Straight to the Heart

 
 
 

The Practice of Normal Evangelism

Many of us find evangelism daunting, even frightening. Evangelism, though, should happen naturally as we talk with people. That is, as we have regular conversations, we are to look for opportunities to speak to people about Christ. In a church culture where evangelism is the norm, prayer for the unbelieving is a priority, and gospel conversations are celebrated regularly, not just “deals closed.”  To help encourage us toward normal evangelism, we are asking one another, “Who’s your one?” ‘Who’s your one?‘ is a national evangelism effort, spearheaded by Dr. J. D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention. To learn more about ‘Who’s your one?‘ and even obtain helpful resources, CLICK HERE.
 
We hope that all of High Pointe is regularly and normally sharing the gospel with as many people as the Lord brings into your life. But, for those who struggle with evangelism, we want to encourage you to think about just one person you can pray for and reach out to with the gospel. All of us can think of at least one person who needs Christ. So tell me, who’s your one?   All we’re trying to do by asking ‘Who’s your one?’ is make evangelism normal. When evangelism is special, it requires special Christians, trained with special methods, using special tools, during special times. But, when evangelism is normal, every Christian is engaging in gospel conversations, praying that the Spirit would give spiritual life to those we’re sharing with. May evangelism become normal at High Pointe. Here are ten practices of normal evangelism to spur you on this week in whatever opportunities the Lord may grant you.
 
  1. Know the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)! When we understand the gospel, we know that GOD is holy and created a world without sin.  God provided mankind with all he needed to dwell in His presence. But, MAN rebelled against God, and rebellion requires judgment, the penalty of which is death.  Yet, God in His grace, provided CHRIST as a representative substitute to live a life of perfect obedience and to receive upon Himself the penalty of sin on our behalf. Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day, proving His victory over sin and death. Now, all who RESPOND with repentance from sin and faith in Jesus have eternal life. This is the good news that we must know in order to share it with others.

 

  1. Live your life in light of this gospel.  As this gospel takes root in our own lives and we begin to apply it to our marriages, parenting, relationships, lives together as a church, then our lives will be markedly different than the world and thereby attractive.  How can we announce that this gospel is the power of God to save and change lives if we who profess Christ continue living just like the world?

 

  1. Pray and fast for unbelievers(John 14:12-14; 15:7-8).  One reason unbelieving people are not on our minds is that we don’t pray for them. Make a list of unbelieving people and begin praying for their salvation. But also ask God to open doors for evangelism, then by faith be obedient when the opportunities arise.

 

  1. Be willing to share your life with unbelievers(1 Thessalonians. 2:1-8). If we are going to reach unbelievers, we need to get to know them: where they live, shop, eat, recreate. Look for opportunities to relate with them where they are, instead of thinking they will come to us. Let us wisely share our lives with unbelievers: talking to them, inviting them to church, or into your home for a meal.

 

  1. Share the gospel with urgency (2 Peter 3:8-10)!  To be sure, we need to share the gospel naturally & clearly, but we must also share it urgently. Right now is the time for salvation. When a person dies, or Christ returns, there will be no more opportunities for repentance and faith.

 

  1. Study the doctrine of hell! If you lack urgency in evangelism, then study the doctrine of hell.  As you consider the fate of those who reject Christ, ask God to break your heart and move you with urgency to share the good news with the lost.

 

  1. Invite unbelievers to repent and believe!  The gospel requires a response.  We must call on all people everywhere to repent (turn away from their sinful ways) and believe (in Jesus Christ).

 

  1. Invite unbelievers to church.  Invite the unbelieving, unchurched to come with you on the Lord’s day so that they may hear the gospel proclaimed. Surprisingly, in a 2010 study of unbelieving, unchurched people in Austin, a large number indicated that they would be open to invitations to go to church.  Imagine that!  They don’t come because we don’t ask.

 

  1. Trust Christ for the results.  Faithfulness, not results, is what God requires of us.  Salvation is of the Lord, so we must trust the sovereign Lord to do His work in the hearts of unbelieving people.  Our responsibility is to faithfully share the gospel indiscriminately.

 

  1. Share with others and ask them to join you in prayer.  I have found it encouraging to hear other Christians’ stories of evangelism. Share your evangelism encounters, celebrate simply sharing the gospel, and pray together for those souls.  Let’s make evangelism normal again!
 
 
Love,
 


In Remembrance of Me

“‘And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, ‘This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’  In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’”

(1 Corinthians 11:24-25, ESV)

 

            As Americans, we commemorate a lot of historical events. Typically, when a historical event is of such importance, we want to keep it in our memory, so we try to imprint it on the American psyche with a special date. Some of these dates turn into national holidays which also are annual moments of commemoration with the purpose of showing honor by remembering.

