Godly community brings people into the kingdom of God. It's through community that people are sanctified, through community that the world is reached. We are to proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us, and we're to do this as a community.
Engaging People in Gospel Conversations: Sometimes it can feel like there are invisible barriers preventing us from having gospel conversations with unbelievers. We might feel awkward just being friendly and talkative with our neighbor or the person next to us in line. Attempt to add spiritual matters to that discussion, and the awkwardness increases tenfold. Add the gospel? A hundred fold! This last class will help equip us to break through such barriers and feel more confident in our ability to engage people in gospel conversations.
Building Relationships with the Lost—Pursuing friendships with neighbors, co-workers, and even unsaved family isn't easy. We are tempted to isolate ourselves in comfortable, Christian circles. But God calls us to pursue relationships with the lost, carefully being in the world but not of it, a friend of sinners, filled with compassion for those whom the Lord brings across our paths. Join us as we look at ways to reach out to the lost around us and how to pursue them in grace and truth.
Evaluating Your Personal Style of Evangelism—Have you ever thought: If only I were smarter or a better speaker or more outgoing, then I'd be more effective in evangelism? There are many "styles" of evangelism. Really. And one of them is surely yours. God has gifted us all for evangelism. This week's discipleship class looks at the characteristics, encouragements, and cautions of six styles of evangelism. Perhaps you'll discover yours!
Cultivating a Heart for Evangelism—Evangelism exists because God designed men and women to bring Him glory (Donahue and Bomberger 8), and He is glorified when even one sinner turns to Christ. The part we play in that process is a small but necessary one: We are called to intercede for the lost and proclaim what we know to be true. That's it. The Holy Spirit has already gone before us, and the rest is up to God! Of course, for most of us, that small part is easier said than done. So, join us, as we pursue a heart for evangelism.
Evangelism is preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ; we become mouthpieces of God's message of mercy for sinners. All believers are called to be witnesses for Christ. The gospel is the story about God—his glory, holiness, righteousness, and justice. It is a story about man, enslaved to sin and in rebellion against God. It is a story about Jesus, who atoned for our sin and reconciled us to God. It is a story about our rightful response to Christ—salvation is for all who believe. God gives us a great variety of ways and opportunities to communicate his gospel to those around us. We are exhorted to pray for opportunities, and for God's grace and power to work in others' lives; to use the Bible as a part of our evangelism; to take advantage of the resources of the church in our evangelism; and to be faithful to communicate and display God's mercy to others, trusting that God will do the work.