Evangelism. The word alone produces a tightness in the stomach and anguish in the hearts of many Christians. Does this nerve-jangling word produce that type of fear in you? That may be one of the barriers that hinders you from sharing the Good News of Christ.
Does the Bible call us to brazenly accost people in the streets with the demands of the gospel, and do we somehow think we will be able to coerce the unbeliever into believing the "Good News?" Many Christians misunderstand the biblical directives and shy away from such prospects thinking "I don't have the gift of evangelism" or "I don't know enough to be effective" and end up leaving the task to others.
Crossing the Barriers will not only equip you to understand what evangelism truly is, but enable you to make sure your message and motives are correct; and to effectively cross the barriers that keep us from presenting Christ and that prevent others from believing the message. Evangelism is the normal life of the church and can never be an optional extra. We will never be effective in evangelism so long as we regard it as a special activity in which we engage at certain times. Rather, it is to be the spontaneous and constant outflow of our Christian experience.
Much like the herald or town crier, who conveys the news from the king, we are not to express our own opinions or ideas. We are commanded to faithfully deliver the message the king has given to us. Our message is not for ourselves, but rather it is for the welfare of those who listen and the glory of the One who provides the Good News.
Crossing The Barriers
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