Andrew Brothers

I spend a lot of time, all the time, thinking about evangelism. I read books about it. I attend seminars on church growth. I listen to sermons on soul winning. I am what you might think of as an evangelism guy. I think that the Great Commission (Mark 16.16; Matthew 28. 19; Acts 1.8), the directive that disciples of Jesus would make other disciples, is pretty important for us to do. After all, this is the last thing that Jesus talked about before he returned to his Father in heaven.  

There is one character in the Bible who exemplifies the fulfillment- or at leas an effort- of the Great Commission. Andrew was one of the Lord's disciples.

God's Blessing

Awhile back I was doing my regular Bible reading when I came across an interesting passage in Deuteronomy. If you have been around me very long you know about my struggles getting through some passages of the Bible. Like many other people, I have a hard time wading through genealogies and laws. I also find the prophets difficult. Deuteronomy is not my favorite book either. I find it very dry. I try really hard to stay focused on the text, but sometimes my mind wanders. That was not the case when I got to a few verses in Chapter 9. This section of verse 6 may illustrate what I mean.

Understand that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people.

A Church Unleashed

I’m afraid that today is a preaching and meddling day. You know what that means, right? It means that I think what I have to say will cause some discomfort for some readers. In fact,you may even decide that I am wrong. You may get angry at me. I sincerely hope that if this is your reaction you will be positive and constructive about it. That is, don’t take your ball and go home. Let’s have a conversation. I am going to tell you what I think, then you can respond and tell me why I am wrong. Let’s work together at trying to figure out what God has in store for us as a church and community.

A Missional Community

‘Missional’ is a buzzword in the church at large these days. We have been through several church leadership fads since I entered the ministry. When I first began as a pastor the Christian world was all abuzz with the “church growth movement.” Then shortly after that came the “third wave”, a movement similar to Pentecostal or charismatic renewals. More recently we had a movement that was known as “emergent” church, or postmodern Christianity. And now all of those fads have faded away- more or less- and we are firmly in the grasp of the ‘missional’ movement.

Who Will You Be?

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3.17

I’ve been thinking lately about some things that are going on in our world. These particular situations are pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but can be instructive to us as we try to build our lives- with God’s help. Here are just a few of the things that have got my attention, and probably yours.

Matters of Evangelism

Over the past few years I have been especially interested in evangelism, church growth and spiritual life. (Who am I kidding? I have always been interested in these topics.) Here’s the thing that I am learning now: They are all the same. And the corollary to that truth is my belief that none of them is especially difficult. We should not get too stressed out or worked up about any of these things. Every believer in Jesus has it completely within their own ability to succeed- and probably excel- at this. To help us with that, let me suggest a few things.