THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A woman who worked for a veterinarian was about to have knee surgery.
She was nervous about the surgery and decided to ask her veterinarian boss
if he had any advice for her.
Without hesitation he said, "Just turn your worries into prayers, get plenty of rest,
and don't lick your incisions!"
For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying,
Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
The tell-tale signs of apathy are in the majority of our churches.
*There has been an increase of churches who are plateaued and dying.
*There has been a decline in the rate of baptisms in our churches.
*There is an alarming similarity in the lifestyles of Christians and the world population.
Have we been doing like the religious leaders of Jeremiah's day, and applying
only slight healing to our churches?
We have increased "events," but have we increased evangelistic action?
The answer is obvious: baptism rates are declining.
We have increased literature, but have we increased Biblical understanding of our main purpose?
Again, the answer is obvious: education of the saved should lead to evangelism of the lost.
In order to see education that results in evangelism, and events which increase evangelism,
we first need revival of personal relationships with Christ.
David summarized it correctly when he said,
"10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee."
Before activities and education there MUST BE relationship!
On an individual Christian level, we need revival of our relationship with Christ.
THEN activities and education will result in evangelism.