Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Jesus Is King

Jesus Is King
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While sharing the gospel last weekend I had the opportunity to speak with a young man who does not believe the same things that I do.

We didn't argue with each other.

We didn't call each other names other than the ones given to us by our parents.

Neither of us got angry or raised our voices. No fingers were pointed in faces or poked into chests. No insults were thrown or intellects questioned.

It was nice.

But we still disagreed.

One of the great things about our country is that we have the freedom to believe as we choose. Other people don't have to like our beliefs or our opinions. Other people don't have to share them. But we are free to believe.

It's our right.

We have an inalienable right. Even if we use that right to be wrong.

The constitutional freedom to believe differently is a good thing. But we fool ourselves if we think we can all be correct in our beliefs. We can't be. Not when many of our beliefs are totally contradictory with one another. In these cases, at least one of us is wrong.

In my conversation with this young man he told me that he simply doesn't believe in my Jesus.

That seemed like a good opportunity to discuss that Jesus is more than mine. Our current political climate in the United States created a good example.

You've likely noticed that there are a lot of people who don't like the president. It's kind of a big deal. A lot of people are talking about it. A lot of that talking is loud. And angry.

Some people who don't like the current president say things like, "He's not my president. I didn't vote for him!"

People have a right to say these things. But they are wrong.

He is their president whether they like it or not.

Their belief about the president doesn't change reality. Whether they voted for him or not he still has keys to the Oval Office. He still flies around on Air Force One. He still has a Secret Service detail tasked with protecting him.

He's president until he isn't. Their belief on what should have happened in the election is just an opinion. No better or worse than anyone else's. But it doesn't shape reality. Just like the opinions of the people who didn't like the previous president didn't change the reality.

People will seemingly always argue over politics. And people will be in rebellion against Jesus until He returns.

Jesus' resurrection from the dead proves that He is the promised Messiah. Jesus ascended into heaven and took His seat at the right hand of the Father (see, e.g., Psalms 2 & 110). Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. There is no one above Him.

This is true whether people believe it or not. Their rebellion may be noisy but it is also futile.

Unlike a president, Jesus' reign is not limited by geography. He is not restricted by term limits. There will never be a vote. Impeachment is an impossibility.

You don't have to like the president. You don't have to believe in Jesus. You have the right to hold your own opinion.

You must also understand that your opinions, beliefs, and wishful thinking don't change reality.

Jesus is risen from the dead. This is the proof God has provided. When our opinions disagree with reality we should change our opinions. That's the wise thing to do.


"Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has set a day on which He is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man He has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead." (Acts 17:30-31)


It is not our job as Christians to argue with people. It's not our job to complain and throw gasoline on the fire.

We are called to testify to the truth. To live as salt and light. To love justice and mercy. To urge people on behalf of God to be reconciled to Him through Christ.

Let's stop arguing with people over temporal matters and start testifying about eternal ones.

Jesus Christ is Lord. He is able and willing to save all who will repent of their rebellion against Him and trust in Him alone as their Savior from the wrath to come on Judgment Day. Today is the day of salvation. Tomorrow isn't guaranteed.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Share Jesus Without Fear - A Review

You've got to love an evangelism training book that starts with a chapter titled, "You Can't Fail."

I've been in ministry long enough to know that many don't share the gospel with others because they are afraid to fail. They are afraid of looking stupid. They fear making things worse by not knowing every answer or becoming argumentative.

But William Fay is right. When you share the gospel faithfully and define your goals appropriately, failure isn't an option. Fay's book, Share Jesus Without Fear seeks to help focus the willing follower of Christ's attention on the proper focus of evangelism while providing a method of leading the conversation that eliminates any and all argument.

Greatest Strengths

1. Fay's Method is Easy To Master and Implement Immediately.

Essentially, Fay lays out a strategy of evangelism that allows God's Word and the person you are sharing with to do all the work. In order to make this possible, the Christian needs to do a little preparation with their Bible ahead of time. Once this preparation is complete there is no need to do anything else other than bring it along so you have it when you need it.

2. There's Nothing To Memorize.

Evangelism methods that rely on memorizing steps and scriptures can be beneficial to some. However, many Christians get so nervous when they begin any witnessing conversation that their minds go blank. Even if a perfect method existed it wouldn't do any good if you can't remember it!

With Fay's method there is nothing to remember because everything is written down already.

3. The Person Being Evangelized Does All Their Own Interpretation.

I'm guessing I'm not the only person who has ever heard, "Well, that's just your interpretation... " while talking to someone about the claims of the Bible. Sometimes this statement is just a dismissal. Other times, these words can cause a verbal sparring match.

Neither is good.

Perhaps the strongest element of Fay's method is that it forces the person who is being evangelized to interpret the Scriptures for themselves. When Fay says his method eliminates any possibility for argument, this is why. At no point during the conversation does the Christian using this strategy ever have the need or opportunity to argue because the person they are speaking with is the one doing all the interpretation.

I have personally used this strategy with some people in my life who are particularly argumentative and I can testify to the power of letting them tell me what the Scriptures say, instead of the other way around. For this reason alone, I believe every Christian should be aware of how to use God's Word the way Bill Fay outlines.

Greatest Weaknesses


I like this book and method. Even so, there are some weaknesses that need to be mentioned.

1. The Scripture List

Fay outlines in chapter 5 the seven share verses for his method. I like all of these verses with the exception of the last one. I don't mean I personally dislike the last Scripture on its own ... I mean the Scripture doesn't belong at the end of an evangelistic encounter.

Fay himself acknowledges that some people think this verse is inappropriately used in his audio teaching. I am one of those people.

However, in the audio teaching Fay encourages people like me to make their own list of Scripture references. I took this advice and so have all of the men who I witness with regularly. After we all made our own lists individually we shared our share verses with each other. The whole group was edified as a result.

I'd recommend to anyone interested in using this method to create your own list of share verses using Fay's outline only as a suggestion. Doing so turns this weakness into a strength.

2. Can't Be Used With Everyone.

This method requires a very willing participant. Other methods of evangelism can be employed better in street evangelism when you can't get someone to sit down with you and read a bunch of verses from your Bible.

As such, this method is limited.

Nevertheless, most Christians do have many people in their lives already who they have never evangelized but who would be willing to sit down and chat with an open Bible between them. For those situations, this model works beautifully.

Concluding Thoughts

I love Bill Fay's passion for evangelism, for equipping the saints to share the gospel boldly and faithfully, and for God's Word. I truly believe that this method should be understood by every Christian so that they can learn how to unleash God's Word powerfully without any possibility of argument while evangelizing. Once the principles are understood, they can be adapted and grow with you as you live your life as an ambassador for Christ.