“I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise.” (Psalm 138:1)
It was a beautiful neighborhood.
Nice cars were parked in the driveway. Trimmed bushes, manicured lawns, and every entryway to the front door provided a unique display of decorate wall hangings, pottery, wind chimes, or floral wreaths. The families in this neighborhood were successful.
And I was going to knock on their door to introduce them to Jesus Christ through the power of His Word.
I confess that I was a little wary. I admit that I was a little intimidated entering nice neighborhoods with beautiful homes to proclaim the gospel. I know that I am bringing a message of foolishness. It felt like being an ambassador from a small army coming up to a strong castle with fortified walls. I was not coming to ask for help, but offering them terms of surrender. Nobody likes to be laughed at. And for families that appear to have everything, I am representing an offer that has little value.
How do I conquer these fears?
Signs of an economic resurgence can be heard when earth movers shake the ground, saw blades are whining, and hammers are pounding. When these sights and sounds are seen and heard only a few miles away from a congregation, opportunities will abound to be proactive and reach out with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This is the case with the pastor and the leadership team at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Westminster, CO.
They decided to be a proactive and begin reaching out to the new residents of a burgeoning community with the idea of launching a satellite congregation. Praise and Proclaim Ministries was invited to come and help train members on how to share the gospel of Jesus Christ — and provide a well-organized and meaningful opportunity to put their training into action.
And we were not disappointed.
On Saturday, September 17th, twenty members from Shepherd of the Valley stepped out of their comfort zones to apply our methodology and approach to go door-to-door and proclaim the gospel. The Lord opened the doors and our teams boldly and confidently planted the seeds of the gospel 114 times.
The campaign was especially blessed when two ladies from the congregation uncovered a wonderful opportunity that came from a remarkable visit at the door.
If there ever was a perfect day to go door-to-door proclaiming the gospel — this would be it.
72 degrees. Blue skies. Bright sun. A light wind. It was a perfect Saturday to be outside — and a perfect time to be ambassadors for Christ and share His message.
Praise and Proclaim Ministries received the joy and privilege to lead an outreach campaign at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Our goal was to train members on how to share the gospel with friends, neighbors, and strangers — and provided a well-organized opportunity to put their training into action. Over forty people took part in the training and 24 people took the streets the following day — including six people from Christ Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, MN.
And the Lord blessed our efforts.
We met Mary the atheist, David the Sabatarian, Willard the Free Methodist, and Karl the lapsed Lutheran who doesn’t do religion anymore. But we also met over two dozen people who expressed interest in learning more on how we can find freedom in Christ. Every person was a divine appointment. Each soul was another opportunity to plant the seed. And we rejoice that the Lord allowed participants to proclaim the gospel two hundred and ninety-eight times on a beautiful, sunny day in Minnesota.
And the Lord provided some stories.
In love and mercy, God is generous with grace. He extends his love with the hand of forgiveness to people though many reject Him. God’s grace pursues. His forgiveness reconciles. His love is so pure that Jesus resorts to parables to describe it.
We are given the word picture of a father who readily bestows grace and forgiveness to a prodigal son. We are given the images of a wife who is frantically looking for a lost coin – and a faithful shepherd searching for that one lost sheep out of a hundred entrusted to his care.
Every person in this world is valued by God. His love, mercy, and grace is so pure and powerful that He sent us His one and only son to die for us.
His grace may appear as a reckless love that continues to sets itself up for rejection. It is a type of love that is foreign to many of us. The message of God’s grace is an invitation without limits or qualifications. It is intended for all people.
It is reckless love that prompts evangelists to spread the message of salvation to the world.
Located about thirty miles east of Spokane, the growing city of Coeur d’Alene, ID is situated on a large, beautiful lake and is the host to several resorts and a famous golf course with a floating green.
It is also the site of a brand new church called The Vine. And Praise and Proclaim Ministries was invited to launch an outreach campaign in the Coeur d’Alene community.