Tag: sharing the gospel

The Challenge

While a student at Baylor, I sought to share the Gospel with those around me. One time I asked a cashier if he knew the story of Easter. To be honest, my question seemed cheesy and I cringed while awaiting his response. But his reply stunned me.

He slowly shook his head. I felt he must have misunderstood, so I rephrased the question, asking if anyone had ever shared about Jesus dying of the cross. Again, he gave the same reply. I recognized this was a sacred moment and had the privilege of sharing the Gospel with him for the very first time.

This experienced opened my eyes. There are people here in our city, people in your unique sphere of influence, who don’t know who Jesus is. Some have never heard of Him while others have never been given a chance to respond.

Easter is an incredible opportunity to share the Gospel. We have a nationwide holiday celebrating the Gospel.

People are more open to visiting church on Easter (and Christmas) than any other day of the year. What better way to celebrate the Gospel story than making sure those we interact with have a chance to hear it?

As you consider how to respond, read 2 Corinthians 5:18-20:

“God … reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

We have been entrusted with an incredible message, the true meaning of Easter. Jesus died to reconcile us to God.  That is worth celebrating this Easter. But don’t stop there. Let’s make sure we actively invite others into this gift of relationship with Jesus.

I want to offer a specific challenge:

In the days leading up to Easter, pray daily for three to five people in your life who don’t know Jesus and then invite them to attend church with you, or even directly share your testimony. We will have invitation cards available on Sunday to help you invite someone. You can take as many as you like! Our Easter services will give a clear opportunity for people to respond to the Gospel.

Let’s celebrate the resurrection this Easter. Let’s live in awe of what Jesus did for us, and let’s faithfully extend His message to others.

By Drew Steadman, Director of Ministries and U.S. Church Planting

Outreach in Uganda – A Discipleship School Testimony

It took a long time to get to Uganda – a very long time.

Think 18 hours of flying and 10 hours of driving, and you’ve made it. But I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.

My team consisted of 16 adults and kids. The goal of our trip was to share the Gospel and ultimately find hungry people who would lead discipleship groups of Ugandans after we were gone. Each morning we met as a team to worship, encourage one another and get vision for the day. Then we were sent out to the city in twos.

One day, my husband and I were in a group with two of the kids from our team. We prayed for guidance, and then we each shared what we had received from the Lord. My husband saw a picture of windowpanes. Since we didn’t have a specific destination, at each intersection we simply took turns asking God which direction to go.

L: Some of our team helped cook a meal at an orphanage that we visited. R: Rice and beans are typical fare for lunch.

We found ourselves on the campus of a technical college walking past a cornfield when my husband saw windowpanes that matched the picture he had received earlier. We went to investigate but only found an abandoned building. Giving up, we turned around to leave. We were stopped short by a man driving up on a motorcycle.

His name was Stephen, and he was a professor at the college. He had planned to go out with his colleagues that afternoon but felt like he should return home instead. That sounded like a divine appointment to us!

L: Some of the teachers on our team visited a nearby school to share Jesus. R: A typical scene in Uganda

He invited us into his home – adjacent to the abandoned building with the windowpanes – and we each took turns sharing part of God’s story from creation to Christ. He was excited to hear stories from the Bible and shared his desire for the people of his tribe to know them, too. We encouraged him to share these stories with others and promised we would come back again.

I remember walking away in amazement at how many things had to work together perfectly in order for that meeting to happen.

God was leading us as well as our new friend, Stephen.

We returned one more time to visit Stephen and found out he had told the stories to others and was eager to hear more. We led him and another friend through a discovery Bible study and encouraged them to keep sharing what God was teaching them.

Our time in Uganda was over before we knew it. By the end of two weeks, our team had met more than 30 people who were hungry to know the Word of God and share with others. We gave their information to the long-term team to connect with in the future.

One day our team met for our morning meeting under the mango tree at our hotel.

While we won’t be there to see these people grow in their faith, I’m so thankful to have played a small part in their stories and in God’s plan for Uganda.

We all have a part to play, and one day I look forward to seeing the full tapestry of how God has woven all those parts together into one magnificent masterpiece.

By Heather Garcia, Antioch Night Discipleship School Class of 2014

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