Evangelism

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    Live Out The Message Live Out The Message

    Live Out The Message

Live Out The Message

 James 1:19–22 (NET) 19Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters! Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger. 20For human anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness.21So put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the message implanted within you, which is able to save your souls. 22But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves. How can we be sure we are living out the message?  Living out the message is a difficult task even in the best circumstances.  When life gets tough, the marriage is in trouble, the boss is unhappy with us, or finical issues strike, living out the message can seem impossible.  In my years in ministry I have noticed some common traits in those that are truly  able to live out the message in both the good times and bad.  I decided for this weeks post to mention those things here.  I pray you will consider them as you attempt to live out the message yourself. Know the message- it is hard to live out the message when you don’t know what the message is.  Those who read the word, memorize scripture, and pray continually tend to live out the message more consistently then those who don’t.  If you want to live out the message you need to know what that message is. Know others living out the message- Living out the message is a team sport, God never designed it to be lived out alone.  When you live life with others who are living out the message you are more likely to stay on track yourself.  Certainly it is most helpful to have […]

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    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3 The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

Over the last three weeks I have been presenting some of the main purposes of God’s church.  As I travel around and speak about the Uncommon Church I am always surprised to learn how many churches don’t understand what the most basic and fundamental purposes of God’s church are. So these posts have been my effort to share nine of them.  In my first post I talked about the purpose of producing disciple, providing resources, and proclaiming the gospel. In my second post I talked about the church’s responsibility to propel missionaries, present proof, and practice holiness.  Today I would like to briefly discuss the last three. To Pray- Every Christian knows that they are suppose to pray, and most of us do.  But I am talking about focused corporate prayer here in this post.  I believe that God hears all of our prayers but He does something special when a church practices uncommon prayer together. In my book The Uncommon Church I talk in detail about the power of uncommon prayer.  When the body of Christ unites together in prayer many wonderful things happen.  We see this in scripture in places like 1 Thessalonians 5:25 when Paul urged the church to pray for him and his companions.  In Acts 12 we see an amazing miracle in the form of a prison escape for Peter and we learn that the church was gathered in prayer for him during his captivity. As individuals we must pray, and as a church body we must pray as well.  Churches should make it a priority to unite their minds and hearts in prayer! To Protect- 1 Peter 5:8 tells us that our enemy is a predator on the prowl!  Like […]

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    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 1 The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 1

    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 1

The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 1

What is the purpose of the church?  This is an interesting and complex question that I believe deserves some attention.  So over the next few weeks I am going to post some thoughts about this here on the blog.  If you agree, disagree, or have other things you would like to add to the list along the way please feel free to comment. Rather than discussing all of these in one post I want to spread them out so we have time to consider each point and cover it thoroughly.   The points below and in upcoming posts are in no particular order.  So what is the purpose of the church? To produce disciples: God has always intended that His church would produce disciples.  This evolves the eternal transformation of one’s soul though the blood of Christ.  As well as the daily sanctification that comes when we walk in the Spirit.  Perhaps the most well-known verse on the subject is Matthew 28:19 when Jesus says “go and make disciples of all nations.”  Most believers and church leaders know that we are supposed to make disciples but many churches have ceased to even attempt to make disciples.  Why? To put it simply, because making disciples is hard work.  It takes lots of time, resources, and patience along with many other things.  As a result many simply go about making other things.  They put their focus into making good people, polite people, or politically correct people. Instead of making disciples they are more into making friends, nice church programs, a comfortable atmosphere, or just making excuses as to why they can’t make disciples.  These things are not bad things until they become the central focus in a church, […]

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    The Uncommon Church Is NOT… The Uncommon Church Is NOT…

    The Uncommon Church Is NOT…

The Uncommon Church Is NOT…

In “The Uncommon Church” we talk a lot about what “The Uncommon Church” looks like, how it functions, makes decisions, and advances the gospel.  The titles of the chapters of the book are below and outline the characteristics of “The Uncommon Church” that are discussed in the book: Chapter 1: Basic Questions Chapter 2: Uncommon Mindset Chapter 3: Uncommon Relationships Chapter 4: Uncommon Prayer Chapter 5: Uncommon Caring Chapter 6: Uncommon Forgiveness Chapter 7: Uncommon Sharing Chapter 8: Uncommon Attitude Chapter 9: Uncommon Giving Chapter 10: Uncommon Commitment Chapter 11: Uncommon Work Chapter 12: Uncommon Discipleship Chapter 13: Uncommon Victory In this post however I want to discuss a few things that The Uncommon Church is not.  There are many misconceptions about what it means to be uncommon and I hope this post will clear some of those up. 1)   “The Uncommon Church” is not always big.  Our culture has become infatuated with numbers and statistics.  The culture of the church has come to believe that big automatically equals success.  We evaluate the success of our programs many times based solely on the number of conversions, or people who attend.  Being uncommon however is not measured in numbers.  There are many small churches that are practicing the Christian faith in a wonderfully uncommon way.  Likewise there are medium and large churches doing the same.  You can’t tell if a church is truly uncommon from the numbers alone, only when you evaluate the people that are represented in those numbers will you find out the degree to which they represent “The Uncommon Church.” 2)   “The Uncommon Church” does not always have the most dynamic, impressive, inspiring, pastor or leader.  Leadership is important for all churches.  However […]

