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BM Very, very rarely does someone have the date-and-time experience of conversion. Typically, a person comes to us because they’re spiritually searching. They participate in our services, they get to know some people, build relationships, join a small group or maybe even start volunteering. And at some point, they connect with God. The Gospel makes sense to them. They know that God loves them, and they just say, “I’m in.”
If you ask those people, “When did you become a Christian?” they probably can’t tell you because they don’t think in those terms. We aren’t creating a “you’re in, you’re out” mentality at our church. Our message is: The Kingdom of God is available to everybody, and now the ball is in your court.
OM In your books, you’ve talked about the problems that result when we think of salvation as an end point.
BM Yes, the Church has taken what is intended to be a starting line and turned it into a finish line. The gun goes off, people jump across the line. Then they stop and start jumping up and down and celebrating, “I crossed the line, I crossed the line!” Well, yes, but they’ve only crossed the starting line. We’ve got to help people look at following Christ as a life-long journey. It’s great to cross the starting line on that journey, but salvation is about a whole life.
OM If you could say one thing about evangelism to every pastor in America, what would it be?
BM I’m going to say two things. First, we as church leaders have to encourage people to count conversations rather than conversions. If we focus on counting conversions, we’ll tend to pressure people into making a decision before they’re ready. Instead, if we encourage people to say that conversations count, then relationships develop. Then when people do make a decision, they’ve counted the cost. They have really been able to appraise the magnitude of the decision that they’re making.Second, we need to encourage people to spend less time at church activities. Make friends with their neighbors. Get involved in the community. Have fun and meet people in the course of human interests—in other words, get a life. Ultimately, I think the Gospel will be spread through people who can observe it being lived out in the life of a Christian. People have to know we accept them and that we’re interested in being around them. They have to see that we’re not using them for target practice.===>Click headline to access complete interview . . .
by Arlyn Lawrence
When God works in a community, He doesn't just use adults. He uses the prayers of kids! Sold in packs of 20 cards.
Here's what one customer shared about them:
Wonderful cards! These cards are not just for children. Although the pictures are designed with children in mind, these prayers are excellent for us as adults to pray for those God has put us near in our neighborhoods.
Below is an excerpt from the Praying for My Neighborhood kids' prayer card:
Kids, here are some prayers that you can pray to invite God to work in your neighborhood!
Families. Dear God, may the families in my neighborhood enjoy peace in their homes. Help parents to treat each other and their children with love. Help children to respect their parents and be thoughtful of their brothers and sisters. Help families who are separated from each other to feel complete in You. (Philippians 4:7; Ephesians 5:33, 6:1-3; Psalm 68:5)
Relationships. Help my friends and neighbors to be the kind of friend that You are, Jesus: patient, kind, forgiving, and thinking of others first. If any are lonely, help them to find new friends. If any are angry with each other, help them to forgive. Give them strength to resist Satan’s attempts to make them argue with each other. (Col. 3:12-13; 2 Cor. 2:10-11)
Environment. Lord, help me and my neighbors to keep our neighborhood clean and beautiful so that everybody can enjoy it. Help us to recognize that the earth and everything in it are Yours and to...
by Christian Direction Ministries
Download the transcript as a Word file to receive access to the full outline and complete sermon.What's Driving You?