The Summary of Sermon by Ps. Djohan Handojo at Bethany International Sevice on Sunday, 2 July 2017.
CHALLENGES FOR EVANGELISM
Pastor Djohan recently attended a conference at Wittenburg in Germany where the Reformation started by Martin Luther.
The conference discussed how to bring the Gospel for every person and challenges in sharing it. The gospel brings freedom and transforms life.
In sharing the gospel today, we faced several challenges :-
People do not believe in God. 40% of the people in the Western world become atheist. They do not find God important in their lives.
People look into the world and there is less emphasis of God in the society. In South East Asia, many people still have strong faith in God. We still find Christian schools, many Church services in the malls and hotels.
Today sexual disorder is considered normal and acceptable especially in the western world. The government in America and other western countries legalized the same-sex marriage. Even the schools are teaching it and educate the right to develop love and feelings beyond the gender which is gender disorientation.
James 1: 2-3
- The world is constantly under temptation by the devil. Only the kingdom of God is unshakeable.
We are dealing with self centeredness. People have the tendency to become self centered. Some of us struggle with sin but Jesus is waiting for us to come back when we have gone astray in the world.
2 Corinthians 5: 17-18
- We are the new creation in Christ. It is important for us to walk in Christ every day. God will see us in a different way, God will see Christ who has redeemed us and see us as a new man or new woman in Christ.
When we are still living in the old self, the devil can attack us. When we live as a new man in Christ, the
devil cannot attack us. However, we can live a victorious life because God is in us.
1 Corinthians 6 : 2 - 3
- For us as believers, one day, we will reign and rule with Jesus. We will judge the world and the fallen angels.
Now, the Holy Spirit is in the world but one day the Holy Spirit will be taken away from the world. The world will turn into chaos.
John 6:54- 55
- Whoever eat of my flesh and drink of my blood remains in me, have the salvation and eternal life.