Posts with the tag “evangelism”
Our Mission Begins in the Mirror: Soul-Winning in 2 Peter 3
by Patrick Swayne on January 20th, 2024
Evangelism is the responsibility and privilege of every Christian. Though this is true, evangelism will fail if souls won fall away from the faith... including ours. As outward trials and inward troubles fell upon the church, what final charges did Peter give them, and what can we learn?
Daring to Be Different During the Holidays
by Patrick Swayne on December 23rd, 2023
Jesus calls his followers to be as different to those in the world as light is to darkness or as salt is to a palate. Congregationally, how can we be different during holiday seasons in a way that makes a difference?
Not Surviving but Thriving as Christians
by Patrick Swayne on November 17th, 2023
1 Peter can at first appear to be a handbook for survival in the face of trials. Closer examination though reveals frequent allusions to the church being not just an institution of transformed people but an institution that exists to transform people.
The Most Successful Gospel Meeting Ever
by Patrick Swayne on October 13th, 2023
Gospel Meetings were both both successful and common in the yesteryears of the United States. However, there once was a Gospel Meeting that would put even the best attended meeting in the United States to shame. What can we learn from this meeting and the man who preached at it?
Finding Common Ground and Moving to Higher Ground
by Patrick Swayne on October 7th, 2023
We are to be in the world but not of the world, right? Well, how can we not be "of the world" and still reach those who are? Let's consider the aim of finding common ground while pursuing higher ground.
Quit Playing the Blame Game in Evangelism
by Patrick Swayne on March 11th, 2023
It's fairly common to encounter Christians who bear guilt because of good faith efforts in evangelism that have failed. Here are some things to remember when reflecting on your less than perfect efforts to win souls for Jesus.
Don't Talk to Strangers?
by Patrick Swayne on June 11th, 2022
If you attended public school in the past 30 or 40 years, there's a fair chance you heard over and over again, "Don't talk to strangers." What are some of the unintended consequences of this safety guideline? Should Christians abide by it in every situation?
The Preacher Who Didn't Use His Bible
by Patrick Swayne on April 8th, 2022
You probably have heard of churches where the Bible is not preached - as in, literally not preached, not even referenced. Did you know though that there was a time when a preacher in the Bible didn't use his Bible when he could have? Why did it happen, and what can we learn from it?