The headlines on the page jumped off and slapped you in the face. I am sure it was designed to do this because they want you to notice the advertising even in Christian magazines. The whole banner read, “Reach everyone by risking everything.” But, I knew that if I wrote that as a banner for this blog 75% of my readers would simply skip today’s blog. They would write it off as Ralph’s back on his pet topic and is pushing us to evangelize again.
First of all, it is not my pet topic. My real interest is simply Jesus and He is my focus because the Bible states that we are to keep our eyes on Him because He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. But, I admit, my second most favorite or popular topic to write about is evangelism, winning the lost, soul winning, preaching the Gospel to those who do not know Jesus.
But, again, it is a “sub-point” under being a disciple of Jesus because He was the One who said, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” So, He wins out every time. Jesus is the winner!
So, back to the point of the blog – are you willing to believe that you can reach everyone by risking everything? Two sections to this, isn’t there?
1> Are you willing to believe that you can and should be reaching everyone?
2> If the answer to #1 is “yes” then the second part comes into play… Are you willing to risk everything you are and have to do so?
See, I’m writing about what it takes to be dangerous – and more importantly, what it takes for your church to be dangerous. A “dangerous church” is a church that is alive, full of the lost and the broken, a generous church that takes risks to reach even more lost and broken. It is a church that is willing to be exposed to misunderstanding and persecution for the sake of the gospel. Boy, not sure about that. Does not sound too comfortable or secure!
You are right and that is why we try so hard not to do anything that is politically incorrect so that we will not be persecuted and so we will not be misunderstood. We honestly prefer to be secure and comfortable. You know, so earthly minded that we are no heavenly good (I know the original saying is the other way around – but it’s my blog)…
I believe God is challenging His Church (Oh darn, right! It is His Church) to recover or even discover for the first time its passion for the lost.
But, maybe I am naive but I thought that was what it was all about from the beginning – you know, fall in love with Jesus and thus fall in love with His plan and His purpose, sharing His passion. And, in case you have not noticed recently – He is always passionate for the lost. If we truly love Him we will obey Him and risk everything to reach everyone because He did say, “go into all the world…”
I am looking for a dangerous church. If I can’t find one, then I will plant the seed of the gospel in the hearts of a few unsaved, lead them to Jesus, disciple them and help Jesus grow a dangerous church … then I can actually belong to the Church Jesus is building.
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