Filed under: Evangelism
by: Travis Maples
“soul winners, try after sermons to talk to strangers. The preacher may have missed the mark, but you need not miss it. Or the preacher may have struck the mark, and you can help to make the impression deeper by a kind word. I recollect several persons joining the church who traced their conversion to the ministry in the Surrey Music Hall, but who said it was not that alone, but another agency cooperating with it. They were fresh from the country, and some good man — I think he is in heaven now– met them at the gate, spoke to them, said he hoped they had enjoyed what they had heard, listened to their answer, asked them if they were coming in the evening, and said he would be glad if they would drop into his house to tea. They did, and he had a word with them about the Master. The next Sunday it was the same. At last, those whom the messages had not much impressed were brought to hear with other ears, till by-and-by, through the good old man’s persuasive words and the good Lord’s gracious work, they were converted to God.”(The Soul Winner, P. 228)
I mean they are in our church, they did respond to an invite from someone, they stayed through worship, even though the person two rows up was dancing around, they sat through an hour sermon where the gospel was preached, you know God’s word won’t return void, and conversion is up to the Holy Spirit. I think it’s safe to say that God may be at work in their lives if they’re not already Christians. It’s a softball! Let’s knock it out of the park. Let’s introduce ourselves to a stranger this Sunday and say “Hey I’m Pete! I’ve never met you before. What’s your name?” “Well Joe…have you ever heard a message like that before?” “How does it sit with you?” “Why don’t you come on over to our place for tea & crumpets.” Or whatever it is you eat at your place.
4 Things may happen:
- They may not be a Christian, and you just had an opportunity to talk with them about the King and they become Christians.
- They may not be Christians and they blow you off. But they’ll blow you off cordially since you’re in church in the Bible belt.
- They’re Christians and you get to have some good fellowship with them as the message sinks deeper in your soul the more you interact with it.
- They’re already members, and you’ll give’em a good laugh when they tell you they’ve been apart of the church for 10 years longer than you have, and it will encourage them even more that they decided to be members of a church that loves people practically.
Filed under: News
– I about died when I watched this video.
Filed under: Media
by Mike Plewniak
So, I just linked some good articles on Boundless. I’ve just discovered a wealth of material on their website that is directed towards college students. Check it out:
– A homepage of article categories including college, being single, career, sex, entertainment, politics, etc…
– The section on college includes articles about: facing hostile professors, choosing a major, campus culture, and many more.
Filed under: Roles and Relationships
by Mike Plewniak
Here are some highlights:
“Perhaps the greatest inhibition to deep friendships among men is this scary “I” word: intimacy. What man doesn’t get slightly clammy and light-headed at the mention of the word — especially when the object of intimacy is another man! The word itself has been so associated with femininity that it seems to be the direct opposite of manliness or masculinity. And yet, the Scriptures hold out plentiful examples of deep friendship between men without even the hint of the feminization of men. In other words, the problem with intimacy between men is in our heads, not rooted in reality.”
“Friends share the meaningful. They take the courageous risk of becoming transparent, sharing burdens, hopes, joys, fears, failures, triumphs, questions, and resolutions.”
“Friendship either powerfully strengthens or corrupts our worship of God. So godliness in our deep friendships is essential.”
And finally, here are some application questions at the end of the article:
“1. Is this person God’s friend? (James 2:23)
2. Can I share meaningful things with this person?
3. Is my unwillingness to share connected with a character fault in the other or in myself (fear, distrust, etc)?
4. Am I being too passive in the cultivation of meaningful friendships? If so, how will I change this pattern of behavior?
5. Am I making myself available to other men for godly friendship?”
P.S. There is also a great article on Lust and the Disintegrating Power of Evil. Warning: This article is not for the faint-hearted.
Filed under: Uncategorized
I know I am supposed to post silly, random things, but I thought I’d do something different this week.
I am an ungrateful person. Normally what my mind focuses on and what comes out of my mouth are what I don’t have, complaints, discontent, and “if only…” statements. What this reveals about my heart is that I believe I deserve certain things from God. WRONG!
What’s the truth?
I was in Charlotte, NC about a month ago and Joe Lechner was preaching on covetousness. He made the point that EVERYTHING that we experience that isn’t Hell is mercy from God. I don’t deserve the shirt I am wearing, the house I live in, the food I eat (as nasty as it can be), the friends I have, the pillow case on my pillow, my pillow, my bed, my room, my toothpaste, the church I am a part of, the fact that I can get a 2 for 1 deal on Degree deodorant at Wal-Mart right now, the ability to talk, walk, run, and the list goes on and on. I take all of these things for granted! God is not obligated in the slightest to give any of these things to the people He has created. Add to that the fact that all of us (as Gene Emerson put it at church this past Sunday) came into the world waving our fists in defiance at our Creator with our sin?! What mercy!!! God ran after us, grabbed us, set His love on us in Christ even when we were far off, dead in our sin! That gets me pretty pumped!
How can we cultivate change in our hearts? 3 Suggestions:
1. Review the Gospel as soon as you get up in the morning and throughout the day. I like going over 2 Corinthians 5:21.
2. Think through your life as a whole or go through the day’s activities and thank God specifically for everything that isn’t Hell in your life. (That means everything!) This should give you plenty to pray about! Something that has really served me lately is to spend a majority of my time in prayer just thanking God for different stuff. Sometimes I never move on to supplication. Usually after thanking God I start ascribing glory to Him and worshiping Him.
3. Bring Suggestion 2 back to the Gospel and realize that all you have, you have because of Christ! Meditate on verses like Romans 8:32. God has given us the most amazing gift in giving us His Son, Jesus Christ, and Christ is the source of all good gifts.
What about you?
To help us help each other see things to be thankful for; what are things that you tend to take for granted? What passages do you like to think about throughout the day to keep your eyes fixed on the cross of Christ? What about quotes about the Gospel that stir your thankfulness to God? Any other thoughts to add?
Filed under: News
– MORON of the week: Thief’s fake leg falls off in escape
– Check out this guys years of arduous work to bring you computerized Blue Blocker sunglasses.
– For the lazy guy on the toilet this invention is just for you.
– Whats going on in Africa? Why don’t we see this more in the headlines?