Monthly Archives: September 2012

EE 9/25/12

    Theresa, Marvin, and I went out on Tuesday evening. We are still visiting folks who allowed their children to come to VBS this summer. Theresa was in charge of the introductions and did a great job. The 2 families that we visited know members of Calvary. The first home we visited “S” came to the door and spoke to us through the screen door. We found out there family attends Village Church of Gurnee. We had a 10 minute chat, thanked “S” and moved on. Our second visit was more productive. When we arrived at the house the family was outside in the driveway. We chatted for about 15 minutes and then I was able to share a church testimony, ask the diagnostic questions, and shared a portion of the gospel. Marvin prayed for “L” in the driveway. It was a good visit, even if it was a bit disjointed. This family also attends another church. Our policy is if a family attends another Christian church that we do not attempt to persuade them to come to our church. That is “sheep stealing” and highly frowned upon. However, I never assume that because they attend a church that they understand the gospel. That is the purpose ofthe diagnostic questions; to know what a person is trusting in to have their sins removed and have eternal life. Many in the churches still trust in “being good” and don’t realize the only thing thing that can wash away their sin is the Blood of Jesus Christ.

    We actually ended early and were back to the church by 8pm. Normally I continue to look for opportunities until 8:15 pm or even as late as 8:30 pm. Because this was Marvin’s first time with us I did not push it. Please pray for these families and for us. Even though I have been doing street evangelism and visitation for 17 years I have so much to learn. Pray for me, that I learn to allow my trainees to flex and grow. Sometimes I come to “the rescue” too early and quench the Spirit.

EE 9/18/12

    Matt, Theresa, and I went on a follow-up visit to drop off some extra literature to a man we had shared the gospel with previously. He invited us in and we had an hour of fellowship. While we did not share the gospel again, we did discuss church, Bible Study, etc… It was a good visit.Pray for this family and continued opportunites to share the Love of Christ with them.

EE 9/11/12

    Matt was unable to make it, so Theresa and I met for prayer. After that I went alone to my new prayer partners home where we discussed things and spent some time in prayer.

    The key to evangelism is not just having a method or memorizing scripture and an outline and some illustrations. Those things are important. But it is more important to go in God’s power and not our own. It is easy for the equipped evangelist to go out and witness. But when we do that without the covering of prayer, we are atempting to do God’s work without God’s power. Prayer is absolutely necessary.

    So often churches will not pray for evangelists. They want to “wait and see” if the evangelist is effective before they begin supporting him/her with prayer. That is absolutely backwards thinking. Pray for God to empower the evangelist. If churches did that once in a while, “Oh what a difference we would see”.