A way to find delight in the fear of evangelism – it comes from an unexpected source
The fear of evangelism is a normal response. Trepidation can typically accompany Jesus’ call to carry out the Great Commission. When a soul’s eternity is at stake, even the most seasoned Christian can succumb to fear when God has given them opportunities to proclaim His name.
When we examine Scripture and God’s promises, we discover that most of our fears are self-imposed.
I believe the prophet Isaiah offers us a few clues. Out of great love and mercy, God provides a simple, effective tool on how we find delight when confronting the fears of evangelism.
That tool is an ax.
Praise and Proclaim Ministries leads teens to share the gospel in Houston
Praise and Proclaim Ministries concluded a three-day campaign to share the gospel door-to-door in five separate communities in Houston. Teenagers from California, Illinois, and Wisconsin traveled to Texas on their spring break to take part in this outreach campaign.
One of the greatest joys for our ministry is to train Christians and watch them step out in faith to share their faith with others. When teenagers are given the opportunity to be a part of an organized campaign and receive proper training, they are amazing at sharing the gospel!
This was especially true in Houston, TX!
Praise and Proclaim Ministries launches outreach campaign in Phoenix
Praise and Proclaim Ministries received the privilege of launching an outreach campaign in Peoria, Arizona on February 22-23.
Sponsored by the Board of Home Missions of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Milwaukee, WI, this outreach campaign gathered together mission leaders and pastors from California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and Alaska. The intent was to introduce the approach and methodology of Praise and Proclaim Ministries, plus allow the mission leaders to personally experience the training by spending the day going door-to-door and sharing the gospel.
How pre-judging others has a serious effect on evangelism
When God chooses to reveal himself, he does so in ways that are unmistakable.
In a world full of distractions and choices to amuse ourselves, spiritual matters can easily take a back seat. God can remain hidden for those who have no time for Him. He can depart from those who have little respect for the work of His hands.
When Christians are confronted by the appearance of indifference towards spiritual matters, we have a tendency to remain hidden and not share the gospel. We are prone to be like God and cast judgement on a person’s receptivity toward the message of salvation. Placing a gag over our mouth that keeps us from proclaiming His name rather than allow His Words to overflow from our hearts can be a result of pre-judging the condition of a person’s soil.
Do we clog our hearts when we cast judgment on others?
Are we too busy judging other fields rather than tending to our own?
How evangelism rests on trust and what you possess
A pastor at a recent mission conference stood up and made a startling statement.
He no longer uses the word “faith” when he is talking to people about believing in Christ. The word no longer has the same connotation that accurately reflects the biblical definition of what faith means. When sharing the gospel with others, the pastor suggests using the word “trust”.
Trust in what Jesus has already done for you and receive salvation from your sins.
That makes sense. A loving relationships is based on trust. In a saving relationship with Christ, we trust His promises that our righteousness is secure because of His faithfulness – not our own; His obedience and not our own; His trustworthiness and not our own.
Is being a humanitarian enough to convey the full love of Christ?
Jesus’ greatest command is for Christians to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
We see images of destruction caused by natural disasters and are dismayed by the loss. Homes are destroyed. Families are left with nothing. Prompted by love, we extend a hand by offering financial support or materials goods to help those in need. Some are even willing to travel long distances to help pick up the pieces.
Are these demonstrations the type of love Christ is looking for, or is He calling on Christians to do something more?
In this growing impersonal and materialistic world being enveloped by today’s technology, perhaps Christians have lost touch on what Christ means to love our neighbor.
Twelve Things Successful Evangelists Do
There are remarkably gifted people God uses to reach hundreds of lost souls for Christ. We marvel at their wonderful speaking ability, leadership skills, and passion for reaching the world with the gospel.
We stand back in awe of how God uses men and women to proclaim the gospel and wonder what it’s like to be used in the same way.
Is proclaiming the gospel about applying certain techniques and programs? What separates successful evangelists from others? What do they do that allows them to reach hundreds if not thousands for Christ?
What can a Christian glean from men and women God is using to share the gospel of Jesus Christ? The answers may surprise you.
More Thoughts on Sharing the Gospel — when you feel like a loser
Our good intentions to share God’s Word can seem like a series of lop-sided defeats instead of inspiring victories — especially when fear stops us from saying anything at all.
How do I overcome feeling like a loser when it comes to evangelism?
A new head football coach for a losing college football program recently gave three perspectives on how to build a winning program. I believe these three perspectives could help Christians overcome mountains that get in the way of sharing the message of Christ.