Welcome to another installment of Tell The World Tuesday! I have been very thoughtful today and going back to my roots when I became a Christian. There are so many great memories from that time in my life. So many great people influenced me during those years. And I belonged to several awesome churches throughout that time, as well.
In my teenage years I attended a pentacostal church in the metro Atlanta area. And once a year, or so, they would hold a good, old fashioned, Southern revival! These revivals were huge! They would draw many people in from the community that had never been to our church before. And it gave us all the opportunity to share the gospel with them.
I’ll never forget my very first revival. I thought is was the greatest thing ever. I had never seen SO MANY people on fire for the Lord in the same place at the same time. The music was amazing! The fellowship was amazing! The Spirit of the Lord would move mightily in that place, as many hours of prayer had been offered up to God beforehand by the church body. I can remember vividly that many people made decisions to become Christians during those events. It’s a memory that is forever etched in my mind.
So, revivals were an effective way my old church would reach out to their community. It was an amazing time of worship and ministry. Does your church do anything like this? Have you ever attended a revival?
For His Glory,
Does your Worship Ministry have an outreach team?
Since I have been at DBC, we have done some community outreach in various ministries throughout the church. Our Youth Ministry (The Grove) has gone door-to-door handing out flyers and inviting those who live close by to attend our church. Our Seniors Ministry and several of our Sunday School classes have all, at one level or another, made similar outreach efforts. Which has led me to ask the question, why not our Worship Team?
I’m so thankful that the Lord has put this renewed energy in me to reach the lost. It has birthed ideas in me that I know could both reach and change my community. I won’t claim that the ideas are radically original or anything like that, but they could be very effective to reach hurting people.
One of the ideas I am working on is putting a team together to go downtown to the homeless shelter once a month to bring food, bibles, and smiling faces to embrace those who are in need. I even thought I would bring my guitar down with me and we could have some worship time with these folks.
Another idea is to plan a worship concert in a local park. There are several big, sprawling parks in our area. A couple even have stages with power connections and everything! The possibilites with an event like that are awesome to think about! We could even have other ministries join the effort and make it a joint outreach by handing out flyers, serving desserts, hosting games for kids, etc.
My wife and I have been planning a big recruiting push for our Worship Team for the beginning of this year at DBC. But I love how the Lord is redirecting this thing in my mind to be outreach to the lost FIRST. Like I said, I’m just really thankful that God has opened my eyes again to His call on my life… to reach His sheep. And I’m seeing all kinds of possibilities open up in front of me to do that very thing. Praise His Mighty Name!
Those are my thoughts on this, Tell The World Tuesday. What are yours?
For His kingdom,
Are you paying attention?
Since last week when I first felt real conviction about not sharing my faith, I have done a lot of praying and soul-searching. And in that process I have become hyper-aware of my surroundings when I’m out and about in the world. So last week while I was working at my other job a buddy of about five years called me up and wanted me to answer a question about the bible. On the surface, it seemed like I was just settling a debate between my friend and someone he was talking with. What I didn’t realize was that my buddy had struck up a bible conversation out of an intense curiosity and was, in fact, pondering eternity and the after-life!
The next night he called me again. He had another question about the bible! And this time, we stayed on the phone a little longer and I was able to get a little deeper into what was going on inside of him. God was indeed calling this man to salvation, I could feel it! I was so excited for this person that when I got off the phone I immediately began to pray for him and thanked the Lord for including me in such a special thing!
So, the next night he called me AGAIN with, yet another question, and he was wanting to share his feelings on what he had been reading in the bible. He told me he couldn’t put it down, that he just had to keep reading! My friend is truly on the road to eternal life with Jesus!! He hasn’t quite gotten there yet, but he’s close. I praise God for it!
I haven’t heard from him in a few days. And I’m sure it’s because of the holiday hustle and bustle. But in the time since I last spoke with him I have had some pretty sad questions in my mind. How many of my friends and buddies have been deeply curious about Jesus over the last few years that I never cared enough about to pay attention to when they exhibited signs of that very thing? How many encounters has the Holy Spirit set up for me to share my faith with someone where I failed to capitalize on His supernatural influence in my circumstances? More conviction.
So I encourage you all to ask yourself this question… Am I really paying attention to the people around me? Because I can promise you this; if you are a born-again Christian, the Lord is putting people in your path.
That’s my Tell The World Tuesday story. What’s yours?
In His Service,
How do you share your faith?
I must admit that I can look back over the last several years and see that I have not been “telling the world the good news”. I have been living my busy life, serving the Lord in other ways, but not answering the call of Jesus in Matthew 28:19, 20…
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
It’s really convicting me lately. I can remember a time in my life, shortly after being born again, where I was shameless and bold! I would go to the mall with my best friend and we would pray over the crowd and select individuals that we felt the Lord was guiding us to talk to. It was intense! And it paid off! I remember sharing the gospel with a co-worker with such unashamed abandon that she grabbed on and never let go. She is a sister-in-Christ now and I cherish that memory and knowledge.
So I find myself looking in the mirror this morning. I’m asking myself the tough questions. Why have I stopped? Where is my faith? What is driving my daily decisions?
In that spirit I am starting a new weekly blog, “Tell The World Tuesday”. When is the last time you shared your faith? How did it happen? What did you say? I would love to hear your stories! Along with being grounded in the Word of God, I believe this could be a great way to build one another up and help equip each other with the courage, and creativeness to “Go and make disciples of all nations…”!
In His Grip!