Category Archives: Evangelism

Can We Start A Discipling Movement In Churches of Christ?

[As soon as I posted this I realized I was off on the wrong foot. If it is a movement, we won’t start it but we would have to embrace it. And I believe God is moving us in the direction of discipleship and discipling in line with the Great Commission (which Barna tells us half of Christians don’t even know what that term means!).]

Something has to change. I heard this all week at Pepperdine. I have heard it in countless conversations since then on the phone and through private messages and emails. Many of our churches are floundering, directionless, and in need of purpose.

Something has to change. We can’t keep going on like we have in the past. First, our purpose has to change. It used to be our purpose was to correct people to our way of church. We largely gave up on that effort and people care far less about that than they used to anyway. But we never replaced that purpose with anything viable. We lost our purpose but continued our forms without the same convictions we had in the past.

We are clearly in decline as a whole. I hope we can turn that around.

To be perfectly clear there are many organizations affiliated with Churches of Christ that are working on discipleship. Many, many, many. They are doing great work. The resources exist.

How do we get this to translate to the church where you worship? How do we get a movement wide revival among autonomous churches that never played well together in the first place?

I believe the answer is prayer.

Revival always starts with prayer.

If you don’t know the right direction, pray.

If you are tired of the way things have been, pray.

If you see unhealthy systems all around you, pray.

If you long for a better tomorrow, pray.

If you want to know what to do differently but can’t put your finger on it, pray.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. ” – James 1:5-8

I cannot tell you God will answer your prayer with one word – Discipleship. But I can tell you that if we aren’t making disciples, we aren’t doing what Jesus said to do and I believe this is at the root of our problem.

I believe we are ready for a movement that is infused with grace and the Holy Spirit. I believe we are primed to take this Bible that has been so precious to us and teach it to those who have never heard. The fields could never be more ripe for the harvest than they are right now. We just have to pay attention and be faithful.

“Preach the Gospel at all Times…”

“Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.” – Francis of Assisi In a world where Christians used words more than deeds this was a needed pendulum swing. As the pendulum swings to the other end and Christians rarely use words in public faith proclamation, instead hope that a life well lived willContinue Reading

Has Studying Replaced Doing? Our Evangelism Problem

I have a shelf full of books on evangelism but that doesn’t make me evangelistic. We have a problem if we have read more books on evangelism than the number of people we have studied with. I am convinced that you don’t have to be an expert or know the latest (fill in the blank)Continue Reading

The Obedience/Evangelism Disconnect

If our salvation were to be contingent upon getting every jot and tittle just so then would one be lost if they disobeyed the Great commission? Technically the Greek there isn’t an imperative but over and over again we understand the Christian mission to be one of going and telling. There is no more importantContinue Reading

Making the Foreign, Native: Connecting with Culture on Three Levels

Cultural awareness is very important in Christianity. We get focused on this when it comes to international missions, especially full-time, long-term, over-seas missionaries. They can spend years studying language and culture in order to be effective in a new content. It is an attempt to make the foreign native to us. It is to identifyContinue Reading

What it Takes to get on the path toward meaningful outreach

I just posted this over at Wineskins and invite you to give it a read. I think we have some real issues to overcome here and am confident we will get over this, Resurrecting Evangelism…Calling a Kingdom of Priests. Let me know what you think and pass it along if you think it is helpful!

Resurrecting Evangelism…Here is One Missing Piece to Viable, Intentional Outreach in Our Churches

I just posted something over at Wineskins that I think you may find helpful. If you have a couple of minutes you might want to give it a read Resurrecting Evangelism…Here is One Missing Piece to Viable, Intentional Outreach in Our Churches

Exploring the First Century Church: Mission (Part 1)

Jesus began his ministry with his baptism by John and calling disciples. Jesus ended his ministry telling those disciples to make more disciples by teaching and baptizing others. Jesus’ ministry didn’t just start and stop his ministry with mission. Jesus was constantly on mission and he wanted his disciples to do the same things theyContinue Reading

The Earliest Gentile Missionaries (Pre-Peter/Cornelius)

Peter is often given credit as the first to reach out to the Gentiles but that is not the case. You might find this interesting: Jesus’ outreach to Gentiles The Syrophoenician woman in Tyre (Mark 7:24-30) The deaf and mute man in Sidon (Mark 7:31-37) Feeding the 4000 (Mark 8:1-13) The formerly-demon-possessed man (Mark 5:1-20) AfterContinue Reading

The Problem With Our Evangelism Is That It Worked

And it worked because it was really all about us… Advertisers want to convince you that you can’t survive another minute unless you have what they want to sell you. They lead you to believe it is about you…your image, your body, your happiness when it is really about them…their money, their shareholders, their reputationContinue Reading

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