Category: Evangelism

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....

Less Netflix, More Evangelism

Do you desire to see the gospel advance through you? But do you spend too much time catering to your own desires (think social media, Netflix, hobbies, etc.)? Be honest. Thankfully, the Lord has given us stories in the Bible that should motivate us away from...

Coffee Shops, Community and Conversation for Christ

I don’t want to be so bold as to say that coffee shops and fast-food restaurants (I’m sitting in one now) are God’s gifts to evangelical believers, but I may come close. I mean to convey that the yearning for relationships is so great that various...

Babylonian?

I talked with a charter member of the church I attended in another town that Sunday, a church with less-than-conservative views on the Bible. The question I asked was designed not only to give me information, but also to engage my new friend in thinking about...

Don’t Tell Me What To Do!

Christianity is a hard sell. For people who think of Christ as the Divine Kill-joy, nothing could be worse than to be made to submit to Him. But suppose the person finds life unbearable when submitting to himself The man from the region of the Gerasenes...

Gospel Opposition, Gospel Advance

The proclamation of the gospel brings opposition to the gospel. Paul nearly lost his life in Lystra at the hands of people who just hours earlier were foolishly worshipping him. While Paul was in that city preaching the gospel, “Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and...

How to Grow Your Church Numerically

The early church grew in numbers. “…there were added that day about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41). “And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved” (2:47). “And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both...

Influencing Fish

A man returning from a fishing trip was asked if he had caught any fish. “No,” he replied, “but I influenced a few!” I’m not sure if that makes any sense at all, but it’s so ridiculous you almost have to laugh. In terms of fishing,...