Monthly Archives: May 2012

“I will build my Church”

    In 1877 Bishop Ryle wrote: “The Lord Jesus Christ declares, ‘I will build My Church’….Ministers may preach, and writers may write, but the Lord Jesus Christ alone can build. And except He builds, the work stands still….Sometimes the work goes on fast, and sometimes it goes on slowly. Man is frequently impatient, and thinks that nothing is doing. But man’s time is not God’s time. A thousand years in His sight are but as a single day. The great builder makes no mistakes. He knows what He is doing. He sees the end from the beginning. He works by a perfect, unalterable and certain plan.” [J.C. Ryle ‘The True Church’ in Warnings to the Churches, 1877, pp13-14].

 

    Wy don’t churches grow? Why do the churches that do grow seem to get all of their growth from “sheep stealing”? Many modern day evangelical pastors think they are “building the church”, but most often they are merely preaching on Sunday and the people check off their weekly “heaven card” that they “went to church”. Are churches being the Body of Christ? Are they concerned with one another? Do they bear one another’s burdens? After 17 years as a Christian the biggest disappointment that I have had is that the church is not being the Body of Christ.  If the pastor or his family is in any trouble the church will rally and help and everyone will rejoice, but when others are in trouble the church is not there. When we truly “love one another” and not just love the pastor who preaches a Sunday message, then maybe people will take notice.

 

 

 

EE 5/15/12

    Matt, Theresa, and I were planning on going to some homes in Lake Villa, but when we left the church it was raining. We began driving and praying. I was going to go to some apartments, but we went to Wal-Mart instead. When we got out of the vehicle there was a huge double rainbow in the eastern sky. Pretty cool.

    We began handing out gospel tracts. Matt had a short conversation with a lady on her work break. When the weather cleared we were getting ready to go back to the original plan and visit some houses. I spotted a young man coming outside for a smoke break and was immediately drawn to him. His name is Paul. We had a good conversation with him for nearly 20 minutes. He did not believe in God or right and wrong. He believed in evolution as well. His friend Kyle came over and joined the discussion as well. Kyle is an agnostic. They had to go back to work so we gave them some gospel tracts.

    After that Theresa struck up a conversation with a woman named Amber and invited her to church. She was/is a Roman Catholic, but her husband is a Christian. After speaking with Amber, Kyle returned and told us his manager wanted us to leave. Since it was already after 8pm we were ready to leave before he even asked us. No problem. Please pray for Paul, Kyle, and Amber as well as the other people who received gospel tracts.

 

EE 5/8/12

    Matt, Theresa, and I went back to the apartments in Antioch to follow-up on a previous contact who said we could come on over, so we did. Turns out “Dn” was not home from work yet, so we spoke with his wife J. We asked her the 1st question and she said, she “hopes to go to heaven”. I shared 1John 5:13 with her and asked if she would like to know for certain. She said not right now.

    So we went back outside where 3 people ( T, R, J ) were sitting around talking. I introduced the team and began telling them what we were doing. We were able to share the entire gospel and answered many questions about the church. It was a really good visit. I asked the diagnostic questions, Matt shared Grace, Theresa shared Man, and then I finished the rest of the gospel. From everything shared it appears R & J are both saved. T still has some questions regarding the authenticity of the scriptures, but does not deny God or the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

    R & J are a married couple with 3 children. They are looking for a church to attend, so we invited them to Calvary Chapel. T is currently attending another church in the area. Please pray that all of them are able to find a fellowship where they can be loved & discipled.

    Just before we left “H” came outside and we got to speak and pray with her. We had previously shared the gospel with her a few months ago and we knocked on her door a second time. This was our third contact with “H”. We still have an open door for a fourth contact. Pray for that opportunity as well. 

    Evangelism Explosion is a discipleship training ministry as well as an outreach to the lost. Matt and Theresa are progressing well. Please pray for me that I step back ore often and allow them to share more. Sometimes I get on a roll and forget that. I am stepping back, but I know that I can do better and pray the Spirit works through them.

EE 5/1/12

    Praise God! We finished our first semester of classroom training. Thirteen weeks of classroom and OJT (on the job training). Matt and Theresa were faithful and never gave up. Now what? We continue to go out on Tuesday evenings seeking the lost and doing OJT. The goal is for Matt and Theresa to be equipped as trainers so that they can take their own teams out and train them. Discipleship & Multiplication.

    Last night we went to the College of Lake County for the 2nd time this semester. We immediately went to the smoking lounge by the commons and began talking to people. The first young man I met was wearing a large cross and it turned out his dad was a former pastor and now heads up a ministry. Praise God. The next person we spoke to was a young woman. Theresa had struck up a conversation with her and had asked her the 1st question. Turns out she has been attending a large evangelical church in the area since she was 7 (she is now 20). Without going inot any details she said she “doesn’t know if she wants to live for God”. WHoa. She still regularly attends this church, but somehow did not fully understand the gospel, although she did know portions of it such as Jesus dying for our sins, the need for repenting of sin, the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. She has experienced a lot of pain, and much of it from the church I suspect. Please pray for this dear young woman. Her name is SmT.

    Next we met a believer named Tim. He had many struggles going on, but was clearly joyful. He also was wearing a large cross. Pray for Tim.

    After talking with Tim we were standing around talking about the “National Day of Prayer” and handing out gospel tracts and two people approached us. A lady who was greek orthodox began talking to Matt and Theresa. They shared with her briefly,m but she had to get back to class. I began talking with a young man named NK. It turns out NK’s father died in December. He was now trying to help his family cope with the loss. During our lengthy discussion I shared the entire gospel with NK. Matt and Theresa also participated. Matt shared about Man and Theresa shared about God. Afte we finished NK said he wanted to pray to receive Christ. We prayed with him and gave him some materials. NK’s younger sister has been attending a local church I am familiar with. I told NK he should go to church with her and attend Bible study. I gave NK my business card as well as an invite to Calvary Chapel. I asked him to keep in touch with me. Please pray for NK and his entire family. They need the Lord.