Hot, Hot, Hot (Part 7)

How do you keep your people’s passion for those who are far from God white hot? How can you tell how hot it is? We’re taking some posts to think through those issues. So how you feeling? (Hot, hot, hot).

How hot is your passion for evangelism? How can you raise the stakes in your church? A lot of it is about the battles you’re willing to fight.

When someone says, “Pastor, the music is just too loud.” Do you say, “Sorry, we’ll turn it down a little,” or, “Sorry, but the people we’re trying to reach don’t think it’s too loud.” If someone complains, “Pastor, there are people smoking out in front of the church.” Do you say, “Yeah, isn’t that too bad” or, “Yeah, isn’t that beautiful.” When someone asks, “Why don’t we have Precept bible studies like my friend’s church?” Do you say, “We may offer something like that someday,” or “Then why don’t you go to your friend’s church?” When someone says, “Pastor, why don’t we do just a few hymns?” Do you say, “Yeah, why don’t we?” or “Why don’t you take a flying leap off a …”

People can sense what hills you’re willing to die on. If you aren’t willing to die for evangelism, your people won’t be willing to really live for it…

– featured on