Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Tuesday 25th September, 2012

“CSBA Racing” 5 day “180” outreach!

Their motorcycle racing ministry setup a “180” booth at the Wyoming County Fair. They gave away “180” DVDs and witnessed to people over the 5 day fair.

See You at the Pole – TOMORROW @ 7am—Flagpole

See You at the Pole™, the global day of student prayer, began in 1990 as a grass roots movement with ten students praying at their school. Twenty years later, millions pray on their campuses on the fourth Wednesday in September. See You at the Pole™ is simply a prayer rally where students meet at the school flagpole before school to lift up their friends, families, teachers, school, and nation to God. See You at the Pole™ is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event.

Evidence Bible

“Nothing surpasses a tract for sowing the seed of the Good News.” Billy Graham

A new episode of WOTM, Season 4 debuts tonight on TBN! (7pm EST)

Although Brussels is an amazing city, Belgium has been called an "evangelical wasteland." You will be spellbound as a drunken crowd becomes unruly while listening to the gospel. Learn new words, such as "lustery"; how to respond to the philosophy of "moral relativism"; how to witness to an atheist; about Voltaire; and what the courageous William Tyndale did for you, in this fast-moving and informative episode.

Vice President Joe Biden Gets a Tract!

Tracts tips from Cannes Film Festival (pt.1)

“It seems unnatural and awkward to give out tracts to strangers, wouldn’t it be better to find other ways to reach them, perhaps focus on inviting them to church to hear the gospel?”

Our theology directs our methodology.
Our theology demands the urgency to win the lost and common sense dictates the vast majority will never come to church. We have to follow Jesus & the apostles example and bring the gospel outside the church.

You’re left with 2 evaluation questions:

1. Do gospel tracts effectively reach people?

· Joey Hancock of the American Tract Society said, "Fifty-three percent of all who come to Christ worldwide come through the use of printed gospel literature."
Hudson Taylor the great missionary was saved through a tract, so was Moishe Rosen, founder of Jews for Jesus, Mitsuo Fuchida, commander of the Japanese planes during Pearl Harbor, Thomas Johannes Back, who served as General Director and spiritual leader over 800 missions workers who served around the word, and so many more.

· After George Whitefield read one called “The Life of God in the Soul of a Man,” he said, “God showed me I must be born again or be damned.” He went on to pray, “Lord, if I am not a Christian, or if I am not a real one, for Jesus Christ’s sake show me what Christianity is, that I may not be damned at last!” Then his journal tells us “from that moment . . . did I know that I must become a new creature.”

· A Christian book relates the true story of a diver who saw a piece of paper clutched in the shell of an oyster. The man grabbed it, found that it was a gospel tract and said, “I can’t hold out any longer. His mercy is so great that He has caused His Word to follow me even to the bottom of the ocean.” God used a tract to save the man.

2. Will a tract offend some people?
Sure, is it because of the packaging? No, most people smile when you give them a million dollars. But, the gospel will offend (God promised that). Someone going out of their way to preach the gospel outside of church will rub some people the wrong way, but that’s exactly what we’re instructed and given the example to do in Scripture.

· We see Paul taking the good news to people that weren’t looking for it at the Areopagus, to kings while on trial, in the marketplace going up to complete strangers. Acts says Paul’s “habit” was to preach in the synagogues on the Sabbath—if there was ever an opportunity to offend people, if ever a location not to go to, it was the synagogue—the national leader of the Jewish people, the leader of their temple, the High Priest, was a part of the crowd campaigning for Jesus’ death, and they preached Christ there—in human wisdom it would have made much more sense to teach your people how to witness, teach them to build long term relationships and at a BBQ subtly bring up Christ—but in the wisdom of God, there was a desperate urgency to bring the lost to the gospel, as if they were heading for Hell… He became as a Jew to Jews, he brought it in a relevant way, but He brought a message many didn’t want to hear and certainly not the way he was bringing it.

It’s not an acceptable method, but an incredible method!

1. People who would never come to church to hear the gospel
2. Leaves an impression of warmth and a smile
3. They realize this matters enough for someone to go out of their way to share it

“What do you say when you give out a tract?”

“If you want people to accept your tract from you, don’t say, ‘Would you like this?’ They will probably say, ‘What is it?’ and then you’re in trouble. Instead, say, ‘Did you get one of these?’ That question has a two-fold effect. You stir up curiosity and make them ask ‘One of what?’ That’s when you pass it to them. That phrase also makes them feel as though they are missing out on something. And so they are.” - Ray Comfort