A look back on the most important event in history:
Why are you a Christian? Why is the building you attend church standing there? Why do we have centuries’ worth of hymns and books? Why is the Bible the best-selling book of all time?
Because we believe that in Jerusalem in the first century a man walked out of his grave.
But how can we prove that the resurrection happened? There was no video surveillance. There were no autopsy reports. All of the involved witnesses were biased.
Why do we believe Jesus rose from the dead?
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
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
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.
If 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.
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!
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
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