Dear Skycrest Family,

I remember 25 years ago or so, it was popular for Christians to wear a pin with two question marks on it. The pin was meant to spark conversation about two questions: "If you died tonight, do you know for sure that you would go to heaven?" and "If you were standing at the gates of heaven and God asked, 'why should I let you in?' how would you answer?"

The pin-wearer would then dive into a presentation of the gospel using a memorized outline and end by inviting the person to pray to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.

This program, called Evangelism Explosion, was taught by Dr. D. James Kennedy, and was, at its peak, used by over 20,000 churches worldwide. At the turn of the new millennium, though, Evangelism Explosion did a study and found that many people now considered their methods overly confrontational and ineffective. So they re-tooled their approach for a new culture and generation.

Jesus told his followers to "go into the world and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19).

But for many of us, when we think about doing that, we picture a confrontational approach that might alienate the very person we're trying to reach. So often we end up avoiding the topic completely.

Might there be other ways to share our faith that are loving, gracious, and effective in today's world?

This coming Sunday, September 8, we'll start a new series of sermons called "I Know I Should, But..." We'll be exploring those aspects of our Christian faith that we know God calls us to do, but they seem hard, impractical, or unrealistic in today's world. Evangelism will be our first topic, and I'm so looking forward to it!

Join us at 9:45 a.m. Modern or 11:00 a.m. Traditional

Don't forget that our Sunday Morning Groups start their new studies this coming Sunday:

9:00 a.m. Thirty Minutes In The Word (Library, David Janusik)

9:40 a.m. Foundry Class (Room 108, Ron Read)

11:00 a.m. Seekers Group (Library, Pat Siegling and Diane Meyers)

And finally, remember that the following Sunday, September 15, will be ONE COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE at 10:30 a.m. as painting takes place in the Fellowship Hall throughout that week.


Pastor Emily

PS. As we pray for those affected by Hurricane Dorian, remember that umcor.org is always a great place to donate if you want to help!