Results from a a quick search of the word "repent" in the NT. Biblegateway.com
Matthew 3:2" Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
This is sent from a local evangelism team member Valerie M. here in the Phoenix area. Her email says it all:
Hello to Everyone! You gotta see this!
I am sending you the link to my mom preaching on Youtube. Here it is:
Hopefully, it will work this time. Let me know if it doesn't, OK? Thanks!
Mom is giving her testimony on the video of how she was saved in the Greek language. The Greek people in general don't have anyone to tell them the truth of the Gospel....up till now that is!! Now they have Mom! :) Praise the Lord!
The verses she used are: Romans 3:23, John 3:16, and Romans 10:13. In the end, you can see her pleading with the people to do what she did. She says, "You can do it too! Repent! Confess your sins to Christ and call out to Him to save you!"
So.....here is the question of the day.....What are some of us waiting for? Let's follow Mom's lead and get busy witnessing and preaching on the internet! I know some of you are already on the internet and have been doing awesome things there, like Tom, Al, Logan, and Sheri. You guys and gals are amazing! But now, it's time for the rest of us to join in too!
If Mom can do it, we all can do it too!!! OK. are we ready? Let's go!!!
Till the nets are full,
The following look at the Emergence Christianity of pastor Rob Bell is from Rob Bell’s Abstract “Elvis”: A Critique of Velvet Elvis by Bob DeWaay, pastor of Twin City Fellowship:
In Velvet Elvis, Bell asserts that all people are already forgiven, reconciled, without having to respond to the Gospel in the manner Jesus said in the Great Commission: “and that repentance for forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47). Here is Bell’s claim: “So this reality, this reconciliation, is true for everybody.” His proof text is Colossians 1:20 which he assumes teaches universalism. But the passage includes humans, spirits and the material world. Wicked spirits will never be reconciled to God, and Christ has triumphed over them and disarmed them (Colossians 2:15). Elsewhere Paul “begs” people to be reconciled to God (2Corinthians 5:20). People who are not reconciled to God are ultimately consigned to the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15). But, having eschewed systematic theology, Bell’s trampoline jump does not require consideration of those passages that call into question his use of a favorite proof text.
Click here to read the rest of this article from Apprising Ministries.
"For many people, evolution is more than just a scientific argument about
origins: they use it as their philosophy of living, and it impacts every area of
their life. Those who want to reject the Creator are always looking for evidence
to support their belief system of evolution.
Christians should be aware that every so-called “missing” link between
man and ape has been rejected by scientists. Even many evolutionists throw out
Neanderthal man and “Lucy” as our ape-like ancestors. But we shouldn’t even have
to turn to science to know that these “ape-men” are false. The Bible clearly
tells us that God created humans and animals reproducing after their own
What’s the real missing link? It’s humankind’s relationship to the Creator.
He made them, and He’s never been missing. We’re made in the image of God and
are meant to worship and obey Him."
The Shack by William P. Young has been doing the rounds for quite a while now, but I’ve been hesitant to say anything about it. The overwhelming popularity of the book and the adulation heaped on it by its readers (I read one Amazon review, which said that the book was just as inspired as Scripture - scary) made it an immediate no-go area for discussion, even though I had read the book.
Read and listen to the resto of the story at Wired4Truth.
Brought to you complements of Sacred Sandwich!
Okay. Here it is. The buzz probably on everyone's blog concerning Phil Johnson's message entitled "Sound Doctrine; Sound Words" at the 2009 Shepherd's Conference. Here he addresses the increasing problem of crude speach in the pulpit along with communicating innapropriate subject matter and even blasphemy. He's naming names and this is sure to create a stir. It's a bit long at just over an hour, but well worth your time.
This short article was on the back page of this month's Answer's Update, the newsletter of Answers In Genesis.
Many theologians today declare that Christians should believe in evolution and millions of years of earth history. Why is that?
As we researched this topic, we discovered that theologians who compromise with Genesis are putting their trust in secular science’s fallible dating methods. They do not fully believe the infallible Word of God as it relates to origins, though they may be sincere Christians.
In the Bible commentaries before the 1800’s, almost all Christian theologians accepted the six literal days of Creation and a global Noah’s Flood. There was no hint that they argued for a universe that is billions of years old.
In the past two centuries, as Darwin’s ideas have taken root in society, Bible commentaries have been increasingly teaching that the days of Creation were not literal days—and that the Flood of Noah was just a local event (not global). As you read through them carefully, you will find that the underlying reason the commentaries question the length of the Creation days and the global nature of the Flood is almost always because of accepting the fallible theories of scientists about the age of the earth. It rarely has to do with what the biblical text might teach.
It’s so sad that many theologians today—and most Bible colleges and seminaries—take Genesis figuratively but man’s theories literally!
