Hi friends, I just finished the first draft of my forthcoming book, The High-Definition Leader: Building Multiethnic Churches in a Multiethnic World. Here is a sneak peek. I sure hope it encourages you.
Ninety-four percent of local churches in America are not growing.
This should break our hearts. This statistic means that more and more people in America don’t know the redemptive power of Jesus Christ. This fact will increase divorce, addiction, injustice, greed, sexual immorality, idolatry, oppression, and a multitude of other sins that destroy people’s lives. We need evangelistic local churches, fueled by Christ-followers who see themselves as missionaries. We need “Good News” local churches filled with “Good News” people.
So what does high-definition evangelism look like? Here are three characteristics of gospel-centered evangelism for a multiethnic world:
1) Evangelism must be rooted in a gospel-centered vision.
What is the Good News? It’s the announcement that Israel’s Messiah has accomplished what he came to do. Jesus has defeated sin, death, and evil through his sinless life, his atoning death on the cross, his resurrection, and his ascension to the right hand of his father, where he is now our high priest.
Jesus now rules his kingdom at the right hand of God the papa. By grace alone, through the Holy Spirit’s power, people who trust in Jesus are swept up into his glorious kingdom. This redeemed, multicolored people become a “chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,” proclaiming the “excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Pet. 2:9–10, ESV).
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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Derwin L. Gray