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The 30-Day Challenge May 30, 2016

Posted by stevekerp in Uncategorized.
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The 30-day challenge is based on a mathematical model that demonstrates it is possible for a culture that is only 3% Christian to be substantially evangelized in about 30 days.  All that is necessary is for each of those Christians to present the gospel to one unsaved person every day.  This can be done without major expense, without special training, and without significant alteration to the daily routine.

The math is simple.  For each three Christians there are 97 non-Christians.  This is 32 unbelievers for each Christian.  With no redundancy, and sharing the gospel with just one person a day, it would take 32 days. Significantly, you see at least one unsaved person every day as you go about your normal routine.  The grocery check-out girl – the man near you who is refueling his car while you refuel yours – the man on the street with a cardboard sign – or maybe even the person standing next to you in church!

The point of the Challenge is not evangelistic results, however.  Rather, it is OBEDIENCE.  Do you love Jesus Christ enough to obey Him just a teeny-tiny bit, every day, for just a month?  Is the God you claim to serve worthy of your loving obedience?

Obviously, in any culture – and especially one such as the United States – the majority of the population has already heard at least something about Jesus Christ.  Many have heard the gospel and have rejected it.  But the influence of the proclamation of the gospel tends toward the preservation of the culture.  We are called to be salt, and salt that becomes savorless is unfit for anything.

Obedience to the commands of Christ is not for the “professional” Christian.  It is for each of us.  The message from Jesus Himself is “if you love Me, keep My commandments.”  (John 14:15)  Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 15:22 that if anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed.  The link between love and obedience is unavoidable.

None of this is new, of course.  Probably, sermons have been preached, books have been written, DVD’s have been produced and sold, seminars and conferences have been well attended.  We all KNOW this stuff.  The question remains:  if we know the commands of Christ, will we obey them?  Or are we so delusional that we think Jesus will reward us for our disobedience?

That’s the challenge.  Don’t just think, “yes, I should do it.”  DO IT!  Write a brief gospel message on a sheet of paper, make 30 copies, and give one a day to someone.

My friend Dr. Dave wrote:

If only we could get the actual Christians in America to share the Gospel consistently, it would shake the country up.  Even the media would be dominated by the issue of all these Christians ‘getting in your face’ . . . even if most of that witnessing is gracious.

I don’t think guilt is an effective motivator.  Nor do I think we should be persuading people to “do Christianity” as an extra assignment or activity.  Rather, I would hope that true believers would simply love Jesus Christ, and would demonstrate with their lives that He is worthy of love, obedience, sacrifice, and anything else.  The 30-day challenge points out that there really are no obstacles to actually living out Christianity.  It’s not an additional burden on time or resources or anything else.  It’s really answering the question, “Do you love Him?”

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