Source: Afternoon Prayer
Sharing Jesus Without Fear.
The Alpha Course.
Over the last few decades, the church has had no shortage of evangelism programs. Each of these mentioned above have been used by the Lord to add to the eternal harvest. But as I recently learned, each of these programs has, at best, a seven-year shelf life. Since each was created for a particular cultural moment, new methods are constantly needed, because culture keeps changing.
With great appreciation for these programs and for the godly men who created them, I want to ask a very simple question: Does the Bible itself give us a program of evangelism? Or more personally, what is Jesus’s program of evangelism? Has he left us to devise our own, only to trade them in every seven years? Or has he given us something more long lasting?
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- “Why should we spend our time reaching the lost overseas when there are so many lost in our community?”
- Or, “Why spend our money on foreign missions when there are millions nearby who need to hear the gospel?”
- Or, “Wouldn’t it be more effective to focus on the lost here?”
On the surface such an argument may sound plausible, even effectively evangelistic. It certainly appeals to the pragmatic. But examined by the Scriptures, it will not hold. For Scripture does not simply speak of evangelism in commercial terms—finding the fastest way to sell the gospel to the most number of people. Regularly, it speaks of the advance of the kingdom crossing boundaries, reaching nations, and extending the glory of God to the ends…
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This week we will be reading chapter 9 of ‘Desiring God,’ by John Piper. This chapter is called ‘Missions – The Battle Cry of Christian Hedonism.’ The book is not hosted here, it can be found at the Desiring God website as a free pdf file. Other than that the book can be purchased at Amazon or elsewhere.
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Stay steady, my friend. One day at a time, one choice at a time, one prayer at a time.
“The opposite of impatience is not a glib, superficial denial of frustration. The opposite of impatience is a deepening, ripening, peaceful willingness either to wait for God where you are in the place of obedience, or to persevere at the pace he allows on the road of obedience—to wait in his place, or to go at his pace.”
“For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.”
According to the Bible, every believer in Jesus Christ is born a second time by the Spirit. In this lab, John Piper looks at this beautiful and spectacular mystery, asking what it means and how it happens. He also draws out the implications of serious study of the Bible for our worship. For the study guide, visit desiringgod.org/labs/born-again-to-a-living-hope.
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Someone from the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought my son to You. A demon keeps him from talking. I asked Your disciples to force out the demon, but they couldn’t do it.” Jesus said, “You people don’t have any faith! Bring the boy to Me.” As soon as the demon saw Jesus, it made the boy shake all over. Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” The man answered, “Ever since he was a child. Please have pity and help us if You can!” Jesus replied, “Why do You say ‘if you can’? Anything is possible for someone who has faith!” Right away the boy’s father shouted, “I do have faith! Please help me to have even more.” Jesus spoke sternly to the evil spirit…
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