Mga Evangelists ng paniniwala sa pamamagitan ng Rice Broocks

Ako ng malalim hinamon sa pamamagitan ng ang hindi napapagod pagsisikap ng kalalakihan at kababaihan na isulong ang dahilan ng “bagong ateismo” sa mga walang laman na puso ng postmodern westerners.

Kalikasan abhors isang vacuum kaya sa kawalan ng pananampalataya, paniniwala o hindi paniniwala sa diyos ay nagiging ang anti-dahilan. Ang misyon ng mga ateista crusaders ay mapupuksa sa mundo (lalo na ang kabataan) ng relihiyon pananampalataya at “pamahiin.” Dalhin nila ang kanilang mga mensahe sa kasigasigan at sa confrontational estilo na rivals anumang pundamentalista pastor. Sa maikling salita, humingi sila-convert - mga tao na ay “magsisi” ng relihiyon at sundin ang mga ng seglar landas sa kalayaan.

Caricatures ng ang pinakamasama aspeto ng relihiyon ay madaling makakuha ng mga tao ng pansin. Ng pagbukol lahat ng mga relihiyon sa sama-sama, ito ay nagiging isang napakapangit “mahinhing tao” na madaling matakot ang average na tagapakinig higit pa kaysa sa impyerno mismo. Tragically, ang mga ito ay pagkakaroon ng momentum, lalo na sa arena ng campus unibersidad at ang media.

Kung ito ay isang boksing tugma, the Church would be sitting on a stool in the corner of the ring, dazed and confused and doubting whether we were really “tinatawag na” sa ito paglaban. Ano ang maaari naming matuto mula sa kanilang mga pagsisikap?

Pakikipag-usap sa ating sarili

Una at nangunguna sa lahat: We must start engaging our culture with the Gospel beyond the church walls and stop just talking to ourselves. The majority of the effort we exert as Believers is talking to fellow Christians about being better Christians.

"Missional Iglesia" ay isang term namin debate vs isang tunay na misyon namin. We have deceived ourselves by not obeying the Word ( James1:22).

Karamihan ng mga tao sa aming mga simbahan ay narinig sapat na upang maging ang mga guro ng kanilang sarili, ngunit walang pagtatanggol laban sa mga pangunahing argumento at accusations ng ang pagsalungat.

Ang Ebanghelyo ay ang kasagutan sa cries ng puso ang tao, but the lack of zeal to proclaim it demonstrates our lack of faith in its power.

Maaari din namin makita na kung hindi namin hakbang up at magsalita ng isang malinaw na mensahe, the enemies of the Gospel will gladly take our place.

Kasaysayan ay ipinapakita na ang Diyos ay magpapahintulot sa isang Golayat sa pag-uyam Kanyang mga tao, knowing that someone like David will be provoked into action.

Maaari naming inalog sa aming kawalang-malay, get off the stool and get back into the fight for this generation.

Larawan ni lewishamdreamer.

Sino ba ang paggawa Ang Evangelizing? sa pamamagitan ng Steve Sjogren

Hindi ko nais na tunog erehe ngunit mayroon akong isang observation upang gawing. Aking mga kaibigan Fred noon ay masagana ang ani sa mga tao na humahantong sa Kristo sa ilang unang mga taon ng kanyang buhay Kristiyano bilang siya ay dumating sa labas ng musika tagpo sa Los Angeles at tulis ng isang bagay out sa akin naisip ko na noon ay kawili-wiling. He noticed that the vast majority of people who come to Jesus weren’t so much led to the Lord by someone or by a church that was doing a bang up job of evangelism. He said his role was mostly to befriend folks, to share what God had done in his life then to invite them to church where they could sense the presence of God, pray a simple salvation prayer and the “Deal would be sealed” as he put it. You might call it Presence evangelism more than Informational based evangelism.

Hundreds of books have been written from the perspective that it’s the church’s responsibility to do the working of evangelism – and to a degree that’s right. It’s of course clear from Scripture that Believers play an important part in leading people to the Lord. Let’s not entirely change that equation. At the same time we need to recognize what God is doing as well – that a big percentage of people worldwide are being directly engaged by the Holy Spirit directly by various means other than linear means of evangelism.

