Saturday, December 22, 2018

Which bread are you handing out?

A friend joined me for the December 21 training and sharing.

The second group we talked to was a couple that had just lost a family member. They really appreciated the prayer. They listened to the Gospel and acknowledged they were broken and without Jesus. While they were not ready to turn and believe, they did seem open to meeting in the future to learn more about Jesus. 

I'm so glad God set us up to meet them, pray for them, and share the Gospel with them. I'm praying they are comforted by Jesus during this difficult time and that we can cross paths again with them to point them to Jesus.  But let me rant a little bit about something:

This couple bounces to all of the free meals in town. They talked us through every church they hit up for free meals and food pantries (at least half a dozen through a given month.) 

Despite all of these visits, they had never heard the Gospel before. Never. In fact, they said that they rarely have anyone even engage them in a conversation.

The day before we met them they had been at a meal provided by a church. They were hurting and open to conversation just like when we met them, but all they got was food.

Jesus modeled caring for people by bringing the Good News with physical help:
Matthew 4:23 "Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
Luke 10:9 "Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.'

Taking care of a physical need should be our excuse to share the Gospel, not the end in itself. 

Why are we giving people bread without sharing Jesus, the bread of life (John 6:48-51)? 

/rant

Thursday, December 13, 2018

How does a local church embrace the Great Commission?

(There's more than one correct answer to this question. I'd love to hear your church's answer.)

If half of the people that are far from God won't go to a church building or service, how do we share the Gospel with them?  We take it to them.

I'm excited that my home church (Pekin Bible) is launching a 5th Sunday outreach to bring the Gospel to the lost. Every 5th Sunday we'll be training a group, sending them out with our prayers, and receiving them back to report on what God did.  (It sounds a little like Acts 14:27 if you ask me.)

If you want to see what this looks like firsthand, you can join us. The next time is Sunday December 30, 930-Noon.

Let me know!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Just because you didn't get the answer you wanted

Just because you didn't get the answer you wanted...

doesn't mean you asked the wrong question.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Three Circles Training (with Harvest) - December 21

Join me December 21 in Pekin.

From 10-11am we'll learn how to share the Gospel, how to start a spiritual conversations, and what to do with potential responses.
Then from 11am-1230pm we'll go practice what we learned in real life with real people.

Last time we did this we shared the Gospel with 5 different people. One of them was a junior high student. For the first time he seemed to understand that trusting in Jesus is what can save him from sin, not his good works. If you join us maybe you can meet him as we continue the conversation.

Let me know if you are interested and I'll get you specific details.