“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24
Even before the foundation
Just like our lives need a solid foundation, so does our evangelism. The foolish man built upon a place that wouldn’t last and saw destruction because he didn’t have a solid foundation. If we don’t have a solid foundation for evangelism, we will fail, plain and simple.
Depending on the building and the location a foundation can be laid anywhere. In our area though, a building needs a foundation below the frost line, 30 inches or more beneath the soil. We’ve got to work even before we lay the first brick in our foundation.
Evangelism is the same way, before we can even begin building the foundation, we need to dig down to the very basic level. In the case of evangelism, praying and reading God’s Word are the two necessary elements before the foundation can even be laid.
Why are praying and reading God’s Word so important to evangelism?
Are we ready to move beyond this to build the foundation, or do we need to spend more time in this area?
God does not change.
The church has not changed.
Society has changed.
We’ve got a problem.
In case you missed it, society has changed a lot in our lifetimes. Baby boomers and those who are older watched as God was thrown out of school in 1963. Generation X witnessed the advent of cable television and moral degradation across the airwaves. Today, elementary school kids cannot remember life before a tragedy in Columbine, Colorado where Christian kids were shot because of their faith.
With these changes in mind, we should realize that our programs that worked in the past might not work at the present time or in the future.
But because God does not change, there are things that we can cling to and that we must show others.
People matter to God.
The idea sounds simple enough, but do we live it? Do our programs at church reflect this truth?
Do our checkbooks know that people matter to God, or do they know that fast food matters to us?
If you don’t believe this one truth in your heart, everything else you do in evangelism won’t be for the right reasons and you’d be better off saving your time.