Archive for May, 2009

The importance of Scripture memory

May 26, 2009

Memorizing Scripture is an essential part of the Christian life.  It is even more essential to evangelism.  The Bible itself even says that it is a powerful tool for evangelism.  Isaiah 55:10-11 says, “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”  The purpose of God’s Word is to draw people to Jesus.  If we use it, it will accomplish that purpose.  But honestly, who carries their Bible with them wherever they go?  I’m sure that it wouldn’t be a bad idea, but sometimes that could be impractical.  Therefore, in order for us to use the Bible in evangelism, and in order to be ready at all times, we need to memorize God’s Word.

Besides being ready to use Scripture in your evangelism, Scripture can also help us fight temptation.  The Psalmist says in Psalm 119:11, “I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”  Besides the obvious reason of sin essentially being spitting in the face of God, we need to not sin so we can be a good witness to those around us.  If you do things that you know are wrong and don’t hold yourself to higher standards, it could seriously hurt your ability to witness to those around you, and it could also distort people’s view of Christianity.  Therefore, we must hide God’s Word in our hearts.

In Christ,

Matt

Side Note:  I have recently discovered a great event called the National Bible Bee.  It is a Scripture knowledge and memory competition.  You can get more information about it here, though the deadline for this year is past: http://www.biblebee.org.  Also, there is a tool for Scripture memorization at http://www.memorizehisword.com.  These are great tools and motivators for Scripture memory!

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Evangelizing With the Youth Group

May 21, 2009

Earlier tonight, my Mom and I were able to go witnessing with a church here in town. I was somewhat excited about it, as we had never done it with them before. We arrived several minutes early, then loaded up the bus with (mostly) the church’s youth group. As we were driving, Mom handed me a paper wrapped in plastic which had their general “Gospel” presentation.

I looked it over, and it wasn’t too bad. It did give the Gospel pretty well, and was fairly simple. We arrived at the condos and chose partners. Mine was a good talker who had obiviosly done it before, so I became the secondary speaker (which was alright with me). I also carried the notepad to record what the people in the houses said, or if they were home or not. 

The first house turned out to be the only house which let us go through the whole presentation. She seemed to be about twenty and was friendly, but shy. My partner began by saying “I’m taking a religious servay,” and then proceeded to ask several questions, ending with “Are you 100% sure you’ve saved?” She wasn’t, and said so.

He then went on to begin sharing the Gospel, and it was exciting! But, when it came time to tell her about her sin and her need for a Savior, he zoomed through that part. I was disappointed. I had made occasional interjections and said a few things, but he carried the conversation mostly. He ended by asking, “Would you like to pray a simple prayer that will make you 100% sure you’re going to Heaven?” She was totally confused… and I think I was too. =)

She said she was too shy to pray with us. I could tell she just wasn’t convicted and if she had prayed the “simple prayer”, it would have been a false conversion for sure. People need to know they’re a sinner and need God, before knowing there’s a way to Heaven. I’m so glad to have learned The Way of the Master teaching courses, they taught me a lot!

We went through about eight more houses, and all of them were either busy or not home, so we gave tracks to most the houses. All of the groups were done as well, except for my Mom who went with another lady. We went to the bus as they talked to a girl. We waited and waited, until the youth pastor suggested we pray for the conversation they were having. We all did, and I now know that person is further interesting about Salvation and may come to the church. Praise God!

Since we had arrived, this 5-or-so-year-old boy had been riding around on his bicycle, and would shout things like “Praise the Lord” (somewhat mockingly, at all) and “Are you guys hippies”, etc., to us. I really wanted to talk to him, as I’ve been reading How to Succeed in Winning Children to Christ, and it is a very good book. I went out of the bus to talk to him, but he ran away saying “Oh no! The crazy man is coming for me!” =)

I chuckled, and started walking around the bus to get back inside. I saw three more boys by the bus, who all appeared to be a little younger than me. The final group walking towards us, so I didn’t have time to give the full Gospel to them, but one of them asked, “So do you go to church?” I was amazed at someone would give me a chance to share the Gospel with them! 

Sadly, I didn’t have much time. I said something like “Yes, I do,” and asked them if they did. After they answered, I asked if any of them had their own Bible, and they all said they did. I encouraged them to read it, as God’s Word is very important!

If this trip did only one thing, it was to make me more thankful of the way I’ve learned to share my faith. Although, several people who the group talked to was impacted, and many tracts were given out – so the trip was not meaningless! God is working, so we’ll see how He uses it.

God bless, J.J.

Road Block

May 8, 2009

Hi everyone!  This is a post from my personal blog…I hope you not only enjoy it, but that you can apply it to your life as a Christian.

I’ve totally hit a “road-block!” I have 6 different sites on the bottom of my screen (2 e-mails, this blog, facebook, a different blog, and the Rebelution site), but I don’t know what to do. My brain feels like mush. I’m having to type and re-type because my fingers won’t “say” what I want them to “say” the first time they hit the computer keyboard. I think that sometimes our spiritual life, our walk with Christ, is like that. We know that there is a lot that we can do. We know that we have our “6 different sites on the bottom of our screens” (praying, reading the Bible, talking with someone about Christ, etc.), but we just don’t know what to do. We can’t think or feel, but yet somehow we manage to keep living life. There isn’t always a reason for feeling numb, it just happens sometimes. We get busy with our lives, our friends, school, and all the things that “have to get done.” We spend ourselves on what we think is important and totally exhaust and stress ourselves out, but totally forget to leave time for what and Who is truly the most important to spend our time on. Everyone says, “We need to find/make time for God,” but I’m here to tell you that that statement is just not true!!! We don’t need to make time for God, our almighty Creator who should be the most important in our lives, we need to make time for all the other things in life. We need to put God first and then worry about the other things that need to get done in our lives. When we “exhaust ourselves” and “spend all our time” on Christ, like we should, everything else is just going to fall into place. We’re going to have time to study, read books, check our e-mail, do missions projects, and hang out with friends if we put Jesus first! That’s a guarantee!!! But it’s not guarantee that you’ll “have time” for your Savior if you push Him to the end of your day. When you meet Him face to face, do you want to stand there knowing that you should and could have “made more time” for the One who died for you so that you could have everlasting life, or do you want to hear Jesus say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant”? Put Jesus first today!

I hope that this all makes sence to you, readers. I felt that I needed to blog what was on my heart…even if I’m not totally functioning mentally because of the busy day! I admit to you that I failed in putting Jesus Christ first in my life today, but I will tomorrow, and I hope you will too!

Hugs and Prayers,

Kendra Allison

Book review!

May 1, 2009

How to Share Your Faith Without an Argument written by Bill Faye. (Read here.) I’d have to say this booklet  is excellent, truly excellent. Though only thirty three pages long, the great ideas and examples it shares are a wealth of knowledge. It teaches the use of interesting questions that get people thinking, but which bring no cause for an argument. It then shows how to have the unbeliever read the verses out loud and tell you, the soul winner, what God means by the verses. This leaves their argument with God, not you. This technique also opens the door to the Holy Spirit to speak directly to the person because they have to interpret what God is saying. The booklet gives several verses to explain this way of sharing your faith.

My parents had talked quite a bit about the book, but I never read it until tonight, and I wish I’d done so much earlier! Why don’t you read it right now? Read here. I took me about an hour or so, and it was very well spent. If you can’t read it now, make a point to read it tomorrow. You can’t miss out on it!

God’s richest blessings!
Levi