I speak to people who left the church and renounced God, they speak of the problem of Christian obedience as a massive factor.

Soon, after some lively discussions on Eshu’s blog,  I hope to answer those who say that the church’s records of evil is a reason to deny God . However, before I do so I want to talk to the Christians. I want us to realise that living for Christ can be an essential part in the way God saves people.

But before I do that I better get a big misconception out of the way.

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The Gospel & Personal Evangelism: Mark Dever

10 Jan

Have you ever wondered how you as a lay person can preach the Gospel to your friends? Or maybe you doubt that evangelism is for you? Perhaps you’re unsure as to what evangelism really involves.

If so, this book is for you. In “The Gospel & Personal Evangelism”, Mark Dever teaches what the Bible says the Gospel is and the methods of evangelism it sets forth. This isn’t a book for pastors, it is a book that all Christians can read. So short you can read it in no time, this book is a great start if you want to see what evangelism is and how you should do it..

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Don’t Waste Your Summer

9 Jul

Long lie-ins, watching entire seasons of 24 in a matter, sunbathing in the garden. It is often the case that Christian students spend their holidays just as unwisely as their non-Christian friends. But should that be the case?

Not all. Paul tells us “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Eph 5:15-16, ESV). Watching your entire DVD collection through twice is not Godly.

So over the coming days I will tell you 9 ways you can redeem your holiday. We start today by considering evangelistic ministry:

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Class Boundaries vs. the Supremacy of Christ

8 May

The middle class Christian

I have some disastrous news: The church has gone middle class.

Let me evidence this claim:

  • Our church in rural Cheshire has 300 odd members. We co-planted a church in the local council estate years ago. Few attend and few go to help.
  • A church in Kent and a church in Newcastle advertised for a pastor. The Kent church was flooded with applications. The Newcastle church had one.

It’s certain. The church is middle class.

So what?

How many people have been educated at a red-brick University? Not many. Say 0.1% of the population? Yet this is most evangelicals only mission field. No wonder our numbers are so few.

This has never been our way:

  • Whitfield preached as workers came out of the coal mines.
  • The Reformation was so popular amongst the populace Luther had to hold off a Marxist revolution.
  • Paul’s converts were rarely wise or of noble birth (1 Corinthians 1:26-27).

I’m not saying leave the academy. Wesley, Whitfield, Luther, Calvin and Paul were all well educated. Yet I do say gifted middle-class pastors should give up their suburban dream and move to the city. They should consider preaching to drug addicts and prostitutes as their master would.

We must give up our prejudices. The gospel is for everyone, not just undergraduates.

(Picture by iambigred under the Creative Commons Licence)

If I Took Ten Bible Books to Evangelise a Tribe…

23 Apr

At New Word Alive I had the pleasure of sharing a room with Ed Yates. After asking the typical “If you had ten books to take to a desert island” I came up with this corker:

If you were stranded on a desert island and you could take only ten books of the Bible to use to evangelise the savage tribes on that island what would be your ten?

Here is my ten:

  1. Genesis
  2. Exodus
  3. Leviticus
  4. Chronicles (we allowed ourselves the Hebrew two books count as one)
  5. Psalms
  6. Isaiah
  7. Mark
  8. Romans
  9. Hebrews
  10. Revelation

I’m unsure about my denial of Acts, I may have swapped it for Chronicles/Revelation in retrospect, but overall I’m pretty happy with my choice. Over the coming days I’ll try and post my reasons.

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