Evangelism - Chapter 2 - A Culture of Evangelism1
Honestly, there's not much that brings me greater joy than our faith community. A group of people who have voluntarily chosen to be an eternal family, that's something that can bring great satisfaction. I love being with each and every one of our church members.
The thing that can become a great temptation is to look around at our wonderful church and decide, "Yeah, this is enough." Not because every church should be striving for purely numerical growth. It's because every church should have a great burden for the lost people who are right there in our neighborhoods, who don't know Jesus, and will not spend an eternity with a loving family worshipping the One, True God.
This chapter does a great job laying out a vision for establishing a culture dedicated to sharing the good news of Jesus and expanding our faith community by challenging one another to obey the Great Commission. I pray this is the vision you have for our church as well! I pray we are all a part of the solution.
In response to doing big productions: "If members spent half the time they had spent on the production in friendly evangelistic conversations with neighbors, coworkers, or fellow students, they would see a better response to the gospel and reach even more people." - p. 45
"I yearn for a culture of evangelism that never trades confidence in the gospel for confidence in techniques, personalities, or entertainment gimmicks." - p. 49
"To get hearts is a work of the Spirit alone." - p. 51
"Each and every one of us carries God's mark. That is why Christians believe that all people have dignity, worth, and value." - p. 52
"Most of all we're mindful of what people can become: new creations in Christ, renewed and restored by the transforming power of God." - p. 53
"Evangelistic failure is better than not trying evangelism at all." - 57
Discussion questions options:
- What are some of the other quotes that inspired you?
- Which of the aspects of a culture of evangelism do you think you are best at? Which do you think could use some work?
- Which of the aspects of a culture of evangelism do you think our church is best at? Which do you think could use some work?
- How did this chapter maybe reshape your ideas about what the role of evangelism is in the church?
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