Words God gives us when confronting fear
When confronted with fear, feeling overwhelmed, tempted to give up or give in, we are given these words from God:
You will see
These are not buzzwords but promises.
Words glistening with meaning and power.
Not just suggestions, but assurances given in the face of adversity.
These words are perfectly reliable because they come from a perfect God who sees the big picture.
A Way to Start a Spiritual Conversation
With eyes of wonder, believers in Christ grasp on to the words of grace, redemption, and justification. These words define the Christian faith.
The meaning behind these words appear obvious to the faithful but may have an entirely different connotation to an unbelieving world.
And this chasm of misunderstanding is growing wider.
It’s becoming more challenging to verbally express the hope believers have in Christ when they rely on meaningful Christian terminology to express their faith.
To proclaim Christ in today’s world, it may be helpful to bring a dictionary.
Slingshots or Silence
God works through his Word to create faith in the hearts of unbelievers.
His Word is like a weapon used in warfare. It cuts like a double-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12) and explodes like dynamite (Romans 1:16).
One of the greatest weapons ever used in the Bible is a profound example for believers who unleash the power of his Word by proclaiming it to others.
Reasons for Witnessing Reluctance
Spiritual conversations are becoming increasingly rare in today’s world.
Verbally proclaiming the gospel to a lost soul is becoming a lost art and a daunting prospect.
Many Christians believers are reluctant to talk about their faith with others and a recent study has proven this to be true.
Praise and Proclaim launches outreach initiative in Yakima WA
Evangelism is far more about trusting God’s promises and assurances than it is about ourselves. Believers trust that God’s Word works, even though we may not see the visible results of our efforts. Immediately following the Praise and Proclaim outreach initiative at Redeemer Lutheran Church (Yakima, WA), Rev. Isaac Cherney posed the following question during his sermon on Sunday morning,
“Is the Holy Spirit in charge of the results or not?”
Mission-minded congregations embrace the joy and privilege of being God’s messengers. They are far more concerned about bringing as many people as possible to heaven through the power of God’s Word than finding new members for their church. God is in control of the results. His children are in control of getting the Word out and unleashing its power.
It is God’s wisdom that he has chosen human messengers to be his representatives or ambassadors for the purpose of driving his message out. It is God’s responsibility to convert people by filling them with his Holy Spirit. It is only through the Spirit that lost souls hear, see, and believe his Truth and are set free.
A core group of faithful members from Redeemer Lutheran Church in Yakima WA embraced this truth, received evangelism training, and went out into their community to unleash the power of God’s Word.
Praise and Proclaim launches outreach initiative in Little Rock AR
“Those are two nice ladies. You must have a great church.”
A gentleman working in his yard had just met two members from King of Kings Lutheran Church in Little Rock, AR. They had just come by his house to introduce their church, proclaim a short gospel message, and personally invite him to their Fall Festival. He was impressed. Several minutes after they left, he told us that he would consider coming to church even though he belonged to another.
He was not alone. Others were also impressed that members of a nearby church were out meeting their neighbors and were interested to learn more about the small WELS church in Little Rock that has a big heart for Jesus.
Encouraging News for Evangelism
Well-publicized reports reveal the growing number of the irreligious in America. More people are choosing to stay home rather than go to church on Sunday mornings. The world is rapidly transforming in this information age and congregations are constantly finding themselves readjusting their outreach strategies to best communicate the gospel.
Out of the fog of uncertainty, there is some great news for evangelism. People are far more willing to hear the hope that we have in Christ than we think. Recent studies and personal experience are confirming this to be true.
Praise and Proclaim launches outreach initiative in St. Peter MN
The city of St. Peter MN is located ten miles north of Mankato and has a population of 11,000. It is the home of Gustavus Adolphus College and could be considered a small college town with a strong ELCA presence. Some could say that the area is over-churched to go out into the community to spread the gospel, but that wasn’t the case at Saint Peter Lutheran Church and School.
Praise and Proclaim Ministries partnered with Saint Peter Lutheran and launched an outreach initiative October 5-6. We were blessed to have seventy adults and twenty-two children from around the Minnesota Valley come for the evangelism training on Friday evening. The next morning, thirty-one people went throughout the St. Peter community to put their training into practice and plant the seeds of the gospel.