Sunday, January 6, 2008

Relational Theology Makes Evangelism Meaningful and Critical

Witnessing and evangelism makes rational and logical sense ONLY under the assumption that no one (except for a few exceptions in Scripture) is predestined to heaven nor hell. The concept of election and predestination is a limited and not a general concept which is discussed in a separate blog (Please refer to Relational Theology's response to the Classical Concept of Predestination and Relational Theology's response to the Five Points of Calvinism)

What we wish to point out here are different facets of sharing the gospel which should inspire and motivate us to share what we have in Christ. We will discuss the following outline.
  1. Christianity is unique from other religions because it is the only religion which Biblically teaches that God created man to have a wonderful, dynamic LOVE relationship with Him. All other religions have either selfish ends of self-worth or nirvana, or impersonal pursuits
  2. Only true Christianity looks at faith and the exercise of faith as an intelligent effort. All other religions espouse "blind faith", or faith in faith, or faith in nothing!
  3. Christian witnessing is about what we have, not what we know or how much we have been enlightened.
  4. "Witnessing is simply sharing Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God." - Bill Bright, Campus Crusade for Christ.
  5. You cannot share what you do not have. We share relationship, NOT just knowledge. We talk about our relationship with our personal and relational God. We do not just shoot verses or talk about our philosophy. Witnessing is one beggar telling another beggar where to get bread. If the first beggar does not know where to get bread nor has neither tasted nor experienced the bread, he is not a good witness.
  6. True witnessing is NOT one that is pushed by church programs nor by sporadic revivalist sentiments. True witnessing, like true worship, is the fruit and exercise of what is already true, real and dynamic in the life of the believer. Bearing fruit, according to John 15, is not forced but is a result of abiding in Christ.
Having said all that, how is your personal walk with God? Is He so exciting to spend time with each day? Do you bring God to your work and do you bring your work to God? God, being a Jealous God, wants His people to involve Him in everything, every detail of their lives and pursuits.

We can never do effective witnessing unless we are like the branch that continually abides in the Vine. "Without [Him we] can do nothing (John 15:5)"! If the joy of the Lord is not evident in your life, there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY the world can be attracted to the Jesus you are talking about.

The joy of the Lord continually escapes every child of His who is NOT in relationship with Him moment by moment. The child of God must know and sincerely desire the presence of the Lord. When the world brushes elbows with us, they should "realize that [we] have been with Jesus (Acts 4:13)".

...under development...more later....

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