Untouchable

Have you seen the movie The Untouchables? It’s old school. Kevin Costner & Sean Connery. It’s about the guys who brought down Al Capone. Great flick.

Al says something interesting during the movie. “You can always get further with a kind word and a gun than with just a kind word.” I guess what he’s saying is that ‘please’ is a lot more effective when you hold a gun to someones head.

I don’t know about you – but sometimes I feel like that’s how Christians approach sharing the gospel. I remember learning CWT (Christian Witness Training) and the two diagnostic questions:

1. If you were to die RIGHT NOW do you know for sure you would go to heaven?
2. If you were standing before God and He said why should I let you into my heaven – what would you say?

Both are important questions and the answers really are helpful in discovering whether or not someone is alive spiritually – but really, how often in a normal conversation do you have the opportunity to look someone in the eye and say – “If you were to die RIGHT NOW…” Sounds rather menacing to me.

Don’t get me wrong. FAITH, CWT, the Roman Road, the Bridge to Life, 4 Spiritual Laws, One Verse Evangelism – these are all great methods for learning what the Bible says about salvation and for teaching someone the truth that God loves them and has a wonderful plan for their life. But I’m struck by the fact that in Scripture our evangelistic examples from Paul to Peter to Jesus Himself all revolve around knowing, living, and discussing the gospel they preached.

It wasn’t so much about ‘confronting’ someone with the reality of their impending and ultimate demise as much as it was about making the most of teachable moments and pointing people clearly to the truth that God wants a relationship with you and this relationship begins when you trust Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.

I’m not talking about lifestyle evangelism either. You know what that is – expecting that living your good Christian life in front of someone is enough to cause them to one day suddenly blurt out – “OKAY! I see how wonderful your life is – tell me how to be a Christian now!”

Evangelism – like salvation – is about more than an outline to be memorized and regurgitated. It’s about more than a good lifestyle to be lived. Evangelism is what happens when we walk daily with Jesus right in the middle of the crowd. Evangelism is what happens when we talk daily about Jesus as though our relationship with Him was as real, significant and a part of our every day lives as our relationship with our friends, our kids or our spouse. Evangelism is what happens when a lost person finds themselves in a teachable moment and the lesson they learn from you is all about the truth that God can be trusted, our sins can be forgiven, and our life can be different than it is now because Jesus paid the price for us.

Heaven is the end of the story, the icing on the cake, the dessert at the end of a meal prepared for us by the Master Chef. Too often when sharing the gospel we spend all our time trying to sell the dessert rather than focusing the starving man’s attention on the Chef who is prepared to provide for us for all eternity.

This is what it means when Colossians 1:28 says we preach Jesus in all wisdom…not that we carelessly cast the gospel at any unsuspecting stranger God brings into our path. But with careful deliberation and with respect for the message we carry we live our lives in a manner worthy of the salvation we’ve been given as we boldly speak the truth of the gospel in love to the world around us.

True evangelism is not hit and run – it’s any Believer saying and doing the right thing, the right way, at the right time, for the right reason. It’s beginning and end are not heaven, but a glorious relationship between a Heavenly Father and newborn son (or daughter).

This week share the good news.

God Bless,
Chad

Colossians 1:28

“Him [Jesus] we preach, warning every man and teaching every man, in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.”

Colossians 1:28

About the Name

On The edge of your abilities, at the end of your talents, when you’ve reached the end of yourself and faith is all you have left then you are on the FarPoint.

As Believers in Christ Jesus we are saved to the FarPoint.
Romans 11:29 says, “…the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” This gift of salvation we have been given is complete. God started it. He will finish it. And when He is done every area of your life will have been affected. What are your struggles? Where are your troubles? Be patient and wait on the Lord. He is not done with you yet.

As Believers in Christ Jesus we must walk on the FarPoint.
II Corinthians 5:7 says, “For we walk by faith, and not by sight.” Faith is not blind trust in something that makes no sense. Faith has substance. It is the evidence, the living proof, of Christ in you. By faith God has saved you and by faith God will accomplish things through you that you never imagined were possible.

As Believers in Christ Jesus we must reach to the FarPoint.
Acts 1:8 says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me…to the ends of the earth.” Our purpose is clear; spread the gospel. Our method is defined. We must surrender every resource, talent, and ability to the Father. II Corinthians 9:22 says, “…I have become all things to all people so that by all means I may save some.”

Reach your world. Reach to the FarPoint.

Are You Babelling?

Scipture
Genesis 11:6″And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.”

Observation:
What an amazing thought! – That God himself would say that if we can communicate clearly and work together twoard the same goal that nothing we porpose to do will be withheld from us! So what was wrong with building a tower?1. It was for the glory of man.2. It ignored the glory of God.3. It denied their dependence on God.

Application:
First I need to be thoughtful and well informed when I communicate with those I lead and with those I serve with. *There is incredible power that comes from being all together.Second, As I set goals, communicate dreams, and build ideas I must make certain they are:1. God centered.2. God dependant.

No matter how good you intentions;
No matter how articulate your reason;
If God is not the author and finisher of the work you’re just babelling!

Prayer
Father, speak through me. Set my agenda, help me communicate well and let all I do bring glory and pleasure to you!

I love you, Father – CHAD