Hillsong Conference 2011 – Christine Caine

Christine Caine

Christine Caine, photo by Gospel Flava

Evangelism – Master Class session

Christine Caine, with her strong passion in evangelism to reach the lost, has taken me aback and slapped me in the face.

The church, is all about evangelism. Caine conveyed that there are 4 pillars of church: worship, teaching, discipleship, and evangelism. However, most of Christians believe that evangelism is only for those who have a special calling for the lost souls.

Highly disturbed by the circulating paradigms among Christians, Caine conveyed the 18 myths that evangelism or mission has.

  1. Mission = Institutional
    Suddenly the church has shifted from the definition that “I, Jesus’ follower, am the church” into a “place that we go every Sunday”. We shall not separate the church from the people, for all children of God are the church. That said, the calling to go evangelise is not merely for the ‘church’ (i.e. pastors, ‘higher-order’ Christians) to do. It’s for us.
  2. Mission = Hierarchical
    We are more concerned with the ‘degree’, that those who have’ higher levels’ are the ones who should evangelise. People think they can not preach because they are not in the hierarchy.
  3. Mission = doctrine
    It’s merely the Father’s business, to reach out for those who are lost. While we, Christians, should have lived accordingly to the Bible and keep on increasing our faith and personal development instead of reaching out for those out there. But Christianity is all about relationship, and getting other people to know Jesus.
  4. Mission = programmatical
    It now focuses more on the methods: the visuals and the ‘well-known’ speakers instead of focusing back on Jesus, His love, and His passion for the lost.
  5. Mission = emotional
    It suddenly changes into “Oh, I feel that… I am not capable of doing this,” or “I don’t think that it’s my calling.” Instead, we shall do evangelism by an internal motive – by the spirit of God.
  6. Missional = internal
    Instead of reaching out for others, we invest our resource only on us – focusing on our own church well-being. We spend more time to make our people comfortable instead reaching out to the lost.
  7. Missional = behavioural
    We focus on how we act etc., while the most important thing is first of all a change of the heart.
  8. Missional = mystical
    We begin to make excuses not to fulfill the last commandment.
  9. Missional = affirmational
    We are involved more in humanity issues. We love others. We do humanitarian actions to the poor and needy. But there are no gospel preaching! We do more social justice towards those who need it, but neglect the need of salvation. Remember, there’s a hell, and there’s a heaven.
  10. Missional = judgmental
    We judge people, thinking, “they would not want to listen to religious stuffs,” or “they do not belong to the community, I do not want to talk to them.” Our callings are just to tell the gospel, God will do the rest.
  11. Missional = theoretical
    We study the Bible, we improve our knowledge, but we haven’t won anyone for Jesus. Our knowledge of the Bible studies are much greater than what we have implemented.
  12. Missional = legal
    Mission becomes so ‘structured’ that it does not allow common people like us to be able to ‘contribute’. Once again, we think that it’s the leaders’ responsibilities and not ours.
  13. Missional = occasional
    Sometimes, we share the gospel, the other times, we forgot. We think, ‘well, we do not need to be committed all the time, do we?’
  14. Missional = managable
    We want the ‘managable’ Christians! We don’t want to deal with those unbelievers who are hard to be ‘managed’. We reason, “it’s very hard to talk with those people who do not believe in God!” Here’s the thing: people are living organisms, they are supposed to be ‘not managable’. If this is the case, you are limiting God. Let God be God.
  15. Missional = social
    In the era where people are given the freedom and rights to believe in anything they want to believe, we do not want to offend anyone, especially sharing about our beliefs… Let them have faith in what they believe, and let us have faith in ours…
  16. Missional = proclamational
    We are used to proclaiming things: “We are Christians, and Jesus is the only way,” but we haven’t really done anything. They are just – words.
  17. Missional = structures/building
    “Later, when we grow bigger and we are more structured than now, when we have bigger capacity to accommodate other people…”
    You do not need a ‘building’ to reach for others.
  18. Missional = financial
    The church have more blessings-on-money-and-prosperity teaching. However, the golden rule of Christianity is that God makes us prosper for others to be won. God bless us, so that we can be a blessing for other people.

I remember reading the “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. In there, he told the story of his father dying. Even though his father was in a critical condition and hospitalised, between the point of cognitively aware and not aware, he kept on saying, “save one more for Jesus. Gotta save one more for Jesus.”

What about you? What about me? In all of our riches, wealth, good health, and the leisure of time that we have – are we saying that we gotta save one more for Jesus? Or are we silently buckling our seatbelts while knowing that we have the heavenly life insurance – ignoring others who are struggling to get to their seats?

Does Anybody Hear Her?
Casting Crowns

She is running
A hundred miles an hour in the wrong direction
She is trying
But the canyon’s ever widening
In the depths of her cold heart
So she sets out on another misadventure just to find
She’s another two years older
And she’s three more steps behind

Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see?
Or does anybody even know she’s going down today
Under the shadow of our steeple
With all the lost and lonely people
Searching for the hope that’s tucked away in you and me
Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see?

She is yearning
For shelter and affection
That she never found at home
She is searching
For a hero to ride in
To ride in and save the day
And in walks her prince charming
And he knows just what to say
Momentary lapse of reason
And she gives herself away

Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see?
Or does anybody even know she’s going down today
Under the shadow of our steeple
With all the lost and lonely people
Searching for the hope that’s tucked away in you and me
Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see?

If judgment looms under every steeple
If lofty glances from lofty people
Can’t see past her scarlet letter
And we’ve never even met her

If judgment looms under every steeple
If lofty glances from lofty people
Can’t see past her scarlet letter
And we’ve never even met her

Never even met her
(Never Even Met her)

(OHHHHH)Does anybody hear her? Does anybody see?
Or does anybody even know she’s going down today
Under the shadow of our steeple
With all the lost and lonely people
Searching for the hope that’s tucked away in you and me

Does anybody hear her? (Does anybody hear her?) Does anybody see? (Does anybody See?)
Does anybody even know she’s going down today?
Under the shadow of our steeple (shadow of her steeple)
With all the lost and lonely people (Lost and Lonely people)
Searching for the hope that’s tucked away in you and me
Does anybody hear her? Does anybody see?

She is running a hundred miles an hour in the wrong direction

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