Wednesday, March 15, 2006

What’s the key to evangelism?

Here are some interesting quotations from a Christianity Today article:
To a culture of people that believes they "go to heaven" based on whether or not they're morally pure, or that they understand some theological ideas, or that they are very spiritual, Jesus is completely unnecessary. At best, He is an afterthought, a technicality by which we become morally pure, or a subject we know about, or a founding father of our woo-woo spirituality.

Maybe the Gospel of Jesus, in other words, is all about our relationship with Jesus rather than about ideas. And perhaps our lists and formulas and bullet points are nice in the sense they help us memorize different truths, but harmful in the sense they delude, or perhaps ignore, the necessary relationship that must begin between God and us for us to become His followers. And worse, perhaps our formulas and bullet points and steps steal the sincerity we might engage God with.

Becoming a Christian might look more like falling in love than baking cookies.

(This article is an excerpt from Donald Miller’s book, Searching for God Knows What.)

So what do you think? Do we have problems with evangelism because we’re going about it all wrong? Is it possible that our own faith is mechanical because we think of it more like a recipe than a relationship? Is it possible that we’ve made it about going to heaven when it’s really about something completely different?

Pastor Rod

“Helping you become the person God created you to be”

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