Evangelism and Discipleship
If the gospel really is good news, why do most Christians avoid evangelism? Why is witnessing often a negative experience, for both the sender and receiver? Wouldn't it be great if you could communicate the good news without having to become a spiritual salesperson?
-you didn't have to make a speech in order to witness?
-you could use everyday experiences to nudge others closer to Jesus?
-the things you're already doing counted as evangelism?
Evangelism can be as normal as asking great questions and paying attention to the people Jesus misses most. It involves doing things you already do, but with a little more intentionality. Just by being yourself and becoming unusually interested in others, you can discover that people will ask you about Jesus.
This isn't another program or pitch. It's a handbook on how to make real connections with the people formerly known as lost.
Think of it as evangelism for the rest of us.
In follow up to "Faith Books & Spiritual Journaling," author Sharon Soneff will continue to show that there is a richer, deeper reward to artistic, creative journals beyond the beauty they supply. In this new volume, "Art Journals & Creative Healing," she demonstrates with real excerpts from beautiful and unusual artistic journals that the process of journaling can be a tool in navigating through some of lifeAEs more challenging seasons, as well as a tool to support personal growth and achievement. Challenging and complex experiences are treated with dignity and sensitivity, and will inspire readers dealing with their own issues, by placing the greater emphasis on the positive outcome that was yielded for the artist who is willing to be vulnerable in the process. Hope, growth, and healing are at the center of each work, and help deliver the message of the book.
Additionally, the ideas, artistic approaches, and resources provided by the author and numerous contributing artists will help the reader with creative ideas for working through various situations through their reflective and artistic journal keeping. Through a marriage of beautiful imagery, uplifting and literary quotations, and other rich sources, "Art Journals & Creative Healing" offers its audience a full-bodied experience pertaining to creative journals, along with journaling worksheets and journal prompts to help readers get started with their own journals. Specific topics to be addressed would include using mediums as metaphors, journaling for cathartic expression, gaining wisdom through introspection and reflection, finding strength in the midst of suffering, and finding beauty in pain. "Art Journals & Creative Healing" is a supportive and encouraging text offered as a creative companion of sorts for those traversing over the obstacles and overcoming the challenges of life."
Becoming a Christian means the beginning of a wonderful journey as a member of God's family.
The Bible says that Christians are "caused to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading" (1 Peter 1:3-4). The message and Scriptures below will help in the understanding of how to become a Christian and receive a living hope through Jesus Christ.
ADMIT THAT YOU HAVE SINNED.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8).
Your sin separates you from God and leads to death. "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all" (1 John 1:5).
"For the wages of sin is death . . ." (Romans 6:23).
You cannot get rid of your sin on your own. "He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy" (Titus 3:5).
BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SAVE YOU FROM YOUR SINS.
"And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
Jesus Christ, God's Son, led a sinless life, and yet chose to be in our place. "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God" (1 Peter 3:18).
Jesus died on a cross and was buried. Three days later, God raised him to life again to prove that death was defeated. "Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures . . .he was buried . . . he was raised on the third day" (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). "Death no longer has dominion over him" (Romans 6:9).
God offers to forgive our sins, and he invites us to spend eternity in heaven with him if we accept Christ's sacrifice on our behalf. "Everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name" (Acts 10:43). "Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life" (John 5:24).
TURN FROM YOUR SINS AND INVITE CHRIST INTO YOUR LIFE.
"Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out" (Acts 3:19). "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).
"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9).
Here are some things you can do to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ:
- Read the Bible to learn more about God and his plan for your life.
- Pray to God often to share your joys and problems and to confess your sins.
- Attend a Bible-teaching church where you can worship God and get to know other Christians.
- Share your faith. You have just received a wonderful gift. Tell someone!
What does it mean to grow a "convert" into a "disciple"? And how do we help our people get there? Neil Anderson's Freedom in Christ ministry has been walking individuals through these steps for over a quarter century. Now he turns his attention to pastors and church leaders, teaching them how to help their people resolve personal and spiritual conflicts, including everything from difficult marriages to unrepentant sin to church disputes.
Before someone can mature spiritually, they must be established alive and free in Christ through genuine repentance and faith in God. This means churches must resolve their people's conflicts as the first step to discipleship, rather than referring them to professional counselors. We as believers have the answers for mental and emotional problems, and through this ministry of reconciliation true discipleship happens.