I wonder how hard I make God laugh when I start planning things? I figure my plans must be worth days of entertainment. Of course that’s not really much when we are talking about eternity, but still, it sure seems like He would clue me in a bit earlier.
Of course I know I can’t blame Him. This only happens when I start making my own plans. If I seek God and His plans then I tend to get shockingly accurate details. For example, I’ve done my sermons a year out the past couple of years. I take time to pray before, not just a quick breath of prayer before my pen hits the paper but days of prayer. Then I print out a calendar and start filling in themes, ideas, scriptures … whatever comes to mind. I occasionally feel like leaving a space blank. I assumed the first time that those were days that I would be getting details about later or something. The thing is, all of those days were days we either didn’t have service because of the weather or days I wasn’t there.
I have been planning to do a series on a book called “God-o-logy” for a year now. I keep getting other things that push this book off of my schedule. I had planned once again to start this book in a couple of weeks, but tonight I ended up on a tangent and that led to a change to my plans. I believe that God led all of this.
I began talking about how I’m tired of the same old thing and of hoping for things to be like they use to be. I want something new and I want to see a revolution. Then we got started talking about how everyone wants to see that too but they don’t know how. They don’t know how to tell others about Christ.
We are starting a new series on how to witness. I am building it around a book I’ve read The Seven Principles of an Evangelistic Life. As I build this I think I would like to post about the lessons to encourage and get feedback to better teach the series.
Part of this series will be practical challenges every week. It isn’t enough to talk. I want to encourage people to actually DO something.
What are your experience with evangelism? Have you told people about the good news? What challenges do you face? What practical challenges should I put in front of the young adults?