Evangelize or Fossilize

JP: Below is a challenge from the Christian Post. Please read the entire article.

Evangelize or Fossilize

Excerpt:

If we were brutally honest, perhaps the real reason we do not want to take a new convert under our wings is because we know we are not living the Christian life as it ought to be lived.

We don’t want that new believer to see our inconsistencies or our hypocrisies. We end up saying, “I don’t want to take on that responsibility.”

But there is another way to look at it. Maybe we need to make some changes in our lives so we can be good examples to new believers. That doesn’t mean we have to be perfect.

Christians make mistakes too, and a mature believer can be a model for applying the truths of God. This is all part of the discipleship process.

There can come a point in your Christian life in which you face spiritual dryness. Has that ever happened to you? It may be that you don’t necessarily need to attend more Bible studies, read more Christian books, go to more church services, or even pray more.

The real problem may be that you don’t have an outlet for what you are taking in. You need an outlet for your intake, or else you will stagnate. You have a choice: either evangelize or fossilize.

Comment: Image is of a Trilobite from the The Virtual Fossil Museum (Caveat: like most museums this one has an evolutionary bias!)

While the primary purpose of a church worship service is not to evangelize the lost, it’s always appropriate to invite friends – even unsaved ones – to church: Americans Most Likely to Try Out Church through Family, Friends

Over half of Americans say they would visit a church if they receive a personal invitation from a family member, friend or neighbor, a new study shows.

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