This is a challenge to me also
C’mon Alan, that’s a bit strong isnt it?
If you are a christian and you believe what Christ has done for you in that he has saved you from his wrath and you have no desire to help others to be saved also and to at least learn how to evangelise (as I know that this is a problem with a lot of christians), then you are heartless and selfish in that you would standby and not even warn others of the wrath to come. Look at the lyrics from Da Truth’s song ‘Go’.
Can’t be ashamed, of going against the grain
Got to pray— lest we fall into sin
You know the sin of not, speaking the truth in the word of God
‘Cause you’re afraid of losing a friend
Now if you saw your friend
About to get hit by a car
You would run and push them out of the way
Because you love him, you would shove him
To keep the taker from shoveling that brown dirt over his grave
Now if you would go to great lengths
To save a man’s life
‘Cause you don’t want to see them die on the road
Then tell me how much more
Should you tell him about the Lord
Because you care about the state of his soul
Now there is so much more
That I really wanted to say
But I chose to keep it simple and light
So keep teaching— keep preaching
The world they need Jesus
Much more than we need to be liked
Here is an analogy. If you were unable to swim but somehow was able to flash forward one year from now where you and another person (with nobody else around) were on a beach and you witnessed them struggling in the water but because you don’t know how to swim, you was unable to save them and they drowned.
Now you come back to the present day. What would you do between now and next year? Would you not learn how to swim? The difference is that you knew with a certainty that that person was going to be struggling in that water and would die if there was no one arund to save them. Well we know with a certainty that in the future, in fact today and evey day, 150,000 people will die and most of them did not think that it would be their last day.
Here is another example, if I had the cure for Aids but never told anybody about or if I sat down on the cure for cancer and watched thousands of people die without muttering a word, would you not think that I was heartless and evil, and that’s just for a physical sickness. How much more would we, as christians, be heartless knowing that we have the cure for the spiritual sickness called sin, which has eternal consequenes in hell, but we keep silent?
Are we all called to the office of an evangelist? NO. Are we all called to evangelise? YES. Do we all know how to do it or where to start? NO. So like my swimming analogy, LEARN. Look at my message to christians, or try the tract challenge, or try the one-2-one challenge, or put a video up on the Facebook Appeal but whatever you do, DO SOMETHING!!!
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them (James 4:17)
The appeal is simple: On the 16th of february, upload a video of yourself, (it doesn’t have to be long) addressing your facebook friends, presenting the gospel in a way that is personal to you, (maybe using a scripture, song, testimony that… is of importance to you) and tag this page in facebook (the fb appeal) using the @ feature in the post along with anyone else you specifically want to hear your message, And pray that God uses your step of faith in order to promote conversation, questions and curiosity within all that hear it, ultimately directing them to Jesus Christ.
To see a video explaining this on Facebook click here
To join the Facebook fan page, click here
To follow the appeal on Twitter, click here
I dont know about you but every now and then, I just like to stop and think. I also like to look up at the sky and all around me, marvelling at God’s creation with all it complexities. No wonder the bible states that the fool has said in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalms 14:1).
Psalms 19:1-6 states the following about God’s creation
1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
3There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
4 Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
Francis Chan shows us the awe factor of God
HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD!!
How did you get on with the tract challenge? If you havent done it, then I would challenge you to try it. If you have, are you ready for the next step? Well here it is. Again this is from Fish with Trish
So you’ve passed out your first tract and maybe you’ve passed out far more than just one gospel tract and you’re ready for more. Great job! Now I’d like to encourage you to take the next step and talk to someone about the Lord.
Here’s Challenge Number 2: You have one week from today to talk with an unbeliever about Christ. We call this a one-to-one evangelism encounter. Perhaps you’ll find someone at the grocery store, the mall, or at work. Maybe you have wanted to share the Gospel with your neighbor or family member. That this love for the lost and this challenge compel you to not put it off any longer. I would be delighted to hear from you. Post your comment below
Use Your Tracts: Tracts are great conversation starters. You can hand a Million Pound tract or Million Dollar Bill to someone and when they ask, “What’s this?” tell them, “It has the million dollar question on the back–will you go to Heaven?” These work as a great springboard to the Gospel message.
If She Did It–So Can YOU: Recently, my dear friend Michelle (21 years old) took me up on this very challenge. I gave her one week to witness to one person. She wrote very candidly about what happened as she took baby steps reach her goal to eventually speak with someone face-to-face. I think you will find her writings encouraging. Michelle accounts day-by-day what happened to her and describes step-by-step what she did. I hope these writings relieve you to know that you’re not alone in taking bold steps to overcome your struggles and fears to share your faith. You can read them HERE.
As I said in my message to christians, it is a fact that most Christians do not share their faith on a consistent and regular basis. This can be for a number of reasons but I think that the main reason for this is that most people do not feel equipped to do so. The problem is that our come and see mentality can let a lot of fish ‘slip through the net’ because the fact of the matter is, many people will not accept our invitations to attend our church event/services and are so left gospel-less. So what can we do?
I saw this challenge some time back on Fish with Trish and I thought I would share it with you and challenge you at the same time. Please read this and if you do not share your faith, let this be a starting point.
Years ago, when I met my good friend Liz I realized that she struggled with speaking to strangers (even Christians) let alone evangelizing. So I began to challenge her week after week with small steps to help her overcome her fears. These challenges helped to strengthen her confidence in the Lord and gave her boldness to eventually share the gospel. Now she’s unstoppable and not the same woman she used to be. I would like to present these same challenges to you. And if you are up to it please take these challenges to heart. Remember this Proverbs 28:1 says, “The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.”
Here’s Challenge Number 1:
If you have never passed out a tract, I would like to extend a personal challenge to you. You have one week from the time you read this blog to pass out one single tract (you can pass out more if you like). Then post your story on my blog. I will read them and then present a new challenge for you within the next few weeks.
Living Waters has the best creative tracts I’ve ever seen. If don’t have any tracts you can purchase them here (or in the UK, you can purchase them here). Then when your tracts arrive, you have one weeks time to pass out your first tract.
Charles Spurgeon said this with regard to winning the lost:
“Brethren, do something; do something, do something! While societies and unions make constitutions, let us win souls. I pray you, be men of action all of you. Get to work and quit yourselves like men. Old Suvarov’s idea of war is mine: `Forward and strike! No theory! Attack! Form a column! Charge bayonets! Plunge into the center of the enemy! Our one aim is to win souls; and this we are not to talk about, but do in the power of God!”
For your information , you can see my best gospel tracts here. These are the ones that I personally use but do whats best for you. If you think using tracts are tacky, please read the useful links below
If you have taken this challenge, please can you post your story in the comments section of this post as I am hoping that it will be an encouragement to others and help people in overcoming their fears. Please do not add any comments which will start a debate as these will be deleted. Thanks for your co-operation
Christian, please spread the word about this challenge via your blog, email, tweets and retweets via Twitter, Facebook etc
Let’s not be selfish and keep this message to ourselves.
Useful links to read:
ARE YOU WILLING TO TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE?
Look out for Challenge Number 2……….
Learn how to use these two Commandments to show sinners their need of God’s mercy. See how using God’s holy Law to confront people about these “harmless” activities help them see sin in its true light.