My Situations… (Day 40 Philippians 1:12 NET)

 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that my situation has actually turned out to advance the gospel… Philippians 1:12 NET Isn’t this always the case?  No matter what our circumstances or situations maybe everything in our lives is an opportunity to advance the gospel.  Have you been fired, laid off, or just pushed out of a a job you loved.  No worries you now have an opportunity to advance the gospel in a new place of employment.  Has the sting of death come knocking on your door?  Have no fear you serve the God of all comfort, and that comfort and peace you possess from your heavenly father will spread to others and advance the gospel even while you grieve.  Have the doctors given you the news we all fear and have you been forced to stare your own death in the eye as it looms right around the corner?  Don’t waste a single day tell others about the hope you have in Christ even now your situation can serve to advance the gospel.  Is it divorce that has invaded your life and threatened to destroy you?  Take heart God is bigger than a divorce and even now through forgiveness, mercy, and your pursuit of Godly peace in the midst of a battle you can advance the gospel.  How marvelous is our God?  How wonderful are His ways?  How amazing are His plans and purposes that “all things work together for good for those who love God” (Romans 8:28 NET) and to advance the gospel.  You are God’s instrument of choice in the most important mission the world has ever known.  God’ believes in you, trusts you, and can use you despite your […]

Old School Pastor Pete…

Were you there in 2003?  I was going through my sermon player the other day and started listening to some old sermons from as far back as 2003.  Wow it is amazing to see how much I have changed since then, and a great reminder that God does not need a great preacher to do a great work.  Download this old school sermon called 4 Reasons Why Everyone Is Not A Christian. If you know a lost person this sermon might encourage you. http://simplysermons.sermon.tv/da/2231439.mp3

How To Win The Lost Pt. 3 of 3

So far we have discussed the importance of being ready and willing when it comes to sharing our faith in an attempt to win the lost to Christ.  Today we will focus on the third important factor in our evangelistic efforts.  If we are to have any hope at all in winning lost souls we must be consistent! Lets face it, we live in a world full of inconsistency.  Our government is inconsistent, gas prices, the economy, taxes, our jobs, and almost everything else we are surrounded by on a daily basis, are full of inconsistencies.  Unfortunately, the church has gained a reputation in the eyes of many as being inconsistent as well.  This is not because people think God is inconsistent.  Even the majority of lost people I speak with believe Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. It’s the pastors, priests, and church parishioners that people view as living inconsistent lives.  Most of the people we are trying to reach don’t read their Bibles consistently.  Very few of them are attending church consistently.  They are however, around us consistently, we work with them, shop with them, attend social functions with them, we live next door to them.  They see us, hear us, and are watching us every day of their lives.  If we don’t practice what we preach it is highly unlikely that they will desire to know more of Christ Jesus.  There are already enough inconsistencies in their lives, they don’t need any more. What they are looking for is a rock to lean on, and something consistent that they can count on.  We must be models of Christs consistency to have any hope of winning the […]

Fishing Tips From The Bible Pt. 4

For the last few days I have been trying to share some tips for anyone who truly desires to be a fisher of men.  For this last post on the matter we have to look at the most effective way to share our faith.  Personally I have found that sharing your personal testimony with others is the most effective way to win those who are lost to the Lord.  In my book The Absolute Basics of Christianity I go into great detail about how to share your personal testimony with others.  I also wrote the following concerning why I believe sharing your personal testimony is the most effective form of evangelism. Using your personal testimony is great for many reasons. First, it’s personal, which means it matters to you and therefore others are naturally more inclined to listen to you and be interested. Because you are simply reporting what God has done in your life, you don’t have to memorize any script, verses, or methods to share your personal testimony. Your personal testimony is also flexible and can be adapted to almost any situation. Instead of a set script, it is fluid and the Spirit is free to move through you as you share the gospel. Finally, I find it useful because it can be shared in a matter of minutes. Of course there are many other reasons why sharing your personal testimony is almost always better than handing out a track, or sharing something you learned from a script. For example because your testimony is personal it is very hard for the non-believer to argue with it. When I was in college the first real evangelism tool I learned how to use was the […]

Fishing Tips From The Bible Pt. 3

There was once a man who was considered to be an expert fisherman. This person was always up-to-date on the most current technologies and methods being used in the fishing world. He could tell you anything you wanted to know about every kind of boat, rod, reel, bait, or lures. He was a subscriber to all of the greatest fishing magazines and was a frequent columnist in many of them. He was said to be one of the most sought-after speakers at the biggest fishing shows and conferences, and it was at one of those conferences during the question-and-answer time that he stunned the world. The question from a fan in the audience had never been asked of this man before and this simple question turned the fishing world upside down. The man asked, “How many fish has a great fisherman like you caught in your lifetime?” The expert fisherman paused for a long time and then looked at the floor and said, “I have never caught a single fish in my life.” The crowd was stunned and shocked at the  expert’s shocking admission. The audience member who had asked the question said, “What do you mean, you have never caught a fish. Why not? I don’t understand.” The expert replied, “I am terrified of water. I can’t even make myself stand on the dock near the lake, much less get in a boat.” Why do I share this funny and facetious story with you?  Because when it comes to evangelism most of us are just like this fisherman.  We are in love with the idea of it, but we all have one excuse or another for not doing it. The bottom line is at […]

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