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Isaac Strider is a 15-year-old sophomore from Bethany, Oklahoma, where he is a member of the school’s Bible group and FCA at his high school. When he was 6 years old, he placed his faith in Christ during a visit with his grandfather and grandmother, Edward and Betty Lockwood, in Ponca City, Oklahoma.
Isaac’s grandfather has a motorcycle, so it was pretty natural for him to love bikes. In 2010 they rode the bike to Sturgis; the ultimate destination for bikers. But Isaac not only loves bikes, he loves Jesus even more. During their time in Sturgis he worked with the Christian bikers who were there sharing their faith. Several of the leaders were not sure if he could handle himself with the adults who would come into the tent, but he quickly proved they had nothing to fear. He shared with more than forty adults, some from notorious biker groups, and was able to lead twenty-one adults to the Lord.
His next opportunity would be Daytona Bike Week 2011. There would be tens of thousands in town for the week, and the FAITH Riders w...
If you keep up with the news these days, you know about the persecution and killing of Christian pastors and laypeople all over the world. The situation seems to be escalating, but the more who are persecuted, the more the witness goes out, and the light shines brighter for Christ. Through the ages, God's people have proclaimed the Gospel despite the risks. Mexico sounds so close to us, yet there is an ongoing struggle to keep Christ before the people. Please read this testimony of what one person can do from a layman, Craig Younkers, who is a member of River Hills Baptist Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, where Bill Simmons is pastor.
My wife, Elizabeth, is from Mexico, and my focus turned to that area when I realized that my mother-in-law did not know Christ. After being involved in our church's evangelism program, my focus changed, and I became more aware of others' spiritual conditio...
What happens when we prioritize evangelism? Consider this account from Stuart Bell, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Centerton, Arkansas.
We are sold on doing intentional evangelism.
This semester, a couple of my staff members challenged me with a new approach on Sunday nights asking, "If we really do 'exist to fulfill the Great Commission,' then:
1. What is our primary thing? To share the Gospel.
2. What is our primary way of doing this as a church, including discipling our people to be soul winners? Our evangelism strategy!
3. When is the best time to reach people? Sunday afternoons, so that visits can be done during the daylight hours and folks are home.
4. Why can't we make our evangelistic outreach the thing on Sunday nights for twelve weeks? We can!"
So we adjusted our evening schedul...
I love this time of the year because we have settled in from summer vacations and are now back to "seriously soldiering for the Savior." It's the time of the year when pastors across the country are pleading for you to be a soul winner and to come join a team in order to either learn how to share your faith or to get back on track about being intentional by having a specific day, each week, to go out and share and encourage those in our community. You see this modeled in the testimony of Chris Murdock, Pastor of Ruhama Baptist Church in Fort Payne, Alabama.
When you participate in an organized evangelism strategy, you get an opportunity to obey the Great Commission, win souls into the Kingdom of God, and change the community in which you live. You also learn a highly effective method for sharing the Gospel in a comfortable, conversational way. I have used the FAITH outline to win souls dur...
Have you ever been frustrated because you just didn't know how to effectively present the Gospel? Consider this testimony from an anonymous brother who you might be able to relate to.
I'm daydreaming at the water cooler when suddenly Lisa, from sales, interrupts my thoughts with a big hello. I turn and look into her smiling face and return it with a smile of my own.
"What's got you smiling?" I ask. I like Lisa, she's always so friendly.
"Oh, I had a great weekend. My husband took me out to a really cool restaurant for dinner, for no reason, on Saturday night. Then on Sunday morning, we went and bought a new fifty-inch plasma TV. I'm one happy girl!"
Sunday morning ... I was in church on Sunday morning. Suddenly, for no apparent reason, I blurt out, "Lisa, do you know Jesus?"
She looks hard at me, her smile slowly t...
Sometimes our attempts at witnessing don't go the way we would expect — or like. But that doesn't relieve us of the responsibility to present the Gospel, does it? And God is always faithful, as you will see in this testimony from Jay Smith, a member of First Baptist Naples, Florida, where Hayes Wicker is pastor.
Two years ago, I was listening to FAITH testimonies at a church banquet. Our daughter Madison was already involved in this evangelism strategy, so we felt obligated to come and support our daughter and investigate this approach to evangelism — and because our evangelism pastor, Greg Davidson, had invited me and my wife, Cristie, to the banquet.
Not knowing what God had in store for me that particular night, Bobby Welch spoke and he challenged us, stating that it was time for us to "put up or shut up!" It was like he was speaking directly at me, and I start...
One of the exciting things about the Gospel is that it has no boundaries of nationalities, as you will read in the testimony below from Pastor Dennis Littleton of First Baptist Church, Palm Coast, Florida. Church folks are an interesting bunch, to say the least. But one thing is sure, all church folks have the same Jesus urging them to be "salt and light" in a very dark world. The world's only hope is knowing Christ.
Our church is starting its seventh semester of FAITH evangelism. Thanks to this intentional approach to disciple making, God has given our church unprecedented opportunities to share Christ's Gospel of love and forgiveness throughout our community and beyond.
As I write, we are beginning this new semester with seventy-five church members who have already been trained in evangelism, and we are expecting a new class of "newbies" this month to enroll as be...
Below are a couple of testimonies from First Baptist Church of Naples, Florida. The first shows that if your church is a soul-winning church, it can be the catalyst in your community to win your world to Christ. We must become intentional in these days. The second will hopefully encourage you to "keep on keeping on."
Partnering for the Sake of the Gospel
Our desire in our evangelistic strategy is to train sister churches in our community, equipping them to also have a community-wide outreach out of their place of worship. We are truly committed to being evangelism multipliers. Evangelism is all about multiplying — sharing Christ with another and that person sharing Christ with another and so on.
We are now training two churches in evangelism. To do this, we host one or two of their key leaders and have them participate in our evangelism outreach every Sunday night. The goal is for them to complete training an...
Here we are again, can you believe it? Christmas is just around the corner! Stores decorated, just waiting for our money, and we are excited to give it to them because we know it will make a loved one happy. (At least we're hoping it will.) All the talk is around food and gifts. "Whose house will we eat at this year, and what in the world will we get Grandma? She doesn't need a thing!" That sounds familiar, doesn't it? But what about Uncle Jack? Every year he comes with the family, and we're careful not to talk too much about religion around him or he gets a little "huffy." But, you know, what if this past year the Holy Spirit has been working on him, without us even knowing it? Maybe his old fishing and hunting buddies have been talking to him about the Lord — you never know. Persistence is rewarded, as you will see in this testimony from Roy Ray, a member of First Baptist Church in Centerton, Arkansas, where Stuart Bell is pastor....