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Posted on July 22nd, 2014 by Jonathan
In his a recent article titled, “The Great Commission Means Sharing Christ’s Story, Not Yours,” Trevin Wax cautions us against the popular tendency to emphasize what Christ has done in our lives at the expense of sharing what Christ has done in history, namely, his death and resurrection. While this notion that evangelism cannot be equated with sharing your personal testimony is not popular with many, it seems to us that Wax’s article is appropriate and timely. Here’s why:
- The gospel we are to preach is not essentially the good news of how you have been changed. Rather, it is the good news of how God saves. If we are to proclaim the gospel throughout the world (which we are), then we ought to be clear on what the gospel is … and it is not ultimately about you. Jesus is the object of our faith, and thus, the focal point of the gospel. As the article pointed out, the apostles’ witness primarily dealt with who they saw Christ was and what they saw Christ do. That’s why when Paul wrote about delivering what was “of first importance,” he centered on Jesus’ death and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15: 3-5), not his Damascus Road experience.
- Only the gospel call confronts someone with their need to repent and trust in Jesus for salvation. Good stories may make people feel good. Accounts of personal change can inspire others to be more moral. Sharing how Jesus has saved you may even show someone a good example of repentance and faith. But we must also call people to it. J.I. Packer says that “evangelism is the issuing of a call to turn, as well as to trust; it is the delivering, not merely of a divine invitation to receive a Savior, but of a divine command to repent of sin. And there is no evangelism where this specific application is not made” (Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, 43-44).
If we are clear on what evangelism is (and isn’t), it is easy to see that Wax was dead on when he said sharing your story must not be confused with sharing Christ’s. Don’t mistake this for an academic exercise in semantics, though. This article needed to be written. It shows many of us that we may not have had as good an understanding of evangelism as we may have thought, or else hits at the heart of our own sinful tendencies to shy away from proclaiming the whole gospel.
Isn’t it easy, when it comes down to it, to share your story as a mere alternative to someone else’s? “Thanks for sharing your experience and resulting worldview; now let me share mine” … the Great Commission is not a call swap ideas. It isn’t fun to confront people with a message that says: “You’re wrong and headed to eternal punishment because of it. You need so stop what you’re doing and start trusting in Jesus.” But at the end of the day, ignorant non-swimmers headed to the deep end of the pool won’t care care if you embarrass or offend them when you stop them from diving to their death … and for that matter neither will you. Yet in evangelism, it’s all too easy, whether through a story or some other approach, to fall short of warning people of the danger they’re in because it would be uncomfortable to do so.
You may use your story to give some handles to what repentance and faith looks like. You may use your story to segue into Christ’s. But your story in and of itself is definitively not evangelism. So to close, here are some good summary statements of what evangelism is:
“Evangelism is teaching the gospel with the aim to persuade.” J. Mack Stiles, Evangelism, 26
“According to the New Testament, evangelism is just preaching the gospel, the evangel. It is a work of communication in which Christians make themselves mouthpieces for God’s message of mercy to sinners.” J.I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, 45
“Evangelism is telling people the wonderful truth about God, the great news about Jesus Christ.” Mark Dever, The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, 82
To sum it all up . . .
“The content of our message is Christ and God, not our journey to faith. Our personal testimony may be included, but witnessing is more than reciting our spiritual autobiography. Specific truths about a specific person are the subject of our proclamation. A message has been committed to us–a word of reconciliation to the world (2 Cor 5:19).” Will Metzger, Tell the Truth, 55
Posted on November 6th, 2013 by Jonathan
David Platt and Francis Chan are teaming up again to encourage people to make disciples who make disciples. Multiply 2013 will be shown via live stream from Austin, TX this Friday night, starting at 6 central. This year’s Gathering will consist of some encouraging stories, some good Bible teaching on disciple-making, a charge to obedience, and prayer for the lost.
So how do you get in on all this? Simply take 60 seconds to REGISTER, and you can watch from your computer on Friday night. Grab some friends, your family, or members of your church to join. If 6pm central doesn’t work for you, you can even delay it using the “DVR” feature. And if dollars are tight, it’s FREE. In other words, it doesn’t look like you have a good excuse.
