At our Epic Evangelism Workshop last weekend, I challenged everyone to ask themselves a question: what would happen if everything you did in small groups revolved around a pre-determination to only know Christ crucified? Read this from 1 Corinthians 2:1-5.
And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I was determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.
Paul led humbly. He did not come to share the gospel with the Corinthians as a superior orator or intellectual. We do that a lot. We teach or share the gospel as if we were world renowned theologians when what those we talk to need to hear Christ crucified and nothing more. Paul came to the Corinthians in weakness, fear, and trembling. Look at the task he had! He came to bring good news to a people who had never heard it before. We have the same gospel to share with others. This is a weighty task and should be approached humbly.
So Paul planned evangelistically. He made up his mind that although he could debate with the best of them he would endeavor to know nothing among the Corinthians other than Christ crucified. Christ crucified was all they needed, and its all we need.
Paul’s goal was to see God change lives. Is this your goal? We should not want people’s faith resting on our eloquence or persuasiveness, but on the power of God. If someone placed their faith in my persuasive abilities, they'd go to hell. People need to place their faith in the power of God, and Romans 1:16 says, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation.” So a faith resting on the power of God is a faith resting on the gospel of the death of Jesus on our behalf: Christ crucified.
If everything we did in small groups revolved around a predetermination to only know Christ crucified, every lesson we taught would share the gospel. We wouldn’t seek life change by our words, but by the gospel which is the power of God unto salvation. Socials would be outreach events. We wouldn’t seek church growth by prospects, but by friends who joined us during socials. Service opportunities wouldn’t be motivated by guilt, but would be opportunities to live out the gospel motivated by the gospel. So teachers, let me encourage you to teach the text and find the straightest line from it to the cross every week. C.H. Surgeon did this. Coordinators, let me encourage you to mobilize your small groups for service and socials, determining in advance to know Christ and Him crucified as a result. God will change lives if you do!
I follow Christ. I have a beautiful wife Megan and three wonderful children, Harrisen, Rebekah, and Carter. I am a candidate for a Ph.D. in ethics from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, have an M.Div. from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and a JD from the University of Arkansas, am licensed to practice law in several state and federal courts, and live in Rogers, Arkansas. I write a blog and produce a podcast. And I do it all that others may know Christ.