Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Gospel Message

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Great Day at Marshall

Dan sharing the Gospel at Ritter Park

Bill Sharing the Gospel.

Dan, Bill and I started of our day at Ritter Park.  I read our weekly scripture and then we all proclaimed the gospel in the open air.  We then went to Marshall University and spoke with several people.  We had the Lie Detector with us and it was a great tool to have.  I spoke with several people.  One girl didn't realize then extent of her sin and knew she had to repent and trust the Savior.  She asked for a Bible. :-)  Another girl was from the Church of Christ and we spoke on Baptism most of the time...we gave her some things to think about how baptism doesn't save, but it is done in response to what Christ has done in a person life. ect.  She was very pleasant to talk with and hopefully we will run into Anna again.  I had a chance to speak with a guy who told me he was a Christian but hasn't been to church since coming to school. I asked him why he didn't have an answer. i was able to refer him to the website to find a local church. I also spoke with several other people and was able to talk with them as well.  Pray for them.  Dan was able to hand out several Gospel Tracts today, along with having several conversations with Students. Dan spoke with Ronald and Alisha about their Faith in Christ. That was a real encouragement to Dan to hear how they could tell how they were saved. Dan also was able to share the Gospel with Todd, who had no idea how one gets to Heaven.. Dan shared the Law and the Gospel with him, and was able to show Todd no matter what he does he can never meet God's standard of Righteousness. Dan also spoke with Wade a student on the Campus that was also a Christian, and was involved in a Student Ministry.. Keep Fishin!

Vernon speaking to Anna about baptism.

Bill sharing with two Muslims from Saudi Arabia.

Taking the Lie Detector Test..the girl on the left requested a Bible.

Bill sharing the Gospel.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Love Lustres at Calvary

My Father,
Enlarge my heart, warm my affections,
      open my lips,
   supply words that proclaim ‘Love lustres
     at Calvary.’
There grace removes my burdens and heaps them
     on thy Son,
   made a transgressor, a curse, and sin for me;
There the sword of thy justice smote the man,
     thy fellow;
There thy infinite attributes were magnified,
   and infinite atonement was made;
There infinite punishment was due,
   and infinite punishment was endured.
Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
   cast off that I might be brought in,
   trodden down as an enemy
     that I might be welcomed as a friend,
   surrendered to hell’s worst
     that I might attain heaven’s best,
   stripped that I might be clothed,
   wounded that I might be healed,
   athirst that I might drink,
   tormented that I might be comforted,
   made a shame that I might inherit glory,
   entered darkness that I might have eternal light.
My Saviour wept that all tears might be wiped
     from my eyes,
   groaned that I might have endless song,
   endured all pain that I might have unfading health,
   bore a thorny crown that I might have
     a glory-diadem,
   bowed his head that I might uplift mine,
   experienced reproach that I might receive
   closed his eyes in death that I might gaze
     on unclouded brightness,
   expired that I might for ever live.
O Father, who spared not thine only Son that thou
     mightest spare me,
All this transfer thy love designed and
Help me to adore thee by lips and life.
O that my every breath might be ecstatic praise,
   my every step buoyant with delight, as I see my
     enemies crushed,
   Satan baffled, defeated, destroyed,
   sin buried in the ocean of reconciling blood,
   hell’s gates closed, heaven’s portal open.
Go forth, O conquering God, and show me
   the cross, mighty to subdue, comfort and save.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Shawnee State University - Sept 2010

Gerald, Dan and myself made the journey to Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio.  We met up with  Gary Chaffins from Grace Community Church of Portsmouth.   We all had several conversations and were able to utilize the "Lie Detector" from Living Waters.  The students really enjoyed it.  It sparked several people to start talking about how they thought they were good....but then they took the test and had second thoughts.  One person in particular named Marcus.  I was able to go through the law and the gospel with him.  He admitted if he was to die at that very moment "He would go to hell".  He knew that he needed to repent and place his trust in Christ alone to be saved.  He didn't have a bible so we gave him one.  Pray that Marcus would repent and trust in Christ. Praise the Lord for these wonderful conversations.
Gerald sharing with a student.
About to experience "The Lie Detector".
Dan patiently waiting.
Gary Chaffins sharing with a student.
It's "Lie Detector" time!!
Gerald sharing the gospel with two girls.
Dan was first able to speak with Dwayne. He had no idea what happened to someone after they died, but then went on to speak about either Heaven or Hell. Dan was able to speak with him briefly before his ride showed up. He took a Gospel Tract that Dan gave him and left.   Dan also spoke with two friends Aaron and Tyshon.  Aaron spoke, as Tyshon was pretty quiet.. Aaron believed that everyone goes to Heaven when they die. Dan was able to take them through the Law and Gospel and show them how we stand guilty before God for breaking the Laws of God. They are now aware that not everyone goes to Heaven when they die.  Dan also spoke with Tim who professed to be a Born Again Believer. Dan was able to pass out several Gospel Tracts to students as they came from the dorm area to the Campus. Gerald also passed out several hundred tract and had the opportunity to share the gospel with many students. Gerald is such an encouragement to us. Pray for all the students of Shawnee State and for all the seeds that were sown today.  Praise the Lord!!  Keep Fishin..

