Saturday, February 08, 2020
There is always a barrier to truth. The crooked lawyer went for a walk. Meets a bear that knocks him over. He says oh my God. God responds by what do you want? Make the bear a Christian. Then the bear says thank you Lord for the food you have provided me.
We don't want to lose our comfort. We hear what we want to hear. Evangelism is the effort to get someone to change their world view. That is hard. You are asking them to change their Sunday. That is painful. Not just good luck but we need to walk with them through the change. Help them.
C. S. Lewis Quotes. If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.
Apologetics is the seasoning the handmaid of evangelism. The answers are hard to accept. Took me 9 years accept the truth.
In the Asian market you bargain for the price. Not what the sticker says but what the market will pay.
Jesus tells you what the price is. You're a mess and you need someone to save you. You are promised that it will be tough.
Show the world what it's worth. Jesus said to Pilate:
So Pilate went back into the governor's residence, summoned Jesus, and asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus replied, "Are you saying this on your own initiative, or have others told you about me?" Jesus replied, "My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my servants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here." Then Pilate said, "So you are a king!" Jesus replied, "You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world – to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice." Pilate asked, "What is truth?" When he had said this he went back outside to the Jewish leaders and announced, "I find no basis for an accusation against him.
John 18:33-34, 36-38 NET
Are you talking to a cynic or a skeptic? Thomas was a skeptic but Jesus accepted him. In the movie THE PASSION Pilate talks about truth a lot.
Don't hide the radiance of the son from people. Lack of action by Christians is blocking their faith.
When we say God loves you people respond with their experiences. They don't hear what you say.
Are humans free or predetermined? Is morality real. Atheists don't want there to be a God.
Ask open ended questions.
What will happen next?
Aren't those consequences enough to keep you from accepting Jesus.
Went to hospital to talk to sick Muslim. Thoughtful guy. He had no visitors. What would happen if you became a Christian? I would die alone. Gave him a Bible. Can I keep it? He asked.
Ask the question and shut up and listen. That's the hardest thing. Get rid of your yeahbut syndrome.
A couple was volunteering at church but were not Christians. Went to see them. Asked her why she didn't get the Nobel peace prize? What had she done to deserve it? Why do you think you deserve heaven?
Commit and follow up. Where will you be when I make that commitment? Be there for them. Show them the value of paying the cost. Answer the people with their questions. Make people wish the gospel was true and show them that it's true.
Joy is fundamental for the Christian.
Know your value in God's eyes. What are you willing to pay for what you consider valuable? God paid for you with Jesus's death. That tells you your value.
Because I live you also shall live, sums up everything.
When we've been there 10,000 years, we've no less days to sing God's praise. Bring others with you.
It's a privilege to do evangelism.