How do you measure success in church?
I'm reading a great book by Craig Gross called, "The Gutter: Where Life is Meant to be Lived." It is very thought provoking. He challenges every Christian to find the "gutter" the place where people aren't like them and reach out to that group for the sake of Jesus. He and a friend started the XXX Church that reaches out to people in the porn industry. Neither one of them had a problem with porn in the past but felt convicted to reach out to those people. They have had their fare share of criticism from other Christians. (go figure) Don't you think those are the people who need Christ the most? Anyway the reached out to one of the main leaders in the porn industry and have become his friend. The 700 Club intervied them and the Porn guru and asked him if his life had been changed. He said he has not accepted Christ but respects Craig and his partner. The 700 Club finished their report by stating that they were not successful in making him a convert and that they were more sucessful with their website. The implication was if they don't put a notch on their Bible then they haven't been successful. Is that Biblical? Jesus told us to "GO" in Matthew 28:18. I believe those who share their faith will lead people to Christ, but does not leading someone to Christ mean that our effort to share Jesus was not successful? I think that is wrong! Personally, I have the gift of evangelism and more times than not when I share my faith people accept Christ. I don't say that arrogantly. I say it because it is not me--it is a gift that God has given me. But is my obedience in sharing with someone and them accepting Christ better than someone who shares their faith with another and they reject it? I say NO!. Dr. Roy Fish was my Evangelism Professor at Southwestern Seminary. He challenged us in so many ways. He said that the average person must hear the good news of Jesus 7 times before they accept Him into their lives. He asked this question-- "Are you willing to be #6?" Are you willing to share your faith all your life and never see a person come to Christ? I think #'s 1-6 are just as valuable as a person like me who seems to be a #7! We are all needed. I think success is measured in changed lives and how obedient we have been to the calling Jesus has given us!
posted by Kevin Bussey at 1/06/2006 03:35:00 PM