Tuesday is for Preaching
How do congregations learn to share their faith?
Watching films or movies?
Being personally mentored?
All of these may have their place and I have certainly benefited from many of these. But I think the principle way that truly winsome and effective congregations learn how to share their faith is by hearing the gospel presented to them by their pastors through the regular worship service of their church.
Now if this is true there are a number of implications:
- Pastors need to share the gospel on a regular basis in their preaching.
- Pastors need to recognize this opportunity as a key way of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry.
- Pastors need to be engaged in regularly sharing their faith so that their exhortations to the congregation don’t sound hollow.
- Pastors who are able to share the gospel in a clear, complete, logical and sequential way (Dr. David Nicholas suggested pattern) will develop disciples who are better able to do the same when opportunities arise to share their faith.
With those implications in mind, here’s a list of self evaluation questions for preachers.
- Are your people sharing their faith? (When is the last time you shared yours?)
- Are your people seeing people come to faith? (How clear is your own gospel presentation in your messages? Examine the last five and see if you can find a clear, complete, logical and sequential presentation of the bad news/good news.)
- When was the last time that you led someone to faith one-on-one? (Do you have any non-Christian friends that you are regularly praying for? [to easy] regularly working to expose to the gospel verities?)
Make sure you include the whole gospel in a clear, complete and logical manner in this week’s messages.
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