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Struggling 

I am really struggling these days.  I could post all my sins, my problems, my struggles but I ask all of you who read this to please pray for me.  God knows my trials.

With much love in Christ,

Roy

Written by The Seeking Disciple

03/11/2016 at 1:30 AM

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Grey Areas of Theology

All of us come to the Bible with our systems.  It’s hard not to.  This happens when reading any book.  We bring our presuppositions to what we read, what we watch, what we hear.  This is part of being made in the image of God.  Animals don’t bring presuppositions.  Animals don’t get new ideas.  Animals can be trained but not reprogrammed to think differently.  People  can.  It often takes time and sometimes involves years of study, trials, etc.

This is true of theology as well.  I have never been a Calvinist.  I was raised in a Pentecostal home where Calvinism was avoided.  That said, I have known many friends of mine who “converted” to Calvinism.  None of them (that I know of) actually took time to study Arminianism or other non-Calvinist approaches to the Bible, they just enjoyed listening to John MacArthur or John Piper and dove into Calvinism.  Most of them were looking (as Austin Fischer points out in his book Young, Restless, No Longer Reformedfor something more in their faith.  They wanted to go deeper in the Lord and found Calvinism to be what they needed.  Of course, I would argue that Arminianism is actually deeper still.  Arminianism goes past Calvinism in my estimation.

What I want to point out here in this blogpost is that all of us have grey areas in our theology.  I don’t know of a perfect system. There are holes in all of our theology.  For honesty sake, I will post just a few holes I see in my own theology.  These are holes that I can’t fully explain but they don’t cause me to turn away from Christ.  I live with them and just seek to know Christ more and more.  My goal is to know God (John 17:3) but I know that I will never fully know Him and I believe that even in eternity, I will never truly grasp God.  He is infinite in His ways (Psalm 145:3).  So let me list a few holes.

1.  The Trinity.

Cults attack the doctrine of the Trinity because they say that it is illogical.  How can three persons be one God?  How can there be one God yet three persons?  I don’t grasp this myself.  I know the Bible teaches there is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) and the Father is called God, the Son is called God, and the Holy Spirit is called God but there is only one God.

Again, the infinite God is beyond my understanding.  I humble myself before His truth and simply worship Him who is true.

2.  Prayer.

How does God answer prayer?  What role does faith play?  Why does God seem to delay?  What causes God to not hear our prayers nor answer us when we call?  Is God moved by our prayers?  All of these are unanswered questions I have about prayer.  No doubt God calls us to prayer (Matthew 6:5) and Paul the Apostle says that we are to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) but I don’t begin to fully understand prayer.

3.  The Incarnation of God.

I truly believe that Jesus is God manifested in the flesh (John 1:14) and that this is based on the prophetic promises (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7) but how this is, I don’t know.  How a virgin can be pregnant with the holy one of Israel (Luke 1:35).  When Mary asked how this could be (Luke 1:34), I love Gabriel’s reply (Luke 1:37) and Mary’s response (Luke 1:38).  It was as if Gabriel was saying, “I don’t know how this can be but with God all things are possible.”  God can do whatever He likes and in this case, He becomes a human while not ceasing to be God.  Jesus was not a man on earth while God was in heaven.  Jesus was fully God and fully man.  Jesus was not half man and half God.  While Philippians 2:7 says that Jesus humbled Himself and became a slave, it does not say that Jesus ceased to ever be God.  He can’t.  Jesus was fully God before the manger and He was God after He ascended to the right hand of God.  Jesus has always existed with the Father and the Spirit before time began (John 17:5).  Yet how God became a man is beyond me.

4.  Regeneration.

I accept the biblical truth of being born from above (John 3:3) but I don’t fully grasp this miracle.  Even the good doctor Nicodemus in John 3:4 tried to ask Jesus how can this be.  Let’s give Nicodemus credit here and know that he was not asking about being born physically again.  He is wondering about this miracle of being born from above.  How can this be?  Jesus points to the wind and the mystery of the wind (John 3:5-8).  Again Nicodemus replies, “How can these things be?” (John 3:9).  I agree Nicodemus.  I don’t know.  I preach salvation through Christ alone.  I preach repentance.  I preach being baptized into Christ.  Yet the mystery of the new birth is beyond me.  I know Titus 3:5-7 is true and I preach that salvation is the gracious work of God yet I can’t explain how the God who created all things comes and indwells us.  It is a mystery that I am willing to preach and accept.  I praise God that He saved me!

