One of the First Aims of Preaching from Rev. Adam Hamilton’s chapter on “Preaching” is called Evangelistic Sermons.
I’m sure you will agree that there are two times when the unchurched find themselves sitting in our pews: Christmas and Easter. Hamilton let’s us know that these are the times we need to go fishing!
As we prepare for our highest recruitment days (Christmas and Easter) or “Fishing Expedition” opportunities as Hamilton states, it’s important to be very intentional. He shares some strategies that have contributed to his success.
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.”