            Accordingly, the New World Dictionary defines ‘commemorate‘ as, “to preserve or honor the memory of.” As Christians, when we observe the Lord’s Supper we commemorate Christ; we remember and honor His name and His sacrifice for sin. The supper is a remembering of a specific event in the life of Christ. We preserve the memory of Christ and honor his name by remembering and reflecting upon what the bread and the fruit of the vine signify. Every time we observe the Lord’s Supper we do so in remembrance of Him in the following particular ways:

            We look up in adoration.Whenever we eat the Lord’s Supper, we remember God’s mercy and grace as the loving Father sent His beloved Son to die on the cross for sin.

            We look back in commemoration.Whenever we eat the Lord’s Supper, we remember that Christ came into this world to save sinners. He lived a life without sin, yet He was rejected by His own, beaten and ultimately killed for our sake. Through His death, Jesus paid the penalty for sin and liberated those who trust in Him from the bondage of sin.

            We look forward in anticipation.Whenever we eat the Lord’s Supper, we are eating and drinking in anticipation of the great marriage supper of the Lamb, at which a place has been reserved for all those who belong to Christ’s family.

            We look outward in proclamation.Whenever we eat the Lord’s Supper, our actions proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

            We look inward in examination.Whenever we eat the Lord’s Supper, we reflect upon our own lives, asking the Holy Spirit of God to expose our own sins, so that we might come into the presence of Christ with clean hands and pure hearts.

            We look around in consideration.Whenever we eat the Lord’s Supper, we are forced to look around at our brothers and sisters in Christ being reminded that we are sitting at the table as a family.

     This Sunday morning, we will participate in the Lord’s Supper during our worship gathering to commemorate Jesus’ death. I encourage you to examine your hearts as we sit together at the Lord’s table in remembrance of Him. And come prepared to celebrate the salvation God has accomplished for us in Christ.

 
Love,
 


2019 The High Pointe Theology Conference

Friday, March 8 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm & Saturday, March 9 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: FREE | Childcare provided for High Pointe Members

 

The 5 Solas of the Reformation

Special Guest: Tom Schreiner, PhD
 

How important is the word “alone?” To the Reformers, it was all-important.

  • Scripture alone (sola Scriptura)
  • Christ alone (solus Christus)
  • Grace alone (sola gratia)
  • Faith alone (sola fide)
  • God’s glory alone (soli Deo gloria)
 
Though the Reformers themselves did not use these five slogans, as such, they do capture the points of emphasis of their preaching and teaching. Their teaching rocked the world and brought consequences far beyond what they could have imagined. Most importantly, it was a recovery of the gospel.
 
Join us Friday night, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, as Dr. Tom Schreiner helps us to understand the theology in which these 5 truths are rooted and the history behind them.
 
Dr. Tom Schreiner is the James Buchanan Harrison professor of New Testament Interpretation, professor of Biblical Theology, and associate dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Schreiner joined the Southern faculty in 1997 after serving 11 years on the faculty at Bethel Theological Seminary. He also taught New Testament at Azusa Pacific University. Schreiner, a Pauline scholar, is the author and editor of several books including Romans(in the Baker Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament); Interpreting the Pauline Epistles; The Law and Its Fulfillment: A Pauline Theology of Law; The Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology of Perseverance and Assurance; Still Sovereign: Contemporary Perspectives of Election, Foreknowledge, and Grace, co-edited with Bruce A. Ware; Women in the Church: A Fresh Analysis of I Timothy 2:9-15; Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology.
 

Conference Schedule:

Friday, March 8
7:00pm – 7:15pm Introduction and Song
7:15pm – 8:00pm Session 1
8:00pm – 8:15pm Break and Song
8:15pm – 9:00pm Session 2
9:00pm Closing
 
Saturday, March 9
9:00am – 9:15am Introduction and Song
9:15am – 10:00am Session 3
10:00am – 10:15am Break and Song
10:15am – 11:00am Session 4
11:00am – 11:15am Break and Song
11:15am – 12:00pm Session 5
12:00pm Closing
 

You can register online at our website (www.highpointeaustin.org). If you have any additional questions, email Marshall Canales at marshall@highpointeaustin.org. We look forward to seeing you at the second annual High Pointe Theology Conference!

 
Love,
 



Juan Sanchez

Juan Sanchez (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the senior pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. In addition, Juan serves as a council member of The Gospel Coalition, co-founder and president of Coalición, assistant professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and president of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. He has authored numerous books, including 1 Peter for You and Seven Dangers Facing your Church. Juan and his wife, Jeanine, have five daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren.
 
    

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