Month: October 2017

Share the Gospel on Halloween

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I have been involved in a discussion with other pastors on social media concerning Halloween and should we celebrate it or even allow our families to participate in it.

The answer is NO

and

YES.

It is true that Halloween is a spiritual holiday for Satanism.  Having “some” of its roots in the night before “All Saints Day” (and other pagan places) , it is the day of the year for unholy demonic celebration and we should stay away from any of those types of rituals or activities.

Here is what the Bible says….

Lev 19:26-31 – Do not eat blood, participate in divination, soothsaying, ritual mutilation, and consulting mediums or familiar spirits

Deut 18:10-11 – Do not participate in sacrificing a child, witchcraft, soothsayings, the interpretation of omens, sorcery, conjuring or spell casting, consulting mediums or spirits and seances

Jeremiah 27:9-10 – Do not listen to false prophets, diviners, people who interpret dreams, soothsayers or sorcerers

Gal 5:20 – Do not practice sorcery, which is in a list of  other evil behaviors that we should not do because they oppose the holy spirit.

Micah 5:12-14 – Says, one day God will destroy sorcerers, soothsayers, carved images, scared pillars – and other objects of devil worship. So it would be a good idea not to mess with or have any of those items in your home.

So if your participation in Halloween includes all, some or one of these items or activities that are listed above then…

the answer is NO…

In fact, you should not do those things ANY day of the year.

However,

Everything else – dressing up, getting candy by trick or treating or by going to a harvest blast, watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” etc… – GO and do those things and spread the gospel as you GO….

 

Check out this post from a few years ago on this same subject – Halloween on Mission

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How to Share the Gospel #3

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Scripture Presentation

This is another way of presenting the gospel that every believer should know. There are many different scriptures that can be used for giving a simple presentation of the gospel. One oldie but goodie is the Romans Road. This selection of scripture is taken solely from the book of Romans and covers the basics as follows:

  • Our universal problem (all have sinned): Romans 3:23 and Romans 3:10
  • The wages of sin is death and separation from God: Romans 5:12, Romans 6:23
  • But God provided a way for our sin to be forgiven and not held against us any longer: Romans 5:8
  • We personally receive forgiveness and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ: Romans 10:9,10,13
  • Salvation brings us peace with God: Romans 5:1, Romans 8:1, Romans 8:38-39

 

I personally suggest having the other person read the scriptures for themselves. This is much more effective than you trying to tell them a bunch of facts. Ask them to tell you what the verse is saying.

If someone is ready to respond to the Gospel, re-read Romans 10:9-10 and invite them to confess their sin and their faith in Christ through prayer. Explain to them there are no magic words to pray; prayer is simply an expression of the faith they have in their heart. Encourage them to talk to God in their own words.

Note: this material is not original with me (I did not write it), it came from https://arabahjoy.com/20-simple-ways-to-share-the-gospel-personal-ev-project-2 

Ways to Share the Gospel #3

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11. Do a random act of kindness and leave a note simply saying “because Jesus loves you.”

12. Invite them to a church event. Many people who don’t attend regularly would go if you ask, especially around major Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter.

13. Do you own a business? Leave a couple Bibles in the waiting room for people to read while they wait.

14. Share encouraging Scripture verses, memes, youtube videos, and posts by your favorite Christian bloggers on your social media accounts. 🙂

15. Give to missions at your church

Note: These ideas are not original with me, at the end of this blog series I will reveal the source for this material.

How to Share the Gospel #2

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Ask Spiritual Questions

Sometimes before you can share your testimony or a gospel presentation, you simply need to get to a spiritual conversation. You can do that by asking a few good questions. This is the approach I personally take with strangers I encounter during the course of every day living. I do this with taxi drivers, store clerks, and others I happen to strike up conversation with.

I do need to say that we are people talking with other people. The goal isn’t just to vomit gospel facts all over someone. It is to show the love of Christ and be the aroma of Christ. This means that you’ll need to listen. Like a lot. Sometimes I listen a whole lot and end up sharing a verse or only saying something like, “God loves you” to the other person before our time is up. While my goal is to share the entire message, it sometimes doesn’t work out. That’s okay because I want to be authentic and genuinely compassionate. I trust the Lord to take the little I do and multiply it.

Here are some ideas to get you brainstorming on conversation starters. I suggest you take a few minutes to come up with your own set of questions that come naturally for you.

> Are you a religious person?

> Do you know how to have a relationship with God?

> Did you grow up in church? What were you taught about God growing up? Do you still believe that?

> May I pray for you? Do you have any special needs I can pray for?

> What do you think the solution to (insert recent troubling news event) is?

> Do you have time for a short story? It’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me and I love to tell people about it!

> What did you think of the pastor’s message this week? (After attending a church service.)

For a good article on asking deep questions that lead to sharing the gospel, read this post from Desiring God Ministries.

Note: this material is not original with me (I did not write it), it came from https://arabahjoy.com/20-simple-ways-to-share-the-gospel-personal-ev-project-2 

Ways to Share the Gospel #2

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6. Having a garage sale? Put a few Bibles on a table with a “Free–take one!” sign.

7. Teach Sunday School.

8. When someone is sick, bring them a hot meal and a card with a nice note and an encouraging Scripture verse written on it.

9. Ask their opinion about current events. Share your (Godly, but humble) opinion as well.

10. Be honest about a tough time you are having and how you are really having to rely on God to get you through it.

Note: These ideas are not original with me, I will post where I found them at the end of this series of post.

Ways to Share the Gospel #1

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1.Tell people that you went (or are going) to church when they ask about your weekend. Add in a quick sentence about what the sermon was about.

2.Refuse to participate in ungodly activities. When they ask why, politely(!!) let them know.

3.Play Christian radio in your car when you carpool (It’s okay to have it on quietly. You don’t have to blast it and sing at the top of your lungs–unless you want to.)

4.Pray for people when you hear they are going through a rough time. Pray right there with them, and let them know you have will be praying for them on your own too.

5.Read the Bible or other Christian books on your lunch break. People will notice. They may ask you what your book is about, or you may bring it up yourself.

Note: These ideas are not original with me… I took them from another site and will credit that site with the last post we have in this series…