Evidence for the Resurrection

What's Your Filter

Date: November 23, 2014
Study: What’s Your Filter? Christian Apologetics and Worldview
Teacher: Small Group Debate Format

REVIEW
Study Thesis: A Christian worldview enables us to look at all of live through scriptural lenses, which in turn equips us to defend the faith, evangelize wisely, critique unbiblical thought that pervades our culture, and bring God glory in all of life.

Christian Apologetics: the discipline of offering a defense of and case for, or offer evidence for, the veracity and reliability of the Christian faith.

TEACHING INTRO
The truth of the resurrection is THE fundamental question of Christianity.  What someone believes about Jesus determines how they will answer so many other questions that they deal with.  If Jesus truly is God incarnate, then one will also believe in God.  If Jesus lived and died, then it seems like God could also ordain the contents of the Bible to all point to this one Godman who would save humanity from their sin. And if God could raise Jesus from the dead, then he can transform our lives and give us hope of life with him forever.

If true, the resurrection ensures five things for Christians:  Continue reading

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The Reliability of Scripture

What's Your Filter

Date: November 16, 2014
Study: What’s Your Filter? Christian Apologetics and Worldview
Teacher: Small Group Debate Format

REVIEW
Study Thesis: A Christian worldview enables us to look at all of live through scriptural lenses, which in turn equips us to defend the faith, evangelize wisely, critique unbiblical thought that pervades our culture, and bring God glory in all of life.

Christian Apologetics: the discipline of offering a defense of and case for, or offer evidence for, the veracity and reliability of the Christian faith.

TEACHING INTRO
The Christians’ ultimate authority is the Word of God. As we have discussed, ultimately as Christians, we do not rely only on our reason, but on God’s revelation of himself, through the Word of Scripture (the Bible), and through the Word made flesh (Jesus).

Christians accept God’s revelation of himself through faith. Faith is essential. Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God. We come to God through faith in Jesus. Ephesians 2 says we are saved by grace through faith.

Christians do not put their faith in the Bible to save them, as if the Bible was God himself. But Christians put their faith in the Author of the Bible, our Savior, Jesus – and believe the Bible to be true because it is God’s word to us.

As God’s word, the Bible is the ultimate standard of truth. When praying that the Father would sanctify the disciples in truth, Jesus said in John 17:17 that the Word is truth.  As the Truth with a capital “t” the Word of God stands in judgment on every other truth claim and assertion in the universe.  The Bible stands in judgment over our reason, over philosophy, over every worldview and presumption, so the attitude of the Christians towards the Bible should be one of faithful obedience.  Continue reading

The Problem of Evil

What's Your Filter

Date: November 9, 2014
Study: What’s Your Filter? Christian Apologetics and Worldview
Teacher: Casey Haase

REVIEW
Study Thesis: A Christian worldview enables us to look at all of live through scriptural lenses, which in turn equips us to defend the faith, evangelize wisely, critique unbiblical thought that pervades our culture, and bring God glory in all of life.

Christian Apologetics: the discipline of offering a defense of and case for, or offer evidence for, the veracity and reliability of the Christian faith.

THE PROBLEM OF EVIL

I. Introduction

If you could ask God one question, what would it be? According to a poll of American adults, most people would ask: Why is there pain and suffering in the world?[1]  Augustine of Hippo asked the question a similar way: “If there is a God, why is there so much evil?”

In his book reflecting on the problem of evil, C.S. Lewis summarized it this way: “’If God were good, he would wish to make His creatures perfectly happy, and if God were almighty He would be able to do what He wished. But the creatures are not happy. Therefore God either lacks goodness, or power, or both.’ This is the problem of pain in its simplest form.”(The Problem of Pain)

Today, we will discuss what we philosophically call “The Problem of Evil.”

II. What is “The Problem of Evil”?  Continue reading

The Existence of God

What's Your Filter

Date: November 2, 2014
Study: What’s Your Filter? Christian Apologetics and Worldview
Teacher: Kameron Slater

REVIEW
Study Thesis: A Christian worldview enables us to look at all of live through scriptural lenses, which in turn equips us to defend the faith, evangelize wisely, critique unbiblical thought that pervades our culture, and bring God glory in all of life.

Christian Apologetics: the discipline of offering a defense of and case for, or offer evidence for, the veracity and reliability of the Christian faith.

THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
Many people today don’t believe that God exists – either conscious rejection – but, more likely –practical rejection: people live as though the here and now is all that matters.

If you have – or anticipate having a conversation a/b the existence of God or meeting someone who asks you questions about the Existence of God – my goal today is to give you some talking points you can use when you talk with people who don’t believe in God so that you can clear up some of the roadblocks and rubble that prevent people from taking the idea of divine revelation seriously.

Today, I want to give you 6 arguments for God’s existence.  The goal is to demonstrate that believing in God is reasonable, consistent with reason, and is actually more rational than the alternative of believing in his nonexistence.

Think of these as basic tools in your toolbox – basic arguments you can use in speaking to others on this topic.

6 Arguments for the Existence of God

  1. Probability: Everyday we exercise faith, and I think it’s reasonable to have faith in the supernatural.
  1. Creation and Design: Creation by an Intelligent Designer is more intellectually plausible than creation by random chance. (Telological and Cosmological arguments).
  1. Anthropic Arguments. Things about ourselves—conscience, capacity for good and evil, yearning for eternity, religious experiences—are best explained by the existence of God.
  1. Argument from Immaterialism. The existence of love, beauty demonstrate that we do not live in a materialistic universe.
  1. Transcendental Argument. Knowledge, logic, and science, etc., are only possible because God’s existence is a precondition for all thinking and knowledge.
  1. Ontological argument. God is the being greater than which cannot be conceived.  The greatest being conceivable possesses the attribute of existence.  Therefore, God exists. 

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Introduction to Apologetics

What's Your Filter

Date: October 26, 2014
Study: What’s Your Filter? Christian Apologetics and Worldview
Teacher: Lawson Hembree

REVIEW
Study Thesis: A Christian worldview enables us to look at all of live through scriptural lenses, which in turn equips us to defend the faith, evangelize wisely, critique unbiblical thought that pervades our culture, and bring God glory in all of life.

Up to this point, we’ve looked at what makes up a worldview by looking at how the Christian, Modern-both Enlightenment and Romantic, and Postmodern viewpoints answer five major life questions. Then we glanced over how a few major world religions flesh those worldviews out. For the second half of this semester, we’re going to turn our focus to apologetics.

WHAT IS CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS?
The discipline of apologetics is integral to evangelism and necessary for all Christians. If a Christian worldview is the “what” and evangelism is the “how”, then apologetics is the “why” of the Christian faith.

So what is apologetics? It does not refer to offering an apology or excuse.  Rather, apologetics means argumentation to give an explanation, an account, even a defense of a subject’s position or system.

In fact, the term apologetics is derived from the Classical Greek word apologia. To deliver an apologia then meant giving an explanation to reply and rebut charges, as in the famous case of Socrates’ defense.

This may sound formal or intimidating, but it is should not be. We use apologetics every day in our offices, classrooms, and living rooms. Every time we offer a defense of a decision in a paper or email, cite examples to contradict an assertion, or defend our position on a subject, we are engaging in apologetics.

So what distinguishes Christian apologetics? For our purposes, we will define Christian apologetics as: the discipline of offering a defense of and case for, or offer evidence for, the veracity and reliability of the Christian faith.

What makes apologetics different than evangelism? Primarily they differ in emphasis – though the two are certainly intertwined. Evangelism explains the truth of the Gospel – who Jesus is, what sin is, and how to be saved from eternal death.  Apologetics defends the truthfulness and reliability of those claims, and provides a critique against false claims. Christian apologetics is defensive – defending the truthfulness and reliability of Scripture – and it is offensive – attacking the false teaching and unbiblical worldviews. ‘Attacking’, of course, does not mean physical violence–Christians’ opponents are not other people but rather unbelief, so ‘attacking’ is proactive, critical engagement to deconstruct the lies that Satan would dress up as truth, and to call them for what they are: error and unbelief. A Christian apologist is one who defends the Gospel, while also critiquing unbelief.

CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS FOR CHRISTIANS
Many Christians have heard of apologetics, but some Christians make the mistake of thinking apologetics is only for philosophically-minded believers or intellectual Christians. However, the discipline of Christian apologetics is for all Christians. All Christians should be able to articulate the Gospel, offer a defense of its reliability and veracity, and critically engage with unbelieving people around them. Here are three reasons that Christian apologetics is for all Christians:

  1. Christians Should Be Able To Explain Why They Have Faith in Jesus
    1 Peter 3:15 gives us the defining statement: “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer (apologia) to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
    This “hope” that Peter talks about is the hope of eternal life with God, the hope of the Resurrection. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:17-19 that “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins…[and] If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”
    Why do Christians believe an ancient itinerant Jewish rabbi from Nazareth was executed and got up from the grave? The answer may be part of evangelism, but it is squarely part of a Christian apologetic.
  1. Christians Should Be Able to Critique Unbiblical Worldviews
    In 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 Paul writes, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
    Note that Paul does not add qualifications. He does not say only the intellectual demolish arguments, or only the Ivy-League trained challenge arguments which set themselves up against the knowledge of God. No, Paul’s instruction here is to the Corinthian church, and his clear expectation is that all Christians in the church should be able to critically engage with unbiblical truths.
    In practical application, Christians are called to, be prepared to “wage war,” by challenging and critiquing unbiblical teachings that contradict the truth about Jesus’ person and work. This does not mean that you must have a Ph.D. or that you have to go to seminary. It does mean that if you are a Christian, you need to advance the truth of the Gospel by clearing the underbrush of lies and faulty assumptions which clutter the view of the Gospel.
  1. Christians Should Use Their Minds and Intellect To the Glory of God
    Note also in 2 Corinthians 10 that Paul says Christians are to take every thought captive to Christ. In Matthew 22:37, Jesus said the greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Part of a Christian’s normal discipleship in following Jesus should be to “love God with their mind,” that is, using their intellect and mind in their evangelism, discipleship, and apologetics.
    Historically, or at least in recent decades, evangelicals have failed in leveraging the full firepower of their minds for the sake of the Gospel.  There are lots of reasons for this, but the point for us is that being a disciple of Jesus does not mean checking your brain in at the door.
    As Christians, we have nothing to fear in pursuing the truth.  In fact, one of the monikers of the Reformation – the rediscovery of the reliability and message of Scripture– was the cry that “all truth is God’s truth.”  How can this be?  Truth is more than a collection of ideas. Truth is a person, and his name is Jesus.  Revelation 19 says Jesus is Faithful and True.  Jesus says in John 14, “I am the way, the Truth, the life.”
    Following Jesus does not mean turning your brain off. It means giving all of who you are – your heart, your mind, your soul – to him. Part of our stewardship as his disciples is to use our God-given abilities – our intellect, as fallen as it is – for his glory.  We do not trust these faculties, but rather submit them to God and use them for the purpose of bringing him glory.

How do we bring God glory with apologetics? Ultimately, the purpose of studying apologetics and worldviews is not win debates or sound intellectual, but to win hearts by defending the truth of the Gospel and challenging false ideas. The purpose of studying worldviews and apologetics is so we can better engage with our friends, neighbors, colleagues, classmates, and family to winsomely convey the truth and reliability of the Gospel, and defend against false teachers, incorrect assumptions, and unbelief.  We want to help non-Christians question the veracity and reliability some of their beliefs and help non-Christians recognize the rationality of Christian beliefs.

Here are three reasons some Christians hide behind in order to not practice apologetics:

  1. First, some Christians argue apologetics denies the role of faith because apologetics offers a way to “reason oneself” into the kingdom of heaven. This could not be further from the truth. Christian apologetics is about explaining the veracity of God’s truth revealed in Christ – but it is Jesus who saves, not our reason. Mere knowledge and logic, apart from the active work of the Holy Spirit, is insufficient to save a person. Satan has mere knowledge of God – but of course that is insufficient for his own salvation (James 2:19). Saving faith in the person and work of Jesus involves not simply accepting that what the Bible says is true, nor only trusting that God exists, but actually trusting in God himself and having a relationship with him.
  2. Second, some Christians fear what others will think of them. All Christians struggle with the “fear of man” to some extent. Fear of another’s opinion often dissuades Christians from evangelism and apologetics. However, Christians are called to fear God first, not man.
  3. Third, some Christians do not practice apologetics because they are intellectually lazy.  However, even though our minds are fallen, we are called to love God with our mind, to take every thought captive, and use each of our faculties for his glory.  In the age of Google and Wikipedia, Amazon.com and dozens of internet sites and books with helpful, accessible material, there is no excuse for any Christian to be intellectually lazy and not pursue the discipline of Christian apologetics.

CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS FOR NON-CHRISTIANS
Christian apologetics is not only a discipline for Christians to practice, but it is also for the clear practical and spiritual benefit of non-Christians. Here are two ways apologetics benefit non-Christians:

  1. Christian Apologetics Answers Non-Christians’ Questions and Removes Distractions From Belief
    Sometimes non-Christians ask questions to distract from the uncomfortable truth of the Gospel that says they are sinful and morally bankrupt. Often, they will ask questions to change the subject, so as to try to dodge the Gospel’s ramifications for their lives.
    Other times non-Christians clearly have legitimate questions related to faith in Jesus that apologetics helps to answer. It can be unsettling when important questions linger unanswered. Christian apologetics involves answering questions and clearing the brush of false beliefs that obscures the solid ground of belief in Jesus. A natural part of educating and instructing non-Christians in a biblical worldview is being prepared to answer their questions.
    Christians should not be surprised or threatened by this. We, after all, are preaching the Gospel – a fantastic message that we believe should fundamentally reorder all of our lives. Questions should be expected and welcome.
  2. Christian Apologetics, Coupled With Evangelism, Points Non-Christians To Faith In Jesus
    The point of Christian apologetics is not finally to win an argument, but to articulate and defend the reliability of placing one’s faith in the person and work of Jesus. Apologetics is the discipline that defends a biblical worldview, deconstructs unbelief and provides a launching pad for enthusiastic evangelism.
    In Acts 17, Paul stood in the Areopagus, a public square in Athens, and engaged in apologetics – he offered an explanation of, a defense for, Christian faith. Paul used reason and cultural examples of an altar in Athens and a Greek poem.  Paul explained biblical truths about God and his character and our need for his mercy. The point of what he was doing was to communicate so that pagans who believed in many gods would have ears to hear the good news about the One True God who became Man for us in Jesus.
    Paul was serious about apologetics because he understood the stakes. Spiritually, apologetics is warfare, not a board game. The point of apologetics is to preserve another’s life by helping them understand the truth, not to put points on a spiritual scoreboard. The discipline of apologetics is spiritual work for the good of non-Christians and the glory of God in a real and ongoing spiritual war.

APPROACHES TO APOLOGETICS
Historically, Christian apologetics has fallen into one of two camps. The first is popularly known as the evidentialist school – where the focus is on using objective evidence in apologetics.  The second is the presuppositional school – where the focus is on non-Christians’ presuppositions apart from the Holy Spirit.

  1. Evidentialist
    The main focus of evidentialist apologetics is the idea that we can and should use objective evidences, or proofs, that God has given us in the created order, as part of our proofs and persuasion in apologetics. For example, creation testifies to a Creator, and we should use that belief as part of our proof for God’s existence.
  1. Presuppositional
    Presuppositionalists would stress that evidences will not convince unbelievers to follow God, because people are governed by their presuppositions which – apart from the Holy Spirit’s regenerating work – are naturally oriented against God.  Therefore, they would argue, we cannot prove God or defend the Gospel using our own proofs, or evidences.

In the rest of this class, we’ll blend both of these approaches. We’ll argue that we should use evidences and proofs as we make the case for Christian faith and that— no matter how good our proofs and persuasions are — no one can believe in God apart from His saving work.  The two approaches are complementary, not contradictory.

RESOURCES
Apologetics and Worldview, Lesson 7. Capitol Hill Core Seminars
The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Gregory Koukl

Follow Me: The Command to Disciple

This is the third of three lessons in the “Follow Me” discipleship series from the 2014 Harvard Avenue College/Career Ministry Spring Retreat.

In this series, we’ve explored what it means to be a disciple of Christ. We looked at Jesus calling His first disciples and saw that the call of discipleship is initiated by God towards rebels dead in sin unto adoption as sons. This involves both belief and repentance. Next, we saw that the cost of discipleship requires loving family less than Jesus, bearing our cross, and relinquishing everything. Even though this cost seems high, what we get in return is infinitely more valuable: the righteousness of Christ.

