Reasons for Witnessing Reluctance
Spiritual conversations are becoming increasingly rare in today’s world.
Verbally proclaiming the gospel to a lost soul is becoming a lost art and a daunting prospect.
Many Christians believers are reluctant to talk about their faith with others and a recent study has proven this to be true.
Praise and Proclaim launches outreach initiative in Yakima WA
Evangelism is far more about trusting God’s promises and assurances than it is about ourselves. Believers trust that God’s Word works, even though we may not see the visible results of our efforts. Immediately following the Praise and Proclaim outreach initiative at Redeemer Lutheran Church (Yakima, WA), Rev. Isaac Cherney posed the following question during his sermon on Sunday morning,
“Is the Holy Spirit in charge of the results or not?”
Mission-minded congregations embrace the joy and privilege of being God’s messengers. They are far more concerned about bringing as many people as possible to heaven through the power of God’s Word than finding new members for their church. God is in control of the results. His children are in control of getting the Word out and unleashing its power.
It is God’s wisdom that he has chosen human messengers to be his representatives or ambassadors for the purpose of driving his message out. It is God’s responsibility to convert people by filling them with his Holy Spirit. It is only through the Spirit that lost souls hear, see, and believe his Truth and are set free.
A core group of faithful members from Redeemer Lutheran Church in Yakima WA embraced this truth, received evangelism training, and went out into their community to unleash the power of God’s Word.
Praise and Proclaim launches outreach initiative in Little Rock AR
“Those are two nice ladies. You must have a great church.”
A gentleman working in his yard had just met two members from King of Kings Lutheran Church in Little Rock, AR. They had just come by his house to introduce their church, proclaim a short gospel message, and personally invite him to their Fall Festival. He was impressed. Several minutes after they left, he told us that he would consider coming to church even though he belonged to another.
He was not alone. Others were also impressed that members of a nearby church were out meeting their neighbors and were interested to learn more about the small WELS church in Little Rock that has a big heart for Jesus.
Encouraging News for Evangelism
Well-publicized reports reveal the growing number of the irreligious in America. More people are choosing to stay home rather than go to church on Sunday mornings. The world is rapidly transforming in this information age and congregations are constantly finding themselves readjusting their outreach strategies to best communicate the gospel.
Out of the fog of uncertainty, there is some great news for evangelism. People are far more willing to hear the hope that we have in Christ than we think. Recent studies and personal experience are confirming this to be true.
Lord, help me be moved to proclaim by the sight of what it cost
In the parable of the prodigal son, we are given an image of a patient and loving father who is waiting for his youngest son to come to his senses and return home.
If we are not careful, we may miss another important figure in the story with an equally powerful message.
People like Jesus not the church
I don’t think too many people object to Jesus when they see him as a teacher, philosopher, or a champion for social injustice. People like Jesus and are attracted to him, but they don’t like the church. This prevailing attitude – if not addressed – can have an impact on a congregation’s evangelism efforts.
Praise and Proclaim launches outreach initiative in Reno NV
Praise and Proclaim rejoiced in the opportunity to partner with The Springs Lutheran Church in Sparks, Nevada to launch an outreach initiative August 19-21.
Praise and Proclaim launches outreach initiative in West Allis WI
With praise on our lips, believers proclaim what Christ has already done for them. Praise and Proclaim Ministries partners with congregations to help members conquer the natural fears of evangelism and discover that sharing the gospel is far more about God than it is about us. This message resonated with the members from Good Shepherd’s Lutheran Church in West Allis, WI who participated in the outreach initiative on August 3-4.