Thursday, December 7, 2017

"I believe, but I'm not following"

Update: I'm going to alternate standard blog posts with stories about sharing the Gospel.  Background: This is another share experience I had with the Human Service Center group visiting the Christian Center:

Jakobe listened to me explain the Good News using the Three Circles. Then I asked: "Where would you say you're at today?"

She told me that she believes in the Gospel, but wasn't currently following God's design for her life.

(I've found this response to be one of the most common in the Peoria area. People understand spiritual things, even specifically Christian beliefs, but are not living their lives according to it.)

The good news about this Good News story is that Jakobe has since joined the Discovery Bible Study I've been leading on Thursdays with this group. I'm praying she learns to follow Jesus!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Training and practice starting spiritual conversations

I'm looking for a few people who would want to join me and initiate spiritual conversations with camper families at the Camp of Champions USA Winter Camp program. We'll do some training on how to do it, and then we'll put it into practice!

There are three time commitments: a 1 hour training and then 2 visits to our the Winter Camp program. Reply or comment if you want more information!

 --- Each blog post = One Gospel Share --- Update:
I'm going to alternate posting a blog and posting about sharing the Gospel.

Monday, December 4, 2017

3 Question Gospel Conversation Guide

This is a video training of a conversation guide that has been super-helpful to me as I seek to initiate Gospel Conversations.  View on Youtube here:

--- Each blog post = One Gospel Share

This is one of several times I've shared the Good News with a group of people that are at the Christian Center bowling alley. They come with the Human Service Center every Tuesday and Thursday. It's been amazing to see God turn a regular visit with them into Discovery Bible Studies (and hopefully more!).

On this specific day I was sharing with Nick. I was explaining that after Jesus died on the cross he rose again and he immediately cut me off: "No he didn't."  He either hadn't heard or couldn't fathom that someone could come back to life. I still see Nick weekly so pray for him to understand the Good News and then turn and believe in Jesus.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Other Half

It's been awhile so let's reset this:

  • There are over 350,000 people in the Tri-County area of central Illinois.
  • At least 250,000 of them do not know Jesus as their personal savior.

Here's something else you need to know:

  • According to one research study, 47% (read: half) of people in America will visit a church if invited by a friend or family member. 
  • Simple math tells us that 53% (again, read: half) would not go to church even if invited by a friend or family member.

If we apply those numbers here, that's 125,000 people that are not interested in going to a traditional church. I think if we counted it, way more than 50% of our evangelism efforts involve trying to get people to our buildings. Those efforts are fine in their own way. I'm simply asking...

How are we going to reach the other half?

Each blog post = One Gospel Share  (I prayed and fretted all summer for this one!)

Throughout this last summer at Camp of Champions USA I felt a stronger and stronger conviction that I should seek to directly share the Good News with the parents and families of the kids that attend. Sadly, it took until August before I had the boldness, combined with the time needed, to move a conversation to that point. The grandma that I shared with (she was the campers' guardian) really appreciated it. She said that she was a Christian and believed in Jesus dying for her sins, but just "didn't go to church."  (That's probably a blog post for another time.)