Tuesday, June 14, 2011

John's Question and What Joe Prayed For

John asked me on Saturday, "Why don't people believe in evangelism anymore?"

I said, "well, that's a hard one. I have some guesses, but it's complicated..."

He said, "But didn't Jesus just ask His disciples to follow him by the sea? Wasn't that evangelism? And didn't He tell them they would go get other people to follow Him? Isn't that evangelism?"

Now that you put it that way, John, yes, most of what we are doing is either a waste of time or not true to the Mission.

My Pentecost sermon was on how the Holy Spirit's main gift is love, and that if being a peacemaker in its deepest sense is to help people find peace with God, and we are going to receive power to be witnesses, then at the end of the day, the most neighborly think we can do, the most Holy-Spirit-love-of-God-and-love-of-neighbor thing we could do is witness to others that God loves us so much He sent Jesus to save us from the wrath to come.

At the altar call, Joe came up and said he wanted to pray that more and more people would come to know Jesus.

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