From the Pastor's LibraryBy Pastor Brian
“I can’t believe that.”
These are often the first four words I hear when someone begins telling me about their faith journey. Sometimes there has been a traumatic event. Sometimes the very idea of evil people being forgiven is a point of contention. There are lots of reasons people don’t put their trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord. It is tempting to think we need to answer every objection to Jesus, to have the right answers, and to be persuasive, bold, and compassionate. Most of us don’t feel up to the task, so we don’t. We don’t give our friends, colleagues, family and neighbors something they can believe in.
But what if sharing the Good News of Jesus wasn’t about always being right? What if it’s more about seeing how that good news connects to the people with whom we live, work, and play. I’d like to share two resources with you I’ve been using for that very purpose.
The first is a book written by a fellow Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary graduate, Jonathan Dodson. In his book Unbelievable Gospel, Jonathan unpacks our objections, fears, and reservations about proclaiming the Good News. As he moves through the book, he encourages us with stories of how the Gospel itself dispels the myth that it is preachy, impersonal, intolerant, arrogant, and shallow. Instead, Jonathan looks at five metaphors for seeing the Gospel, applying it first to our own lives and then to the lives of others.
The second is a series of teachings I referenced this last Sunday by Jeff Vanderstelt called Gospel Fluency. Jeff argues if we apply the Gospel to our lives first, we will be more free to pursue Jesus, and flowing out of that freedom will be our excitement to share Jesus. I highly encourage you to learn more. Jeff’s book comes out next year, and I can’t wait.