I can't wait to connect again with my new friend. I just met him briefly after a meeting I had with some other pastors. He shared with me that he loved what he overheard us talking about...but that he didn't know too much about Christianity.
WOW! A young man hungry to talk with me more about life in Christ? He truly wants to know more and the passion in his eyes was amazing. I'll be meeting with him soon!
I firmly believe the church is missing something big. Our nation isn't as much post-Christian as it is unreached. Most people I meet who aren't Christian have no real idea what Jesus wants for them - to be freed from constraints of sin and experience abundant life.
We must be courageous because many millions simply haven't heard the gospel for all it is. Our hopes must be lifted and our vision must expand. Jesus came to seek and save lost people. We can't wait for them to visit church, we need to confidently reach out in love.
I have two simple, but powerful, ways to help equip and inspire people to share the gospel:
- The church needs to celebrate life-change stories every weekend service. I'm not big on doing something "all the time", but this is an exception. In the church I was lead pastoring in Anchorage, Alaska, we had these stories every week. It created of culture of expectation and I believe life-change stories help spur a booming church. We had "many added to our number" year after year.
- People need to be equipped and encouraged to share their story. If you look at Acts 26 you'll find Paul sharing his story. That's it, just his story! It took him all of 3 minutes, I timed it. The most powerful and relevant tool we have to reach people who are unreached is our story. No one can steal it and no one can deny it...it's our story!
Sure, there's more to do like arming people with central passages of scripture, having outreach events, caring for the poor, and on it goes. But we can't forget the two big basics: Celebrate life-change as an expectation in our churches and unleash people to share their stories. Many millions of people are hungry to hear the gospel...let's tell them the whole story.
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