7 Evidences We Might Be Stuck In The Christian Bubble

It’s a problem for many of us. In fact, I contend that for most of us, the longer we’re in church and the higher we go up the Christian ladder, the more likely it is that we’re stuck in the Christian bubble. Beginning with me, we need to recognize some of the signs that we’ve insulated ourselves from a world we’re called to reach:

  1. Most of our prayers are about Christians, not non-believers. For some of us, all of our prayers are focused on brothers and sisters in Christ. And, even as we pray for those believers, we focus more on their physical needs than their spiritual needs. I fear we simply don’t think much about others and their walk with God.
  2. We can’t name five non-believers with whom we have a genuine relationship. I don’t mean superficial friendships; rather, I’m talking about real relationships built on God’s love that compels us to tell others about Jesus. The number “5” is arbitrary, of course, but I trust you get my point.
  3. We try our best to avoid any interaction with the world. I realize that’s almost impossible to do, and I grant there are good reasons not to put ourselves under ungodly influences—but some of us work so hard to escape non-believers that we offer no threat to the Enemy.

Read more: http://chucklawless.com/2019/07/7-evidences-you-might-be-stuck-in-the-christian-bubble/

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If Your Local Church Disappeared Would You Notice?

http://www.mikeleake.net/2019/07/if-your-local-church-disappeared-would-you-notice.html

What I Wish I Knew Sixteen Years Ago About Sharing The Good News With Mormons

https://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/what-i-wish-i-knew-sixteen-years-ago-about-sharing-the-good-news-with-mormons/

Pre-Evangelism

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

Many people who reject Christianity are actually rejecting a distortion of the faith. From his series Defending Your Faith, R.C. Sproul explains why we must correct wrong assumptions about what we believe.

The Parable of Sower and Frank Turek on Why People Reject God

https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/the-parable-of-sower-and-frank-turek-on-why-people-reject-god/

Why Attentive Listening Is Essential for the Witness of the Church Today

“In our minds holiness is usually about what we abstain from. But Jesus saw holiness as what you give yourself to. Namely mercy, love and hospitality. In the end, the holiest person is the one who loves well.” —Rich Villodas

Holiness Begins Not With Abstinence But Sharing in Christ.

We habitually associate holiness with the act of abstinence. After all, holiness in the Scripture is linked to avoiding things that can contaminate our body and spirit (Lev. 11:44; 2 Cor. 7:1).

But holiness is first and foremost an attribute of God. “Be holy, because I am holy” (1 Pet. 1:16, Lev. 11:44-45) is not God’s demand for us to practice an outward imitation as morally superior people; it is a statement of who we are in Christ as a result of our union with him.

Our holiness does not originate from an act of abstinence, it begins with the act of sharing. We share in Christ and partake of him (Heb. 3:14, 2 Pet. 1:4). Holiness starts from us sharing God’s holiness (Heb. 12:10). It is not a bunch of “do-not”s that resembles the foolish list of “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”(Col. 2:21). It is no surprise John Wesley defined holiness as “perfect love” while J.C. Ryle described holiness as “the habit of being of one mind with God”—both indicate a type of unity and harmony with God.

The rest is at: https://outreachmagazine.com/features/discipleship/37155-why-attentive-listening-is-essential-for-the-witness-of-the-church-today.html

One Reason We Struggle With Evangelism

~ Mike Leake

I’ve been slowly working my way through the works of Francis Schaeffer. What I read this morning was deeply convicting. Schaeffer was discussing his strategy of “taking the roof off” the lives of unbelievers. By doing this, he knew that his goal was to lead a person to despair. He wrestled with this a bit but came to the conclusion that if Christianity is true then it’s the most loving thing to do. Here are his words:

We cannot do this until we have personally faced the question as to whether the Judeo-Christian system is true in the way we have been speaking of truth. When we are certain about this for ourselves, then if we love men we shall have the courage to life the roof off other people’s lives and expose them to the collapse of their defenses. We ourselves, as we face these people, must have the integrity to continue to live open to the questions: Does God exist? Is the content of the Judeo-Christian system truth? (Schaeffer, 144)

This was convicting to me because I had to confess one of the reasons why I sometimes struggle with evangelism is because of a lurking and nagging unbelief. I’m convinced that many of us functionally have nothing more than a Pascal’s wager faith. What do I mean by that? I mean a faith which is merely hedging our bets.

If you aren’t familiar with it, this is Pascal’s wager. There are four basic options:

  • Option #1: You believe and God does exist. This leads to infinite gain.
  • Option #2: You believe and God does not exist. This leads (according to Paschal) to minimal loss.
  • Option #3: You don’t believe and God does exist. This leads to infinite loss.
  • Option #4: You don’t believe and God does not exist. This leads to minimal gain.