Category: Evangelism

What it Takes to See Someone Become a Christian

My greatest desire for my children is for them to become followers of Jesus. I’m sure you feel similarly about your children, other family members, friends, and even those who hate you for your faith in Christ. But what will it take for them to become...

Can These Bones Live?

In his classic book, The Cross and the Switchblade, David Wilkerson remembers his transition from pastoring in rural Pennsylvania to evangelizing the teenage street gangs of 1950s New York City. One gang, the Mau Maus, figures prominently in the book because of its unusual hardness and...

You Cannot Because You Will Not, But If You Will, You Can

The Bible makes no secret of the fact that God works first in a sinner becoming a Christian. Conversion happens at his initiative, not the sinner’s. “So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy” (Rom. 9:16). The redeemed are those who...

Sharing Your Testimony or Sharing The Testimony

Sometimes we think that sharing about Jesus is mostly about sharing our personal experience. We might tell someone, “Here is how Jesus saved me” and proceed to recount our life before Christ and the story of our conversion. We often call this “sharing our testimony,” and...

What Jesus Thought Was Wrong with the World: And How It’s Different Than Most People Think

Most people think there’s something wrong with the world. Ask almost any of our nation’s recent immigrants and they’ll tell you that without hesitation. That’s because when they came here to find something better they were fleeing something worse, usually violence or poverty. But it’s not...

Resisters Often Preach Christ Unwittingly

It may come as a surprise to you that some people preach Christ even though they are trying very hard not to. Let me explain. By “preach” I mean, “to share the person of Christ and the message of the gospel with others.”  That’s what we...

We Must Live With This

“Let anyone who has no love for the Lord be accursed.” (1 Cor 16:22, NET) These are such striking words! Can they really be true? The verse seems to dangle there with no immediately apparent connection to what precedes it or follows. Paul placed this thought...

The Lord’s Power in Kingdom Advance: So What?

God’s kingdom advances because he is powerful. When the gospel came to Philippi (Acts 16:11-40), this was true in multiple ways. First, in Lydia’s conversion, “the Lord opened her heart” to believe (16:14). Second, the Lord overcame an onslaught of persecution. For many days, a demon-possessed...

Imprisoned by Peers: Releasing the Captives

Here’s a valuable question to ask those who have not believed in Christ: “How can you ever believe in Christ if you accept praise from your peers, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from God?” That was the question Jesus asked religious...

Nations in Our Neighborhoods

Have you ever felt like an outsider? I vividly remember a certain experience from my time living in another country. As my wife and I looked for a place to eat a picnic, we wandered into an area that was somewhat unsafe due to political tensions....