We’re going to wrap up our “Follow Me” study by looking at one of the first and last things Jesus gave to His disciples while on the earth: the command to make disciples. True disciples of Jesus Christ are supernaturally compelled to make more disciples.

Commanded and Accompanied

READ Matthew 4:19; 28:18-20

Notice in these two passages that Jesus doesn’t suggest that His followers make disciples. He doesn’t highly recommend it. He didn’t teach them the latest evangelism technique or instruct them on how to be a role model. No, Jesus gave them a clear command: “Go and make”. From the very beginning, Jesus intended for every disciples to make more disciples.

It is also important to note that He doesn’t give them this command and leave them to figure it out on their own. On our own, we are destined to fail. That’s what’s great about being a follower of Christ: He doesn’t leave us alone! The commands that Jesus gives His disciples can only be accomplished by the work that He does in them. In Matthew 4, He promises to make them fishers of men while in Matthew 28, Jesus tells His followers that He may be leaving them physically, but He will always be with them in the presence of the Holy Spirit. This Holy Spirit continues to mold and shape us into the image of the ultimate Disciplemaker.

The Motivation for Disciple-making

What then is our motivation to make disciples? Should we do it because we feel guilty if we don’t? Should we do it to check off that box on our Heaven Admission Form? Not at all! Look at the Apostles: they were supernaturally compelled to tell others about Jesus. As a result, not even death could stop them from obeying this command.

When we think of the things that motivate us to make disciples, Colossians 3:1-13 shows us six reasons we should be compelled towards gospel multiplication:

  1. We are dead to sin and given a new life in Christ (v 1-3)
    The correct mindset is essential to the discipleship journey. That’s why Paul begins this section encouraging us to “seek the things that are above” and “set your minds on things that are above.” When we are saved, our focus is changed. Before Christ raised us, we are consumed with gaining more wealth, power, and pleasure. However, after we have died to sin and been raised with Christ, the goal of our life is completely changed. Instead of seeking our glory, our aim is to glorify God. This is our new life purpose. Discipleship is the means to accomplishing this goal. The more we learn about the one who has hidden our life with himself, the more satisfied we are. The more satisfied we are in him, the more glorified he is in us.
  2. We have a certain hope of glory with Christ (v 4; Hebrews 10:32-39)
    In addition to the new life we’ve been given, discipleship is motivated by future glory with Christ. Now we face trials, difficulties, and struggles. This is to be expected. As Jesus said in John 17:14-15: “I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.” Though life on earth has its share of suffering, the promise of future glory motivates disciples to endure temporary discomfort.
  3. God hates sin and will punish it (v 5-8; Genesis 19:15-17, 23-26)
    As we look forward to this future glory, we must remember that we are currently at war. Paul makes that very clear by telling us to “put to death” our sin. Notice Paul doesn’t say “suppress sin” or “get sin under control.” God wants us to actively and vigorously kill it. The process of discipleship helps us to identify and war against the sin in our lives. Like God commanded the Israelites to wipe out entire people groups as they were conquering the Promised Land, we are commanded to completely destroy the sin that reigns in our life. Anything short of extermination is a dangerous compromise. We cannot look back to the sinful desires we once enjoyed, lest we become like Lot’s wife. Like her, we were once living in our sin. However, when she was told to leave it all behind, she didn’t take her sin or God’s hate for it seriously and chose her earthly desires over the salvation offered to her if she would turn in faith and flee. As a result, God’s just wrath was shown against her sin and she was punished. The same call is offered to us today: turn from the sin God hates and put it to death, resulting in new life in Christ, or remain in our sin and endure the just punishment for it.
  4. We have a new nature in Christ (v 9-11; Galatians 3:27-29)
    Disciples of Christ have been given a new nature with new desires. The imagery Paul uses here is that of taking off a muddy, sweaty, dirty shirt and putting on a clean one. A change in identity has occurred. The ongoing discipleship process brings our behaviors into line with this new identity that we have in Christ. This new identity isn’t rooted in cultural, economic, or legal distinctions, but in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
  5. God’s electing love for us (v 12)
    All Christians have been chosen by God to be the heirs of salvation. God could have justly left every single person to face the eternal consequences of their sins; however, he showed mercy to some in order that they might be redeemed. Talk about motivation! As those who have been adopted as sons of God, we are to pursue him wholeheartedly, seeking to know and honor our Savior while making him known to everyone around us.
  6. God’s forgiveness of our sins (v 13; Matthew 18:21-35)
    The final motivation for discipleship found in this passage is the forgiveness we have been offered. As we grow in our relationship, we realize what an enormous debt we have been forgiven of by our Father. Like the king in Matthew 18, God has paid the wages of sin on our behalf in order that we might be freed to pursue him. This realization enables us to be patient with our friends and family and point them to Christ and the forgiveness found only in him.

