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Tonight, I Am Speaking in Orange County on Sharing Your Faith

July 8th, 2010 Posted in encouragement, OC, Pastor's corner, sermons

Tonight, in Orange County, I will be speaking on why we should tell others about Jesus Christ.

We need to “crossover” with the message of the gospel to our culture today.

There is a huge cultural divide today, where people know less and less about Jesus Christ. Most young  adults today don’t pray, don’t worship, and don’t read the Bible. In a survey of 1,200 18- to 29-year-olds, 72% said that they’re “really more spiritual than religious.”

iGod?

We live in a time in which people are “customizing God” like apps for their phone. They borrow a little Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and a bunch of New Age mantras, and create their own little “iGod.” And the predominant mindset of people like this is they often see Christians as narrow-minded, argumentative, condemning, holier-than-thou jerks.

Sadly, sometimes this mindset is accurate. Why is that?

Because many times, we just don’t know how to crossover.

Far too often,we are unnecessarily offensive, hopelessly lame, and generally inept at communicating with people about our faith. We are more known for what we are against, rather than what we are for. We are better at “burning bridges” than building them.

The bottom line is that many of us are just no good at evangelism. The whole idea of talking to a friend about our faith intimidates us, because we fear that they may no longer want to be our friend if we share the gospel message with them. And the idea of going to a stranger with the gospel frightens us because we are afraid we will not have all the answers, or we fear that they may laugh in our face.

In this new four-part series, which I’ve titled Crossover: Because Everyone Needs To Know God, I will share how you can effectively reach your friends with the gospel message.

Why share the gospel?

Tonight’s message in Orange County is titled, “Why Share the Gospel?”

This Sunday at Harvest, I will give the second part of this series, “The What and How of Evangelism.”

For more info on the Orange County Bible study, click here.

One Response to “Tonight, I Am Speaking in Orange County on Sharing Your Faith”

  1. Terri says:

    while reading this it came to me how i effectively share the gospel with the young people im around:
    .listen
    .learn
    .love
    -listen to what they think of Jesus and life
    -learn about who and where they are spiritually
    -love them and meet them where they are just like Jesus did in so many examples during His life. Jesus loved people and people are more excepting to the gospel message if given in love…and if they can see Jesus in us…are we good examples of Christians…just some thoughts

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