A number of people have asked me for a sample of my speaking so they can show their friends and pastors that could be interested in having me out to speak.
My online friend Miguel raised an interesting question on FB:
And it got me thinking (as he usually does) about the tensions that this questions raises.
- Do we have a role in leading others to faith in Jesus?
- If so what is it?
- Is it total arrogance to say something like that? Of course God saves people not us.
- If it is all God’s role then why am I needed?
- Maybe what bothers us has nothing to do with what is actually being said, but more to do with the type of people who say that kind of statement?
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It is summer and you may be dreaming of a break — hitting the beach, working on a tan, or watching a few extra movies. But summertime also provides natural opportunities to grow in evangelism. Here are a few ways to do this.
In case you missed it, my 52-year-old neighbor Ben came to faith on Sunday. I encourage you to read the story as I detail it in full.
But now I need to disciple him. He knows nothing of God and I am starting at complete scratch with him. I am primarily used to developing college students and 18-22 year olds think very differently and have a whole other set of problems and questions.
Because I am part of a neighborhood church plant, we don’t have corporate systems designed yet to disciple new believers. At least at this point we feel it is best to empower every believer to learn to disciple people through life on life and incarnational (being rooted & present) mission.
So after some prayer and consultation I landed on four really great resources that I think will work well.
Since the first time I pulled up to my drive way two years ago I have been in relationship with Ben. I love this guy so much. We play volleyball together and talk deeply on our way to the games. He has a very troubled past and has had no belief in God or religious experience. We have had many deep talks on those drives, but he has never followed through to meet with me outside those car rides to go deeper. I have been praying and praying and hoping and hoping for God to draw him close, and today it finally happened.
You can read about the first time Jesus came up in our conversation here. You can read an update to that first conversation here. This will give you perspective on a two year conversation and how his conversion has happened over time through God’s Spirit softening him, us doing life together, and me incarnating myself into his world.
Here is the detailed story of how it happened and how our conversation went (I have his permission to share).
Most of us cringe at the word evangelism. Christians I talk to are creeped out by it, uncomfortable and want to run as far away from “witnessing” as possible.
Evangelism, witnessing, sharing the gospel, has a horrible image.
As my mom said to me the other day, “it seems that evangelists always need to go find people. Why?”
Evangelists and evangelism strikes fear in people’s hearts. It has the connotation for being pushy, agenda driven, careless with humanity and furthermore, slick and salesman like – INAUTHENTIC.
Ya that is the word we were looking for. Maybe forced, showy, and aggressive.
Evangelism therefore is a curse word and we want nothing to do with it.
So my question to you as a Christian is this:
Are you going to perpetuate, ignore, or change that image?
You have to pick one as a Christian.
Evangelism not tied to the prophetic is either watered down or annoying.
Last week Alan Hirsch gave me that insight as I took issue with his newest book Disciplism.
I did not grow up in a religious home, never went to church growing up, and wasn’t really that interested in God – I never thought about him.
But then one day in high school a few of my buddies (the same ones I would smoke pot with occasionally) struck up a conversation about the end times and we started talking about if it was real or not. I had no idea. But something inside of me was pretty sure it was real and that the end times would come. It was just one of those things that you kind of deep down believed but you don’t know why.
“I am lonely.”
“I can’t do this anymore.”
“I don’t know if I have what it takes.”
“I think I could be doing something better with my life.”
“I am sure there are other things that I am better at that I could spend my time doing.”
If you have ever said something like this, then keep reading!
Last week a few of my buddies and I went to play tennis. We needed a 4th and it dawned on me to invite a guy I play volleyball with. He said yes and we had a great time playing that night. But when we were done I wanted to see if God was up to more so I asked the guy if he wanted to grab a drink and talk a bit in my man cave.