Examining Our Barriers to Speaking about Christ – 6

I Don’t Know How to Bring it Up. In this series of posts we are exploring various matters that hinder us from telling others about Christ (begins here). Today we will explore the barrier of not knowing how to bring up the subject. Feeling like we are too shy or that talking to others isContinue reading “Examining Our Barriers to Speaking about Christ – 6”

Examining Our Barriers to Speaking about Christ – 5

I’m Not Where I Need to Be. Christ is the most important matter in the world, and we are to seek his kingdom over all else (Matthew 6:33). He has asked his followers to tell others the good news about him and his kingdom. This series of posts is exploring the barriers that hinder usContinue reading “Examining Our Barriers to Speaking about Christ – 5”

Examining our Barriers to Speaking about Christ – 4

Not Enough Time. Christ wants his people to tell others about him (see post), but there are many barriers to our doing so. Previously we’ve discussed the problem of bad experiences and off-putting methods (see post) and the notion that we might be judging others (see post). Another thing that may hinder us is ourContinue reading “Examining our Barriers to Speaking about Christ – 4”

Examining Our Barriers to Speaking about Christ – 3

Society’s Rules. We’ve noted that God does want us to speak to people about Christ and that there are many barriers to our doing so. In this series of posts, we are seeking to face these barriers gently but honestly in hopes of reducing them so that we may be ready and willing to speakContinue reading “Examining Our Barriers to Speaking about Christ – 3”

Examining Our Barriers to Speaking about Christ – 2

Bad Experiences and Inadequate Models. Last time we heard from Scripture that the Lord wants us all to be ready to speak to others about Christ. Some are specially gifted to do this and so will do it really well and often. Although I haven’t seen this in Scripture, I have observed that some peopleContinue reading “Examining Our Barriers to Speaking about Christ – 2”

Examining our Barriers to Speaking About Christ – 1

We’re Not Convinced We’re Supposed to. This series of posts will examine the various things that hinder us from speaking to others about Christ. I assure you it is not my purpose to shame, condemn or prod people. Those ways of seeking to motivate people are not worthy of the gospel, nor do they leadContinue reading “Examining our Barriers to Speaking About Christ – 1”

Cooperating with God’s Purpose as per Ephesians – 12

Remember Who the Enemy is. The final avenue to unity we will explore in this series of posts is to remember who the enemy is. Paul states clearly that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, that is, not against humans (Ephesians 6:12). Instead it is against the spiritual forces of darkness in theContinue reading “Cooperating with God’s Purpose as per Ephesians – 12”

Cooperating with God’s Purpose as Per Ephesians – 11

Living by the Spirit in the Body. Another important avenue to uniting the world in Christ as God desires is described in Ephesians 5:18-21. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with yourContinue reading Cooperating with God’s Purpose as Per Ephesians – 11

Cooperating with God’s Purpose as Per Ephesians – 10

Beneficial Behaviors in the Body. In addition to all the matters mentioned in previous posts, there are some specific behaviors that are needed and others that must be eliminated in order to have unity in the body of Christ, as God wills (Ephesians 4:25-5:2). All these behaviors are either good or bad in and ofContinue reading “Cooperating with God’s Purpose as Per Ephesians – 10”

Cooperating with God’s Purpose as Per Ephesians – 9

Focus of the Leadership We have been talking about God’s purpose of reconciling the people of the world to himself and to each other in Christ and how we can cooperate with his purpose. So far we have discussed remembering where we came from, authentic Christian love, humble and patient attitudes, making a strong effort,Continue reading “Cooperating with God’s Purpose as Per Ephesians – 9”