5.  Free Will.

As an Arminian, I hold to libertarian free will.  I believe all people have the power to choose to either do or refrain from a given action whether sinful or good.  Yet I can’t explain how God allows free will and yet His decreed will is always done.  The cross, for example, was predetermined by God (Acts 2:22-23) yet God did not make the Jews or the Romans kill Jesus.  He permitted them to kill His Son and it was part of His plan but no one believes (even Calvinists) that God made the people kill Jesus.  The people chose to kill Jesus by God’s definite foreknowledge.

The mystery is here is how God in His sovereignty still accomplishes His will while allowing people to make free decisions.  I have no doubt that God knows the free decisions of people but that He knows just means that He knows.  Knows and causes are not the same.  My mystery in free will is that God allows free will people to make free will decisions yet God’s decreed will is done.  However, not everything that happens in this world is the will of God.  Even God said about His people in Jeremiah 7:31 that they did that which He did not plan nor came to His mind.  How can that be?  If God knows all things and He plans all things (according to determinism), how can this be?  Right before Jeremiah 7:31, God says that He had sent prophets to warn His people but they stiffened their necks and became hardened.  This would be later on as well in John 12:40 where God says that He has allowed the Israelites to be hardened for the purpose of the cross.  How can these things be?

6.  The Cross.

Could there not be another way?  Did the cross have to be?  I understand the holiness of God demands a sacrifice for sins (Hebrews 9:22) but could there have been salvation without the cross?  Could God have accomplished redemption of sinners by some other means?  Biblically I know that the cross is a must.  Sinful humanity sinned against a holy God with the fall of Adam and Eve (Romans 5:12) and the cross demonstrates both the love of God for human beings and His holiness at the same time (Romans 3:22-27).  Amazing!  Jesus died for sinners since He never sinned Himself (1 Peter 2:21-24).  Jesus suffered at the hands of sinners to redeem sinners (Luke 19:10).  Simply amazing!

Yet did the cross have to be?  Could the Lord have saved us another way?  I don’t know.  I am thankful for the cross and I praise God that salvation comes through the cross but the mystery of the cross is beyond me.

7.  God Changing His Mind.

Genesis 6:6 is tough.  How could God truly be sorry for making mankind when (according to determinism), He knew what would become of them in the first place?  Is this not true emotions from God?  The typical answer is that such talk from the Lord is only given to show us humans so that we can relate to God who is beyond us.

In Exodus 32 we read of the Israelites and the golden calf.  God declares to Moses that He is going to wipe them out for this sin yet Moses intercedes for the Israelites and God relents (v. 14).  Some say that God did not really relent but He was using this to teach Moses how to be a leader or how to pray.  Yet the text is a mystery.

There are more.  I could go on.  There are texts that suggest that God relents and I don’t know how to answer them.  The open theist points to them as proof that God learns certain things (see for example Genesis 22:12).  I can’t ignore the language but I don’t have clear answers either.  Yet the same God can say of the unborn Cyrus that he will be his servant (Isaiah 45:1).  God could call forth even the city where the Messiah would be born (Micah 5:2) and arrange entire nations for this purpose (Luke 2:1-2).

So on the one hand God is said to relent of things and learn things yet the overwhelming teaching of Scripture is that God is infinite in His wisdom and awesome in all His ways.  This is a mystery to me.

What To Do With Grey Areas?

My advice: keep studying.  Keep praying.  Keep hoping in God.  Grey areas don’t mean that God’s Word has failed nor do they mean that God is not trustworthy.  His promises are sure (2 Peter 1:4).  Grey areas mean that I don’t have God figured out and that He is God.  I am satisfied with that.  I will never grasp God.  His ways are beyond me.  His thoughts are beyond me (Isaiah 55:8-9).  I do know that He loves me (John 3:16) and He has demonstrated that love through the cross (Romans 5:8-9).  I rejoice that this is clear: Jesus died for sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).  This is clear: Jesus rose from the dead (Acts 1:3) and salvation comes through the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9-10).  I rejoice that the gospel is simple and clear (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).  My prayer is to know Christ more (Philippians 3:10).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