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Missionary Call: How do I Get One?

Getting called! David Sitton, searching for the Black Water region of Papua New Guinea, with the village leaders of Govimas. Bible opened to Rom 15:20-21

The Missionary Call: How do I Get One?
By David Sitton on September 4th, 2010

I was never called to be a missionary, nor was I drafted. I volunteered. No special call was needed. I chose to go; I wanted to go; I was compelled to go. And where I go is determined by an open bible and a stretched-out map of the regions where Christ is still unknown and un-praised!

I chuckle when I hear missionaries and pastors talk about “surrendering to the call” of ministry. I always want to ask, “After you surrendered, were you water-boarded, or just hauled off in handcuffs and leg irons.” Was it really necessary for you to be abducted by a heavenly vision before you would go into the work of the gospel?

Getting called! David Sitton, searching for the Black Water region of Papua New Guinea, with the village leaders of Govimas; Bible opened to Rom 15:20-21.

Getting called! David Sitton, searching for the Black Water region of Papua New Guinea, with the village leaders of Govimas. Bible opened to Rom 15:20-21

The missionary call is not like a prison dog that tracks us down, sniffs us out, and hog-ties us for the nations. That is silly-talk and really bad theology. Nowhere in Scripture is a mysterious (supernatural) call a prerequisite before we can respond to the Great Commission. The opposite is actually true.
Don’t Wait for a Call

No aspect of mission is more bogged down with extra-biblical baggage than the “missionary call.” The clear command of Christ “to go” should be, by itself, sufficient to set you on your way “into all the world… proclaiming the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). You can’t go wrong by trying to go. Trust the Lord to direct your moving feet. If you are convinced of your call to “stay”, this will only serve as added confirmation that you are right. Don’t fear the risk of ending up some place the Lord doesn’t want you. Too many already took that “risk” when they assumed a stateside ministry or vocation with no confirmation other than their own desires.

Dramatic calls to ministry are the exception. If you have it in your heart to go, then go. Then, lean on the sovereignty of God to get you where he wants you in the harvest.
Try to Go

Paul tried to go into Asia, but the Lord wouldn’t let him. He then tried to go to Bithynia, but was “kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.” Still, he kept trying to go. I count at least six cities in Acts 16 where Paul tried to take the gospel. It was only then that the Lord gave him a vision of the Macedonian. He woke up the next morning and immediately headed for the regions north, having “concluded that God had called them to preach the gospel to them.” Acts 16:1-6

The point? Don’t complicate the missionary call! Get radical with the going and God will get radical in the specific guiding.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Marshall University: Fall 2010

Fall is an exciting time for our team in Huntington, WV. It's a time when the students come back to finish their schooling or it may be their first semester. We know we have a command to reach the lost with the gospel and that is what we did on this day. We care about people enough to put aside what or how they may think about us in order to share the truth with them. Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Garrett and Cody. Garrett came from a home where his Dad is a pastor. He has gone to church most of his life and has heard the gospel several times. He wasn't to clear some aspects of his faith. I was able to take share the gospel with him in our conversation. He said that he has repented of his sin and place his faith in Jesus. We spoke of some of the challenges he faces in the college environment and how to battle or make war with the sin in our lives. He asked for a handful of tracts to hand out to his friends and for those that cross his path. I was encouraged by his willingness to share his faith. Garrett is a football player for Marshall. Please pray for him and his team as they start the season.
I also had the opportunity to speak with Cody. He told me he sings in a gospel group. I asked him " if he knew what the word "gospel" meant? He didn't know. I explained to him what it meant and also had the opportunity to share the gospel with him. I asked Cody to examine himself and see if he was a Christian? He said he appreciated the conversation and would be thinking about it. He had to cut the conversation short to get to class. Please pray for Cody.

Dan was able to speak with Chris a Freshman in College about his Faith and the Gospel. Chris was able to tell Dan about his Salvation experience with much Clarity.. He was excited to see Chris's enthusiasm for Christ. Dan was also able to share the Gospel with a student named Tim.

Bill was blessed with the opportunity to share the gospel one-to-one with about 8 different individuals, including Mohamed, who had no idea who Jesus was, Ethan, who had never heard the Gospel before and requested a bible, along with several others. Regarding the discussions, Bill said, "It was a really diverse day as far as witnessing encounters go. I talked to a lot of different types of people, and even a few Christians, which was really encouraging. The young guy I spoke to named Ethan was really stunned by the weight of the Gospel and he said that he wanted a bible to learn more. I marked the Gospel of John and the book of Romans to help him get started, and I gave him some contact info. Please pray for him and all the others who received tracts and the message of the cross by word of mouth today!"  Keep Fishin!!