Going wide with the gospel is only half of the disciple making equation. Growing deep is the other half.
Well that would be the beginning of the first day of eternity. But we worry about how big our biceps are in the inch.
Have you ever met a truly impoverished Christian in a 3rd world country? It's hard for me to remember one of them that seemed truly sad.
I am doing two youth leader trainings in Atlanta at the ESPN Zone. I love this particular training. It's called "How to turn your youth group into a reality series!"
When it comes to outreach in many youth groups and churches the "e" word is getting edged out by social justice issues.
How many people do you think will be in heaven because they read some words on the back of a car and were "driven" to become Christians.
It's always interesting to me when I hear people share what they believe about the existence of God and which God they believe in.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
I know. I know. Speak for yourself. But if I didnt ask the question Id be, well, the biggest dork of all.
What do you get when you add easy access to weapons and a culture that increasingly devalues life and glorifies violence from video games to slasher films? A growing, almost exclusively American, problem. The mass murders by a lone gunman at Virginia Tech are the latest in a string of school shootings that are proof of this.
Evangelism doesnt work anymore. Maybe the culture is too sophisticated for it, especially teenagers. Perhaps its that this technologically connected generation of young people is totally disconnected from an ancient message that, at first glance, seems absolutely irrelevant to their lifestyles.
There are certain articles that cant be summed up. So let me challenge you to read this as thoughtfully and carefully as it was written. Dont knee jerk along the way. Read the whole article and then respond. In the words of Jesus, "Those who endure to the end shall be saved."
We are living in a time where the Christian message is being minimalized, trivialized and marginalized. And this attack is not just coming from the outside. Too many Christian "experts" are saying that the basic good news of Jesus (AKA "the gospel") is not enough to save a soul, a community, the planet.