Evangelism. Several thoughts, images, and experiences come to mind when you read that word in italics. There are numerous methods, places, and relationships that evangelism can occur. Evangelism may happen at a ball game, in the office, on a mission trip, at a church event, or over the fence to a neighbor.
But what is in that conversation? I hope and pray at the center of that conversation is the unfiltered, pure, non-watered down, precious, incomparable message of the Gospel. So, when I suggest we begin by discussing something new, I’m not coming even close to suggesting we present a new gospel. Let’s be eternally clear on that before we move along.
Here’s what I mean. As I read Revelation over the past month, something jumped out to me. Maybe it is time we talk about something new. I’m talking about the NEW heaven and the NEW earth. When is that last time you had a conversation about heaven? When have you talked to your students or kids about what heaven will be like? Do your neighbors have a proper view of what heaven will be?
When we talk about something new…the New Heaven & New Earth…there are at least 5 things that happen:
- The believer becomes excited about what eternal life is like, and will inspire them to share the Gospel to those that do not have heaven as their eternal destiny.
- The non-believer will begin to ask questions, leading to a conversation of how to get to heaven.
- Christians will wake-up to the realization this place is not their home, and begin removing distractions and repenting of sins that get in their way of living for eternity, rather than the present.
- The non-believer may be more open to discuss eternity when you talk about the end result of glory, rather the alternative of eternal damnation.
- When you talk about the marriage that will happen in heaven, you want to start working on your invitations!!
Disclaimer: For the critic, no I am not suggesting we eliminate the discussion of hell in our conversations. That has a place, and should never be removed for fear of offense. I’m merely suggesting we include or begin more conversations about heaven.