This morning, a group of us were dropped off down by the Neyland stadium to handout Christian literature.  Each of us probably passed out over 1,00o gospel tracts per Evangelism member. I was also able to pass out about 15-20 Gospel of John. Of course we were rebuffed by some people.(Typical of every evangelism encounter.) However, we were thanked and we were encouraged in the Lord by  several Christians attending the game. The encouragement always is a Holy Spirit energy boost to combat those that reject or throw the tracts on the ground.

It was also encouraging to have the Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s handing out football cards with the Christian message and a link to a Christian website.  While they were not part of our group and vice versa, they are apart of us in the body of Christ.

Mark 9:38-40 (New Living Translation)

Using the Name of Jesus

38 John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he wasn’t in our group.”

39 “Don’t stop him!” Jesus said. “No one who performs a miracle in my name will soon be able to speak evil of me. 40 Anyone who is not against us is for us.

While techniques vary with different Christians, it provides a  way to minister to the different personalities that all of us come into contact. As long as the other groups are in agreement in the essentials of the Christian faith, we can lay aside the non-essentials. Just like there are different branches of the military, there are different branches of the Christian faith.

Now it is time for me to prepare to go out and share Jesus with those celebrating the UT victory over Old Miss(52-14).

P.S.: It was encouraging and awesome to hear on the radio many of the football players giving thanks to the Lord for the abilities God gave them.  We should all be thankful to the Lord for the life he has given us and to verbally glorifying him for what he has done and will do in our lives.

After evening church, the Lord gave me some extra energy to return to Cumberland Strip. I did more open air bible reading than tract passing. Although, I passed by a lesbian couple and gave this tract to the woman(the more manly one.):

It hurts to see how homosexuality is becoming more blatantly open among the young people. They seek love in a place where they will never be truly satisfied.

I mainly open aired preached/bible read from portions of Romans, John chapter 3, 2 Timothy 4, Isaiah 54, Psalm 1, and various other scriptures. What occurred differently reading the Word tonight from this afternoon, I really felt the Holy presence of  the Lord. I became so convicting to me and my heart hurting for the college students, I started to verbally weep during the reading. I had to stop at times, take a deep breath, and ask the Lord for strength to continue and not lose my voice.

It was the book of Romans that I started to verbally weep. Not so much in other scripture, except my voice raised a degree when reading John 3:16. I remember how John Wesley fell under the conviction of the Lord when he heard the introduction to the book of Romans.

My heart started to go out for the kids(college students). I was in their place a few short years ago. I was lost. Looking for love and acceptance in all the wrong places. Trying to live the best of both worlds. One in the church and one in the world. God says in scripture that a man cannot serve two masters, he will love the one and hate the other.(Matthew 6:24, Luke 16:13)

I do not know how much longer we have til the Rapture. Yet, the Lord is lovingly patient. There will be a point in time where the Lord will initiate the Rapture. I just want to be used by the Lord to share Jesus with as many people as possible. There are so many who will die in their sins be killed  by numerous outcomes from the Rapture and the 7 year tribulation. Prior to the Rapture….when ever it will occur….as believers we must keep allowing ourselves to be used by the Lord in bearing fruit. Let’s pack Heaven now while we have breath and life by sharing the Gospel.(The Bema Seat of the believers will be what we are rewarded for the pure motives of serving the Lord.) Not that getting rewarded is a great incentive, but most important is seeing God glorified in all we do.

So Evangelism is necessary and the Great Commission is still in effect. Which leaves me with being obedient to the Lord’s call on my life. I cannot do what I do without the power of the Holy Spirit(Zechariah 4:6).  In the evangelism outreach, I want to always be loving  and yet still convey the Truth in love.

Right after church and lunch, I hit Cumberland Strip(all the restaurants near the university.). Gave away several different tracts(Chick, Million Dollar Bill, Man of Salvation, etc)

One  older man wearing a Habitat for Humanity shirt took one of my tracts and as he was walking away spoke very loudly and sarcastically, “This is one of those ‘Holy Roller” tracts. What should I expect in the Bible Belt and in the State of Tennessee?”

I also went to a couple different corners on Cumberland Strip and read large portions of Scripture.(Book of Isaiah and John 3 and 4). One college man walked by me and scolded me saying, “You are wasting your time no one can hear you above the traffic noise”.) Ironically, he heard me since he walked right by me. So no time wasted on him as I prayed for his salvation in Jesus.

After watching a play in morning services in church about a Christian man appearing before the Bema Seat of Jesus. This seat is for the believers to be rewarded on what he or she has directly or indirectly done to honor and glorify the Lord.

For the unbeliever, the must appear before the Lord as they are cast away from the Lord into everlasting hell and fire.

I want to as much as I can in the power of the Holy Spirit in this life to bring God glory!  God be the glory for anyone repenting and coming to faith in Jesus or a believer becoming led by God to share their faith in Jesus more boldly.

Evangelism Time in Tennessee!

September 5, 2010

For most East Tennesseans, you would not hear this statement in the title of my post. You would normally hear, “IT’S FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE! For all intents and purposes, I deal mainly in the area of ministry. Especially when it has to do with Evangelism.

I went down to Market Square and Old City to pass out tracts. I did a change-up in Old City after my normal stroll up and down the sidewalks. I actually stopped and passed out tracts on the Southwest corner of Jackson and Central.(In front of a closed down bar is where I did the street evangelism.)  I was getting tired, but had some Holy Spirit power giving me the energy to keep going as long as the Lord needed me.

Once older gentleman, Mike, was walking down the street a little inebriated. He could still hold a conversation after I gave him a gospel tract.  He remained by my side as I was handing out tracts. The rest was the Lord work. It is hard to hold a conversation with a man having one to many drinks. Yet, I knew this was an opportunity for this man to remain in one place and not get himself into any trouble. I shared a quick testimony of my life before Christ and after Christ. He told me he was saved and could quote scripture(albeit out of context). His conversations were not completely coherent due to the alcoholic intake. Yet, he still needed a listening ear and the love of Jesus displayed to him.

On the tracts I give out, I stamp my website on an available area on the tract. This is to help for any potential follow-up a person may have about spiritual issues if they do not have a church home or need a little more one on one before going to a church. I just pray that Mike does not lose the tract and starts seeking satisfaction in the Jesus rather than a bottle of beer.

Several others throughout the evening accepted a gospel tract. A few rejected or threw down the tract after taking a tract. Yet, I am just being used by the Lord to plant a seed and what happens afterward is up to the Lord.

Picture of the week:

Confrontational Evangelism:(verb) 1.To obey the Great Commission and get thine butt out of the pew and into the world.  2. To meet people by sharing the Gospel message.

This does not mean doing good acts of kindness in the name of Jesus. Although, doing good works should be fruitful evidence  of a believer’s life.

Evangelism is to explain to someone or a group of people how they are under the wrath of God due to disobedience and living a life apart from God. How God sent Jesus to die for our sins and allowing the wrath of God to be poured out on him instead of us. He also arose from the dead to defeat death and prove he was an acceptable sacrifice to the Lord.(Note: no other Jewish sacrifice prior to Christ or after Christ has arisen from the dead after being sacrificed.)  Because of the transaction our case at the Judgment Seat can be legally dismissed only on the condition of  our choice of  putting our faith(a surrendering trust in the Truth) in Jesus which means we turn(repenting) from our sins(actions contrary to God’s standards).

This is like a Christmas gift. God so loves the world he gave his one and only son, Jesus. That  whoever believes in him will not die but have everlasting life.  Everyone’s gift is under the tree(the Cross). The only way the gift of salvation can be operational is based on the condition we receive and open the gift. The gift cannot be left under the tree. If you appear before God’s Judgment Seat after you die without the gift(pardon papers,  lawyer/Jesus, etc.), you will be found guilty and sentenced to an eternity in everlasting punishment of Hell.

So, will you allow Jesus to represent you? He is the only way your guilty case will be dismissed. Call upon Jesus, NOW! You do not know the day of your Judgment.  Repent and put your faith in Jesus!

God calls all believers to share the Gospel…see Great Commission.

“Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.”

You may say I am not an Evangelist like Billy Graham. True. Yet, it does not mean you a void of the responsibility of sharing the Gospel with whom the Lord puts in your path.

Here is a question I have for you. What is the subject of the sentence of the Great Commission?  If you remember from English grammar, the subject in this sentence is not “go” or is it “world”.

According to English grammar rules the subject is “you”. The “you” is  implied.

“(YOU) go into the world and preach the Gospel.”

If you have children, you should be sharing  Jesus with them. If you have an unbelieving spouse, relative, friend, or anybody you meet, you as a believer should under the power of the Holy Spirit, whom you received when your put your faith in Jesus, will give you the ability to present the Gospel to anybody at anytime. You don’t have to develop a friendship first, it should be spiritually automatic and not humanly standard(using automobile terminology)  as a believer to share Jesus with anyone at  anytime.

Just wanted to share what God has placed in my heart to share for this blog post.

Now as far as what has occurred in outreach the past two weeks in Knoxville: I met a group of  black college students from Kansas City, Missouri on a summer conference at the University of Tennessee. I noticed they had purple tee-shirts with big letters of K.C.

When they said yes, I told them I was Joplin, MO and told them I had been living in Knoxville for the past four years. The Lord placed an open door for me to share the Gospel with them. I told one of the young men of what I do out here on Cumberland Strip and gave him a Million Dollar Bill tract.

I was wearing a Jesus shirt that was a likeness of the Obama red/blue color Warhol style shirts during the last presidential election.  I think he was surprised a white conservative Bible evangelist would wear something depicting a likeness to the Obama shirts. I told him the Gospel of Jesus Christ transcends human political boundaries. It was a way of delivering without compromising the Gospel. This is much like when the Apostle Paul went to a Greek marketplace/temple area that had an altar area dedicated to the “Unknown God”. From that altar, Paul was able alter the Greek way of thinking by explaining to the Greeks who is the “Unknown God.”

So this is one way which God allowed me to share the Gospel. Note it was not in my efforts, but by the Lord preordained before time began how he would let two men from Missouri to meet one another in Knoxville, Tennessee and have the Gospel presented.  When you realize it is God who does the evangelizing  by using you as an instrument,  you should be filled with joy how God chooses to use his people in his way to share Jesus with others.

Just got done with a little street witnessing on UT Strip following the Vol. loss. I went up to several college students and told them, “Here is a million bucks to cheer you up after the loss to the Gators.”
See…..handing out tracts does not have to be scary. Just be creative via the leading of the Holy Spirit.