Posted on October 15th, 2013 by David Burnette
David Platt & Francis Chan from Asia with an invitation to be a part of the Multiply live stream on November 8th:
You can register for the Multiply livestream here.
Posted on October 11th, 2013 by Jonathan
All believers are called to make disciples, and this is why we gather for Multiply. However, the context in which making disciples occurs doesn’t always look the same. This reality could not be pictured more starkly than it is in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that exists between North and South Korea.
Recently, Francis and David got the opportunity to visit the DMZ, and they talk about this experience in the first video below. For most of the world, this is as close as you can come to North Korea and the immense amount of suffering taking place within. World Watch List lists North Korea as the most difficult country on earth to be a Christian. On the other hand, South Korea contains large numbers of professing Christians, though like the American context, the church there faces its own challenges, including materialism and shallow discipleship.
In the first video below, David and Francis urge us to love and pray for those just across the border in North Korea, waging spiritual battle on their behalf. In the second video, David leads us in a prayer that the gospel would go forth in this hostile and dark land.
Posted on October 7th, 2013 by David Burnette
Multiply Asia is underway, and we want you guys to partner with us in prayer as Francis and David encourage believers on the other side of the world to make disciples who make disciples. Their schedule is packed, and they need support, so here are some ways you can be praying for them over the next week:
Travel – 3 countries in just over 1 week! Pray for their safety, for ease of travel (getting through airport security, no flight delays, etc.), and for rest from their almost nonstop itinerary and jet lag.
Speaking – Francis and David will be speaking before thousands throughout the trip. Pray for their messages to be clear, motivating, and most of all, God-glorifying. And pray for energy, especially on Sunday the 6th, when they will be speaking at a combined 9 services.
Relationships – Pray that the Lord would bless the relationships that Francis and David have with church leaders in Asia, both old and new. May these relationships result in the multiplication of disciples worldwide.
Disciples – Pray that more are made! At the same time, pray that existing disciples in Asia will be spurred on to spend their life making disciples… if not for the first time, then more than ever before.
As you pray, keep your eyes peeled for updates on the blog from the team in Asia. May God accomplish things through Multiply Asia that no man or group of men could ever accomplish alone!
Posted on October 3rd, 2013 by Eric Parker
An invitation from Pastor David to join us in the Multiply livestream on November 8, 2013. Register here:
Posted on September 2nd, 2013 by David Burnette
Register for the Multiply simulcast on Nov. 8th by going here.
Posted on August 27th, 2013 by David Burnette
The following video was recently posted over at the Multiply blog.
Francis Chan and David Platt talk about the centrality of Christ in the New Testament and how this informs our commission to make disciples.
This is one of 24 leader videos that accompanies the Multiply lessons. Both the videos and the lessons are free, and they can be found under ‘Materials‘ on the Multiply website.
Posted on August 22nd, 2013 by David Burnette
The following announcement for Multiply appeared over at the Multiply blog:
It’s hard to believe that just over nine months ago we gathered together for the first Multiply Gathering. We joined together with people from around the world—100 countries!—as Francis Chan and David Platt shared their passion for disciple-making, led us in studying Scripture, and challenged each of us to make disciples who are making disciples right where God has placed us.
It’s time for us to gather together again this fall to celebrate what God has done in our disciple-making relationships this past year. As we celebrate we want to encourage one another to press on through our struggles and challenge one another to continue this journey of disciple-making.
We invite you to gather together with your family, small group, or church and join us for the second Multiply Gathering on Friday, November 8, 2013. This free simulcast will begin at 6:00pm CST / 7:00pm EST and will last three hours. (Time delay broadcast is available for Mountain and Pacific time zones.) Registration is now open on the Multiply website.
Posted on May 28th, 2013 by Jonathan
Mitch and Cory work as engineers in Huntsville, Alabama. However, you may not peg them as young professionals from seeing where they live or what they do in their free time. Through God’s providential hand, they are now making disciples where they least expected to.
“It all started with a simple question, ‘Would you guys be interested in helping out with Cub Scouts?’ I think we literally laughed in Keri and Shellie’s face,” says Mitch.
What began as doubtful laughter turned into grace-driven service. Let me introduce you to Mitch and Cory – not the engineers, but the Cub Scout leaders. Here’s their story.
For more information about Shattered, the magazine that published this article, be sure to check out their website.
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