Ebenezer Baptist Church
Indian Trail, N. Car.
Pastor Tim Rogers
Our recent Vacation Bible School included the usual Thursday night Gospel presentation. Using the F-A-I-T-H outline, I spoke in simple language as the audience had 6-year-olds in it.
After the presentation I asked the question: “Would you like to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to come into your heart?” Then, I asked everyone to bow their heads and close their eyes. I explained that we were not about to do anything that was magical, but that Jesus would hear their prayer if they had prayed to him. After the prayer, I explained how they needed to make their decision public.
If they had prayed to Jesus and wanted to acknowledge it to me, then I asked that they look at me. Approximately 20 indicated their decision in this private manner. I told them they should to their VBS classes and tell their teacher about it, or let me know later. One student came to me later that evening, and said he would bring his family back for our Family Night.
When the family returned, they had another child who wanted to speak to me about Jesus. As I spoke with the parents, I asked them about their relationship with Christ. They did not know Christ, so I took them through the same F-A-I-T-H outline. They were hesitant because they are a mixed-race couple and had experienced racism in various forms in the past as they had attended other churches. I expressed how God created all people and He never looked at the outside -- only the heart. I apologized for their past experiences and expressed how I would ask that they not hold the sin of others against the pure Lord Jesus. They sensed the drawing of the Holy Spirit and surrendered their lives by asking Jesus into their hearts on Friday’s Family Night.
The next Sunday morning at invitation time, I issued the call for salvation. When I opened the altar to those that wanted to make their decision public and follow that through with baptism and church membership, the parents and children came forward. I presented the parents to the church as candidates for baptism and church membership. The church gladly received them and opened the doors of the church.