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Ryan November 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm

What is your opinion on the disparity between modern lifestyle and how Jesus and the disciples evangelized?

Does our modern lifestyle “get in the way” or “water down” the great commission?

If a christian spends his creative talents and time in another occupation, is he being disobedient to the commission? Example, I’m a programmer and work at a corporation. Should I program for a missionary organization?

Jack Wellman November 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Hello Ryan. I can not speak for David but what do you mean by the disparity between the modern lifestyle and how Jesus and the disciples evangelized? I do door to door, I do street evangelism, I hand out Bible tracts in the stores, in the nursing home where I have a Weds night Bible study, in the thrift store, etc. Isn’t this what Jesus and His disciples did? Go into all the world to preach the Gospel (Matt 28:18-20 & Acts 1:8)?

I don’t think my or other Christians let life get in the way but the vast majority do not witness or share the gospel. How do they water it down sir? What do you mean Ryan?

I believe Christians are where they are in work or school because of God’s sovereignty and there are lost people in all occupations and schools in the world and so we are not being disobedient to the Great Commission. At least those who share the gospel are not, but I give you the fact that many Christians never share their faith with others.

Hey, I love the idea for programming for a missionary organization. You can enter into the fields of the harvest and share in the rewards with the missionaries. Your work is better enabling missionaries to do their job through technology. Superb idea Ryan. Love it! Thanks friend.

Ryan November 30, 2012 at 8:56 am

Disparity meaning Jesus and the disciples did nothing but go around and preach the gospel. No possessions, etc… Whereas now, even those that evangelize hold down jobs, build material wealth, etc…

Water down meaning…even if you justify having a full material life with some evangelizing on the side, you are not walking in the fullness that god has.
Luke 18: 29-30:
29“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.”

So, basically, Jesus and the disciples display how to walk the christian life, but in modern times %99 of christians don’t come near that. Most justify this by saying not to translate the text literally, which in my opinion, leaves a lot of room to interpret the scriptures with subjectivity. I’m looking for an objective and real god, not subjective to one’s thoughts and opinions.

I guess overall, is the Jesus model of living the christian life (full time ministry trusting god will provide) an option or is it truly how christians should live?

Jack Wellman November 30, 2012 at 9:18 am

Ryan, where did you get that 99% of Christians don’t come near that? What source? Jesus is the model on how we should live, yes.

Ryan November 30, 2012 at 9:30 am

Ok, you got me, I made up %99 percent. What I meant was, I’ve never heard of a missionary that has given up their possessions and did nothing but go throughout the world and preach the gospel. And that is how they spend their life.

Do you know anyone that lives like Jesus and the disciples?

Jack Wellman November 30, 2012 at 9:54 am

The late Mother Teresa gave up all but I don’t personally know of others.

Ryan November 30, 2012 at 9:57 am

Me neither. I can’t tell whether christians should take this calling literally or not. It’s not really clear.

Jack Wellman November 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Hello David. I plead guilty to about 6 of these 8 but I have discovered from experience that it gets easier over time and when I think about it, it is in love that I share the gospel. To not warn others of the coming wrath of God is to think about myself first and fear man over God. Truly wonderful sir. I love evangelism and am so passionate today because for so many years, it was the “great omission” that I was on instead of the “Great Commission” the imperative command and God forgive me.

Shelly Sorem November 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I wholeheartedly agree with you that everyone should take the time to write their testimony. It is a great tool to have to share Christ with others but it also increases your own faith as you look back on all the things God has done for you and all the ways He has been working in your life and the lives of those around you. I think one of the most non-threatening ways to share Christ is to simply talk about what He is currently doing in your life or what He has done in your life.

Anyamele Angela December 3, 2012 at 7:12 am

I quite agree with you that most Christians do not witness because of not knowing what to say, and not knowing how to start it. But one thing I would say is this, we need to go back to Jesus who asked us to witness, he is able to help us out if we are serious in this business of witnessing.

Charles December 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Have you ever heard this reasoning? Folks in the community know where the church is located, the doors are open and they are welcom to come if they want too.

Pamela Rose Williams December 3, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Hi Charles, What you say is true, however that does not excuse you from personally inviting them to church and sharing what you know of our Savior. Right?

Colin Saxton October 10, 2016 at 8:51 am

There is a church of Laodicea which is completely lukewarm for the Lord. No body has to be part of this church…but it exists (Revelation chapter 3). The problem with Laodicea is that it does not know that it is Laodicea. The remedy is eye salve! That is the word of God needs to be read and then applied in their life…if you are not reading the word of God then how do you know what is truth from error. We have the word of God and every born again believer will be reading and teaching only from the word of God and not the traditions of men! If you don’t apply the word of God in your life then you are going to be open to all kinds of error. The proverb says (12:17) He the speaks truth shows forth righteousness but a false witness deceipt…if it contradicts the word of God then I don’t care how holy they appear to look…its deception! Don’t go on appearance or university degrees and learning diplomas…the Pharisees were suppose to be the experts in Jesus day but Jesus called them said they were full of dead mens bones. Get to know your word so you can weigh up what is being taught…Deception can only occur when you do not know truth from error…if you reject the word of God…well your what I would call the walking dead…already condemned…just a matter of time.

Regarding evangelism…

Matthew 10:27-28 : Pray for boldness and step out in faith. If you have no commitments when you come to Christ then I suggest selling everything you have and give it to the poor and then go out from town to town and preach the gospel and rely on the Lord to provide (that is the advice of Jesus Christ our Lord so you can disagree if you want to)…if you have commitments (family that rely on you to provide) then step out and share the gospel as much as you possibly can, whenever a change arises! The word of God says that those who do not provide for their own are worse than an unbeliever.

Also know that God will move you into a position for full time evangelism. Prayer…prayer…prayer. The time is coming when all true believers will have no other option but to trust in the Lord because they will not be allowed to buy or sell (Revelation 13).

Keep asking God to put you in positions to witness for Him come what may. God will bless those who Honor the Son.

Blessings in Christ.

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