08/30/2015 at 11:18 AM

Life Gets Busy

My blog use to be a strong passion of mine.  Now it is a hobby.  A distant hobby.  While trying to work, enjoy my three little boys and my wife, and just live my life to the glory of God, the blog has been on hold a bit.  This is not to say that I won’t be posting or that I am now ending the blog.  I still plan on blogging but it will be slow.  I hope you will understand.  There was a time when I would sit down for hours at my computer to blog.  It was (and remains) fun to me.  I don’t have lots of readers but I don’t blog per se for readers. I blog as my own diary of sorts.  Before blogs, I use to keep notebooks with my thoughts in them.  My notebooks are the same as my blog, focused on the Lord and on what it means to follow Jesus.

Over the next few weeks I plan on getting some posts out.  I have a review of John Wagner’s book, Grace For All, coming out this week.  My heart has been praying for revival in the United States and I would like to spend some time blogging on revival and what revival is and what revival is not.  I also want to post on the Calvinist debates I see taking place almost on a daily basis among themselves on social media.  Calvinism, like all other systems, is not congruent.  If one Calvinist says that what they teach is true Calvinism, another person will come along and challenge that and there is nothing wrong with that.

I remain in love with Jesus, not going anywhere, and thankful our God reigns.  I will blog more soon.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

05/18/2015 at 10:04 AM

Confessions of a Perfectionist

Note: This post is not intended to teach that we can abide in sin.  This is not my point.  I want to make that clear before I start.  The Bible is clear that we should forsake our sins (1 John 2:1).  Paul told the Corinthians to “stop sinning” (1 Corinthians 15:34).  In 2 Corinthians 12:21-13:5, Paul the Apostle rebukes those in the Corinthian church who have not repented of their past sinning.  In fact, the New Testament is clear that we are to pursue holiness (Hebrews 12:14), to be holy as God is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16), to be slaves of righteousness and not slaves to sin (Romans 6:1-23) and that to be slaves of sin shows we are not Christ’s (John 8:34-35).  John the Beloved wrote in 1 John 3:7 that he who practices righteousness is righteous.  It is not merely enough to claim “imputed righteousness” and go on sinning.  I don’t deny that we are righteous in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21) but I do deny that this gives us a license to abuse God’s grace and continue in a life of sin (Jude 4; cf. Hebrews 10:26-31).

Perfectionism is a dangerous thing.  I once aimed with all that was in me for perfection.  I strove to overcome sin by my power and I thought it was merely a choice of my will to overcome sin.  I paid little attention to abiding in Christ and strove in my strength to overcome sin.  And the more I strove, the more I struggled with sin.  I would overcome one sin only to find another sin had taken its place.

The true danger of perfectionism is pride.  I had pride in me.  Oh I would have claimed Christ and would have said that I was seeking to overcome sin because of Christ and His victory on the cross but I was only paying lip service to Him.  After all, what Christian would deny that Jesus was really the One that they were striving to obey?  In reality, I was nothing more than a hypocrite and a Pharisee all at the same time.  I was nothing more than a white washed tomb (Matthew 23:27-28).  Around others I could act so holy and pure but inwardly, I was tormented by my sins.  I hated my flesh.  I despised what I knew about me when none were around yet I continued to play the hypocrite and act like I was living in complete victory.

I see now the errors of my ways.  It was not seeking Christ that was a sin.  It was not seeking to overcome my sins that was a sin.  It was my faith in me, my pride in thinking that could gain the victory by the sheer power of my own will.  Yet my will is tainted by my flesh.  My will wants to honor me above Christ.  My will wants to live for the glory of me above the glory of Christ.  My will wants to exalt me and not turn others toward Christ.

I rejoice now though for the gospel.  The gospel is not about what I do to obtain His forgiveness.  The gospel is not about what I do to overcome sin.  The gospel is not about how I can now, by the power of my will, live free from sin.  The gospel in fact informs me that I am saved by God’s grace alone (Ephesians 2:8-9).  No doubt His grace teaches me to say no to sin (Titus 2:12) but my focus now is on Christ and Christ alone (Titus 2:13).  I know now that through the gospel, I am seated with Christ in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3).  I know now that through Christ, though I was once dead in my sins, I am now alive in Him (Ephesians 2:1-6).  I recognize that my passion is to glorify Christ in all that I say and do and not because of my own striving, my own will power, but in light of the gospel that saves me (1 Corinthians 15:10).  I see now that Christ came into the world to save sinners (Luke 19:10) and Paul the Apostle understood that before a holy and pure God, he was sinful and lost (1 Timothy 1:15).  Our salvation is based on the Lord Jesus Christ and not on our works!  Good works flow from a redeemed life (James 2:14-26; cf. Ephesians 2:10).  The love of God grabs us and empowers us (John 14:15, 23-24).