By Robert Tewart
The article links below delve into vulgar language and biblical sarcasm and where the line is verses going too far. Some consider Paul’s letter to the Philippians to have included profanity when he considered everything “dung” (“skubalon” in Greek) compared to Christ (Philippians 3:8). He used a vulgar concept and a strong word but did he actually use a profane word to do it? Some point to the original language and that today it would correspond to a four letter word not suitable for G rated movies. Others say not so fast.
Are there times where it is ok to use profanity to emphasis God’s word or even when speaking to Him? Are there situations where profanity is biblical and honors God? Did Paul and others do the very same thing in scripture? What does God have to say in His word about our words? Below are two links on the topic.
The first is from Phil Johnson
What about Paul’s use of skubalon? That word was not considered taboo in Greek culture. It was a strong word, but it was not the sort of vile expression that some want to make it… Strong language and profane language are not the same thing. We need strong language in the pulpit, but profane language has no place there. Click here for full message
The second is from Nathan Busentiz
Charles Spurgeon included this kind of “lewd speaking” in his definition of “profane language,” about which he said: “I am unable to frame an excuse for profane language: it is needless willful wickedness.” Click here for full message
Profane language is gratuitous to the world but not to God. To do so falls into the kind of speech I believe Paul was talking about and prohibited in Ephesians 5:3-4 and Colossians 3:8. I pray that God would shed a lot of light on this for his glory and our conformity to His likeness and thinking. A dear friend asked me the following questions nearly 9 months ago when we wrestled with God’s word on the topic. He first asked why people flinch or are offended when such words are spoken by holy men. He then asked if perhaps we have been conditioned to see certain things as vile that God do not intend to be thought of as vile. Those are great questions.
The reason I flinch when we hear such words spoken from “holy men”? Because we should all be concerned with sin and the question really is whether or not it is sin in God’s eyes? It is not that I am offended because it is not about me. It is that I am concerned because someone could be openly in sin and leading others into it. If I love them then I will be concerned about them and sin (and not me).
Have we been conditioned to see certain things as vile when God never intended them to be thought of as such?
Sure. But we have God’s word which is sharp and alive to cut through our conditioning and rationalizations to determine what God did intend. To determine how God does see certain things and how therefore he intends us to see these things. Through the eyes of scripture. Pastors should be above reproach and that includes filthy language. Harsh language and strong language? Go for it as God leads. Filthy language? Not. What is filthy? Where is the line?
There is a difference between biblically describing vulgar scenarios (like the Cross) and using vulgar words. Vulgar words are not required to communicate vulgar scenarios. And vulgar scenarios should be used biblically using strong or harsh language at most, not filthy language. That still leaves the questions as to what is the word list to not say or jokes not to tell? Let scripture guide you and inform your conscience and transform your mind (Romans 12:2) keeping in mind that this is not a small matter. For every idle word we speak we will give an account of.
"But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for
every careless word they have spoken." Matthew
"If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him
when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy
angels." Luke 9:26
Francis Chan of Cornerstone Church says quite a bit in this short video about speaking the truth and how others may react to it.
Joey N., a friend of this ministry, attends Cornerstone and sent me a link to another video called Just Stop And Think a year or two ago. I had forgotten about Pastor Chan and his powerful messages.
At the risk of beating the proverbial dead horse, I wanted to post this book review by local pastor Jeremy Jernigan. After reading his comments about how much closer he felt to God after reading it, pay attention to the video at about 3:18 in from Horizon Christian Fellowship. It is troubling that a shepherd responsible for the feeding of his flock would be getting any of his own nourishment from man-made wisdom. What does this say about his view of the sufficiency of scripture.
Here is the book review:
After hearing much talk about it (I'm not even sure who the person was who actually
persuaded me to buy this and read it) I got to reading William
P. Young's book, The Shack. It is a fictional story of spirituality. As
such, I've definitely read a few good ones and a few that made me want my money
back. But this book was incredible.It is the story of a man who experiences
extreme hurt and then is able to have a dialogue with God about it. I was most
amazed by how I felt closer to God after reading this and how I couldn't get my
mind to shut down as it replayed parts of the book over and over for me. If you
need a good boost with God right now, or if you have experienced some tragedy in
your life and are still processing the pain, or if you are in to reading good
books....read this one! I give it 5 out of 5 stars. --Jeremy Jernigan
The question may arise about why I have chosen to further post articles concerning this particular church and one of it's young leaders. It is because I attended there for nine years and have several close friends that are still there. The departure of my family from there had everything to do with reading the clear signs of where they were going with their ministry.
My heart also goes out to the senior leadership right on down to those in children's ministries that served and loved my children so well. If I truly love them, why would I not make attempts to reach them with this information. Right or wrong, it weighs on my conscience.
As always, I would like to admit that I am but a fallible man, fully capable of being flat out wrong about these things. If so, because I have been so public with this issue, I am willing to accept public rebuke if any of what I say is un-biblical or unloving.
Soli Deo Gloria
"Friendship evangelism is neither friendship, nor evangelism without the verbal proclamation of the Gospel."
