Tuesday, July 31, 2012

82 Percent Will Attend Church--Now What?

"82 percent of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to attend church if invited.... Only 2 percent of church members invite an unchurched person to church. 98% of church-goers never extend an invitation in a given year." - Dr. Thom Rainer, The Unchurched Next Door.

The obvious implication of this that church-goers need to do a better job inviting their friends to church. But if we're really going to be effective in doing God's work, we need to seek the answers to some deeper questions:
  • Could it be that more church-goers don't invite their friends to church because they know it won't make a difference in their friends' lives? If so, why is a church-going experience viewed as so ineffective?
  • What about the other 18 percent of Americans who will not attend church even if asked? How will we reach them? Or did Jesus only die for church-goers?
  • What if every church filled its buildings with receptive guests one Sunday (such as on the Sunday after 9/11)? What happens then? Will they come back the next Sunday? If not, why?
  • Is the growth of our churches the most effective way to fulfill the Great Commission? Or is a new paradigm (really an old paradigm--1st century kind-of-old) needed to see a rapidly reproducing discipleship movement?


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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Good News in One Verse

Do you know how to share the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ? All it takes is one verse.

Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Using this simple bridge illustration, you can tell someone how God made a way for us to know him personally.


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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

What Does It Mean To Make Disciples?

"And Jesus came up and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matt. 28:18-20).

In these verses, commonly known as the Great Commission, Jesus instructs his followers as to their primary activity on earth: disciple-making. But what does it mean to make disciples?

Examining these verses carefully gives us some important principles to keep in mind:
  • Disciple-making is the task of all believers.
  • Disciple-making is a process that begins with evangelism.
  • Disciple-making is a process that continues with spiritual growth.
  • Disciple-making is a process that results in more disciple-making.

A definition of disciple-making: Disciple-making is the process of bringing people from unbelief to becoming devoted followers of Jesus who reproduce this process with others.

To learn more about how you can become a better disciple-maker, click the "Free Resources" tab at the top of this page and download the "Faith Trainer Workbook."


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