1st Birthday

September 14, 2007

Just a little moment of celebration; today is Evangelism Action’s first birthday.

We hope that this blog can be a souce of inspiration and encouragment for the work of evangelism in the time that the Lord allows us to continue.

If you are a frequent ‘commentor’ or visitor – thanks for your friendship and interest in what we have to say.

Daniel.

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New tracts coming soon

September 13, 2007

Get excited – we are in the final stages of developing two new gospel tracts. The ‘Choose your own adventure tract’ is a highly thought provoking tract that challenges the reader with the urgency of the gospel. Another tract ‘The Family Values’ tract questions where we get our values from? This tract will connect well with the Jesus All About Life ad campaign currently running in our state. Well done to Georgie and Angela. They have been working furiously on these tracts this week.

Keep you posted.


The Holy Spirit convicting the world of guilt

September 9, 2007

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A light bulb flashed on for me during tonight’s sermon.

Previously I have felt a bit ashamed to speak too much about sin and guilt when presenting the gospel.  I have tended to want to major on “the positives” e.g.  adoption into God’s family, new life and eternal life.

Tonight’s sermon by Pastor John de Boer was titled “The Holy Spirit – Our Roommate”.
One of the points brought out was that the work of the Spirit is like a spotlight directed at Christ. One of the bible texts used was John 16: 8 – 11.

Unless I go away, the Counsellor (Holy Spirit) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

As I read “when He comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement…”  it occurred to me that I have not seen the significance of exposing sin for what it is, or as I should have been seeing it.

There is a great temptation to play down the harsh offence of the cross, and make it more appealing.
This text shows that people can’t see their need for Christ till they are convicted of guilt.


Six Steps – week 4 – CONNECT

September 4, 2007

Well done everyone who had the patience to wait the extra week for this step!

I liked this week, it was short but to the point. Basically it was around figuring out who we know who isn’t saved and thinking about what we can do to witness to them. I especially liked that we were encouraged not to wait for a friendship to develop. Yeah! As most of us know really, if you wait for a friendship to develop, it gets harder to witness and share your faith, not easier.

When we are saved we are freed to serve (1 Cor 9 :19-23 & 10:31-11:1, Gal 5:13-14). The best service we can offer to those we know or meet is to witness to them.


The Bad News and the Good News (Gift of the Gospel – week 2)

September 1, 2007

The BAD NEWS
…for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
11 There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one.
13 Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17 And the way of peace have they not known:
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

The GOOD NEWS
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believes in Jesus.
Romans 3:10-23
So What?
Looking in the mirror of scripture (James 1:22-24) what an ugly image we see reflected back. A miserable, mean, cruel, good hating creature that speaks evil, thinks evil and acts evilly in every way is before us, indeed is us. We are born in this state and without divine intervention in our lives this is the way we will be when we leave this life and face the good, righteous, just and holy God – a God who is angry with us for what we have done and who we have been all our lives (Psalm 7:11)

If you think you can make good with God by renovating your life, keeping the law to save yourself, then think again for you just read “ by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Indeed even if you could keep the law, which you can’t, you don’t and you won’t keep, you still owe God an eternal debt for all the times you broke His law in the past.

Your only hope, your only way to get right with God and avoid His judgment and punishment (Hell) is to have faith (v.22) in the sin offering, the sacrifice made by the one who is the revelation of God’s righteousness (perfect, holy and sinless) Jesus Christ. If you don’t enter the path to heaven by the door of complete faith in Jesus Christ’s person and atoning work and utter dependence on Him to make you righteous and good before God then you don’t enter the path to heaven at all. Jesus was emphatic “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6. Not a monk, not a minister, not anyone, no matter how nice they are, can get to heaven on their own merit.

Repent and believe in the sin offering. See your sin and your sinful condition for what it is – horrible and hateful to God, yourself and others around you. Stop trying to save yourself by being a better person. Turn to Jesus Christ and believe that He is who you need to pay for your sins and present you faultless before the just God of the universe. And then live. Live a life of thankful obedience to God’s word – listening to the voice of the Saviour, being empowered by the Holy Spirit and loved by God the Father. And have peace, hope and joy. Be eternally at peace with God, look forward in certain hope to eternal life with Him and being made like Him (1 John 3:1-3), and experience the joy of knowing that you possess more than all the money in the world could ever buy (Romans 8:18) – forgiveness and life.


Six Steps Update – week 3 – PRAY

August 21, 2007

question markWhat a great study today, once again. Texts were Titus 3:3-8, 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 and Acts 4:8-31. All about prayer in evangelism, God’s role in the person of the Holy Spirit and our role as announcers of the gospel.

We had a young christian in our group who missed last week’s study on the basics of the gospel, so we got into a few areas of fundamental doctrine. Lots and lots of questions, followed by our best efforts to explain things like election and the trinity, and how repentance is not a work that leads to our salvation but a response to what Jesus has done. Read the rest of this entry »


Not Messy at All

August 14, 2007

crossI was very impressed with the second step in the Six Steps to Talking About Jesus series we are doing at bible study. Today’s step was UNDERSTAND, and it was all about making sure everyone had a good understanding of the gospel. Accompanied by an excellent gospel presentation. Loved it.

Isn’t the gospel of our Lord just amazing???? Read Ephesians 2:1-10. Loved it. Read 2 Corinthians 5:10-21 again. Loved it again. I know, using the L word a lot. It was just great to revisit the gospel in a group where everyone had a firm understanding of it, we were all in awe afresh of what God has done.

This approach to discussing the gospel uses four R’s (based on the Ephesians reading), Rebellion (Eph 2:1-3); Rescue (Eph 2:4-5); Resurrection (Eph 2:6-7) and Response (Eph 2:8-10). Read the rest of this entry »