Various parts of the world today have been labeled “post-Christian.” Many church planters minister in areas hostile to the gospel, while others minister in areas simply happy without the gospel.
The former faces the threat of physical persecution for preaching the gospel. The latter face other challenges: indifference, biblical cluelessness, secularism, mockery or ridicule, even legal rulings that adversely affect Christians.
In a post-Christian context, believers are tempted to retreat rather than engage the culture with the gospel. Often it’s not due to lack of opportunity, lack of freedom, or lack of training. It’s due to lack of courage.
Fear within can keep all of us from living out the gospel in word and deed.
How can we boldly bring the gospel into our workplaces, neighborhoods, recreation centers, and networks?
I am convinced that if we have a God-sized, God-given courage, then we will be freed to be the people of God, living out the mission of God, marked by the joy of God.
Matt’s new book, Take Heart: Christian Courage in the Age of Unbelief, addresses the fears that grip our hearts. As Matt says, “I am convinced that if we have a God-sized, God-given courage, then we will be freed up to be the people of God, living out the mission of God, marked by the joy of God.”
Let’s talk, then, about courageous church planting.
You can listen to this podcast episode here.