The following are my notes of Thabiti’s sermon at T4G 2014.
Unashamed is our theme. Stop for a moment and ask if we feel unashamed about our personal evangelism. Is that how we would describe ourselves? Many of us would, but many more would not.
I want to begin by confessing that I am not the greatest evangelist in the world, in this conference, in my church and if I were in a room by myself I would fear I still would not be the greatest evangelist in the room.
I have two evils in my life. First, I do not love the lost like I should. I do not care about them like I should. Second, I came to faith in my late 20s and have a doctrinally light approach to evangelism that our Christian world has taught me to preach.
I wince and shy away from the hard parts of evangelism. The hard parts like repentance. We act like repentance is a footnote to our evanglism. We at times will become ashamed. We downplay sin and hell.
If we get the motive and method and evangelism wrong we will find ourselves betraying the motive and method of heaven. If we see why heaven rejoices at the sinner’s repentance.
Repentance brings happiness to heaven. We see this in Luke 15 and that these three parables of Jesus all make this one point. Continue reading