The above photo comically represents what used to be a popular method for evangelizing people . . . one that doesn’t work terribly well in our day.
In a previous post entitled The Missio Dei, I sketched out four aspects of God’s grand mission.
In it, I pointed out that some Christians and churches focus on one aspect of the mission to the exclusion of the others. But all four aspects of living missionally are important and each should be taken in season.
One of those four aspects of living missionally is what I call “commission” which is the increase of Christ through bringing others to a saving experience of His grace and life. It includes both evangelism and discipleship that’s relevant for our time.
The following posts treat this aspect of the mission. I hope you’ll find each of them to be of help.
Tomorrow’s post is entitled Rethinking Water Baptism.
My “Answers to Skeptics” Series – five posts written to and for those who do not yet know Jesus:
To elaborate on this series, I recommend the following 5 books:
Exposing Myths About Christianity by Jeffrey Burton Russell – a 2012 release that contains a masterful treatment of 145 viral lies and legends about the Christian faith.
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis – a classic that explains and defends biblical Christianity.
Simply Christian by N.T. Wright – the Mere Christianity for the 21st century postmodern world.
A Place for Truth edited by Dallas Willard – a compilation of essays written by various Christian thinkers, all exploring life’s hardest questions.
More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell – a clear apologetic that’s quick and easy to read.
Other Missional Posts:
What is a Christian? – T. Austin-Sparks answers the question with seminal insight.
Why I’m a Christian – 12 reasons why I follow Jesus and a challenge to those who do not.
Living in the Divine Parenthesis – a challenge against the tendency to become insular, isolated, and ingrown. Explains how the New Testament calls us to engage in “good works,” but explains what good works are and aren’t. (In the New Testament, “good works” have to do with alleviating oppression and helping those who are hurting.) The source of good works is also discussed as well as the meaning of the Kingdom of God being present yet future. Includes audio.
Rethinking the Gospel – explains what the New Testament means when it uses the word “gospel” as well as “Jesus is Lord” and “Christ is ALL.” Jesus of Nazareth is Lord, not just over our private spiritual lives, but over the whole world.
Defending the Old Testament – David Lamb - David Lamb defends God in the Old Testament (two parts)
Defending the Old Testament – Paul Cohen - Paul Cohen defends God in the Old Testament.
Following Your Spiritual Instincts Regarding the Poor – explains how much God cares for the poor and what our attitude should be toward them.
Wavin’ Flag: Remix – a song I wrote that expresses Christ’s love for the world through the church.
Rethinking How We Present the Gospel – affirms yet rethinks how we present the gospel to non-Christians.
20 Reasons Why the Christian Right & the Christian Left Won’t Adopt Me – encourages Christians to engage the culture and affirms all types of engagement (social, civil, political, etc.) without necessarily aligning with the Christian Right or the Christian Left.
N.T. Wright – my exclusive interview with N.T. Wright where we discuss church, mission, culture, and the church’s prophetic role in speaking to “power.”
Epic Jesus – Jesus is much larger than our traditions, personal tastes, and theological systems. Includes audio. E. Stanley Jones said, “A reduced Christ is the same as a rejected Christ.” Epic Jesus unfolds that thought.
A Vanishing God – Jesus has an interesting habit of breaking out of our expectations, imaginations, preferences, and ideas. A challenge against sectarianism and elitism, something I’ve spoken against often.
The Eternal Purpose – explores the four aspects of God’s timeless purpose. Includes audio.
The Anatomy of the Church – outlines 14 metaphors for the church, some of which depict its nature to reach out to the world around it.
The Presence of the Future – a meditation on the Kingdom being “already, but not yet.” HT to George E. Ladd.
Kingdom Confusion: Part I – rethinking the Kingdom of God in the world.
Kingdom Confusion: Part II – dismantles the fallacy of pitting the Kingdom against the church. If you’ve heard people say, “Jesus mentioned the church only twice, but He mentioned the Kingdom over 100 times” you need to read this.
Thoughts on the Coming Revival – a reflection on past and future revivals.
Helping God’s Family in this Economy – an encouragement to help others in need, “especially those of the household of faith.”
20-Somethings Share What Attracted Them to Jesus Christ – over 250 twenty-something Christians explain what attracted them to Jesus. (Read the comments.) Insightful and instructive.
Is Your Ministry Due for a New Season? – discusses a new season of developing relationships with those who don’t know Jesus as well as helping the poor.