On my last post, I cut and pasted an article from the blog of Associate Pastor Jeremy Jernigan over at Central Christian Church of the East Valley in Mesa, Arizona.
Since then, a reader to this blog has brought it to my attention that Pastor Jernigan has for whatever reason chosen to revise his post effecting the following change.
The original post read,
· "Recently, I’ve heard different people talk about the damage that can be done by the book, The Shack, which honestly, I think is a bit absurd."
But he changed it now to remove that part so it currently reads:
· "Recently, I’ve heard different people talk about the damage that can be done by the book."
I feel compelled to bring this to light so that my original post would not appear inaccurate if compared to the original by others. Since his original post, the subsequent comments by readers there has been lively to say the least. That is mainly why I am bringing this to light.
I have also brought this to the attention of Pastor Jernigan by email and he has given me a reason for the change which is acceptable...as long as he states it publicly on his blog. I do not mean to "expose" anything. I only want to remain accurate and above reproach in my writing. Especially because of the spirited exchange this has caused at his blog.
This is a post from pastor Jeremy Jernigan of Central Christian Church of the East Valley in Mesa, Arizona. He writes:
"In light of my post last week where I interviewed the author of The Shack, I’ve again heard the ongoing battle of how we approach sharing our faith. Recently, I’ve heard different people talk about the damage that can be done by the book, The Shack, which honestly, I think is a bit absurd. So I want to take the opportunity to voice my concerns with evangelism on the opposite end of the spectrum.
There was an interview that World magazine did with author and speaker Mike Bechtle. In it, he coined a term called “spam evangelism” that I think nails a lot of the current styles of “spreading” Christianity today whenever we try and do it outside of a relationship. He shared a personal story to make his point:"
Click here to read the rest of this post Please leave Jeremy some comments concerning his views on evangelism. Remember to communicate all things in love.
The following is an email I answered from a reader and fellow blogger. I thought it would be good to post.
I'll address each part of your question(s) as best I can. You wrote:
"...you're obviously planting seeds, but do you ever have an opportunity to do more than that? Do people stop and engage you?"
The answer is an emphatic "absolutely!" The tracts are great ice breakers. A typical encounter starts like this: "Hi, did you get one of these (handing them a tract). I'm out here today with some friends asking the ultimate question, what happens when you die?" If they answer, your on your way. I might hand out several tracts before someone pauses to look more closely. That's my cue to say something like above.
"Do they respond with deeper questions that allow you to go further than passing out a tract?"
Usually, they answer the questions I ask of them, but then they might pose objections or a "what about ---" type of question. Most questions and objections are fairly typical. You learn pretty fast how to answer the bulk of them pretty confidently.
"Also, I would imagine that many of the tracts you pass out end up in the trash and even on the ground as litter. Do you have concerns about that?"
My answer to that Jonathon, is yes, many do end up on the ground and in the trash. But if I hand out 1,000 tracts and 999 end up in the trash and 1 makes a difference, is it worth it? I am much more concerned with being obedient to God for spreading the gospel by whatever means than I am what people do with it. That may sound strange at first, but if you consider that God is absolutely sovereign, it makes sense.
"Whenever I start a project I immediately think, "Is this the most efficient way to do this?" and "Am I maximizing my time, energy, and resources?" Any thoughts you have on this would be greatly appreciated.."
I wrote a post about this called "Why Use Gospel Tracts". You can see it at at the following link:
http://streetfishing.blogspot.com/2008/11/why-use-gospel-tracts.html I also printed this off and put it along side of the tracts I display at church.
Hope all of this helps. Thanks for your questions!
It is official. The author of the wildly popular and best-selling book The Shack is coming to our town May 16-17, 2009. Click the link below for more information and an interview with the pastor that is bringing him to town.
By Tony Miano
"Eisegesis" -- from the Greek root word "eis," which means "into, in, or among." Eisegesis is the errant hermeneutic practice of reading or forcing a desired meaning into a text, by applying either an unbiblical or extra-biblical presupposition to the text. "Exegesis," on the other hand, is the biblical hermeneutic practice of drawing the true meaning of a verse or passage from the text, by using other sound hermeneutic principles to assist in arriving at the right interpretation. Proper exegesis of Scripture requires the Bible student to set aside subjectivity for objectivity.
I would like you to meet Joshua. Joshua is a student (either past or current) of the Bethel Supernatural School of Ministry. The school is a subsidiary of Bethel Church, in Redding, CA--sadly, a hub of activity for the false spiritual movement known as the Lakeland Revival, a creation of now disgraced adulterer Todd Bentley and Fresh Fire Ministries.
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There are many ways to use ice breakers in evangelism to go from the natural to the spiritual in conversation with people. The most important of course is the gospel tract. But if you want something to add that will really catch a person's attention, consider learning some "magic" or optical illusions or slight of hand. Some tricks are really easy. This one from Ray Comfort is in the easy to medium difficulty range. Enjoy!