Jason C. Stanley

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YouTubevotional: Sharing Our Faith

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Introduction

Evangelism has become a dirty word. So dirty that some Christians dare not speak of the “e-word.”

Too often when we think of evangelism, we concur up images of standing on the street corner handing out tracts, street preaching, yelling at passer-bys, or aggressively converting people to our way of being Christian. Personal space and experiences are not typically respected. Unfortunately, these kinds of things do not always represent the saving love of Jesus Christ.

Yet, at the same time, mainline churches have been in a state of decline. We look out at the empty pews and wonder, “How will we fill these pews?” We know we should invite people to church. We know we should be engaging our community. We know we should be doing more. But what? How?

The following video presents a few ways not to.

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Dry Bones

Read Ezekiel 37:1-14.

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Mortal, can these bones live?

These bones that are dried up
    Done.
    Finished.
    Terminated.

These bones that are worn out
    Battered.
    Run-down.
    Falling apart.

Mortal, can these bones live?

These bones where hope has perished
    Crumbled.
    Succumbed.
    Disappeared.

These bones that love-less
    Forsaken.
    Abandoned.
    Rejected.

Mortal, can these bones live?

Breathe on us, O Breath of God.
Your breath is the life giving breath of
    Adam and Eve
    Abraham and Sarah
    Jacob and Rachel

Breathe on us, O Breath of God.
For You are the only one who can give life.
    Oxygen.
    Wind.
    Spirit.

Breathe on us, O Breath of god
And give these mortal bones life.

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