Our evenings this week have been spent with our church family at a Christ-centered Evangelism Conference.
I’ve been to one other evangelism conference and a smattering of evangelism training seminars over the years and this one is unlike any other.
For one, it’s Christ-centered. There is a way to present the gospel that is completely man-centered. I did not realize how markedly different the gospel sounds when presented with Jesus as the focus.
Second, the Bible is used as the guide for how to share the gospel. We are being asked to consider the things Jesus said about himself and how the apostles shared the gospel in Acts. There isn’t a formula nor a series of points or questions to memorize. No ABC, FAITH, or “Why-should-God-let-you-into-His-Heaven?” type questions.
Third, there is no sinner’s prayer or a card to sign at the end. This is a severe departure from other methods I’ve learned. If there’s anything a good southern baptist will do it’s seal the deal, get the card signed, count the numbers, give someone false assurance.
I have so much more to share but my time on the computer is limited.
The implications of this truth are sobering. And I hope to be able to write more about it later in the week.