It’s the start of the New Year and everyone is talking about fresh starts and new beginnings. There seems to be something that draws our attention to strive to do things differently in our lives. There is a hope that we can cut some of the senseless stuff out of our lives and replace it with those things that give it real meaning.
The same is true with how we approach answering our community with the real questions they have concerning this thing we call evangelism. For decades the church has carried out evangelism with an Acts 2 mentality of reaching people with the gospel. The church has missed the point that we are no longer living in an Acts Chapter 2 world. Our world reflects more of what is going on in Acts Chapter 17. We are using our “evangelism techniques” with the understanding that everyone is familiar with the basic tenants in Scripture. They are not.
The key difference in what we learned in our study of Acts is that we have to go all the way back to the beginning – to creation and our Creator. It starts there.
The reason that many of us just stop sharing the gospel is because we are afraid we can’t answer the questions that will be thrown our way by an Acts 17 world:
• How do you know God exists?
• How do you explain creation in light of the Fall of Man?
• Was there really a global flood?
• How many races are there and how do we respond to racism today?
Now you see what I mean. The world doesn’t want “senseless stuff” in our church-talk evangelism. They want real meaning. They want real answers. It starts with the foundation laid out for us in Genesis, Chapters 1-11.
Join me for morning worship starting January 12th, as we start a new series in Genesis called, The Beginning!