If this is true what does it imply regarding our evangelism approaches? We need to be doing a lot of seed planting. We need to find some measure of satisfaction in the ministry of nudging many toward Christ whether they actually come to know Christ through us or not. As Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 3:6, it’s about planting, watering as well as harvesting. Before there is a harvest it’s necessary to diligently plant and water. Sometimes there is a lot of repeated planting and watering before a harvest comes about. My professor friend George Hunter agrees with me – on average in our day it takes a person about 12-20 revelatory connections for a person to be converted. In his words, “Steve, that’s a lot of toilets that need to be cleaned.”

I’m going to continue to proclaim the Gospel as clearly as possible to as many as possible. At the same time I recognize God is quietly, persistently up to something dynamic in the hearts of many we will perhaps never engage in conversation.

3 Masaya Madali at murang mga Holiday Outreaches ni Steve Sjogren

1. Bread Giveaway

Everybody likes bread! Lalo na mula sa mga high-end na tinapay tindahan na may Tinapay ng Kumpanya sa isang lugar sa pangalan ... Alam ba ninyo na maaari mong ayusin upang makatanggap ng mga araw-lumang tinapay mula sa specialty tinapay tindahan para sa LIBRE? Maaari mo ring tingnan sa pambansang chain grocery store na may in-house Panederya. Talk to the store manager and explain your outreach concept. Tell a few stories of the people you are helping and you will likely establish your “daily bread” connection. It will only take one or two of these connections to begin a substantial ministry in your community.

Many of these stores do not have a reliable source to distribute their old bread to. The key is to be consistent and reliable in picking up their bread. You will need to have a team and as schedule so you don’t disappoint the bread store managers. As a good public relations gesture, write a letter of thanks to the store manager for his company’s generosity to the community (and don’t be surprised to see it framed and posted on the wall of the store).

The ministry is simple and straight forward. Knock on the doors of the houses and apartments. Say, “Hi, we’re giving away fresh, free high-quality bread. Could you use some, or do you know anyone in the neighborhood who could use some?” Give recipients an outreach card and offer to pray for them as you hand out the bread.

How Do You Find People To Give Bread To?

Cold calling (just knocking on doors) in lower-income neighborhoods and apartments complexes works fine with this project. Stay away from neighborhoods closest to the donating store.

What You’ll Need

2. Big Christmas Party

People in need don’t always celebrate Christmas properly because there aren’t Christ-centered celebration opportunities. You can sponsor an event that will be fun and cause everyone to focus on Jesus.

The elements of this celebration include playing games and singing songs. As you sing Christmas carols, make sure the words are available. It’s also fun to have a few inexpensive rhythm instruments to play along with.

Someone can share what Christmas is about in a very positive and upbeat way – simply explaining, “Christmas is important to me because…”

Decorations and refreshments and a meal can be simple or elaborate, depending on the inclination of your group.

For about $1 per photo, you can take Polaroid pictures of kids with an ethnically correct Santa. Design a simple backdrop and get up-close with the camera. Mount the photo on red or green construction paper and add the child’s name and year with a gold or silver marking pen.

At the conclusion of the party, give away small gifts as people depart – perhaps a Bible or devotional book. Consider giving away the decorations as well.

How Do You Find People Who Would Enjoy A Christmas Party?

Invite those who are already connected with your ministry to those in need. Give out fliers or invitations at previous events in the neighborhood, or simply walk around the neighborhood and distribute fliers.

What You’ll Need:

  • facility to host the party
  • Polaroid camera and film
  • construction paper
  • glue sticks
  • gold and silver marking pens
  • refreshments
  • outreach cards

3. Winter Survival Kits

Winter can be hard on the body and the soul. A survival kit is great encouragement to everyone who receives one.

The kit contains a packet of facial tissue, lip balm, throat lozenges, and an outreach card.

In Action

Our churches have had great success with this project as we have aimed it at parents and business professionals. We go to parks that parents frequent with their children and downtown sidewalks as business professionals make their way out to lunch. When those we meet notice how nice the kit is, they are very grateful and usually end up striking a conversation with us.

Where To Go

  • campuses
  • parke
  • kapitbahayan
  • kaganapang pampalakasan
  • downtown
  • commuters
  • shopping centers

What You’ll Need

  • zip lock plastic bags
  • lip balm
  • throat lozenges
  • individual packets of facial tissue
  • outreach cards

Why Outreach Cards

When doing a project, it is important to have a means to connect with those you serve. An outreach card is a business-sized card you can leave with those you have served so they can get back in touch you if they desire. The idea isn’t to accomplish a sales job where you promote your church. Rather, it is a simple way to leave your church’s name, address, phone number and service times so that when future needs arise, those you’ve served will have a way of reconnecting with you. The idea is to be available without giving out personal addresses.

