4. Busyness - Perhaps one of Satan's most effective strategies is to get us so busy that we fail to do that which is such a high biblical priority.

5. Fear of Rejection – research shows that the majority of unchurched persons are not resistant to faith discussions and would be receptive to an invitation to worship. 

6. A Desire to Be Tolerant - In the post-modern culture of 21st century America, Christians should know the criticisms of intolerance will come. The great concern is that many Christians are unwilling to take a narrow view because they do not want to be labeled as intolerant. But, Jesus never wavered in His insistence that He is the only way to the one and only true God.

7. Losing the Habit of Witnessing - Witnessing, like prayer and Bible study, is a discipline. It is a habit to learn, to retain, and, if lost, to regain.


8. Lack of Accountability - Accountability is likely to engender more witnessing attempts to the unchurched. Attempting more evangelistic encounters creates a habit of witnessing that then increases our zeal for evangelism.

9. Failure to Invite – When is the last time you invited an unchurched person to church? When is the last time you offered to take a person to church, or at the very least, meet him or her at church? It's a simple gesture, yet so few Christians do it.

10. We Go to Churches That Do Not Reach the Unchurched - One of the key reasons we do not reach the unchurched is that most Christians in America are members of churches that do not reach the unchurched.

 This season of Lent is a good time to make a new commitment to reaching someone who is not presently active in a local church. Will you commit to praying for one to five persons who are not presently active during these next weeks of Lent, and then invite them to join you on Easter?  Your invitation could make a difference.


Your responses to these Reflections are always welcomed.  You can email me at rguess@tuscumbiaumc.org
               

​​Mid-Week Reflections from Bro. Rudy
February 21, 2018

"Who Will You Reach?"


Gina and I used to attend the Great Smokey Mountain Camp Meeting/Week of Evangelism at Lake Junaluska. We heard some outstanding preachers before the Camp Meeting stopped. One of my favorites was Dr. Zan Holmes. Dr. Holmes was a professor at Perkins School of Theology and the narrator for the first Disciple Bible Video Series. 

I remember Dr. Holmes making the statement, “We enter heaven 2 by 2.” Then he said, that is not exactly what the Bible says, but God does intend for us to bring others with us to heaven.  We are the instruments God has chosen to use to be His witnesses.

How are you doing? How are we doing as a church? Tom Rainer, in an article “10 Reasons We Have Not Reached the Unchurched,” pointed out that “We only reach one person for Christ each year for every 85 church members in the United States.”  Maybe we need a fresh commitment to everyone reach one.

Here are Tom Rainer’s “10 Reason We Have Not Reached the Unchurched:” 


1. Spiritual Lethargy – takes place when we fail to obey Him. The problem for many Christians is that they are not growing spiritually, and a lack of spiritual growth inevitably leads to a diminished desire to share Christ with others.

2. Growing Inclusivism – both pluralism and inclusivism teach that there are several ways to God.


3. Growing Disbelief in Hell – Denying the existence of hell undermines the urgency of placing one’s faith in Christ.   

 

Mid-Week Reflections

From Brother Rudy

Your responses to these Reflections are always welcomed.

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