Monday, November 14, 2011

Daily Telling

All day long I will tell the wonderful things you do to save your people. But you have done much more than I could possibly know. -Somewhere in Psalm 71

But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. –Somewhere in Psalm 73

Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul.  - Somewhere in Psalm 66

One of the greatest means of evangelism is a daily broad-based telling of what you have learned of God each day. Like scattering or sowing seed, some will land on good soil and produce a harvest of souls. It is neither argumentative nor manipulative (a straw-man argument many make against witnessing).

Start your day with meditation on God’s Word and prayer. Spend the rest of the day telling people, everyone, as you can and as it fits, what you learned from God. If there is no natural in, just say “Today I learned something about God,” or “God taught me something today,” or “I read something interesting in the Bible today.” Just leave it out there. Some will ask, “What was it?”

Share.  Do this daily.

If you don’t meditate of God’s word regularly, you won’t have much to share, and you will keep quiet. So, build this habit too, if you haven’t already.

(Oh, and if you are the singing type, by all means, sing!)

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. –Somewhere in Psalm 89

Monday, November 7, 2011

An Example from Ecuador

I posted earlier in A Guide to Getting Beyond Typical Church Outreach about good soil producing a minimum 2,900% increase. (By the way, now that I am recovered from surgery and travel, I plan to post the rest of that guide soon.)

I also posted an example of this in post WWII China in the post An Observation of Good Soil.

Guy Muse, one of our IMB missionaries serving in Ecuador relates another great example of this declaration of Jesus. This story is so simple and personal. A great read. Here is an excerpt.

What follows is an attempt to briefly describe how seed planted in the life of just one person has produced well over the 100-fold described in Matthew 13...

Marlene was a member of a local Baptist church in Guayaquil. For several years she tried to motivate her fellow brothers and sisters to be more engaged in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. Excuses were always along the lines of "it is not in this year's budget," "we have a meeting planned to discuss this next month," "we have several outreach activities planned this year that will hopefully bring some new people into our church," "we don't have the money to plant a new church." No surprise that little to nothing was being done.

Marlene was part of an organic church planting training we were asked to do at her church through an invitation made to us by the pastor.
At the end of the training, Marlene respectfully requested permission to start a new house church, explaining to her pastor she wanted to put into practice what had been learned during the training. Her pastor gave his blessing.

Within a few weeks Marlene had won several friends and neighbors to the Lord through her house-to-house visitation, and through contacts made in her local business.

The first year Marlene baptized 18 and spent many hours discipling these new believers. They began meeting several times per week in Marlene's home as a new church start. The "mother church" with all their programs, budget, and paid ministry staff baptized three people that same year.

The story continues, relating how the discipling of one specific couple led to an entire family network coming to Jesus (30 fold), then how relatives, friends and neighbors were reached (60 fold), and finally how this turned into a network of new churches of new believers (100 fold). Read it all in the post 30,60 and 100-fold on The M Blog.

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