A lot of churches I know of (and a whole lot more I don’t) will be teaching through my Sharing Jesus book this year over eight weeks. Whether you do or not, here’s a little video that can be an encouragement in your witness. It’s designed to be a promo for the book or for training, but can be a stand-alone encouragement as well. If you haven’t done so already, check out the landing page for the book HERE. You can order the book for only $5 a copy if you order through Lifeway.com (the discount is given at checkout–pretty awesome deal for a hardback). Enjoy!
For at least the last decade or so, there’s been a deepened interest in urban church planting. Young guys move into big cities with visions of planting a church for the city. They want to live in the neighborhoods that many evangelical churches attempted to escape in previous decades.
The best book ever written on evangelism? The book of Acts. Have you read it lately to see how the early church –– that band of believers, that covey of Christians, that den of disciples –– turned the world upside down? If you read it, remember what Nick Ripken said, how we’ve separated the content of the Bible from its context. Read with fresh eyes.
Exactly 10 years ago this week—on January 8, 2008—I was doing college ministry in East Asia. I had recently gotten to know a student named “James”; we had met playing basketball and had become fast friends. And, just like virtually everyone around him, he had never heard about Jesus Christ.
Back in the late 1960s, the Green Bay Packers had just lost to a team they should have easily defeated. Coach Vince Lombardi, football in hand, told his players, “Men, today we will get back to the basics—this is a football.” Understanding evangelism begins with, and never moves past, the Word of God. A variety of terms help us understand New Testament teaching about evangelism. Here are four key terms to help us understand evangelism.
Growing up I played a lot of team sports. Mainly, I played baseball and soccer. On most of the teams I was on, there was a fair amount of camaraderie and unity. I’m sure if you’ve ever played team sports, you have felt that as well.
On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared C. Wilson outlines numerous reasons a church should aim for simplicity in its programming, method, and mission.
The cultural forces pushing against the Christian teaching on conversion are intense. Just consider the claims of naturalism, the call to respect all religions, and contemporary ideas of tolerance. But surely the power of a church’s witness depends on people who have been supernaturally changed. How do we talk about something that both offends and gives hope? Do we call people to convert? How critical is repentance? Can they belong before they believe?
Yes, it’s the new year, when we give half-hearted resolutions we don’t really plan to keep. I get it.
In the face of such “resolutions”, I want to offer an alternative: encouragement. Each day in the month of January I will post one of 31 days of encouragement in evangelism. What if this year you experienced more confidence, more joy, and more fruit in your witness? What if you saw your walk with Christ experience a form of MiracleGrow as sharing your faith like never before gave you the gospel equivalent of a bumper crop of spiritual growth?
Micah interviews Dr. Alvin Reid and uncovers some of his insights into evangelism and local missional work.