As I travel nationally and internationally it is interesting to note how similar churches and Christians are from place to place and nation to nation. Here are some observations…
1> Christians do not know their Bible. They are generally not reading God’s Word on a regular basis. They cannot find the various books of the Bible when asked to turn to a passage. They are unaware of the key figures in Scripture and don’t know the major stories.
2> They do not now the Gospel of the Kingdom – or any gospel for that matter. They may know enough that they are saved (born again) but they honestly are at a loss on how to share the Good News of salvation through Jesus. And, they most certainly cannot share the Gospel in a way that others would understand.
3> Most believers do not know they are called to fellowship with the Holy Spirit (see: English Bible – 2 Corinthians 13:14; Russian Bible -1 Corinthians 13:13). They have no idea that this is necessary to flow in the supernatural spiritual gifts that come with the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. In fact, most are not aware that there are ministry gifts given when they are empowered by the baptism… They just know that now they can speak in tongues.
4> Many disciples of Jesus are not telling others the way to salvation. They are not aware that the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the power upon them (see Acts 1:8) is to enable and empower them to be witnesses in the world – to their friends and neighbours. They focus on their private prayer language and do not give any thought to using the nine gifts that come with the baptism.
5> They are leaving saving the lost up to the experts and their pastors. You know, the professionals. They honestly believe it is not their task to be “fishers of men” regardless of what Jesus said in Matthew 4:19. “Follow Mw and I will make you fishers of men.” They don’t understand that if we are not fishing we are, in reality, not following.