When it comes to discipleship, churchgoers struggle most with sharing Christ with non-Christians according to a recent study of church-going American Protestants.
The study conducted by LifeWay Research found 80 percent of those who attend church one or more times a month, believe they have a personal responsibility to share their faith, but 61 percent have not told another person about how to become a Christian in the previous six months.
These distressing results came from an extensive discipleship research project focused on measuring spiritual maturity in individuals. Overall, LifeWay Research found eight biblical attributes consistently evident in the lives of maturing believers. Of those eight, "Sharing Christ" has the lowest average score among Protestant church attendees....
Gil Rugh said or wrote, "Boldness with the Gospel of Jesus Christ demonstrates being unashamed and confident of the message being the soul saving truth as given in the Word of God. No holding back, no reservations,...
"Such boldness requires being ready at all times to initiate conversations to find out if God has prepared a heart to be receptive to the same powerful, life-saving message. Every time the Gospel is shared something happens. The Spirit of God is always working on the heart of the hearer, whether to soften to be receptive or to further harden, according to the sovereign will of God. Every time the Gospel is shared, God is pleased and glorified as His purposes are accomplished for that person being shared with.
"Being confident with the Gospel means letting God have His way with the life and destiny of the hearer. The message must never be adjusted to be more palatable to the hearer. Altering the message will not change God's plan for the destiny of the hearer, but it will fail in the messenger doing what is pleasing to God." summary for, The Word of God Changes Lives & Marks of the True Believer.
No Bob, I disagree. The Gospel is not a way of life. You don't live the Gospel. You don't show the Gospel by action. The Gospel is a specific message that has to be preached- ie Romans 10. I am not knocking the value of living biblically like you suggest, but you have to understand that there are people out there who do "good" things and live very morally, yet have no relationship with Christ at all. If we are trying to use our own lives and conduct as the measure to try to show people the Gospel, then they are either 1. Going to proclaim all Christians as hypocrites since none of us can live up to the letter of the law. Or 2. They are going to reject the whole thing on the basis that they are doing just as good as you without Christ. The Gospel is all about God and what God did on our behalf. By saying that we are going to live it out so the world will see is to put all the glory on us and our actions. Instead we need to preach the Gospel since : "faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ"(Romans 10:17 NASB) and "How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE
Are we really honest with ourselves and do we hold the mirror of scripture up to our lives....the gospel is a way of life! When you think about biblical values vs the world's values...in many cases one of two things would happen if we simply strove to live biblically. People would ask us why we live the way we do or they would avoid us.
The great Commision. Does anyone remember that? It says to GO OUT! Not sitting in your PJs on a couch typing on your computer. People in country's like south Korea are put in death camps. What about the reformers that where put at the stake for uprising against the Hersies of the Catholic church? No my friends. We are to Go Out. Face to face. Warning. Just like the apostles did, just like the reformers did. Just like we are to do.
"but 61 percent have not told another person about how to become a Christian in the previous six months."
Aahh good old "people-power"
All we have to do is to tell people "How to become a Christian" Simple eh?
Now how does this work? PS. Only Arminians and Liberals need apply and respond.
1Cor 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
Tracts wrote: Since everyone's online now, share your faith there: A Gospel tract for the unbelieving thinker.
In this day, this woman could pass as a biker chic or a Las Vegas stand up comedian but a Lutheran pastor?
I most definately recommend everyone give a listen to this 20 minute You Tube video, at least as long at your eyes and ears can tolerate it, to see firsthand what passes today for the first century equivalent of the apostle Paul. I lasted about 90 seconds.
Isa 52:7 ¬∂ How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
Who states that informing individuals that salvation comes only through embracing Jesus as ones Savior and Lord must be done verbally only? What is wrong with doing it via discussion forums and placing salvation tracts at various locations?