Question of purpose

I had a recent discussion with another Christian podcaster, and would like feedback from you – to help me discern the direction I am going in with the podcast.  Here is the verse I would like you to read over, followed by the question I have:

1 Timothy 4:11-16
Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use. Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes! Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. Don’t be diverted. Just keep at it. Both you and those who hear you will experience salvation.

There are many other verses that demand of us, no matter our place in this world, to preach the gospel. Verses like Mark 16:15…….And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”.

I guess this is the question I have about this: Some people believe that people will be attracted to them if they live according to God’s Word, not necessarily being willing to take the step of sharing His word with the world. Letting the world come to them and ask why they are different. Although I strongly agree with the fact that we are to be a light to this world, and we should seem different – the whole “do not be conformed, but transformed” discussion.

My friend used the 1 Corinthians 1:23 – “but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles” as sort of the excuse that we don’t dare bother approaching unsaved people too soon with scripture, and living our life out first to be an example. I tend to think that there are so many of us (including myself at times) that fail to realize how little we bring Christ up in our lives……..let alone make Him the Lord of it. To be blunt…..my view on it is that that is the way the world wants us to be with the power of Christ’s crucifixion. The people that impact me the most are people that I don’t have to watch and wonder how they could push me to become more like Christ. The kind of people that you see Christ in without question. I know there is a line to draw where you don’t shove Christ down people’s throats………but don’t you think there is a line to also draw where you find the comfort of this world to be important? Or maybe that we’re more ashamed of the gospel than we care to admit?

  1. I’m not *entirely* clear what it is you’re asking, but I guess it has something to do with to what extent you share the Gospel through this podcast. That is, the right timing. Do you saturate it with Gospel references, or do you wait for listeners to come to you to ask you (1 Peter 3:15), or do you camp out somewhere in between?

    A friend and I recently had a similar discussion. She had a great point. If we do not have the gift of evangelism, we may be trying to share in our own power, which could actually take the individual back a step. In the course of this email conversation, I also came across an article that talks of the necessity of the infilling of the Holy Spirit to ensure guidance (http://transferableconcepts.com/transconcepts/english/spirit/index.html). You might also be interested in my friend’s blog that started our conversation: http://spiritualstarscaper.blogspot.com/2006/07/friendship-to-win-souls.html.

    For myself, evangelism is NOT one of my high-ranking gifts or passions. But building up the body of Christ as I am able is a huge passion of mine and the reason for BibleStoreBrowser.com. (This is why I am hoping some of your podcasts will touch on ways technology can *build up* and not just *add to* the body of Christ!)

    However, I can see in your blogs that you have a deep conviction for evangelism. Therefore, I would encourage you to follow the Spirit’s leading *from podcast to podcast* and not let others’ opinions overturn what He is trying to do in your ministry. May God be glorified through this!

  2. In his verse… ”  it was not on man’s terms and initiative but on God’s terms found what he needed/  the verse before that… teh brilliance of man cannot appreciate the plan of God. Not the wise knowledge of man that shows him God…but tehy said in a commentary ” but self effacing faith…one that is not self noticing… that allows one to enter the narrow way.  Paul was telling them that from a human view point…wisdom, influence adn high breeeding were apparently in short supply.  If God looke at this congregation..he would of passed them by, for them to share the gospel…. but he was telling them,  HE WOULD USE THE ORDINARY…rather than the outstanding in wisdom…etc….in order that no one would boast before the LORD….but only in the LORD. only in Christ is there righteousness, wisdom…holiness..etc.   IN THE WISDOM OF GOD was the plan of salvation was accomplished.. a crucified CHRIST hidden from the wise…but revealed to simple believers.  …Then following…Paul went up against some great Athenian Philosophers…and he was humanly shaken…. and unsure…But he then showed a spirit of dependance on GOD HIMSELF and subjection to God’s Authority…so his manner of “PREACHING”  =  “PROCLAIMING” the Word of God… that it was unimpressive to human standard..It was not eloquent…but that he always took people to the ” unblemished GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST death, burial and resurrection”  in that there was not fault…. as the only means of salvation…. then faith…. was demonstrated by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT…then their faith would not rest on man’s wisdom…but on God’s power.

    SO……………….  check it out…did he verbally share  YOU BET…in fact look …he always took it to ” Jesus is the only way to salvation”  that is pretty dang…cut to the chase..and not keeping your mouth shut at all.   God LEFT US THE HOLY SPIRIT TO guide, instruct…etc…..and when we listen to HIM…..lead them to HIM….and let the GOD’s POWER reside…..and do the work…but always take them to HIM…and not us…

    to me…It is far from what he was using it for !  in fact it is quite the opposite..sorry so long…but you had to go long……to get the whole picture.   I agree with YOU…more I agree with God’s Word…

  3. I think it’s important to have a level of comfort and confidence in shaing Christ. I do not have a big gift or calling to evangelism, but I do have a calling to be involved in what is going on around me and be a “spiritual sniper” – – meaning I live as well as I can manage the way Christ would have me live, and when someone has found me to be honorable and trust worthy enough to confide in me, I point them to God always. I am comfortable with this because I feel it celarly when the Holy Spirit is there… it’s like I hear this voice “now, Jer” and I usually take a deep breath and do my best to explain why a relationship with Christ is so important. And I am not very eloquent here either, but I know that it’s where the Holy Spirit is willing to meet me with my imperfections and use me for his glory.

    As for your podcast, I liken it to any other Christian broadcast medium. You say your piece, give it up to God and be thankful for listeners. Like any venture, getting the word out about your ministry is as important as advertising any other radio or tv show. People won’t know to listen if they don’t know about it. 🙂 To that end, I’m happy to cross promote you on all of my other websites if you want to do something like that. God hos put this burden on you. Run with it and watch the doors start opening into people’s hearts.

  4. Interesting you should blog about this after we have been away staying with some friends who are not Christian, I was just thinking through this very issue on my way to work, I am going to post some of my thoughts on my blog.

    Thanks for this timely post 😉

  5. I took a class last semester called “Evangelism and Discipleship.”  The course covered the who, what when, where, and how of both topics.  It was amazing – convicting and character building for me.  What I am amazed with is what Jesus did with these ordinary men to build their passion for the gospel – that Jesus lived, died, and rose again on the third day according to the scriptures – and then how these men went out sacrificing their very lives to reach “Jerusalem, and [in] all Judea and Samaria, and even the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

    I want that passion for my life; I want to be a disciple of Chirst.  In order to do that, I – and I should say ‘we’ to include all Christians – need to remain committed to the Word (John 8:31) and hold fast to the faithful word (Titus 1:9).

    I had a line of thought and now I cannot for the life of me remember where I was going with it…but to answer your question, I think we need to use some Scripture in our daily talk with others.  We may not need to point out that, “Hey, this is what the Bible says,” but use the wisdom we’re provided with.  I think you should use some Scripture in your podcast since it’s going to be a place were “searching people” are going to seek answers.  There is definitely going to be a line where people will be turned off…where that is you have to allow the Holy Spirit to guide you.  My piece of wisdom to you is to read Titus 1 and 2, pay special attention to Titus 2:7-8!

    Thanks for the post…very encouraging and challenging!! 

  6. Thanks everyone for taking the time to give me your thoughts. Please pray this week for the launch of this podcast…..I need to pray more myself too. Have a great day!

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