reaching people?

Hey blog world…

I’ve really enjoyed blogging…mainly because I think it is a great way to write what God is doing but also to read and learn more about other ministries. I’ve been so blessed in my life with a godly example…My Dad has been a personal witness for Jesus and is not ashamed of the gospel. He has been in ministry for around 30 years and has wisdom and passion that has not gone down with his age. I think about that a lot.

How does a person maintain their passion and desire for God?

I’m reminded of memories growing up being in the store and it would take longer to get out of the store because my dad would get to know people and find a way to bring up Jesus. I know…i know what you’re thinking…”Well that is crazy, nobody wants to be confronted or talked too in the store about God!” or “That might offend them!”
yeah…as a kid I thought that as well. But as I look and see the “trendiness” of churches and the focus upon convenience, perfect accomodations, pretty lights, etc. I am not sure people are truly hearing the gospel of Jesus. Sure, it is great to have nice stuff, but if there is not clear communication of the cross and repentance then people will go to hell. It is simple as that. When are we going to hear the cross?? What about brokenness and revival? I sure want God to move in this country. Lord help us.

I don’t know…i’m just throwing ideas out there. The Jesus I see is not one that looks at how comfortable his life can be, but giving of Himself even sacrificing His life so that others can be saved! Are we reaching for more souls or reaching for bigger crowds?

Hmm…back to growing up. I just am so blessed to have seen my dad, brothers and mom desire to see people come to know Jesus. I just talked to my mom last night and their church is buying CD’s explaining the gospel in a relevant way to pass out to the University in town. God continues to show me that it is simple…reach people with Jesus.

Now the method of evangelism must be always be changing and creative, but if the end result is just to have people show up to church, then we are filling our churches with lost people that do not know they are lost.

anyways, I am only 23, just have a bachelors degree…so I do not have it all figured out!!! But what I do know is that Jesus came to seek and save the lost. That is what I want to be about. Reaching people for Jesus…

Any wisdom on this is appreciated?

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3 responses to “reaching people?

  1. “Are we reaching for more souls or reaching for bigger crowds?”

    Just to add to discussion: Is there always a difference between reaching for more souls and reaching for bigger crowds? Why is one or the other. A church that focuses on reaching bigger crowds can’t simultaneously be preaching the Gospel in an honest and forthright way? I know that’s not exactly what you’re saying. You’re saying that one has to come before the other; that reaching souls has to be the motivation before reaching crowds.

    My frustration lately is not with churches that are bringing masses of people into their church, but simplifying the Gospel. My frustration is with churches that rest on the laurels not doing anything effective; churches that are pleased seeing a Christian family join their church once a month and being satisfied with that.

    When I see churches pulling in tons of people on a regular basis, I don’t think that they’re watering down the Gospel. I think, “What are they offering people that is so irresistible? And why are we not offering something to people that’s irresistible?”

    Just joining the discussion.

  2. good point…what I was not saying is that it is wrong for churches to reach tons of people for their services…My point is the motivation for it.

  3. I think that questioning what a church does to make it “irresitable” is dangerous, if the gospel is not the answer. I have been to and a part of churches that are sure offering people alot of things, except for the thing they actually need, and that is the truths of the gospel. If we are not diligent in training the members of our church with the easy and hard truths of the gospel, making disciples out of them, and utliamtely making disciple makers out of them, we’ve completly missed it.

    So Josh, I think you are right on bro. The more I grow, the more I understand that we need to be less relevant and more true to our savior. This doesn’t mean we are non creative pruds. I am actually on the opposite end of that spectrum. But we must be training and discipling, and making disciple makers. That’s what your dad has done, and that is what Jesus did.

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