Recruiting in college athletics is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year task that involves seeking out talent, assessing skills, and evaluating character. Athletic programs live or die by it.
The church has been given a task similar to recruiting. We are called to evangelize, sharing the gospel with the lost in hopes they will come to Christ. Evangelism is not optional for the church any more than recruiting is optional for a college coach.
At first glance, the call to evangelize may seem overwhelming. Just look at the description of unbelievers in Romans 3:10-11 to understand our mission field:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.”
Over the past twenty years, the term seeker has been used to describe people in search of God. However, the description Romans 3:10-11 paints of unbelievers leaves little room for the term “seeker.” Verse 11 even states that “no one seeks for God.”
That’s why I believe we need to rethink and redefine what we mean by “seeker.” I’m not anti-seeker (just keep reading). But I do believe we need some major clarifications. Every Great Commission church must be able to answer the following questions biblically:
- What is God doing in the world (i.e. the mission of God)?
- What is the church’s role in God’s mission?
- How should the church perform its role?
In a series of posts we will attempt to answer those questions and clarify a biblical approach to “seekers.”
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