Speakers encourage getting serious about sharing Jesus – Kentucky Today
By CHIP HUTCHESON, Kentucky Today
PRINCETON, Ky. (KT) — Six speakers implored church staffs and laypeople to emerge from their comfort zones and be serious about telling people about Jesus.
Speaking at Southside Baptist Church to one of the larger crowds in the 33-year history of the Western Kentucky Evangelism Conference, all six focused on getting the Gospel to Every Home, an initiative embraced by churches in the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
—Kenny Rager, evangelism strategist for the KBC, encouraged people to check their spiritual temperature toward evangelism.
He preached from Matthew 9:9-13, and gave three diagnostic questions for people to ask that would determine if one was cold or on fire about reaching people with the gospel.
He asked, “Do you see the sinner while missing the Savior?” The text referred to the religious leaders who were so focused on the table of sinners, they missed Jesus. He said it is easy for pastors to get weary and depressed about the culture, but they should “not forget that, as long as Christ is on the throne, there is hope for lost people — no matter how desperate things are.”
He then asked, “Do you know the scriptures, but not their significance?” Focusing on verse 12, he asked, “Is your heart in it?” In Jesus’ reply to the Pharisees, Rager said Christians can quote the Great Commission and Acts 1:8, they can have much head knowledge, but it may not be in their hearts. “Your head knowledge and methods and research don’t do it if