Our part is to consistently submit to the Lordship of Christ.  This is the key to overcome sin.  It is not by making “sin lists” or by striving merely in our own power to overcome sin.  This has never worked.  The key is to focus on the Lordship of Christ, be saturated in His Word (John 17:17), and to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-17).  To follow the flesh only spells doom (Galatians 6:7-9; James 5:19-20).  2 Peter 2:20-22 warns us against returning to the flesh while thinking we are forgiven.  We must repent of our sins but we do this by the power of the gospel and not by merely creating resolutions.

Here then is the balance.  We adore the gospel that saves us.  We acknowledge that we are saved by the grace of God alone and that Christ is our salvation.  We rejoice in the Lord for His forgiveness and for setting us free from the power of sin (Colossians 1:13-14).  We praise God for the gospel truth that we are redeemed by the blood of Jesus alone (1 Peter 1:18-19) and not by our works (Titus 3:5-7).  We confess that without Christ, we would be lost sinners, hell-bound.  We celebrate the biblical fact that we are holy before God through Christ (Hebrews 10:10; cf. 1 Corinthians 1:30-31).

This gospel truth then produces a joy in longing to serve the Lord.  I want to be holy as He is holy not because of legalism and perfectionism but because of what He has done in saving me!  I want to strive to be like Jesus and set my mind on things above and not on this world (Colossians 3:1-4) because of the work of Christ.  I rejoice that I am justified before God through faith (Romans 5:1).  I rejoice that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).  This leads me toward holiness.  This gospel leads me to want to pray, to worship, to share the gospel with the lost, to seek to be pure and blameless (Philippians 2:12-15).  I want to press on (Philippians 3:12-16).  I want to forsake my sins in the light of His forgiveness of my sins (1 John 1:9) but I do not deceive myself into thinking that I have overcome sin by my power for I cannot (1 John 1:10).

So I rejoice in Christ.  I praise the Father for the gift of His Son and that I am saved, redeemed, forgiven in Christ alone (1 Timothy 2:5-6).  Yet I also long to be holy, to be pure, to be blameless but I know that I can only obtain holiness by God’s grace working in me.

Theological Cyber Bullies

Social media is both a blessing and a curse.  It is a blessing as I get to meet disciples from all over the world and to be encouraged by what I read and see the Lord doing around the world.  For that, I am thankful for social media.

Yet the dark side of social media is the theological cyber bullies that I have met online.  These cyber bullies are relentless.  If you want to see this in action then go to Twitter and simply post something like “Calvinism does not save” and hash tag it with #Calvinism and watch what happens.  There are a group of Calvinists on Twitter who love this and will send you dozens upon dozens of replies.  They will not stop.  You will eventually just say, “I disagree” but they will continue to publish and publish and publish defenses of Calvinism along with attacks on you and your theology.  It doesn’t matter if you are an Arminian or not.  If you are not a Calvinist, you are wrong and they will not stop until you admit this or just stop posting on Twitter altogether (which is what I have done but not just for that reason alone).  

Recently, a notable internet Calvinist defender apologized for his attacks on a man whom he disagreed with.  This Calvinist had become so engrossed with personal attacks on the man that he begin to attack the son of the man.  Sadly, the son committed suicide just a few weeks later though the cyber bullying did not play a part in that.  I do wonder if something could have stopped this boy from killing himself had the Calvinist been praying for the family instead of attacking them relentlessly online?  What if the Calvinist was offering words of encouragement instead of criticism for everything the family did?  

Whether you are an Arminian or a Calvinist, please take to heart John 13:34-35.  I know that the guys on Twitter do not consider Arminians as Christians and this is how they justify their relentless attacks.  I know that the man above did not regard the man whom he was attacking as a brother in the Lord.  I have heard prominent Calvinist evangelists said that other non-Calvnist evangelists were not saved because they rejected Calvinism.  Even if you don’t believe that other people are Christians, 2 Timothy 2:24-26 should be taken to heart.  