If you need outreach cards for your holiday projects, we highly recommend those on our sister site at KindnessResources.com.

Christmas Outreach Card

Ang 90 Araw ng Outreach Hamon sa pamamagitan ng Steve Sjogren

Church halaman kailangan upang makahanap ng creative mga paraan upang kumonekta sa mga di-paniniwala kultura sa kanilang paligid. Kung manalangin ka para sa hindi-pa mananampalataya upang ipakita up kalooban nila. Ngunit paano ka humantong ang mga ito sa relasyon sa Kristo? Karaniwan doon ay isang proseso na kasangkot sa pinangungunahan ang mga ito sa Kristo.

When my wife Janie was seeking to know who the Lord really was, she asked God to reveal himself at the beginning of the summer. On June 1st she prayed an open ended prayer: “Show me who you really are by the end of the summer.” She promptly forgot about her prayer but God was at work arranging her circumstances. Some months later she ended up at a wedding (for a couple who weren’t even engaged in June) thousands of miles away. That was Labor Day weekend – the end of summer! She took a several hour car trip with a couple of turned on Believers who enthusiastically shared the Gospel with her. She became convinced that Jesus was Lord and that she had misunderstood him. On the Saturday before Labor Day weekend, marking the end of summer, she was converted to Christ!

True to answering her prayer, God moved by the end of summer. God loves a challenge! He takes the prayers of not-yet Believers seriously.

Making deals with God

Consider this:

Make deals with the not-yet believer. It’s a daring stand off. Either God will move specifically or nothing will happen. I’ve seen God move time after time in these situations. He loves to prove himself to Seekers.

Choose 3 things they need to see God move in their life to prove himself. Choose things that are measureable, for example jobs and finances. Stay away from romantic situations – those are too subjective. Pray in agreement for those things to happen.

I recommend you give it 90 days to see God show up. Come together at the end of those 3 months to compare notes.

In my experience the person in question will often have either forgotten about the prayer or will be convinced God didn’t answer their prayer, but when you look at the specifics it is usually clear that God clearly did move.

At that time bring them back to the original agreement – that they would open their hearts to Christ. Bring them around to the notion that God is madly in love with them! Pray together. Start their relationship with Christ.

Magbahagi ng Ebanghelyo Ay Hindi lamang Relasyon sa pamamagitan ng Broocks Rice

O "Hindi mo na kailangang malaman ang nalulunod na tao upang i-save ang kanilang buhay."

Nagkaroon ng napakalaking diin ilagay sa pangangailangan para sa pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga tao bilang mga paunang kinakailangan para magbahagi ng Ebanghelyo. So magkano kaya na ang ilang mga pumunta bilang malayo bilang nagsasabi na kaugnayan sa iba ay dapat na ang motibo lamang at hindi ang mga nakatagong agenda ng magbahagi ng Ebanghelyo.

Relationship-Relasyon-Relasyon ... Ito ay tila na maging ang salita ng oras. Nagsalita ako sa simbahan planters sino ay hindi nagtagumpay sa kanilang mga pagsisikap upang ilunsad ang isang ministeryo. Tulad ng aking utong mas malalim na ito ay naging maliwanag na sila ay ginawa ng maraming mga kaibigan at napakakaunting mga alagad. Sa katunayan sila pinapapasok, sila bihira nakuha sa Ebanghelyo. "Kami ay nakatuon sa pagbuo ng mga relasyon muna."

Kaya narito ang tanong: paano sa lalong madaling panahon dapat ang Ebanghelyo ay ipinakilala sa isang relasyon sa isang tao?

Naghahanap sa ministeryo ni Jesus, maraming beses na siya nakipag-usap nang direkta sa mga tao sa kanilang mga unang nakatagpo.

  • Ang babae sa well
  • Nicodemus
  • Kakapalan - Siya palayasin ang diyablo out sa kanya sa panahon ng kanilang unang pulong. Hesus na tinatawag na mga tao upang sundin Siya na walang kaugnayan sa lahat. (Hindi ito lalabas na Siya ay kahit na ipinakilala mismo ganap pa.)

Paul ay nagkaroon ng isang katulad na pattern sa kanyang mga saksi.

Siya ipinangaral agad pagkatapos ng kanyang pagliligtas.

Siya ay pinalo at pinagdudusahan bilang isang resulta.

Siya confronted estranghero sa Athens, sa Macedonia, sa karami ng kung ano ang naitala sa Gawa.

Naniniwala ako na ang Ebanghelyo ay mas maaga sa bibliya halimbawa ng mga testigo hindi mamaya. Sa akin, Ebanghelyo ay talagang ginawa tunay, walang pagkupas relasyon sa iba.

Mga bagay na dapat tandaan:

Pangangaral ng Ebanghelyo tumatagal ng katapangan.

Ang Espiritu ay dapat punan sa amin ng Kanyang simbuyo ng damdamin at kapangyarihan. Kung kami ay tapat, ang aming pag-aatubili na ipangaral ang ebanghelyo ay maaaring lamang maging isang kaso ng pagiging isang tao pleaser o pagiging napapahiya ng Ebanghelyo.

Pangangaral naglalabas ng mga pag-uusig.

Ito ay lubhang mas madaling sabihin walang anuman. Kung ang mga apostol sana ay tapos na lamang ng komunidad serbisyo o naghintay sa mga talahanayan hindi nila na-inuusig bilang malubhang. Kung sila kinasusuklaman Kanya sila ay mapoot sa amin. Kami ay isang aroma ng buhay sa mga nai-save na at isang aroma ng kamatayan sa mga taong nabubulok.

Pangangaral ng Ebanghelyo gumagawa ng pananampalataya.

Faith ay nagmumula sa pamamagitan ng pagdinig ang Salita ng Diyos. Walang pangangaral ay nangangahulugang walang pananampalataya. Sa order para sa kanila upang maniwala ang mga ito ay pagpunta sa may upang marinig ang Ebanghelyo.

Ako ay tiyak na naniniwala gusali relasyon ay mahalaga.

Maraming mga beses ito ay tumatagal ng isang bilang ng mga pagdinig ng Ebanghelyo upang mai-save. Din ako naniniwala doon ay karunungan sa pag-alam kung kailan dapat naming makipag-usap sa mga tao tungkol sa Kristo at kung paano namin maaaring i-maximize ang epekto ng aming mga testigo.

May isang taong kamakailan Sinabi sa akin "Kailangan naming kumita ang karapatan na marinig." Bilang ko pondered ang pahayag na ito, isang bagay ay hindi umupo sa kanan sa akin. Bilang magkano bilang Sinubukan kong upang maunawaan kung ano talaga siya nilalayong Hindi ko maaaring makatulong ngunit sa tingin na ayon sa Banal na Kasulatan, Nagkamit si Jesus na tama para sa akin pati na rin. Ipangaral Kami ay nasa kapangyarihan at katuwiran Natamo niya sa pamamagitan ng Kanyang buhay at kamatayan.

Sa katunayan kung walang hanggang kaluluwa ng isang tao ay sa taya pagkatapos ay dapat naming magkaroon ng ilang mga kahulugan ng pangangailangan ng madaliang pagkilos sa aming mga pagsusumikap. Matandaan, hindi mo na kailangang malaman ang nalulunod na tao upang i-save ang kanilang buhay.

Huwag Pumunta Underground Sa Halloween sa pamamagitan ng Marty Boller

Ko pa ng isang tagasulong ng lingkod magbahagi ng Ebanghelyo para sa maraming mga taon. Ang aming Vineyard simbahan sa Cedar Rapids, Iowa ay 13 taong gulang at palagi namin ay nagkaroon ng isang puso para sa uri ng outreaches na Steve Sjogren unang dinala sa aming pansin sa Vineyard pamilya pabalik sa late 1980 ni. Over the years we’ve done free food giveaways, hosted farmer’s markets, distributed free flowers on Mother’s Day, raked neighborhood leaves in the fall, and given away free goodies at Christmas parades.

As I write this short report, our church is gearing up for our seventh annual Trunk-N-Treat Halloween event. On October 31st, we turn our large parking lot into a Halloween spectacular that draws in hundreds and hundreds of families from around our city. We line up our cars at the end of our parking lot, making a huge U-shaped loop. For two hours on Halloween night, from 5 PM to 7 PM, we give away candy and treats from the trunks of our cars, giving parents a safe and protected place to do their Trick-or-Treating. At the end of the “U” each participant gets a free hot dog and drink, and a warm greeting from our welcoming team.

Over the years, I’ve had well-meaning Christians question me on why we are cooperating with such a dark holiday as Halloween. I tell them that while I personally hate Halloween (and I’m guessing that so does Jesus), I believe that Jesus wants us Christ-followers to be out there with the masses, loving ‘the hell’ out of those who come our way. Oh yeah, I know, I might be trafficking with evil, but as I see it, God’s love is so much stronger than the powers of darkness.

So my encouragement to you this October 31st? Don’t go underground on Halloween, hiding behind your locked doors or hunkering down in your church buildings. May I suggest that you and your church go ‘public’, moving beyond the typical Hallelujah evening for “Christians only”. Try something risky. Take a step into the darkness with the loving light of God. Try hob-knobbing with some of the pagans this year, letting the love of Christ be evident. And while the time might be too short for you and your church to pull off a full-fledged Trunk-N-Treat, try doing what our youth group has done in past years. We call it a Reverse Trick-or-Treat. We arm our youth group and families with bags of candy and on the night before Halloween, we send them out into neighborhoods, knocking on doors and ringing doorbells. When the folks answer the door, we offer them free candy! Without a doubt our teams come back with many reports of surprised faces and blessed neighbors! I’ve been so thrilled year after year when parents from our neighborhood express their appreciation to me that a local church would provide such a great blessing for them during the Halloween season. As I see it, it’s a perfect opportunity for our churches to bring the light of God into the darkness of the season, para sa kapakanan ng Kanyang Pangalan.

Ang Crystal Cathedral - BTW, Paano ang iyong Definition Pupunta? sa pamamagitan ng Steve Sjogren

Ano ang mga aralin na maaari naming gumuhit mula sa pagpapamana ng ari-arian ng ang Crystal Cathedral?

Hindi mahalaga kung ano ang tingin ninyo sa na pagtitipun-tipon ng mga tao, alam na sa isang pagkakataon ito ay isang thriving modelo sa Amerikano landscape ng simbahan. Ito ay isang kamangha-manghang, trend-setting na lugar na noon ay sobrang creative.

Mga bagay na dahan-dahan ay nagbago gayunpaman. Karamihan sa Cathedral tumigil sa pagtukoy sa sarili nito sa publiko, parehong lokal at nationally. Para sa kahit anong dahilan ng kanyang mga lider ipinapalagay na alam ng publiko ang lahat ng tungkol sa lugar na ito. Iyon ay isang pangkaraniwang ngunit hindi mahusay na palagay. Sila ay nakalimutan.

Halaman Iglesia ay karaniwang gawin ang isang magandang trabaho ng pagtukoy sa kanilang sarili na ang kanilang komunidad sa kanilang unang yugto. Ito ay mahalaga na linawin ang isang bagong iglesia kung bakit umiiral ang mga ito at kung paano sila ay naiiba sa kanilang mga komunidad. Hindi ako masyadong nag-aalala tungkol sa mga bagong halaman, ngunit ako ay medyo nag-aalala tungkol sa susunod na phase pinaka halaman pumunta sa pamamagitan ng. Ito ay madali upang makalimutan ang mga paunang mga aralin natutunan at nabibilang sa isang pattern ng isang paloob na nakatutok sa pera, pasilidad, mga tauhan - at kalimutan kung ano ang nakuha sa amin sa na punto ng paunang momentum. Pagkatapos Boom! Maging namin ma-stuck sa isang ikot ng panahon ng irrelevancy.

Kung gagawin namin hindi regular, malinaw na tukuyin ang ating sarili sa aming komunidad - sa pamamagitan ng malakas na kilos ng kagandahang-loob, ibig at serbisyo - mga paligid sa amin ay walang ideya na kahit na namin umiiral. Tatanggalin namin sa lalong madaling panahon ay walang-alala tungkol sa aming mga kagamitan, pera o kawani dahil walang magiging isa darating!

Ang simbahan humantong ako sa Oregon ay nasa Newberg para sa higit sa 100 taon (lamang TK ng Portland). Ito ay kilalang sa iba pang mga Kristiyano (18% ng lungsod) ngunit halos camouflaged sa natitirang bahagi ng mga tao para kung kanino kaya gustung-gusto ng Diyos na ipinadala niya si Jesus upang magdusa at mamatay.

Mga bagay ay nagsisimula upang baguhin. Kami ay dadalhin sa paghahatid ng lungsod sa iba't ibang mga paraan. Pagpunta namin ang pinto sa pinto na may mga hamburger - squeegeeing mga pananggalang sa hangin sa gas station - paglilinis ng toilet sa mga pampublikong lugar - at gamit ang mga pinto mga proyektong lumikha ng mga koneksyon upang ibahagi si Kristo sa ano antas.

