This week’s post is really the culmination of the last post from Evangelism as Exiles (Exiles #6), but we thought it served as a nice, short, and crisp application of what we’ve been considering. Here Elliott Clark gives us 3 very practical realities of sharing the gospel in a world where WE are the exiles:
1. Be Willing to Offend (Authority) If you proclaim the gospel, it will be offensive—there’s no way around it. There will be inevitable conflict. You must come to a point of being willing to offend, or else you’ll never say much of anything. Part of my attempt to do this in a Muslim nation was to make unexpected and provocative statements about my faith. The goal wasn’t to offend but to get them thinking.
2. Call for a Response (Urgency) About halfway into my time overseas I became convicted that I rarely challenged people to repent and believe the gospel. I could argue for the deity of Christ. I might reason with them about Scripture’s truthfulness. I could try to persuade them about the need for God’s justice against sin. I might even speak boldly about the cross and resurrection. But I wasn’t closing the argument with a sense of urgency. I wasn’t calling for a response.
3. Delight in the Gospel (Worship) We must recognize that the apologetic force of our preaching isn’t always that our message is more believable than another, but that it’s more desirable. In evangelism, we don’t simply make a logical case, but a doxological one. We aren’t just talking to brains. We’re speaking to hearts that have desires and eyes that look for beauty. We’re not merely trying to convince people that our gospel is true, but that our God is good.
Question: Which of these is hardest for you? Which is easiest? What is a Bible verse or positive example of a story in your life that you could use to remember each of these points and encourage yourself to do as part of your own evangelism?