22.) How successful would it be if a group was formed (not too many – and not too few – say 3-5) from each area – made up of well-studied, caring and personable men and women – to make appointments in the homes of those who were open to such – not for argument or discussion concerning church doctrine, but to go and simply discuss from scratch how a new found faith in Jesus ONLY has changed their lives, using Evangelism Explosions TWO DIAGNOSTIC QUESTIONS form of reaching the lost:
A. If you should die tonight, do you know for sure where you would wake up?
B. And if you should die tonight and stand before God, and He asked you why He should let you into His heaven, what would your answer be?
I tend to think an approach like this would be successful and would encourage it and participate in such provided the opportunity. I like the idea of going to the homes of people or inviting people to our homes. We have passed the time when inviting people to our alleged “gospel meetings” is effective. Our thrust needs to be in the “marketplace”, so to speak, as was that of those dispersed from Jerusalem in the first century. The thrust of Christianity with regard to converting others to Christ was meant to be, and is most effective as a grass-roots movement with every Christian being a preacher. Instead of having costly meetings for someone to “preach to the choir”, use that money to truly let these preachers evangelize. I think a side effect of such a shift would be less problems in the brotherhood due to some lessened contact by those preachers who are party motivated and use the meetings as occasions to control and sustain the party in various ways.
I like this approach also. With what is happening in our society and the world there are countless numbers of people seeking to be spiritual or find spirituality for their lives. They have a spiritual longing which they either don’t recognize as causing the dissatisfaction, or restlessness in their lives, or they are seeking to find peace and security through ways of the world and are disappointed and frustrated.
With this approach we can put our emphasis upon preaching Christ and him being the answer. Over the years our approach has been to emphasize belonging to the right church with the right doctrines and correct methodology. The bottom line is that our “disputable issues” are not the answer to the spiritual needs of people. We need to follow what the apostle Paul said about himself to the Corinthians with regard to his preaching to them initially. “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified . . . that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:3 and 5).