It’s extremely important not to assault people. I gave a sermon about the extraordinary variability in the way that Christ approached different people when he was giving a message. He kind of confronts the young ruler: “It’s easier to pass through the eye of a camel than for a rich man to get into heaven.” Even Christ tried to meet people where they were rather than just being harsh with everybody. He speaks to the woman at the well. Sometimes I think evangelicals come at people so hard and so fast and don’t take time to listen to where somebody is. We can just try to have a lighter touch sometimes.
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Songs of all kinds make me feel thoughts of God—sometimes directly, more often indirectly. This appears to be a universal phenomenon. Songs can give rise to the sensation that almost all believers say they have experienced: the sudden “flash” of understanding that this world is not all that there is.
Roy Williams, God Actually
Live your life as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as though you were to live forever.
If you want to make peace, don’t talk to your friends. Talk to your enemies.
Most Christians are like the man who was toiling along the road, bending under a heavy burden, when a wagon overtook him, and the driver kindly offered to help him on his journey. He joyfully accepted the offer, but when seated, continued to bend beneath his burden, which he still kept on his shoulders.
“Why do you not lay down your burden?’ asked the kind-hearted driver.
“Oh!” replied the man, “I feel that it is almost too much to ask you to carry me, and I could not think of letting you carry my burden too.”
And so Christians, who have given themselves into the care and keeping of the Lord Jesus, still continue to bend beneath the weight of their burden, and often go weary and heavy-laden throughout the whole length of their journey.
Hannah Whitall Smith
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop and help this man, what will happen to me?” But the Good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop and help this man, what will happen to him?”
Martin Luther King Jr.
Many a time I have wanted to stop talking and find out what I really believe.
The predominant model of evangelistic preaching is to use your 20-minute opportunity to take people very quickly on a journey from Genesis to Revelation, encompassing sin, judgment, eschatology, the passion, resurrection, conversion and sanctification. After they have received this quick first-year course in biblical theology they are then faced with a decision whether to follow Christ or not.
The poor confused, unchurched person, who got stuck on the Genesis bit, is then consigned to hell if they don’t come forward and kneel at the front! How different this is to Jesus, who, basically told people stories that usually concentrated on one point of truth.
Mahatma Ghandi once said to some missionaries in India, “You work so hard at it. Just remember that the rose never invites anyone to smell it. If it is fragrant, people will walk across the garden and endure the thorns to smell it.”
Now that is not the whole story about evangelism. But it is an important part of it. People are not going to want the Savior we proclaim if they cannot see that He makes a difference to our lives and that our churches are really attractive.
Evangelism Through the Local Church