The Beautifully Small Church and Evangelism
Being the size that we are, can leave us feeling a tad insignificant and a little bit concerned. Not only are we surrounded by secularism and unbelief, but other churches around us seem to flourish while our numbers remain the same or even decrease. Have you not thought about what tomorrow will bring?
We would do better to remind ourselves that God has seen us, is watching over us and has us in mind in regards to His glorious and redemptive plans. These plans include evangelism.
We, with what God has given us, are called to further the message of the gospel. We, with what God has given us, are called to further that message with the love that Christ has expressed for us upon the cross. And how does the small church do this? I offer these statistics:
A familiar face seen, when entering through the church door, can diffuse nervousness and break down mental/emotional walls, even, in our little church.
Go with God
I’ve been reading from the Reformed Perspective (RP) and have been thoroughly enjoying it. The Mar/Apr 2018 issue had an article on Jordan Peterson. I had read his book, ‘12 Rules for Life,’ and had participated in a discussion with the reformed ministers down in the Niagara Peninsula, with Peterson, the subject matter. Peterson has a lot of good things to say and he is not afraid to say them. That said, I appreciated what RP had to say about him. Basically, he is helpful, but not our Messiah. I’m being quite reductionistic here. I encourage you to read the article.
In the May/June issue of RP, I came across an article written by Kevin DeYoung entitled, “Dude, Where’s Your Bride?” There, he gives a stern commentary on the growing trend of Christian young men, not wanting to grow up. When you’re done reading the article on Peterson, read this one!
Both Peterson and DeYoung would have these young men stand up, take responsibility for their actions, get some ambition and do something good with their lives. Peterson would have them do it because of the valuable effect the Bible’s teachings have had on western culture and society. It’s a good reason but meaningless if not done for God’s glory under the magisterial authority that the inspired, inerrant and infallible Scriptures hold over us, knowing full well, that all things can be done through Christ (Phil.4:13).