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Compelling in the highways and hedges.

August 21, 2013

Bethel Baptist Church
David Worley, pastor
Greenfield, Tenn.

“And the lord said unto the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled'” — Luke 14.23.

In groups of two and three, 15 evangels* — members of Bethel Baptist Church — braved both literal and figurative darkness as Pastor David Worley led them into their communities, bringing the Light of the Gospel. “Everyone reported great visits with some wonderful people. In fact, one man got saved last night! Hallelujah!” said Pastor David. “I guess going out into the highways and back roads and compelling people to come to the wedding feast still works after all!”

FYI: Check out this definition of evangel.*
It is synonymous with evangelist. Note especially definition 2.

Hearing the Gospel’s call

August 16, 2013

West Main Baptist Church
Alexandria, Tenn.
Ben Simpson, pastor

Like most any child, 8-year-old Maggie enjoys playing in her kiddie pool. On a recent Saturday, as she was splashing around, Maggie felt the Lord saying to her, “Maggie, it’s time to trust Jesus as your Savior.” The calling from the Lord to salvation was so clear and compelling that she immediately got out of the pool, knelt down beside it, and all by herself surrendered her life in faith and love to Jesus. She then ran inside to tell her mommy what had just happened. Maggie had heard the gospel numerous times over the years from her parents, teachers, and pastor, but on this particular day, she received it.

As she testified to me just before Sunday School the next morning about the experience, her little voice cracked with emotion as she was overwhelmed by the grace of God. What a sweet and fitting thing it was when later, at the end of the preaching service, she came forward during the invitation as the congregation sang “Speak to My Heart” to unashamedly tell the world what God had done for her. He did indeed speak to her heart. Lord willing, we’ll baptize her soon.

West Main Baptist Church takes seriously the evangelization of the children God has given our congregation. In fact, we have what we call our “Watchcare List,” which cites the names of the children of our active church members who have not yet trusted Christ. We regularly pray for their salvation and make the gospel a central point of our children’s and youth ministries. If this is not the practice at your church, I would encourage you to start such a watchcare list, and to regularly pray for the salvation of church members’ children.

 

God uses sermons on repentance

August 12, 2013

Dan Nelson, pastor
FBC Camarillo, Calif.

“Praise the Lord for the phenomenal response to the sermon series I am preaching on repentance. We have baptized three so far, and we have two more candidates soon to be baptized. Church attendance also has increased. On every Sunday since I started the series, we have seen someone either join the church, or come forward for salvation or in repentance and re-dedication. One man walked the aisle on only his second visit to our church. While under deep conviction, he asked me, “Where is the nearest place I can kneel?” He is saved, but he had to get something right with the Lord.

Another man visited our church yesterday, and he told me, “I have never heard such preaching on repentance. It is so needed in the church today. I will be back.”

So, instead of the preaching on repentance repulsing people, God has used it as a divine magnet to draw people to Himself.

My messages out of the New Testament have been on individual repentance while the ones from the Old Testament will be more on corporate repentance. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do with those.

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