Four Ways to Start Applying Innovation to Communicate the Gospel
I love innovation. I love discovering innovative ways to proclaim the gospel. How can congregations respond in this rapidly changing world to communicate what Christ has already done for us? Read More
Church Culture and Evangelism
The Bible tells Christians to be salt and light – influencers in a dark world. When it comes to evangelism it seems that the influence of culture is overshadowing the biblical commission. It’s important for Christians to identify that because it may be coming from an unexpected source… their church. Read More
Praise and Proclaim Ministries launches outreach initiative in Goodyear, AZ
Phoenix in February is a nice place to visit especially when you come from parts of the country where winter means ice, snow, and frigid air.
Going door-to-door to proclaim the gospel dressed in a short-sleeved shirt is a nice treat when the temperatures are in the low 70’s.
Praise and Proclaim Ministries received the blessing of launching an outreach initiative at River of Life Lutheran Church in Goodyear, Arizona (azriveroflife.com) – a suburban area west of Phoenix. And the Lord blessed this wonderful effort.
The Word made flesh entrusts believers with the gospel
Before time began… was the Word.
The Word became the Light… and made his dwelling among us.
The Word remains today… so that all people may believe in him.
It is the Word we celebrate every Christmas – he is there, wrapped in cloths, and lying in the manger.
The Word made flesh entrusts believers with the gospel for the purpose of preserving and proclaiming it to the world.
How Evangelists Use the Law Before Proclaiming the Gospel
The gospel is the Good News of what Jesus Christ has already done for us. Jesus was crucified, buried, and rose again on our behalf. It is the power of the Holy Spirit working through the message of the gospel that creates faith in an unbeliever’s heart.
The saving work of the Holy Spirit can only work through the message of the gospel and not the law. However, the law does have a place in evangelism. When done with the attitude of love and proper discernment, the message of the law prepares hearts to receive the gospel message that Christ has done it all!
How can Christians deliver this message?
God’s commission for evangelism is sandwiched between a reminder and a promise
When God calls His people to action, he typically begins and ends with a promise. He provides words of assurance that God is God and we are not. He provides words of comfort to calm our fears. He promises His presence to let us know that we are not alone.
When it comes to God’s commission for all believers to proclaim the message of the gospel – perhaps the most fearful, intimidating, and difficult task given to all believers – the words of exhortation are sandwiched between a reminder and a promise.
- He reminds us that He has been given all authority that He is passing on to His disciples, and,
- He promises all believers that when they step out in faith to share their faith — they will not be alone.
Comforted by His Word – emboldened by His promises – believers embrace the commission to share the message of what Christ has already accomplished for us on the cross.
God never takes His eye off of you
That is my delightful granddaughter!! She just turned one-year-old this past February and is a constant curious sharp-as-a-tack toddling ball of energy! The other day, while fixing a meal in the kitchen, my daughter took her eyes off my little granddaughter for just a minute only to find her happily playing with the toilet paper in the bathroom just around the corner! Since I’m grandma and don’t have to clean up the mess, I can laugh and rejoice in my cute little granddaughter!
The Kingdom of Heaven is Near
When Jesus sent out his disciples to go door-to-door to proclaim the gospel, He needed the words needed to be simple, powerful, and easy to remember.
He told them to proclaim the following message, “The Kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matthew 10:7)
How can we apply this same message to today’s world?