Who's Eating Me?
The dynamics of our culture are ever evolving and changing. The changing of our culture sadly isn’t towards Christ. The dynamics of our world is more less geared towards: self-discovery, fast movement, and pro individualism. The RIGHT NOW life has produced a fast pace mentality that focuses on self and not the greater good of the world. In some regards there are so many competing values that exist and Christ nor the church are a high priority. The fast pace wave of McDonaldization and Self Awareness encourages others to be their own pathway to light and liberation.
Knowing that these are the thoughts and impressions of our world, how does the church stand to compete against these ideologies? How does the church reach a world were in which the world believes that the church is antiquated and no longer necessary? HOW DO WE DO IT?????
These lessons will help you discover the answers to these questions as well as to share your personal faith.
Who’s eating me is a picturesque compellation of inviting others into the presence of Jesus Christ, understanding His purpose of their RIGHT NOW life, and His ultimate plan for all to have everlasting life. Who’s eating me is a simplistic guide for evangelism.
For some odd reason the Christian church unintentionally has mystified evangelism and has also reduced its impact. We have minimized its efforts only to persons who may carry the title of “Evangelist” or to a ministry group that known as being the “evangelism ministry” of the local church. It is true that the work of the evangelist is needed as well as the “evangelism ministry” but the work of evangelism isn’t by designation but rather assignment. It’s the role of every Christian believer to be evangelist. Jesus validates this in Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:7-8.
Matthew 28:18-20, NLT
18Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Acts 1:8, NLT
8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Matthew 4:18-19, HCSB
18As He was walking along the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, since they were fishermen. 19"Follow Me," He told them, "and I will make you fish for people!"
In the Gospel According to St. Matthew Chapter four we discover Jesus in a very interesting predicament. In the entrance of this chapter we read of an altercation between Jesus and Satan. After having fasted for 40 days and 40 nights he defeats Satan by the power of the Word of God. Upon the completion of this dialogue Jesus earthly ministry begins by His public declaration of, “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand!”
After this public declaration of repentance Jesus called his first three disciples: Peter James, and John. Following the calling of Peter, James, and John to serve with him in ministry He says to them, “I will make you fishers of men” and in particular in the Holman Christian Bible Standard interpretation Jesus says, I will make you fish for people” Matthew 4:19.
It is my interpretation of this particular passage in which Jesus says, “I will make you FISH for PEOPLE” that he says to them that your very life will be used as bait that will attract others to Him. This is a firm indication that everything that we encounter, everything that we face, and everything that we experience is for the purpose of God receiving all of the Glory. Our experiences will become enticing that others may eat of our experience, grow from our experiences, and develop because of our experiences. The question is, “WHO’S EATING YOU???