Tag Archives: Evangelism

The Impossibility of “Fire Insurance” Faith

You take out fire insurance so that if, in the unlikely event that your house burns down, you’ll get your house back. You don’t really believe your house will burn down but you admit the possibility and prepare for the worse.

Sometimes you’ll hear Christians argue for “fire insurance” faith. What does it look like? You might try persuading your neighbor to become a Christian just in case there is a God. “What harm could it do,” you ask, “just to be safe?”

This is the modern-day outworking of Pascal’s wager: Continue reading

How The Gospel Fuels Evangelism

This is a simple, but important, post.

What Fuels Evangelism?

Why do you believe you should share the gospel? Is it out of guilt? Do you feel like it’s expected of you and you need to share it so you can fit in at church? Is it out of pride? Will bringing newcomers to church make you look good? Is it out of habit? Do you do it because that’s what your church has always done?

These are not healthy motives for evangelism. To look at the only healthy motivation for evangelism we need to look at what evangelism actually is. Continue reading

Gospel-Centered Means Being Evangelism-Centered

This article, as part of my sabbatical, is a reminder of content you may have missed in 2012.

Holding God and his gospel in high regard is the center of the gospel-centered movement. What does that mean? It means we declare the news of “the good news”:

Bottom Line: If we aren’t evangelism-centered we aren’t gospel-centered.

Read Gospel-Centered Means Evangelism-Centered.

Mission New England 2013

Mission New England ConferenceIf you live in New England and you believe that being gospel-centered means evangelism-centered, listen up.

The Gospel Alliance New England is bringing in pastor Rob Burns, who has been really effective in evangelism in Philadelphia, for a conference discussing how he’s seen success sharing the good news on “hard ground.” The conference is being held at my home church, Norwich Alliance Church, in Norwich, CT.

The three sessions of this conference are titled:

  • “A Gospel Worth Proclaiming” – What is the Gospel? Why would we proclaim it?
  • “What is Proclamation?” Declaration and Demonstration (Words and Deeds)
  • “Everyday Living” – What does it look like to live the everyday with Gospel Intentionality

Cost for this whole-day event will be $12 ($15 at the door) for individuals or $10/person for groups of 5 or more. Also, lunch is included in that price! Be honest – you were going to spend that much on lunch alone.

Sign up now!

If you plan on attending please let me know in the comments below (email subscribers please click through to the website) so we can meet up during the conference!

The Gospel And Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever

The Gospel And Personal Evangelism

The Gospel And Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever

You need to read Mark Dever’s preposterously good book on evangelism.

This short book gives the who, what and why of evangelism. It’s a short read and a good one. Dever does an excellent job of making important distinctions that aren’t often made in our churches:

  • He explains the difference between the gospel and good truths which aren’t themselves the gospel.
  • He differentiates between evangelism and the results of evangelism.

Following are a few quotes I highlighted:

What isn’t the gospel?

The Good News is not simply that we are okay… The Good News is not simply that God is love… The Good News is not simply that Jesus wants to be our friend… The Good News is not that we should live rightly.

What is the gospel?

The good news is that Continue reading

Use Words If Necessary

Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.

It’s a very popular phrase. It’s typically (and falsely) attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. I understand the thought behind it – “Let’s live lives that indicate the truth of the gospel. Let’s show the world the results of the gospel.”

I know that this phrase receives a lot of criticism and even scorn heaped on it. It is, interestingly enough, a true statement in many respects:

  • We should preach the gospel.
  • We should preach the gospel as often as we can.
  • We should use words when it is necessary to do so.
  • Here’s the kicker: It’s always necessary to use words to preach the gospel. Continue reading
Breaking News

Gospel-Centered Means Evangelism-Centered

Breaking News

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “gospel-centered”?

If you’re like me, you’re thinking of sermons and Bible studies that find their conclusion in Jesus. Gospel-centered means our message has its foundation and focus in the gospel. I am zealous to both recognize and rest in the message that God rescued his enemies, freed them from bondage and reconciled them to himself.

We’ve reduced “gospel-centered” to mean “we preach the Bible in a certain way.”

When we do this we miss a big part of what it means to be gospel-centered. ”Gospel” means “good news” but we focus on the “good” part and not the “news.”

News is… new.

News is… new. If we never proclaim the good news to an audience for which it’s new we aren’t acting out the gospel in the way it’s designed.

This not only separates the gospel’s doctrine from the gospel’s action, it also robs us of joy – the joy that comes from seeing God work miracles.

I’m not going to give you a model for evangelism. I’m not going to tell you how to identify and reach the lost. I’m just going to tell you to do it.

Bottom Line: If we aren’t evangelism-centered we aren’t gospel-centered.

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Further Reading:
An Evangelistic Strategy For Postmoderns
How to Evangelize to Someone Who Doesn’t Believe in Sin
How Can We Use the Theories of Atonement for Evangelism?