Report from MissionFest ’17 in Houston
Mission Fest ’17 was held in Houston a week ago. This annual event provides opportunities for teenagers to proclaim the gospel. High school students from Wisconsin and Illinois spent their spring break to travel to Texas exercising their faith, receive training, and step out to proclaim the Good News.
How Evangelists Use the Law Before Proclaiming the Gospel
The gospel is the Good News of what Jesus Christ has already done for us. Jesus was crucified, buried, and rose again on our behalf. It is the power of the Holy Spirit working through the message of the gospel that creates faith in an unbeliever’s heart.
The saving work of the Holy Spirit can only work through the message of the gospel and not the law. However, the law does have a place in evangelism. When done with the attitude of love and proper discernment, the message of the law prepares hearts to receive the gospel message that Christ has done it all!
How can Christians deliver this message?
The Kingdom of Heaven is Near
When Jesus sent out his disciples to go door-to-door to proclaim the gospel, He needed the words needed to be simple, powerful, and easy to remember.
He told them to proclaim the following message, “The Kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matthew 10:7)
How can we apply this same message to today’s world?
3 Ways the Power of Satan Affects the Work of an Evangelist
No unbeliever wants to be a Christian.
It’s not just a stubborn refusal to trust in God’s promises [because they are dead in sin], the removal of social barriers, or even the hypocrisy of a church that holds a person back, but something even more powerful.
When evangelists don’t acknowledge the spiritual forces behind unbelief, they will be ill-equipped to provide an appropriate and ongoing response to counter them.
Don’t be like “Harold” but be heralds of Good News
When the angels appeared in the night sky to proclaim the good news of Christ’s birth, they provided an example and a clue for all believers on how to be evangelists.
All believers, like the angels, are to be heralds of Good News. And in that old English word “herald” we discover the truth and misconceptions about evangelism.
A way to find delight in the fear of evangelism – it comes from an unexpected source
The fear of evangelism is a normal response. Trepidation can typically accompany Jesus’ call to carry out the Great Commission. When a soul’s eternity is at stake, even the most seasoned Christian can succumb to fear when God has given them opportunities to proclaim His name.
When we examine Scripture and God’s promises, we discover that most of our fears are self-imposed.
I believe the prophet Isaiah offers us a few clues. Out of great love and mercy, God provides a simple, effective tool on how we find delight when confronting the fears of evangelism.
That tool is an ax.
Praise and Proclaim Ministries leads teens to share the gospel in Houston
Praise and Proclaim Ministries concluded a three-day campaign to share the gospel door-to-door in five separate communities in Houston. Teenagers from California, Illinois, and Wisconsin traveled to Texas on their spring break to take part in this outreach campaign.
One of the greatest joys for our ministry is to train Christians and watch them step out in faith to share their faith with others. When teenagers are given the opportunity to be a part of an organized campaign and receive proper training, they are amazing at sharing the gospel!
This was especially true in Houston, TX!
Praise and Proclaim Ministries launches outreach campaign in Phoenix
Praise and Proclaim Ministries received the privilege of launching an outreach campaign in Peoria, Arizona on February 22-23.
Sponsored by the Board of Home Missions of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Milwaukee, WI, this outreach campaign gathered together mission leaders and pastors from California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and Alaska. The intent was to introduce the approach and methodology of Praise and Proclaim Ministries, plus allow the mission leaders to personally experience the training by spending the day going door-to-door and sharing the gospel.