[Linux4christians] Getting Unbelievers to Church
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Sun Dec 13 19:34:24 EST 2009
You said in response to my posting:
It has happened ALL over the world. It's the "creeping crud" -
liberalism, being politically correct (how I hate that!), making sure
you don't injure someone's ego by telling them the truth. Yeah right!
The truth is the truth. Make sure it's heard often even if it's only
your voice. Man can condemn you and do whatever to you. God will take
care of evil doers and others who are milk toast about His Word in His
time. We are to continue to spread the good news AND what His dictates
are for how we are to live until the day He comes to take us home.
Well, a bit of "creeping crud", and "Milk Toast..." you say. As I read your
words Fred you seem to be a bit hard in your presentation of truth but maybe
you missed my point.
You "hate" liberalism as do I and all forms of political correctness. These
are soul destroying and cause people to retreat into "I have no opinion"
type attitude incase they get sued. If we don't care if we "injure someone's
ego" it may refelct that we care more for our own selves than the one we are
trying to win. You know the story, "I got another notch on my Gun today".
Truth void of noticeable love will only harden peoples hearts and turn them
away. Fred, I would like to think better of you than that. I hope I
have misunderstood you.
Maybe it is that some misunderstand what liberalism is and isn't. It is not
a type of presentation of truth but the devaluing of it. It is when we say
that you can decide for yourself what truth is.
COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE PREACHING: (doesn't take much time at all)
In recent decades Churches have failed to "go" while expecting the
unbeliever to "come" and the result is wild rock concerts in Churches so to
attract the unbeliever. We don't live in a society where the Biblical world
view is respected because the scientist has now "disproved" God. The
evolutionist has done a good job on society and the Church seems be be quite
oblivious and gets all frustrated when the world doesn't flock into Sunday
morning Church. How do we best reach the people who now believe they are a
product of death, by telling them about another death of an "irrelevant" Jew
of 2000 years ago? Evolution and liberalism has relegated Jesus to "file13"
for society today.
Now-a-days the traditional approach of preaching, that used to be fruitful,
"You wicked sinners turn or burn", has been dealt a death blow by the
evolutionist and liberals (for different reasons) and it is the lazy minded
church's fault. Christians are always expecting the unbeliever to to come to
Church when the Christian should be going to them. Jesus said to go out into
the harvest. Any of the readers of this please tell me when was the last
time you actually spoke to an unbeliever about anything to do with the
Gospel. I do think we need to be much more economical with our speaking and
speak to the questions that are relevant to the doors that are open for
communication today. Speaking truthful words does not necessarily equate
with the communication of TRUTH. It may be a whole lot of hot air we just
PROVEN PRODUCTIVE PREACHING: (it does take time)
On how to present the Gospel we need to take notice of New Tribes Mission
and their approach for we are dealing with a "civilised" version of the
"savages" of the wild. (Yes I hated to use the word savages but the point is
there). New Tribes don't start with speaking about Jesus but Creation
through to Jesus and with much fruit. It places the story of Jesus and the
cross in it's divine context. Our respective societies are no better than
the people New Tribes preach to.
To those who mention about preaching the gospel to the unbelievers in Church
already - well now, isn't that a given. There are children, husbands and
wives (and some preachers) etc who need saving. The whole programme of the
Church should be to disciple all to saving faith but these unbelievers are
there because they have to be, in most cases. I am not talking about the
"home grown" unbeliever but those "out there" by the countless million that
Jesus described as the field. We need to knock on their door. Hold
outreach meetings in their setting not primarily on the Church property,
even if we do have the latest u-bute sound system. You plant the seed in the
soil not the silo.
Numerous people slip into hell every minute while the Church fights and
argues over who has the best presentation of truth and isn't that then all
about us rather than THE TRUTH. Ask yourself this question "What I do, how
well is it working"?
God bless your efforts.
Rev Dave Powell (Home) Ph No. 07 4635 0204 or 0405 450 259
Bible Methodist Church - Kilcoy
President Darling Downs Christian Conventions Inc
Be kinder than necessary. Everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a
life for a life.
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