The New Year provides us with a great time to reflect on the past events of 2014 and to look forward to all of the gospel opportunities of 2015. One thing we can do to analyze the past and anticipate the future is to ask ourselves some questions. This will help us learn from our past actions and motivate us for future change. Asking thought-provoking, reflective questions is not intended to produce guilt or shame, but to help us see how we have grown spiritually, and to see how we can practically improve in the New Year.
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Consider the following questions regarding your evangelism in 2014, and how you can grow in 2015:
Sharing the Gospel
- How many people have you intentionally shared the gospel with this year? How are you planning on improving that?
- Think of 5 people you can share the gospel with in 2015.
Being a Witness
- In what area of life did you find it most difficult to be a witness for Christ (school, home, work, friends, online, etc.)?
- How can you focus on these areas better this year?
Praying for Salvation
- Whose salvation did you pray for the most this year?
- Whose salvation will you intentionally pray for in 2015?
Defending Your Faith
- In what way was your faith challenged? Were there questions from non-believers that you could not answer? Did you struggle with doubts?
- What steps can you take to grow in your knowledge of Christianity?
Inviting to Church
- How many people did you invite to church? How many did you actually bring with you?
- Who are some people that you will bring to church with you in 2015?
As everyone determines New Year’s resolutions for 2015, consider how you can become more effective in evangelism. Let’s learn from our past and get motivated for the future. What if we were all resolved to share and show the gospel in 2015? We may just have an Uprising!
To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 1:11-12).