Are you a Genesis 3 Christian?

Young Life Guatemala

I listened to the testimony of an adult woman from Guatemala.  She is 2nd from the left in the image. Her journey to faith brought me to tears, and once again aroused my desire to help other people share the good news of Jesus Christ.  As you read or listen her story, ask yourself this question:  Where would you start with the gospel?  Genesis 3, … [Read more...]

The urgency of the gospel in personal evangelism

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A driving force behind personal evangelism is a sense of urgency.Without a sense of urgency, evangelism loses one of it’s core motivations.Without a sense of urgency, the persecutions that believers suffer for the sake of the gospel becomes something to be avoided.The urgency of the gospel has propelled missionaries to all corners of … [Read more...]

Video: Dr. Michael Green examines What is the gospel

Dr Michael Green Evangelism and the Early Church

Michael Green has had a tremendous influence on my ministry through his books that I read while in seminary.Michael gave the first talk at a recent confidence in the gospel event.  If you have 18 spare minutes, listen to his challenge to us to be faithful to the Apostolic Gospel.Michael Green provides the keynote address exploring the … [Read more...]

Did John Calvin have a heart for evangelism?

John Calvin on Evangelism

I found the following article that I think might help answer the questionDid John Calvin have a heart for evangelism and mission?Dealing with predestination in the Institutes, Calvin does not directly address evangelism specifically, but neither does he describe it as unnecessary.He does, in fact, write several times about the … [Read more...]

The Apostle Paul’s Journey to Faith in Christ

The Spiritual Journey to the Christian Faith

Jesus also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like.A man scatters seed on the ground.Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts … [Read more...]

Book: Erasing Hell by Francis Chan

Chan and Perkins Erasing Hell

How could a loving God send people to hell? That is a troubling question.The question of hell is one that I encounter in my conversations with people who are still wrestling with the goodness of God or contemplating the justice and wrath of God.It's a question that can lead to great theological or intellectual debates among seminary … [Read more...]

How to kill spiritual thirst

How to crush spiritual thirst

You've probably seen it:An opening in a conversation when a non Christian expresses their spiritual insight, or opens up about some restlessness in their heart.Then well-meaning Christians become a one-way torrent of gospel information about what a person needs to believe and why other religions are wrong.Or maybe you've seen … [Read more...]

Book Review: Untamed Alan Hirsch

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"There are two kinds of people in the world: those who live the adventure, and those who only read about others living the adventure."Alan Hirsch lives the adventure of being a follower of Jesus.  His experiences and learnings show clearly in his writings, and even more so in this book written with his wife, Untamed: Reactivating a Missional … [Read more...]

Your 50% in the work of Evangelism

The balance of evangelism scale

Steven Furtick blogs about not putting unnecessary burdens on ourselves while sharing the gospel.He calls it “Your 50%”.Essentially, Furtick calls us to remember thatWe are called to bear witness to our faith. God is responsible for calling people to respond in faith.The proclamation of the gospel message through word and deed is … [Read more...]

Seeking the Lost Coin

Parable of the Widow's Mite or Lost Coin

When Jesus was accused of eating with sinners, he said “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17) With Zaccheus, he declared: For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10) In these statements, Jesus declares his pursuit of us before we knew … [Read more...]