THIS SUNDAY, 10/24
- Sammy will be encouraging our church as we prepare for “in-gathering day” on the 31st.
The question is not only, “Was there strong Bible teaching?”, but also, “Was there strong Bible learning?” This week’s tip: Sharing the Gospel
While reading an article about the venerable Coach Vince Lombardi this past week, the author made this observation about the coach:
“He made things simple for his players, by taking nothing for granted, repeating the same lessons to them over and over, every day, every year.”
Before anything else in a Christian’s life, there must first come a profession of faith in Christ. As a godly shepherd, never assume (or, like Lombardi, “take for granted”) your sheep are (1) saved, and/or (2) know how to confidently share their faith.
So, every now and then:
Talk about it. Share stories of when you’ve shared your faith. Tell your story of how you came to faith in Christ. And then take a moment to look at stories in scripture when the prophets, Jesus, Paul and the apostles were sharing the good news.
Finally, give them tools to help them share their faith. Help them memorize the Roman Road as well as other scripture that will provide them with confidence to boldly and confidently share Christ’s love, truth and hope with others.
Sadly, the Gospel tends to be “the greatest story rarely told.” Let’s help change that.
NYT best-selling author, Eric Metaxas, just released his book, Is Atheism Dead? (a play on Time Magazine’s 1966 cover article, “Is God Dead?”)
Metaxas thought deeply about Time Magazine’s question and sought a reasonable, rational and intelligent answer. As he was investigating evidence for God being dead, he said he kept bumping into “outrageous evidence” for God being quite alive.
During his research, Metaxas, a brilliant man, observed that science, archaeology, and history all point to a divine Creator now more than ever. Here’s one thing he said regarding cosmology:
Another food-for-thought you can pass along to your class to equip them to have intelligent dialogue where the Christian faith is concerned…
I see headlines like this from time to time:
Whenever someone says, “I believe the universe was created by aliens,” I simply reply, “So, you believe there’s an intelligence behind creation?” (They usually don’t see that coming.) Then I attempt to visit about what intelligence makes the best sense of reality.
I saw this on Twitter and loved it. Salviander’s (an astrophysicist) observation is the antithesis of modernity’s back-breaking pace of life.
QUOTE(s) of the WEEK
“People don’t abandon faith because they have doubts. People abandon faith because they think they’re not allowed to have doubts.” – Austin Fischer
“The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We’re still trying to give orders, and interfering with God’s work within us.” – A.W. Tozer
And, a bonus…
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
And a bonus…
SOUL FOOD: What to do when you and your teen-aged child drift far apart
For obvious reasons, I’ve written a great deal about student ministry over the years. Perhaps you know someone that might need to read this week’s blog. You can read it here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick