What tools do you use to equip the believers in your church to share the gospel with the lost?

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1 Peter 3:15 says,  "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,." How do you equip your church to go and profess the gospel to those outside of Christ?

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The Lord has blessed us with many salvations at Community CRC (Fort Wayne IN) in the past several years. Community CRC mission statment is "to equip the body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandment one disciple at a time." I have just written an Evangelism Training Seminar called Go and Tell-an easy and practical way to equip you to become a fisher of men based on the Heidelberg Catechism. This tool has equipped many in our church to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Philemon 7 says, "I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ Jesus." Please contact Pastor Jim Halstead at Community CRC if you would like to know more about this evangelism seminar. www.fortwaynecrc.com

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Community CRC will host the Go and Tell seminar on Saturday, September 7, (9:00am-Noon). Go and Tell is an easy and practical way to equip you to become a fisher of men (Matthew 4:19) based on the Heidelberg Catechism. This three hour seminar will provide you with the tools to “be active in sharing your faith” (Philemon 6) with others.
Community CRC (3434 Lahmeyer Road, Fort Wayne IN 46815). Contatc Community CRC fo rmore info fwcrc@hotmail.com
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I attended the "Go and Tell" seminar on September 7th.  I was more than pleased!  I was very pleased to see the Heidelberg Catechism and a Reformed bent through and through!  I was greatly inspired and taught the biblical approach from the scriptures on how to evangelize!   My eyes were opened to many truths and I am excited to see God use "Go and Tell" as a means to equip saints in obeying the commandment of fulfilling the Great Commission!

Do you share the good news with others?  I didn't.

The Go and Tell seminar solidified the motivation to be obedient to share the good news with others.

It is not easy to change but this seminar provided reasons from the Bible, The Heidelberg Catechism and practical examples that I needed to seek God's help to begin to make this change.

Clear and practical examples and tools were provided along with practice opportunities through role plays to help get us started.

We all need to share the good news with others because we are commanded to directly and also because this is a clear way we can show we love others because we care about how they are living on earth and where they will spend eternity.

Change is not easy but this seminar was very helpful in facilitating much needed change.

I attened the Go and Tell personal evangelism training led by Rev. Jim Halstead and it was fantastic.  As the director of youth and outreach at my church, we will be hosting Pastor Jim at our church on Oct. 12 to continue his God called equipping of His people.  You are invited to attend at Grace CRC in Kalamazoo or contact Pastor Jim at Fort Wayne, IN Community Christian Reformed Church to have him conduct the training at your church.

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I hope yo ucan attend the Go and Tell Evangelism seminar this Saturday, October 12, (9:00am-Noon)  Hosted by Grace CRC (1724 Whites Road, Kalamazoo MI 49008) kalamazoograce@yahoo.com or call the church office at 269-345-2864

Go and Tell is an easy and practical way to equip you to become a fisher of men (Matthew 4:19) based on the Heidelberg Catechism. This three hour seminar will provide you with the tools to “be active in sharing your faith” (Philemon 6) with others.

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Atheist on Christians who do no evangelize: Atheist Penn Jillette is one half of Penn and Teller, a duo that has been headlining Vegas shows for years with comedy and the art of illusion. Penn has never been shy about his disbelief in God, often writing about his conviction in articles and best-selling books. Yet in an on-line video blog that can be found on YouTube, Penn shares a story about the time a gracious Christian businessman gave him a Bible as a gift. Penn goes on to use the story as an opportunity to point out that Christians who don't evangelize must really hate people. Here's the direct quote from his video blog:

I've always said, you know, that I don't respect people who do not proselytize. I don't respect that at all. If you believe that there's a heaven and hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life or whatever, and you think that, uh, well, it's not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward—and atheists who think that people shouldn't proselytize, [saying] "Just leave me alone and keep your religion to yourself"—uh, how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize them? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that? I mean, if I believed beyond the shadow of a doubt that a truck was coming to hit you, and you didn't believe it, and that truck was bearing down on you, there's a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.

How ar eyou doing sharing the gospel with others? If you need to be equipped to share the gospel, contact Pastor Jim Halstead to lead the Go and Tell seminar at your church.

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Testimony from a Go and Tell participant from the Regional Prayer Summit November 8-9: "a young man from our church was on his way home. He was planning to mow his neighbor's lawn following the summit. God told him to not charge the woman but instead ask to present the gospel. He went to Jim's breakout on evangelism. He mowed the lawn, when she came out to pay him he refused the money and asked if he could share something that he just learned. She was moved and told him she was going into the house to pray to receive Jesus. He's 19 and accepted Christ about 2 months ago." 

Just noticed on the Prayer Guide(01/25/2014) for the CRC that Pastor Nicholas Hopkins and Shawnee Park CRC in Grand Rapids use the TOP TEN MOST WANTED LIST.  This provides guidance on praying for others to come to Christ.  Shawnee Park CRC has the list on their church web site under evangelism.  The TOP TEN MOST WANTED LIST is provided by: Christian Reformed Home Missions(www.crhm.org) and Christian Reformed World Missions(www.crwm.org).  Really exciting stuff!

 

 

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Thanks for posting about the Top Ten Most Wanted List from the Christian Home Missions page. We also give this out at church and we are going to post it on our church web site (www.fortwaynecrc.com) and you can access it at: http://www2.crcna.org/site_uploads/uploads/crhm/EasterPentecost/2012/s2s-10-most-wanted.pdf

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Community CRC Announcement:

We are excited to announce that the Go and Tell evangelism seminar by Pastor Jim Halstead is now available for free at www.fortwaynecrc.com  Go and Tell is an easy and practical way to equip you to become a fisher of men (Matthew 4:19) based on the Heidelberg Catechism. This seminar will provide you with the tools to “be active in sharing your faith” (Philemon 6) with others. The Go and Tell free resources (video, booklet, testimonials, etc…) have helped many to become equipped to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. For example, Karen thanked us after she took the Go and Tell seminar online, she wrote:

 “Dear Pastor Jim, I want to thank you for sharing your website with me. I have listened to all sessions and have taken helpful notes!  I have also fully investigated your website.  You are certainly right when you told me you have the gift of evangelism.  You have put together one of the most comprehensive, loving effective ways of evangelizing I have ever listened to.  So many of the sources you have quoted from are wonderful but the way you brought them all together is a gift from God!  My Bible study I attend has around 200 women and I cannot wait to take it to my leadership. Lastly, thank  you for emphasizing not pushing a person into praying a prayer.  I did the study of Follow Me this summer and I know that this can lead to false conversion.  The F.I.R.E and L.A.W., the bridge and the Christian Wheel were very helpful.  I am thankful for how you taught us to let the person pray their own prayer of repentance!  I love letting the Holy Spirit do His work rather than me trying to mess up His work. Thank you and God Bless you.  I look forward to putting into practice what I learned!”

To access the Go and Tell seminar online, go to www.fortwaynecrc.com and click on the Go and Tell tab. You will be able to access the Go and Tell videos, resources and testimonials. We pray that the Lord of the Harvest will use this material to raise up workers for the harvest field (Matthew 9:35-38).

Delighting in God,

 

Pastor Jim Halstead

www.fortwaynecrc.com

Church: 260-493-2398

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