My prayer is that I am not a cyber bully.  I don’t write much on any social sites.  For me, its such a waste of time to sit and debate online with people I can’t see or talk to in person.  I would gladly sit down with a Calvinist brother in a coffee shop and discuss theology but I will not waste my time going back and forth with 140 characters on Twitter or making a mockery of the name of Jesus in social media sites toward an unbelieving world who loves to watch Christians argue.  The world is gong to hell while we sit and argue over points that have been debated for 500 years.  While there is good that can come from good theological discussions, arguing does not produce these results.  

Frankly, I would rather go out and preach the gospel to the lost, read a good book, listen to some solid preaching, or just spend time with my family than to sit and have online debates.  Godly conversations seem to be lacking today.  May the Lord help us to be godly toward each other.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

08/13/2014 at 3:00 PM

Evangelism and Returning From Missions Trips

I have previously written on missions trips and my thoughts on them.  My mixed feelings on them are that they can be both a blessing and a curse.  The gospel that is preached by missions groups is often the American gospel of “God wants to bless you, make you happy, He loves you endlessly.  So pray this prayer and you are in forever!”  The poor gospel that is often preached in the evangelical churches is carried over in missions trips and so missionaries spend their time when mission groups depart having to clean up the mess (and not just the physical mess).  The spiritual mess is worse.  It leaves behind people thinking that the way to God is through praying a “sinner’s prayer” that has no biblical basis and they think that God wants to bless their socks off.  Like those in Matthew 13:20-21, they turn away from Christ as soon as disappointments come.

The problem with the American gospel goes deeper than just missions groups.  In many ways, to challenge the traditions such as the “sinner’s prayer” is often viewed with skepticism or heresy.  Evangelists who do not give “altar calls” or pray “the prayer” with people are not true evangelists in the minds of those who hold to these traditions.  When you challenge people over the biblical nature of “altar calls” or the “sinner’s prayer,” people will often ignore the Scriptures and leave the church.  I had one lady respond to me once by saying, “I’ll go find a preacher who agrees with me and have him correct you.”  She never returned of course.

The reality is that salvation is the work of God.  When I use to believe in the “sinner’s prayer” I was shocked to read the works of John Wesley and see that he never used the “sinner’s prayer” nor altar calls.  Wesley preached hard on justification by faith alone and he preached hard on repentance but Wesley understood correctly that salvation was the work of God.  He knew that being born again was the work of the Spirit (John 3:3).  He pointed to the depravity of man as proof that we needed the divine aid of the Spirit of God to be saved (Acts 16:14-15).  Jesus taught in John 16:8-11 that the Spirit would do such a work.  Wesley taught that we cannot earn God’s salvation by our works (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10-18).  We are too sinful.  Too wicked in our hearts.  We have too many idols.  Salvation must be the work of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus died to secure our salvation but the Spirit of God must aid us to be saved.  Wesley avoided Calvinism by teaching prevenient grace.  By the way, Calvinists also taught the same for many years but today they shun such words.  Wesley taught (as did Arminius) that the Spirit frees the sinful will so that humans may believe the gospel.  The Spirit does not force (or drag as R.C. Sproul contends from John 6:44) but He makes us willing.  He does not make us believe nor does He make it so that we have no choice but to believe but He frees the sinful will to believe.  The key difference between say the preaching of John Wesley and his friend George Whitefield on this point would be whether God places conditions upon election.  Wesley argued yes while Whitefield argued no.

However, I digress.  Often missions groups come back home fired up.  Like teenagers from a youth camp, they come back “hungry for God” and have a zeal to “read the Word and make disciples.”  Yet in just a few days, they often can be found right back to their nominal lives.  This happens because of two reasons.  First, while on a missions trip, people are often focused on God and His kingdom.  While “serving” on missions trips, people often recognize their need to pray, to read their Bible, and their conversations center around the Lord Jesus.  When they come back home, they often get comfortable again and go back to their prayerlessness, their struggle to read their Bible, and their lack of evangelism and gospel conversations.  Secondly, missions trips often produce “positive peer pressure” where people around each other encourage each other on toward good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).  Missions trips often draw closer together as they pray, spend time talking about the needs and what they see.  This positive peer pressure leads them to pray, to witness, to be bold, to talk much about Christ and His kingdom, to believe in the power of God.  Yet when they come home, those conversations end as they go back to work, back to school, back to their worlds where few talk about Christ and His glory.  This leads toward apathy.

How can we prevent this?  What makes consistent disciples?  I would argue that first and foremost is the gospel itself.  When people reduce the gospel to “steps to peace with God” or the “sinner’s prayer,” they reduce the power of the gospel.  The gospel is not a plan or a pattern.  The gospel is a person.  The gospel focuses us upon the Lord Jesus (Romans 1:16-17).  The gospel is all about Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-3).  The gospel focuses on what Jesus has done for us in His death, burial, and resurrection.  The reality of the cross should be our focus (Galatians 6:14).  The cross empties us of self (Colossians 3:1-3).  Christ must be the focus in our gospel (1 Corinthians 2:1-5; 2 Corinthians 4:5).  When we love Jesus for what He has done in saving us, this takes us beyond altar calls, “sinner’s prayers,” and takes us toward true discipleship (John 14:15; cf. Matthew 28:20).

Secondly, being a disciple of Jesus does involve disciplines.  Jesus said that those who abide in His teachings are His true disciples (John 8:31-32).  Jesus taught us that only those who do the will of His Father are saved (Mathew 7:21-27).  As a disciple, I pray because Jesus told me to pray (Matthew 6:5).  I spend time in the Word because Jesus told me to abide in His teachings.  I worship and adore Jesus because I realize that I only have life in Him (John 15:1-11).  Legalism believe that what I do earns God’s favor.  Discipline is not legalism.  I am not trying to earn God’s favor as I have that in Christ (Romans 5:1) but I am disciplined because I want to glorify my King (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).

Thirdly, it is the recognition that salvation is based on Jesus Christ and not my feelings.  Feelings come and go but this does not change my salvation.  My salvation is not based on how I feel.  It is based on the finished work of Christ (John 19:30).  In no way is salvation based on what I feel.  The Bible, in fact, says that we are to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).  This does not mean that we don’t have experiences or any feelings but rather that our hope is not based on these things.  What we feel often doesn’t match up to what is true.  This is why salvation must be in Christ alone and not what we do.  The Bible continually points to the reality of 1 John 5:13.  Our salvation is based on Jesus and not how I feel.  This leads to the ability to always being ready to share the gospel for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15-16).  Paul the Apostle said our focus must be on that which is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

Lastly, I would challenge people coming back from missions trips to do something with their fire by going out into our own neighborhoods with the gospel.  You don’t have to go 1000 miles to find lost people.  They are all around us.  Just as the people in Mexico need the gospel.  So the person living next door needs the gospel.  I am amazed that we will board a plane and go across the sea to preach the gospel to the lost but we will not even lift our voices in our own towns here to spread the gospel.  Not everyone is an open air preacher but we all can have gospel conversations that point people toward Christ.  Why do we get bold in other nations but are cowards here?  If Proverbs 28:1 is true in Africa on our missions trips, why is it not true here?  If Acts 1:8 is true when missions teams head to the coal mines of West Virginia then it is true in the streets of our towns. Don’t stop making disciples.  Develop a culture of evangelism where it is just natural to share the gospel with the lost.  I believe that disciples should try to use every conversation we have to point toward the gospel.  This doesn’t happen though programs on evangelism but through the culture of evangelism.  As a disciple, I am always looking for ways to tell others about Christ and His kingdom.  Some conversations are better than others and I have failed at times but God is faithful to His promises and my heart is to just sow His Word wherever I can and as often as I can (Matthew 13:3).  This is not based on a program or even one method but upon the realization that God has sent us all (who are true disciples) on a mission (Mark 16:15).

I hope these series of posts on missions trips and evangelism was helpful.  My heart is burdened to see the Church spreading the gospel but not out of legalistic means but simply based on a culture of evangelism where the love of Christ compels us to go (2 Corinthians 5:14 NKJV).  Our evangelism should be the overflow of devotion to Christ.  We long to simply obey God because He is good toward us (Romans 2:4) and we want to make Him known among the nations (Acts 5:28-32).

I pray that many will hear His call and go (Isaiah 6:8).

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