What Jesus Didn’t Do

3 Feb

I got this from Cindy, who got it from Fred via Randy!

Seven things Jesus didn’t do:

  1. Didn’t bring a lost person to decision
  2. He offered forgiveness without confession of sin
  3. Failed to ask about the prospect’s (yuck, hate that word) spiritual background
  4. Didn’t use healing as a bait for decision
  5. Failed to get the prospect (yuck, again) into a Bible (Torah) study
  6. Failed to communicate the urgency of the encounter
  7. Forgot to assign a spiritual person to do follow-up

What are your thoughts?


5 Responses to “What Jesus Didn’t Do”

  1. Fred Peatross February 3, 2008 at 15:16 #

    Hi Cindy,

    I’m not sure who got it from me but it originated from my friend Jim Henderson. He used it in a Doable Evangelism IdeaLab

    Fred @ Abductive Columns

  2. Rick February 3, 2008 at 15:38 #

    Good list – resonating with me this morning as we herd the family into the car for morning services. Sigh.

  3. lynhallewell February 3, 2008 at 16:14 #

    Ah, yes. We’ve done that, got back and survived the morning 😉
    My husband isn’t leading anything today, which is always a blessing as I have help getting my reluctant children out – it’s so sad isn’t it?
    Double whammy next week though as he is preaching and leading worship.

  4. Jeff February 4, 2008 at 05:48 #

    I heard something from an Argentinian named Ed Silvoso that I thought was very insightful. He shared a pattern of evangelism based on his instructions to the Seventy He sent out in Luke 10. Summarized, they are:
    1. Speak peace (i.e., reconciliation) to the “lost” (v.5);
    2. Eat with the “lost” (i.e., fellowship) (v.7);
    3. Pray for their felt needs (i.e., heal) (v.9, also Matt. 10:8);
    4. Declare that the kingdom is near (v. 9).

    Notice that any “preaching” is done AFTER the first three steps are taken. When you come in peace, and are willing to fellowship with people, they are more likely to share their needs with you, etc. Each step builds relationship, until we “earn the right” to speak God’s kingdom into their lives. And you can’t really do this effectively without genuine love, seeing people as people rather than targets.

    Most evangelism we are taught goes exactly opposite of these verses. We preach FIRST, then PRAY, then if they respond well, we FELLOWSHIP, and then we are at PEACE. Everything works against relationship and reconciliation. Talk about putting the cart before the horse.

    I share this because those seven things Jesus didn’t do reminded me of these things He did do, and taught His disciples to do.

  5. Jeff Greathouse February 4, 2008 at 15:32 #

    I liked the list and some comments especially over the last few weeks as I have been listening / reading to some “bible-thumpers” that have the one and only way and scream REPENT as their first words.

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