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The Great Commission Starts at Home

Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission. “Go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you,” (Matthew 28:19-20). This command is so crucial that it is repeated in various forms in the other gospels and at the beginning of the book of Acts.  The Great Commission is not just for the “spiritual” people but is to infiltrate the priorities of all Christians.

As my expression of fulfilling the Great Commission, I felt called to leave the area I had grown up (Alabama) and stay in New England to help plant a church to reach this area with the gospel. With only 1-3% of the population in […]

Family Discipleship – For What Purpose?

This blog and my writing focus on passing the gospel to our children. Rightly we are concerned about the number who seem to grow up in a Christian home but reject the faith.

But we must not make this the ultimate purpose of our lives or even our children’s lives. We should ask the deeper question of, “To what end?”

If we want our own hearts and our family’s hearts to reflect God’s heart, then what does that look like? What vision do I hope to inculcate in them?

My Country Only?
As the American culture disintegrates around us, it can be tempting to seek to raise our children to be salt and light. If they will just hang on to the faith we will be satisfied.

But what if […]

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Helping our Children Handle Suffering

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

As a parent, I want the best for my child. But in wanting that best, I can become confused, using only human wisdom. I hate to see my child suffer in any way. And yet, following Jesus involves suffering. So, if I am going to call my children to follow Christ, then I am going to call them to suffer.

Perhaps the corrective on suffering needs to start in my own mind. Francis Schaeffer argued over 30 years ago that the majority of adult Christians are worshipping the idols of personal peace and affluence. We, the parents, want a Christianity that brings us a sense of tranquility and […]

How to Move an Atheist/Agnostic to Study the Bible

A home that is actively sharing Jesus with others is a faith-filled home that is attractive to teenage children. Evangelism is a fruit of a healthy Christian.

Hence the following post:

I recently heard this helpful conversation flow which comes from Becky Pippert author of the classic book on evangelism, Out of the Saltshaker. I think it might be helpful for all of us

Atheist: I don’t believe in God. I’m an atheist.
Christian: Well isn’t that kind of crazy to say that you have searched exhaustively high and low and proven there is no God? Don’t you mean you are an agnostic? In other words, you dont really know if there is a God or not.

Atheist: Yeah, I guess you are right. I am really an agnostic.
Christian: Well are […]

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How Can I Pray For You?

 

In Evangelism for the Tongue-Tied, I talk about how asking good questions is a way to a deeper conversation.

Don Whitney recommends a question I have also used a number of times. Ask the Lord to help you use it in the next few days.
Over and over I’ve seen one simple question open people’s hearts to hear the gospel. Until I asked this question, they showed no interest in spiritual matters. But then after six words—only seventeen letters in English—I’ve seen people suddenly begin to weep and their resistance fall. The question is, “How can I pray for you?”

This may not seem like such a powerful question to you. Perhaps that’s because you hear it, or a question like it, quite often. Your Bible study group or your church […]

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Evangelistic Questions for Your Christmas Gatherings

The Christmas season gives us all sorts of opportunities to interact with those who don’t know Christ.

There are Christmas parties for fellow workers. And holiday gatherings with distant relatives. But often we don’t know how to bring up the topic of Christ or spiritual things. And we are afraid of saying the wrong thing.

That’s the whole purpose of Evangelism for the Tongue-Tied.

But today’s post is a Throw Back Thursday Post to point out Twelve Evangelistic Questions that can open a conversation to spiritual things. Think of these questions as tools in your toolbox.

Of particular benefit around Christmas one might be, “Have you ever thought much about Christmas? Who do you think Jesus is?” 

After they tell you that ask your diagnostic questions like – “Why do […]

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A Mission to Reach Out:555

Tony Merida of Imago Dei Church has presented the 555 mission to his church.

In short, he is challenging his church find 5 people in 5 networks

1. Your Family Network – Your extended family
2. Your Vocational Network – The people you work with
3. Your Business Network – Where you shop
4. Your Neighbor Network – Those who live close to you
5. Your Relational Network – Other nonChristian friends you have through things like recreation

And with those people in mind start aiming toward these five tasks.

1. Pray for them.
2. Serve them.
3. Give Gospel literature to them.
4. Invite them to church or an outreach event.
5. Speak the gospel to them.

He quotes Tim Keller
“There must be an atmosphere of expectation that every member will always have 2-4 people in the […]

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Provoking Your Coworkers (In a Good Way)

J.D. Greear provides 26 great ways to provoke our coworkers.

Not to provoke them to anger but to provoke a question about why we live differently a la 1 Peter 3:15 – Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.

He has a number of ways to shine at work including:
– Not gossiping but speaking with thanksgiving.
– Make a prayer list for the people in your office and their families. When appropriate ask, “How can I pray for you.”
– Take the dirty jobs like cleaning the coffee pot.
– Speak about your church involvement over the weekend without mumbling.
– Keep copies of apologetics books in your office. Give copies away.

Check out the whole […]

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The Art of Spiritual Conversations

Mary Schaller argues in this article that Christians need to learn the art of spiritual conversations with those who do not profess to be Christians.

Several paragraphs are helpful (and sound like they came right out of Evangelism for the Tongue-Tied!)

The key is to figure out how to empower Christians to engage in meaningful conversations about God with those who believe differently. This is not something we leave to the “professionals,” but rather something anyone can do on any day of the week. Everyone can have conversations, so let’s start there. If our conversations can build trust and prove that we care, then relationships grow, and disciples are made over time. We should strive to create spaces for safe and open spiritual conversations that pave the way […]

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A Great Evangelistic Question to Start a Conversation

If you have read Evangelism for the Tongue-Tied, you know that I advocate a question that works all the time.

What are your spiritual beliefs?

But I may have a new favorite. Or at least, a close second. In this article, the author suggests  a powerful ice-breaking question is:

What do you think happens when we die?

I like it a lot and his article breaks down the two types of responses he gets. Then you can keep asking more questions. I plan to put this question in my arsenal and ask it to one particular person that I have struggled to bring up the gospel with.

Read the whole article. And then pray that God will give you a chance to ask this question.

 

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