For 2000 years, Jesus has been calling out to men and women all over the globe: “Follow me.” This isn’t a call to a comfortable, carefree lifestyle or to tread a path of superficial religion. It’s a call to taste a pleasure that can be found only in a supernatural relationship with Christ that compels us to leave everything to follow Him and make more disciples.

For more on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, check out David Platt’s book Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. 

BONUS: Pictures from the 2014 HACM Spring Retreat

Missional Living [Member Post]

[HACM member post courtesy of Rebekah Hinkle. Scroll to the bottom to learn more about Rebekah]

A few weeks ago returned from a trip to Los Angeles where I attended the Strange Fire conference.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and it was a blessed privilege to listen to the Word delivered.  The uniqueness of being able to sit at a table with complete strangers and have sweet fellowship was such an incredible experience (behold the communion of the Spirit!).

While I loved my time spent at the actual conference, I was not so impressed with LA.  My friend Lara and I landed at the LAX airport around six in the evening and then navigated about 30 minutes to Van Nuy our hotel was located.  By the time we had gotten our bags and picked up the rental car, it was dark.  Our first look in the city took me back to my international travels; I felt like I was in a far off land with lights, cars, and surprisingly short buildings.  Once near the hotel, we began to question whether our choice of lodging was wise.  The neighborhood was dirty with plenty of bars on windows and doors.   In the daylight we found that things weren’t as scary as they seemed.  Yet, both in day and night, I determined, “I do not want to live here…ever”.

Just like every good little Christian girl who says such a thing, I quickly followed the thought with “Well, LORD, if you want me to be a missionary to this pagan place, I would obey.”     And I meant it.  The city is full of lost people.  I would serve there if He showed me I was to go. I then began to consider how I would live my life as a missionary in LA. I would find a job, partner with believers there, and seek to make connections with those who need Jesus.  I soon realized anything that I would do there as a missionary, I can do where I live. Not only that, I should be doing here. Right here in my town.

Of all the things that I learned at the conference, this concept of missional living, which was not one of the conference lecture topics, is what I took home.  I must live missionally in my town because there are lost people here too.  It begins at home in Jerusalem.   I must strive to be useful and faithful here if I am to be useful elsewhere.

The call is the same for all of us. No matter what your location or station in life, if you are indeed a believer, you are to be living missionally. It is not an afterthought. We are ambassadors for Christ, empowered by the Spirit to preach the message of reconciliation!  You may be a college student who seems confined by the four walls of your dorm room or the lab. Ask the LORD to show you how to reach out and touch the community where you live with the Gospel .

What this looks like is different for every person.   I don’t play sports at all which means I will never be coaching girl’s club basketball.   I do like to sew thus joining a sewing club or taking a class to improve my skill might be an option.  Maybe you are flat broke.  Something like reaching out to the neighborhood kids only takes time.  When brainstorming for ways to reach out, I came up with the following short list of ideas and reminders.

  • Do not confine your ministry to solely church related things
  • be intentional in conversations at work and play
  • build relationships in you neighborhood
  • join a fitness class in order to rub shoulders with unbelievers
  • get involved in community activities (5ks, fundraisers, tutoring)
  • Volunteer at local food-bank,  nursing home,  crisis center
  • Join a city league sports team
  • Coach a boys/girls club team
  • Join an local club like photography or sewing

How will you reach into your community and share the Gospel?

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About the Author: Thanks to her mother’s insistence, Rebekah Hinkle went to college and earned a degree that married her love of people and science. Dental Hygiene has proved to be a fantastic platform for sharing the Gospel. As it turns out, she doesn’t hate school as much as she thought and is currently plugging away towards a bachelors in Biblical and Theological studies from Boyce College. Rebekah loves dishes, books, junkin’, and all things homemaker-y. You can read more results of random fits of inspiration on her blog Picken’s Place

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