Reasons I Liked the Book
I like this book for several reasons. To list a few: it is small, simple, easy to read, practical, inexpensive and it has some great insights. Some of the content makes for some great discussions in small groups.
FIRST Read The Introduction
Many of us dive right into reading chapter one, but in this case I STRONGLY recommend reading The Introduction for it sets the stage for the chapters to follow. The introduction includes a story of the interaction between two different types of church members. If you are a seasoned church member I am sure you will be able to relate.
How to Use Your Secretary
Stop Doing My Job.
I remember the day all so well. I found myself at the copy machine. Right when I was about to hit the ‘start’ button with my pointer finger, there she was. “What are you doing,” she asked with a puzzled look. I thought it was a trick question. So I responded with a sort of ‘question’ tone, “Making 20 copies of these documents.” She fired back, “But that’s my job.” I stood there not knowing what to do with my finger. Before I knew she was standing between me and the copy machine. Since it was a little awkward, I made my way back to the office. I had had secretaries before, or perhaps not.
Recently, we rented the movie, “God is Not Dead.” I must say that overall I thought it was a good movie. It started a little slow in its building, but by the time we hit the middle and end I was hooked.
The movie was centered around a college student and his atheistic professor of philosophy. The theme is ‘apologetics.’ Apologetics in this sense is NOT apologizing, but rather offering a DEFENSE of one’s belief.
The first day of class the presumptuous professor convinced his class to write the words “God is Dead” on a sheet of paper to avoid having to teach the Evidence of the Existence God segment of his class. The bribe promised an easy ‘A’ and accounted for 30% of their grade.
The majority of students had no problem jotting down these three words. One student however, could not do this. The angered professor told him to he must then be prepared to defend his view or risk loosing 30% of his grade. The student had a lot to lose.He consulted a pastor for guidance.What the pastor said had a profound impact on me. He said,
“The acceptance of this challenge may be the ONLY meaningful exposure to God and Jesus they will ever have.”
Are You Okay?
My husband and I were out enjoying our boat. We had to slow it down when we came across other boats, people in rafts and kayaks. Etiquette, when out on a boat is to wave to those you pass by. I remember seeing two women in a raft. We waved and they waved back. They seemed to be going nowhere, but who were we to second guess how people were enjoying the water. They said nothing and neither did we. My husband was anxiously trying to get passed the slow pokes so he could go full throttle. Some half hour later, we doubled back to go in another direction to head towards the beach when we saw the same two ladies. I called out, “You guys doing okay?” One of the ladies said, “No.” Humbly, she said that they had been out there for awhile going in circles. They just couldn’t get the hang of things. We grabbed their ropes and pulled them to shore.
I think about this as I reflect on the passing of Robin Williams, one of America’s finest comedians. I was saddened to hear that he had committed suicide and that he struggled with depression. I believe it was T.D. Jakes who once said that ‘suicide’ is the DEATH of HOPE. Williams had also been recently diagnosed with the beginning stages of Parkinson Disease which probably compounded his depressive disorder.
Someone once said that Easter is the “Superbowl” of Christianity – the biggest event of the year.
Typically, on this day we have no problem attracting people to our churches. However, the challenge before us is to create such an experience that our visitors increase their visits from one time of year to multiple times a year — to eventually become active members of the Church.
As pastors, we MUST commit to planning earlier for our Easter services. Treating this day like any other Sunday would be a missed evangelistic opportunity.
Many churches that are seeing increases in membership, plan for these services a year in advance. This demonstrates that they are being not only evangelistic, but ‘intentional.’
With just a couple of weeks before Easter, I believe we still can put together some new things to have a successful evangelistic Easter Service.
Here are 7 things we can do right away to ensure great experience this Easter: