This post is from my good friend Brent Crowe whose new book, 'Moments 'til Midnight: The Final Thoughts of a Wandering Pilgrim,' comes out in September. I read this book and it's amazing. You should read it too. In the meantime I hope you're encouraged by Brent's thoughts on living out our faith as daring, faithful pilgrims and that you'll check out this powerful new book! —Greg
According to the latest Barna report 51% of church goers do not know what the "The Great Commission" is. Take that in for a moment, the average "Christian" doesn't know the last and lasting mandate that Christ gave to go and make disciples of everyone everywhere.
I just came from a Bible study full of leaders from around the Denver area. This gathering was not organized through a local church but through a Christian business leader. It was a great time of fellowship, learning and conversation.
Have you ever known a dude who meant well, but couldn’t quite connect the dots socially; someone who was sincere, naïve and, well, but not all that bright when it came to relationships? Usually we feel bad for this kind of person because he doesn't quite get it. He tries hard asking that out-of-his-league girl out but doesn't catch the non-verbal cues that she is just not interested in carrying on a conversation or going out or whatever. He just can't quite connect the dots.
Wait, that sounds like me in high school!
But sometimes not connecting the dots can actually be a good thing, especially when it comes to beyond-our-pay-grade Biblical truths. This is the case with the underlying theological issues surrounding divine sovereignty and human responsibility, especially as it pertains to salvation. When we try to connect the dots in terms of election and evangelism it can, not only frustrate our theological systems, but fry our puny brains.
If I were the devil I'd distract the body of Christ with more and more meetings. I'd get Christians so involved with their churches they didn't have time to get to know their lost neighbors and reach them with the Good News of Jesus Christ. I'd have them join committees, start small groups and become church leaders, leaving them no time to accomplish the actual mission Jesus left for them.
The Deity and Humanity of Jesus can be tricky theological subjects. From the time Jesus ascended into the clouds there have been differing opinions about just who Jesus actually was. Even today there are two prevalent views of Jesus that pervade the landscape. To put in another way, some have a Superman view of Jesus and others have a Batman view.
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What is Evangelism IQ? It is the (super)natural ability of integrating evangelism into your daily pattern of viewing the world and interacting with others. This is the sweet spot in-between relational sensitivity, Gospel fluency and heart-felt urgency.
"Yes, salvation is free BUT it will cost you everything."
"Sure it's by faith in Christ BUT you also have to get baptized."
"Of course it's a matter of believing in Jesus BUT you also need to go to church, read your Bible, blah, blah, blah."
These statements (and tons more) litter far too many Gospel presentations of far too many preachers today. They give the Gospel a big BUT and that is not flattering to the message of God's grace.
The Apostle Paul put it this way in Romans 3:22-24,