Upang makabalik sa kung saan kami nagsimula - kung gawin namin ang isang putok up trabaho ng pagtukoy sa ating sarili sa pamamagitan ng paghahatid ay namin sa lalong madaling panahon maging may-katuturan. Kailangan naming gumawa ng isang malalim na impression sa mga paligid sa amin sa isang truckload ng mga paraan. Ang paraan mong maghatid maaari lubos na nag-iiba ayon sa mga pangangailangan ng iyong komunidad. Diyos ay makipag-usap sa ikaw ay manalangin sa iyo ng isang sikat na panalangin ng Bibliya, "Narito ang namin. Ipadala sa amin!"Siya talagang nagnanais na sagutin na panalangin. Bilangin dito. Siya makipag-usap sa iyo. Hindi ka nakalimutan.

Larawan ni Sarah Mount

 

Ang Kaunti Puwede Pindutin Marami sa pamamagitan ng Steve Sjogren

Hindi ito tumagal ng isang malaking tauhan upang gawing mag-iwan ng malaking bakas ng paa.

Victory sa Diyos kaharian ay palagi nang nawala sa underdogs. Diyos halos palagi anoints isang miniscule group upang gawin ang kanyang pag-bid. Tingin ko ito dahil ang pag-hikayat sa lahat na aking sinimulan ay naging maliit na - karaniwan ay para sa isang mahabang panahon kung hindi magpakailanman. What God builds usually starts (and typically stays) on the smallish side.

I used to say that it started small but then would grow large, but now I see that often numbers usually only grow fat. I now see that it is almost always the case that a radical but small fringe gets the Kingdom lifestyle and message. Why does it stay small? It’s all about the offensive cost of mercy. Jesus said “Many are called but few are chosen” (Matt. 18). The context of that verse could well be restated, “Many are called but few choose” the Kingdom. The Kingdom, as God defines it, is always something that is set up according to his parameters, not ours. Most don’t like that much, so they protest, they decide it’s not for them, and vote themselves out of it like the religious people in Matthew chapter 18 (yes, it was the religious people who decided not to participate in the Kingdom once they figured out how the mercy of God works as in this story).

This Jesus story is fresh with me today. A few of us went out mixing it up with dozens of lost people who, like those in Nineveh, didn’t know their left hand from their right. We did a $1 carwash. We washed people’s cars and paid them a dollar for the privilege of serving them. We stunned many. Numbers teared up. We teared up! I’m always amazed what can happen when a few, enthused, dedicated people move in a common direction and pour their hearts into something. Do something great with God. It only takes a few.

Bullhorn magbahagi ng Ebanghelyo… Ay May isang Better Way? sa pamamagitan ng Steve Sjogren

Nakarating na ba kayo ay masigasig sa pamamagitan ng isang tao na ay nasasabik tungkol sa kanilang pananampalataya? Ako ay nasa lugar ng New York City sa isang habang pabalik kapag ang nakuha ko off ang isang subway overpass sa Queens sa tunog ng ilang mga Espanyol Pentecostals pangangaral sino ay pagkuha ng mga liko pangangaral (sumisigaw malakas mas tumpak) sa isang bullhorn. As one finished his turn he turned the mic over to the next with a high five and a chuckle. Those guys were having a good time at what they were doing, but clearly they were not connecting with the crowd. My ears were nearly bleeding! The crowd was trying to ignore them and everyone wished they would unplug themselves and go home. They were overly aggressive and not connecting with the passing crowds. I believe God will use any approach to sharing the Gospel we make available to him, but some approaches are awfully difficult for him to use!

Just below there another church was doing an outreach based on serving. They were washing cars, trucks – even a huge metro garbage truck pulled up to test the sincerity of the team’s faith! (Oo, they passed the test and made it spick and span!) This was a study in contrasts. The group below the overpass was attracting a crowd, bit by bit, little by little, and making an impact one person at a time with no sound reinforcement other than to say, “We are showing Jesus’ love in a practical way…” (There were plenty of conversations that followed those introductory words.)

Before I became a Believer I met an occasional person who was downright excited about Christ – not many of them, but a few along the way. Those people got me thinking about the possibility of following Jesus. It began to occur to me that there was something out there that was worth giving my life for. Positive zeal is powerful and beautiful. Our zeal needs to be a lot like the oath doctors take upon graduation before they treat their first patient: “First, do no harm…!"