Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Brutal Facts

The brutal facts are simple to state. There are 250,000 lost people in the tri-county Peoria area.

Two hundred fifty thousand.

Wow.

A few surprising numbers within that big number:
  • 19,000 Muslims live in Peoria
  • Over 150,000 people (nearly half of the population!) have zero faith, religious adherence, etc.
  • Nationally, 60% of people that say they are Christian would also say they do NOT have a belief in Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.
Brutal huh?

I think we need to pray more, share Jesus more, and make better disciples.

250,000 people. Odds are you'll be with one of them today. What's your plan then?

(Here's a spreadsheet I put together to compile these numbers.)

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Coming outside after work one day there were a couple of kids playing basketball at the hoop in the parking lot. Starting a conversation wasn't too hard as the NBA finals had just passed. I've found the "How can I pray for you?" question to be a difficult one for kids to answer, but I eventually got to share the Gospel with the two boys. They didn't necessarily give a response either way.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Training Opportunity: Calling all Pekin High School Students

Pekin High School Late Starts: Get equipped to make disciples who make disciples AND learn to equip others yourself. Learn simple, biblical and effective tools for vision casting, evangelism and discipleship.  We'll be meeting every Pekin Late Start day, 8-9:15AM. The first one is Wednesday September 6th and we'll be meeting at Grace United Methodist Church (601 N 4th St). Hope to see you there!

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Each blog post = One Gospel Share

Just Cross the Street
Mid summer I was brave enough to cross my street and strike up a conversation with three guys hanging out.  They didn't even realize I was there neighbor.  (And I try to be such a good witness while I'm doing yard work!! ;)

But really, I ended up having a long conversation, mainly with one guy named Richard. I asked how I could pray for him, which led us to a spiritual conversation about his beliefs. I was able to share the Gospel with him. He was familiar with it because of his family background, but not a Christian or ready to become one. I've been praying for a future opportunity to ask him about a discovery Bible study.  Or maybe I just need to cross the street again.

Friday, September 1, 2017

What does #NoPlaceLeft mean?

In Romans 15:23 Pauls says that he has "finished my work in these regions."  Really? No more work? Everyone is a follower of Jesus?

Probably not. A few verses earlier he lets us know that his goal is "preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard." He had shared the Gospel and left local believers to reach their region in depth. (Check out Acts 6:7 & 19:10 for two times this happened.)

I don't think Paul would stick around here to share the Gospel. He would challenge the believers here to reach this area in depth and then move on. He wouldn't have work to do in these regions...

But we do.  There are enough followers of Jesus to reach this entire area in a few years. If you didn't look at Acts 6:7 & 19:10 yet, now's a good time.

Sharing the gospel and multiplying disciples and churches until there's #NoPlaceLeft.

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Each blog post = One Gospel Share
I'll post stories about those experiences here.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

411 Training on Making Disciples

So here's my story...

I'm not exaggerating when I say that I've shared the Good News more in the last 5 months than I had in the previous 5 years.

I would hide behind thoughts like: "I'm in a ministry and church that share the Gospel." or "I need to wait for the right moment." (It never came) or "They'll hear it at this program/service." or "I don't know them well enough yet."

Those are all true to a certain extent, but none of them change the fact that Jesus tells his followers to Make Disciples everywhere they go.

In the last 5 months I've shared the Good News with dozens of people and initiated spiritual conversations with more.  What changed?

Simple this: Training and practice build confidence.

It started with a simple tool I found as I was putting together Camp's junior high program.  I learned it well enough to train it, and even more importantly, I implemented it in my own life. 

It's called the 411: 4 Questions on 1 piece of paper in 1 hour.
1) Why should we make disciples? (It's our identity.)
2) Who should we seek to disciple? (It starts with those around us.)
3) What do we say? (It starts with the Gospel.)
4) When do we do it? (We set some goals.)

You can Google "411 Making Disciples" and find the training for yourself.  It will be better if you do it with a group.  Let's try for better.

Let me know if you're interested.