Thursday, February 22, 2018

Church Matters

Many of the people I know who are far from God fit into the "used to be near to God" category.  They formerly had a close relationship with God, or at least seemed to, and now they don't.

I was sharing the Gospel with one of them recently. It was sad to hear him admit that he used to believe but now he had fallen "back into brokenness". (We're now doing a Discovery Bible Study. Pray that God's word speaks to him!)

The thought hit me: Community matters. It is important to have people around you that will challenge you, help you, and keep you focused on Jesus.

What do we call a community of people following Jesus together?  We call it a church. It can be big or small, formal or informal, meet in a building or out on a lawn.

Whatever it looks like, church matters.

(For the record, you can also go to a building every Sunday and not be a part of a church. Attendance does not equal community.)

I've probably stepped on enough toes. See you next time.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Training Church- Are you in?

We're praying and seeking a team to bring Jesus to the lost in Pekin. Would you be interested in joining us?

We're hoping to find a small team that can commit to a few things for a year:
  • Step back from the normal weekly church commitments (with the blessing of your current church.)
  • Meet twice each week as a team.
    • First: Each week, gather as a church: Bible study, fellowship, communion, training. This would probably be in a home. The point would be to function as a simple church.
    • Second: Each week, go together to engage the lost. We'd choose an area or neighborhood and meet people, start spiritual conversations and share the Gospel.
Are you interested? Reply or comment to let us know. We'd love to talk more in depth about it!

Each blog post = one gospel share: I took advantage of some downtime at COCUSA's Winter Camp to share the Gospel with a camper.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Leave the veil

We've let an attractional model of ministry slip into everything we do.

What do I mean by that? We spend most of our time and energy figuring out how to get a lost person TO a physical place.

The problem is that we spend barely any time and energy on getting the Good News to those same people. We think if we get them in the door we've won.

Here's an idea, and it's not mine. Lead with a spiritual conversation. Lead with the Gospel.

We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.  - 2 Corinthians 4:2-3

Don't veil the gospel today. Lead with it.

Each blog post is a Gospel story: As part of a Discovery Bible Study at the Christian Center I shared the Gospel with Debbie & Jerry.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Where do you think I am?

Here's one of the most surprising things I've found as I've sought to share the Gospel more:

People are way more open to conversations about spiritual things then we assume.

I've only met Roberto once. He was outside the Christian Center bowling alley. But I struck up a conversation using the Three Questions as a guide.

When I was able to share the Three Circles with him, it actually became a conversation. Not me preaching, but a conversation about the truth of the Gospel.

After we discussed where he saw himself (near to God and seeking to follow him or far from God and in brokenness), he turned the tables and asked "Where do you think I am at?"

I had to be honest that I didn't know, but I invited him to join the Bible study we would be doing.

Who should you start a spiritual conversation with today?