70 Things – Evangelism, Faith, and the Fall
What are the most important things a man needs to know to become a biblical Christian? This series of Weekly Briefings adapts one-minute radio broadcasts of 70 Things Every Man Needs to Know. If you missed any of the first ones, you can view them by clicking here.
If the greatest thing that’s ever happened to you is to become a believer, then the greatest thing you can do for someone else is to help them become a believer. First, write down and memorize a three-minute testimony–one minute on your life before Christ, one minute on how you accepted Christ, and one minute on what difference He has made. Once you can give it in three minutes, you can easily expand it if you have more time. Second, learn how to explain the gospel and lead someone in a sinner’s prayer. Evangelism is simply taking someone as far as they want to go toward Jesus.
Faith is the foundation to begin the Christian life, but it is also the principle building block. Faith is not a switch that we turn on once. Rather, it starts like a small seed that needs to be nourished every day. Campus Crusade for Christ founder, Bill Bright, used to say that faith is like a muscle; the more you use it the bigger it gets. Jesus often lamented that the disciples didn’t have enough faith, but promised that if we have faith and do not doubt, all things are possible. Every day, we should do something intentional to help our faith grow, like private devotions and Bible reading.
21. The Fall
The Bible doesn’t describe a utopian world free of pain. Instead, the Bible describes the world exactly as we see it–a Fallen world, but not without what Frances Schaeffer called “leftover beauty.” The Fall explains why we must look at the blazing beauty of a blood red sunrise through thick glasses that grace the bridge of a crooked, runny nose. Because of the Fall we lock our doors, say what we shouldn’t, don’t say what we should, do our work while feeling the prick of thorns, get our hearts broken, suffer, grow old, and die. Thus, we must manage our lives against the Fall. I must manage against the Fall in you. You must manage against the Fall in me. And we each must manage against the Fall within ourselves. The Fall is an offense to human reason but, once accepted, it makes perfect sense of the human condition.
Yours for changed lives,
Patrick Morley, PhD
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