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Gospel Shaped Outreach Giveaway 4

Last year I completed an evangelism training program for The Gospel Coalition’s new Gospel Shaped Church curriculum. It was published by The Good Book Company and contains a leader’s guide, participant manual, and DVD’s of the course. This is material that I have taught at our church and have found it to be helpful.

For today’s free copy, leave a comment explaining why you think your church or small group should get this free copy of the training. I’ll pick two people to receive the copy of the Leader’s Guide.

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Gospel Shaped Outreach Giveaway 3

Last year I completed an evangelism training program for The Gospel Coalition’s new Gospel Shaped Church curriculum. It was published by The Good Book Company and contains a leader’s guide, participant manual, and DVD’s of the course. This is material that I have taught at our church and have found it to be helpful.

Over the next week or so, I’ll be giving away 5 copies of the Leader’s Kit, one per day.

For today’s free copy, leave a comment detailing how God has showed you the importance of prayer for evangelism. I’ll pick one to receive the copy of the Leader’s Guide.

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Gospel Shaped Outreach Giveaway 2

Last year I completed an evangelism training program for The Gospel Coalition’s new Gospel Shaped Church curriculum. It was published by The Good Book Company and contains a leader’s guide, participant manual, and DVD’s of the course. This is material that I have taught at our church and have found it to be helpful.

Over the next week or so, I’ll be giving away 5 copies of the Leader’s Kit, one per day.

For today’s free copy, leave a comment explaining why so many churches struggle with evangelism. I’ll pick one to receive the copy of the Leader’s Guide.

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Gospel Shaped Outreach Giveaway 1

Last year I completed an evangelism training program for The Gospel Coalition’s new Gospel Shaped Church curriculum. It was published by The Good Book Company and contains a leader’s guide, participant manual, and DVD’s of the course. This is material that I have taught at our church and have found it to be helpful.

Over the next week or so, I’ll be giving away 5 copies of the Leader’s Kit, one per day.

For today’s free copy, leave a comment describing the worst experience you’ve had in trying to share the gospel with people. I’ll pick one to receive the copy of the Leader’s Guide.

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Gospel-Shaped Outreach Giveaway

Last year I completed an evangelism training program for The Gospel Coalition’s new Gospel Shaped Church curriculum. It was published by The Good Book Company and contains a leader’s guide, participant manual, and DVD’s of the course. This is material that I have taught at our church and have found it to be helpful.

Over the next week or so, I’ll be giving away 5 copies of the Leader’s Kit, one per day. There will be something you have to do, like answer a question of some sort. The “best” answer will be chosen each day.

 

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Your Church: A Missionary Family

Roger and Luke were sitting down for coffee to discuss ministry. Roger was a missionary overseas and Luke was a pastor. At one point during the conversation Luke asked Roger what he found most discouraging about his ministry.

His answer was surprising and revealing. Roger told him that the most discouraging aspect of ministry in his area is the other missionaries.

He went on to describe in detail how so many western churches send people to their area for mission work but in reality they are just on a vacation. They collect a check, get the benefits, and relax at the beach. Their engagement with the locals is minimal and when they do—they engage them with a critical spirit. These “missionaries” take up space at church and are really not ready to serve.

What is the problem here?

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How Praying for Evangelism is like Buying a White Van

The apostle Paul seems like someone who took the initiative. If we could imagine Paul we would think of a guy who would parachute into a town and talk to everyone about Jesus before lunch. He was a guy who fearlessly and faithfully got it done.

We might be tempted to think that this was just how Paul was wired. After all, he was the guy who reminded Timothy not to fear men but to be bold with the truth.

But what if Paul wasn’t naturally bold? What if he was supernaturally bold? What if he knew that he was weak and as a result prayed for God’s help? What if Paul was just like us? Then we would be encouraged and instructed by his praying.

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Book Review- Honest Evangelism

Have you ever wondered why evangelism seemed to come so naturally to you when you were first converted to Christ but then over time became increasingly difficult? This is the common experience of Christians. Rico Tice has some answers and help along this way. And Rico is apt to help us. He is a minister at All Souls Langham Place in London and the Founder of Christianity Explored Ministries. He has served as an evangelist who equips Christians for gospel ministry for decades.

In his book Honest Evangelism Rico intends to be honest with us. He shoots straight: we don’t like getting hit. He is saying “hit” metaphorically of course. His point is we don’t like the negative pinch that witnessing brings. It causes a strain on relationships, brings awkwardness with strangers, and it could even bring about more extreme unpleasant consequences. However, says Tice, most people don’t like the gospel. They don’t agree with what the Bible says. There are going to be strains on relationships. Therefore, if we are going to be faithful with the gospel we must be willing to cross, what Tice calls, “the painline”.

This sounds unpleasant, doesn’t it?

Exactly. Rico would say that now we are onto something.

“….whenever I tell someone the gospel message, and get hit (metaphorically speaking) there’s a temptation either stop saying anything, or to change what I’m saying. I know there’s a painline that needs to be crossed if I tell someone the gospel; but I want to stay the comfortable side of the …

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How Do I Make Christ Appealing?

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (John 10.27)

Have you ever been overcome with despair as you wonder how to get through to your friend who is presently a stubborn professing Christian? Have you looked into the eyes of an unbeliever and asked yourself how you might bring them to Christ? Have you wondered how you might appeal to them and somehow have them follow the Savior? If you are a pastor, have you sat in your study and wondered how you might help people to “get it”?

To one degree or another all believers have shared these thoughts.  What happens next, however, is of vital importance. What do we do about it?

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Book Review- Engaging with Muslims

According to recent reports the fastest growing religion in the world is Islam. It is also leading the way in the western countries like the US. This presents a unique challenge for us a Christians; not only do we have a different religion but we have a very different culture to engage. As the Muslim population in our cities increase it is accompanied by the culture that envelopes Islam.

As Christians we are by in large pretty ignorant about Islam and its adherents. To make matters a bit more complex, many Christians are a bit unsettled by terrorist events and therefore increasingly xenophobic of their Muslim neighbors.

Acknowledging the xenophobia, cultural distance, and religious ignorance, John Klaassen aims to help Christians and whole churches understand more about he variety of Muslims living in the West, and to reach to them with the gospel. Klaassen is up for the task having served as a missionary and presently as Professor of Global Studies at Boyce College in KY.

In his short little book (100 pages), Engaging with Muslims I think Klaassen hits his mark. He helps us to better understand Muslims and then provides some basics for engaging them with the gospel.

He provides helpful intel on why and how to pursue a friendship with a Muslim. And then he walks you through how to not be a culturally insensitive American (I’m sure he was referring to Americans) when you spend time together. He provides practical social etiquette such as hand shaking, not eating …

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