I have been a church consultant for more than 20 years, and I have never seen a strong Great Commission church without a pastor burdened for his neighbors and the nations.
Simply stated, a congregation-wide DNA of brokenness over lostness usually trickles down from the top. If your longing to get the Gospel to the lost has waned, my goal here is to provide some simple suggestions to re-ignite that passion.
- Admit to God and to someone else where you are. Confession to God is the first step toward change, and accountability with others is a daily reminder of your renewed commitment.
- Ask someone to pray these texts for you: Ephesians 6:19-20 (that you will share the gospel boldly) and Colossians 4:3-4 (that God will open a door and help you speak the gospel clearly). If the apostle Paul needed folks to pray this way for him, surely pastors need this same support today.
- Do a Bible study on “grace.” Frankly, we often lose our passion for the Great Commission because we take grace for granted. Go back to the beginning of your spiritual journey, and let the Word magnify the grace of God again.
- Once a week, take a couple of hours to see your community with God’s eyes. Schedule time to be in your community. Drive around, praying as you go. If you see worship sites for other world faiths, grieve for those who worship false gods. Pray for the children and teens who attend schools you pass, knowing you may be the only person praying for them that day.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Chuck Lawless