Thursday, February 23, 2006

Something worth talking about...

Evangelism makes me shudder. I'm a scared introvert so starting conversations with people about anything isn't exactly my idea of fun. Jesus is sufficiently amazing that much of the fear is overcome, but if I'm honest I'm poor at it most of the time. iMonk is getting to the core of the theology of things.... Considering Calvinist Evangelism.

God's word is more powerful than my weakness, and is even displayed in my weakness. Its when I stand in the shadow of guys like these, and sit at their feet that I hear my creator speak, through them.... Calvinists all. I've not spent all that much time with the works of Driscoll and Keller, but Mahaney and Piper have been of great benefit.

Nonetheless my confession is that even in a Christian Union mission week, and with theology that drives me to speak I still find it really difficult to actually do. What I do find much easier is talking with people where some relationship is already established, gathering and growing church.... maybe my part is not to be the Evangelist, but a pastor.... but I still want to speak of what I have seen and heard, of Jesus in his word. The honest reality is that its wrong of me not to speak more.

As Joe Thorn says: "Our problem, both for the Calvinist and the non-Calvinist, is a lack of “heart religion.”. Graham Daniels reminded us, at our event (John 4- Confessions of a Man-Eater!), that Jesus knows us for who we are. My confession may not be considered that vile a sin (though I think it is). Nonetheless, Jesus is not unaware of it. He knows everything I ever did. And yet he offers me forgiveness! That is worth talking about...

4 comments:

  1. i'm glad you posted this because i've been thinking about similar stuff this week.

    whenever i do any kind of mission i also come across this stumbling block... it's so hard. but it's all about the armour of God! and i think God can use us introverts in a different way in evangelistic conversations, but still, the courage has to be there.

    thinking of this also led me to thinking about how we're all called to evangelism but some are especially gifted for it... or something along those lines... what is the biblical basis (if any!) for this? these things you learn at youth group have gotta get tested some day...

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  2. Yey! Someone else coming clean! we could start a group, the we hate evangelism group... erm. Well maybe. (secretly I love talking about Jesus,it's just the word evangelism I hate!) But we could just rejoice in the gifts God has given us, accept that we're not lesser parts of the body because we can't launch ourselves at people and talk instantly and easily about Jesus and get on with doing what we can do. And taking all op's to live and speak for Him. Strange, when I knew the freedom of that, I wanted to tell people about this brilliant God we have! Maybe we could start the 'we aren't evangelists, but still have a part to play in the body of christ and telling others about jesus group'. But the title might not be catchy enough...

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  3. Thats the thing, I'd rather talk about Jesus than anything else... its the starting the conversation thats hard...

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  4. Hm, I'm in an "I'm rubbish at small-talk" club; get the Bible open and I'm loving it, with non-Christian or Christian, but getting there... Anyone else ever done the Contagious Christian course? I was rather torn between, "Well, what d'ya know, I've my own personality and can concentrate on doing evangelism in a way that fits with that!" and "Shouldn't I be developing the areas I'm weak in (like starting talking to someone *shudder*), so that I can take every opportunity?" I settled for both: going for the 1st, and doing the 2nd whenever the opportunity/need arises...

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