Call to Action

Scott Axtmann
February 3, 2013

Proclaiming Jesus Christ means more than just being nice, and it means more than just enumerating theological points. The fullest expression of evangelism is one imbued with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, one that treats with utmost urgency the eternal condition of those around us. Pastor Scott shares his heart for the lost as we lay the foundations for our next outreach together, Easter Encounter 2013!

scriptures cited:

John 15:4-6
Ephesians 2:1-3
Proverbs 24:11
2 Corinthians 4:4
Nehemiah 4:6
Romans 9:1-3
Acts 21:10-14
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
2 Corinthians 5:14
2 Corinthians 11:24-27
Romans 1:16
1 Thessalonians 1:4-5

reflection questions:

There are things in the Bible we might not like, such as the reality of hell. But without a heartfelt understanding of the captivity and lostness of those around us, none of us would ever take the call of the Great Commission all that seriously. What are the right motivations we need to proclaim the Gospel?

One theological stance is that because “only God can save people,” we should not presume to take action. In response, Pastor Scott says: “God has not brought us the edge of the waters to watch people drowning, and then keep us powerless to do anything about it.” So when is the right time to share the Good News? What are biblical examples you can think of?

What are examples of evangelism that you’ve seen work in personal relationships? Ways of doing outreach that has worked in the public church context? What was it about those acts that made them successful?

On the one hand, outreach is not merely doing good works. Everyone can be nice—there are even nice witches. On the other hand, outreach is not dispensing information. We have a mountain of Christian blogs and free sermons online, but see little revival. 1 Thessalonians says we need a demonstration of the Spirit. What does that mean and how do we get it? Especially in connection to Easter Encounter, how do we get the Spirit’s power?

Take time in your prayers this week to reflect on friends, family members, and those in your immediate circle. Are the people around you right with God? Maybe the challenges of heart transformation seem too daunting, too hopeless. Bring your concerns before God and let Him speak into each situation.