Category Archives: witnessing

If Most Everyone Will Have Eternal Life with God Anyway, then Why Do We Need to Share the Good News of Jesus?

Recently we discussed whether those who have not heard the good news or who even follow other religions might receive eternal life and live in God’s community after death—even if they never became followers of Jesus during this lifetime. My … Continue reading

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Has Some Believers’ Focus on ‘Getting Saved’ Replaced Jesus’ Message of the Good News?

When we are attracted to Jesus and want to follow him, how do we go about doing that? Many believers would answer, “Get saved by responding to a salvation presentation and praying some form of the sinner’s prayer admitting you … Continue reading

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“If There’s No Hell then I Will Sin All I Want!”

One day I spoke with an elderly believer who was a fundamentalist all her life, and the issue of hell came up in such a way that I shared with her that I didn’t believe eternal punishment in burning hell … Continue reading

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We are Agents for Expanding God’s Kingdom on Earth

The first three elements of the Good News of Jesus are so wonderful that almost anyone can embrace them: God is not Angry and Harsh with Us as Many of Us Thought God’s Love for Us Takes Away Our Fear, … Continue reading

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How I Ruined My Witness Coat

What a wonderful coat! I was walking through a little store a few blocks from campus when I saw it. A Tennessee winter was approaching and I really needed a coat; the one on the rack was denim, and it … Continue reading

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Creating Disciples

I was in college in the mid-70s when an extreme discipleship program reached out and touched me. It was the Shepherding Movement that began with a group of six prominent Charismatic pastors. These pastors developed a system of accountability that … Continue reading

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What is the Good News of Jesus?

In the New Testament are four books that tell about the life and message of Jesus. They are called the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The word ‘gospel’ simply means good news (εὐαγγέλιον)—the good news of Jesus. The English … Continue reading

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