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The Unchurched Next Door Part 2

In chapter 1 of The Unchurched Next Door, Thom Rainer says that evangelism begins with God.  We must remember that reaching the unchurched is spiritual warfare and Satan will oppose us.  He suggests to begin that you answer eight questions.  Here are three that jumped out at me:

  • How is your prayer life?
  • How is your family life?
  • Are you committed to your church?

Dr. Rainer goes on to say, “Many Christians get nervous when they start sharing their faith.  Guess what?  So does the person whom you are speaking.  But most of those persons hope you and they get over their nervousness, because they really want to talk about matters of faith.”

 

Who are you praying will receive Christ?  Have you shared the gospel with them?  If not, are you prepared to?

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6 Responses to “The Unchurched Next Door Part 2”

  1. I have found that there are two effective methods to share our faith. The first I call hamburger evanglism because it is based on just hanging out with a person over a BigMac and just getting to know that person as a “person.” As you become friends with this person, you earn the right to speak into their life. Remember, people don’t care how much you know till they know how much you care. The second is based on God’s prevenient grace. Preveniet grace is grace that is experienced in a person’s life BEFORE they come to Christ. God is at work in the life of all people regardless of where they are in their walk or non-walk with Him. One of the most effective ways to open a unbeliever’s eyes to Christ is to point out to them where God is already at work in their lives. This opens their hearts and minds so they can realize that God is presently and currently pouring out his love upon them.

    Well, this is my two bit information on evangelism. I hope it helps!

    In faith, hope, and love — Brian

    • Good points. I would definitely have to go with the Whopper. I haven’t thought about the evidence of grace in someone’s life before becoming a Christian in a while.

  2. As a member of the “ole’ geezer” generation–that generation “g” to you, let me share something about evangelism in this day that has become troubling to me. No one talks about sin anymore and not many talk about being rescued from sin. I recently picked up several tracts that never mentioned sin or salvation from sin. I believe in relational evangelism (Wopper, Big Mac, etc.) but lets not forget the Good News is good because the bad news is bad.

  3. How else can the gospel be related to anyone? The gospel is relational because God is relational. If we say that God is a personal God desiring a personal relationship with us, then how did he spread the Gospel himself? He left heaven, came to earth, and shared his life in an intimate, relational way. There is no other way to preach, teach, or explain the Gospel but in a relational way. Whenever we talk about communicating to someone, we are talking about a relationship. In this relationship, we can talk about sin and warn of sin (and we definitely should); however, it has been my experience that some people are just arrogant and belligerent, beating people over the head. We forget that Jesus built relationships with sinners, and he was ridiculed for this. We need to speak the truth, but we should speak truth in love. Truth and love should never be separated because God is both, and he represents both. We are to love and be relational with people regardless if they are believers anyway! Is not that the way of Christ? Love your enemies and pray for those who despitefully use you. This does not sound like screaming from a bullhorn to tell someone about Jesus.

  4. How else can the gospel be related to anyone? The gospel is relational because God is relational. If we say that God is a personal God desiring a personal relationship with us, then how did he spread the Gospel himself? He left heaven, came to earth, and shared his life in an intimate, relational way. There is no other way to preach, teach, or explain the Gospel but in a relational way. Whenever we talk about communicating to someone, we are talking about a relationship. In this relationship, we can talk about sin and warn of sin (and we definitely should); however, it has been my experience that some people are just arrogant and belligerent, beating people over the head. We forget that Jesus built relationships with sinners, and he was ridiculed for this. We need to speak the truth, but we should speak truth in love. Truth and love should never be separated because God is both, and he represents both. We are to love and be relational with people regardless if they are believers! Is not this the way of Christ? Love your enemies and pray for those who despitefully use you. This does not sound like screaming from a bullhorn to tell someone about Jesus. The only people who I can think of that Jesus was especially perturbed with were those who were beating up others because of their sins! I think these people were called Pharisees and Sadduccees. Jesus dealt with sin, but he dealt with it in a positive way. Just remind yourself of the woman at the well and the woman caught in adultery.

  5. We’ve got to have balance. Through relationships we can share the gospel. Without a relationship with the person, it is less likely that the person will hear what we have to say. In explaining the gospel, we must mention sin. Without sin, we have no need for a savior. Thanks for both of your comments.


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