Evangelism

Our community is growing…

Our community is growing. If you’ve driven around the north end of Cambridge with your eyes open – hopefully you do that – or read the Cambridge Times recently, that’s an obvious fact. read more

Trick or Retreat? (Round 3)

 

For a few years we’ve been using Halloween as best as possible to engage people who, more or less uninvited, walk down our driveway and knock on our front door. Not too late to make preparations on how you spend October 31st this year. This all started from reading a fantastic article about Halloween by David Mathis three years ago, after Halloween.  It’s way better than this one so you might want to just go read it instead.  Afterwards I realized I’d missed an opportunity.  The reason?  One night each year the community comes out of their homes, into the streets, and walks right up to you front door.  Uninvited.  It’s fantastic! The question: how will they be greeted when they get there? read more

Facing a Task Unfinished

A couple of months ago we sang the song “Facing a Task Unfinished” as part of an initiative of Keith and Kristyn Getty. On Sunday, February 21st, an estimated 1.1 million believers sang this hymn in over 100 different countries. Some of the congregations submitted video footage. Check out the video below!

Facing a task unfinished
That drives us to our knees
A need that, undiminished
Rebukes our slothful ease
We, who rejoice to know Thee
Renew before Thy throne
The solemn pledge we owe Thee
To go and make Thee known

Where other lords beside Thee
Hold their unhindered sway
Where forces that defied Thee
Defy Thee still today
With none to heed their crying
For life, and love, and light
Unnumbered souls are dying
And pass into the night

We go to all the world
With kingdom hope unfurled
No other name has power to save
But Jesus Christ The Lord

We bear the torch that flaming
Fell from the hands of those
Who gave their lives proclaiming
That Jesus died and rose
Ours is the same commission
The same glad message ours
Fired by the same ambition
To Thee we yield our powers

We go to all the world
With kingdom hope unfurled
No other name has power to save
But Jesus Christ The Lord

O Father who sustained them
O Spirit who inspired
Saviour, whose love constrained them
To toil with zeal untired
From cowardice defend us
From lethargy awake!
Forth on Thine errands send us
To labour for Thy sake

We go to all the world
With kingdom hope unfurled
No other name has power to save
But Jesus Christ The Lord

We go to all the world
His kingdom hope unfurled
No other name has power to save
But Jesus Christ The Lord

Back to School

Tomorrow morning I’m heading back into the classroom for the first time since graduating from Bible college in 2009 and I cannot wait. Last year we applied on behalf of the church to a graduate certificate being offered for the first time at Heritage Seminary, the Graduate Certificate in Church Health and Evangelism. You can watch the short video below to hear president Rick Reed talk about the program. You can also read more about the program on the Heritage website.

Having been accepted to the program, over the course of the next 15 months I’ll be in the classroom five different times, and outside of these times focusing on assignments and projects that have a direct bearing on our local church and surrounding community. The thought of learning and being able to immediately and directly apply what is being taught is incredibly appealing. Being able to bring others along for the ride is a wise component and will strengthen our church in multiple ways. Getting a foot in the door of a Masters degree is also a wonderful asset.

The program begins tomorrow with The Disciple Making Church. Here’s a brief description:

There is a lot of talk about making disciples in church leadership circles but what does that really mean? The typical church may do a good job at building believers but struggle with what it means to equip workers. Even more difficult is developing strategies to reach the lost. If conversion is a key marker of health then many of our churches are failing badly. How do you, as a leader, create an environment conducive to making disciples? Furthermore, because the life of a church is full, gauging how well your church is doing is like checking the oil on a speeding car: it is difficult to gauge the health of something as organic as a church. This course will assist leaders in bringing clarity to the discipleship process and help us to do what Jesus asked us to do—seek the lost, build believers and equip workers. This course will also focus on methods of measuring church health in authentic ways that do not rely on business models nor turn the church into a corporate enterprise.

I’ll be in class all day Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and I’m delighted to have Pastor Caleb join me. Originally, Wes Bright was all in for joining us too, but due to a family situation is no longer able. His involvement in our Awana program, high school youth ministry, and his unashamed approach to sharing the gospel with co-workers and peers make him a man we want to invest in as a church. At some point in the future we’ll plan to do just that. Instead, this time around, one of our life group leaders, Betty-Anne, is able to attend last minute. Discipleship is one of her passions making this a great fit.

One emphasis of those who have developed the program, and the main reason for writing this, is for the purpose of prayer. In the application process they have asked the church to commit to asking the Lord to work in and through what is being taught, being convinced with the psalmist, “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it are labouring in vain.” Pastor Caleb has already communicated with Life Group leaders about the program to ask for prayer, and we’ll keep you updated on what’s happening, when it’s happening, and who the other churches are that are involved.

Would you labour with us in prayer so that together, as the Spirit leads, we would see people forever transformed as we seek to walk worthy of the gospel as a church?

Evangelism Stories – Part 4

A story of one woman’s faithfulness in sharing the gospel with a friend…for over 25 years.  And she is still continuing.

 

Sermon Crumbs – 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Unfortunately there wasn’t time to share this great story from Thabiti Anyabwile, which he recounts in his book The Gospel for Muslisms.  Here’s just another demonstration of human weakness and God’s power.  Yes we may be afraid and tremble much.  Inside we may want to crawl into a corner and hide.  But to the outside observer, witnessing God’s power, there’s quite a difference.  Here’s what he writes: read more

Trick or Retreat? (Round 2)

Here’s a minimally updated post from last year for your consideration this time around…

Two years ago, after the fact, I read a fantastic article about Halloween by David Mathis.  It’s way better than this one so you might want to just go read it instead.  Afterwards I realized I’d missed an opportunity.  The reason?  One night each year the community comes out of their homes, into the streets, and walks right up to you front door.  Uninvited.  It’s fantastic! The question: how will they be greeted when they get there? read more

Evangelism Stories 3 (and a great article from Desiring God)

Here’s another evangelism story we recently shared in a Sunday evening service.  There are a few more to come.  We’re hoping this continues to prime the pump for when we start sharing amongst ourselves.

Also, you will benefit from reading this article by Desiring God on evangelism entitled “Are you too Christian for Non-Christians?

 

Evangelism Stories – Part 2

Here is another amazing story of God’s grace on display in the lives of real people that will you encourage you to share the good news about Jesus with others!

 

Two questions to ask a Mormon

A couple of weeks ago a couple of Mormon missionaries came along our street while I was in our front yard.  Although they saw me they continued past.  In their defense, I was in a tree at the time hanging a tire swing.  I’ve never had a theological conversation while in a tree, nor, they told me, had they ever had a theological conversation with someone who was in a tree, at least when it started. read more