I’m on a break at work, so this can’t be very thorough. But two things hit me yesterday, both coinciding with classes I’m taking.
First, for my Personal Evangelism class, Dr. Timothy Beougher was expounding the syllabus and basically giving an overview of the course. Something he said struck me, in that “Duh!” sort of way. When we share the Gospel to others on a personal level, we must end with call for a response — asking, “Will you turn from your sins and trust in Christ as your only Savior?” Of course, I know this. But often in the past I have functionally missed this part. I have often let whoever I am talking to off the hook, and have not confronted them with this decision. The final piece has been missing.
Second, for my preaching class, I was reading about the importance of application. I realized that again I have missed this too often in my own devotional time with the Lord. Studying the facts of the event and doctrine are important, but they cannot be the final step. The Scripture is intensely personal. It must be. And this final piece, again, all too often has been missing.