Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Day 22 Report

Tracking Day 22*
Teammates: 2
Places: Peoria
Engaged: 10
Prayed For: 6
Gospel Shares: 6
Yellow Light - Scheduled Follow Up: 2
Green Light (New Believer):
Christian: 3
Scheduled Training or Discipleship: 2

*This was a combination of a few harvest times.

The COOLEST thing ever was a teammate I had taken into the harvest on Days 8 and Day 17 ran his own harvest time between Day 17 and now!  He casually let me know he took 3 people out to share the Gospel and had 2 follow-up appointments from it. I hadn't asked him to, told him to, or anything.

Also with that same teammate I had a crazy follow up visit. Seriously crazy. The two guys in the house were not the guy we had met before. It ended when a van pulled up with people yelling in it... but we mostly got the Gospel out, so we'll pray for a longer, smoother conversation when we return.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Day 21 Report: Aurora

Tracking Day 21
Teammates: 8
Places: Aurora IL
Engaged: 44
Prayed For: 24
Gospel Shares: 15
Yellow Light - Scheduled Follow Up: 13
Green Light (New Believer):
Christian: 7
Scheduled Training or Discipleship: 1 (Trained on the Spot = 6!)

This was a fun day!

We gathered with a small team of laborers in Aurora IL and hit the harvest in some fearsome heat for about 3 hours. The best part was a large list of follow ups that the local pastor will be pursuing.

One team we sent out met a young man and clearly shared the Gospel with him. He was actually the son of a member at the church we were sent out from. While he had never shown interest in spiritual things before, this intentional harvest focus led to a great conversation and opportunity to follow up.

Another team went door-to-door and see a bunch of fruit from it! At one house they asked if they could bless the house before they left, and the mother proceeded to get everyone out on the front porch to be a part of it!

Finally, one teammate had never seen an offer of prayer as a way to start spiritual conversations. He was totally sold after watching it firsthand. This man was already an evangelist but it was great to give him another tool for his ministry tool belt.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Day 20: Simple Conversations

Tracking Day 20
Places: Pekin, Peoria
Engaged: 10
Prayed For: 3
Gospel Shares: 5
Yellow Light - Scheduled Follow Up: 2
Green Light (New Believer):
Christian: 2
Scheduled Training or Discipleship: 1

What impressed me about today is that people are willing to have spiritual conversations, willing to hear the Gospel, willing to consider what the Bible means for them....

But often our programs and structures don't allow those to happen. I understand the tension after running a day-camp program for years, but the challenge in front of the church is: Will you share the Gospel with people and be willing to answer their questions? Or will you put on another program, that while potentially helpful, doesn't move people towards faith in Jesus?

Case in point: A lady at a homeless shelter responded to my simple offer of prayer. It led to a 15-20 minute conversation, that included the Gospel and a simple story to illustrate Jesus' love for everyone. She had plenty of Christian background, so nothing was brand new to her. But at the same time, no one had heard her express that she can't read the Bible because she doesn't have one at her reading level. So I set her up with a Bible app on her phone and pointed it to an easy to read version. She even claimed she was going to start reading.  Maybe she will and maybe she won't, but the chance of her reading the Bible on her own is much higher after that short conversation.

Three Responses to the Gospel with Matt Altizer

Anytime you (attempt to) share the Gospel, people will respond in one of three ways. It helps to know what to do with each response.

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Show Notes:
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