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Sharing Jesus, easily . . .

The SBC and NAMB (North American Mission Board) have issued a challenge to all our churches and associations to engage in 1 million gospel conversations by June of 2018.  (Click:  GC Challenge)  As a team player like you, I’d love for us to support this most recent effort to get serious about the Great Commission, together!

But it is no secret that many Christians tend to be intimidated and even fearful in sharing Jesus and the gospel, especially in the post Christian culture we are now living in.  “How do I get started?”  “What do I say?”  “What if I can’t answer their questions?”  “What if they react?”  “How do I follow up?”

Great, honest questions.  That is why after hearing that for over 30 years as a pastor myself, I have been creating an approach called “PrayEvangelism,” and a unique tool called “Conversations with God,” that can ease their minds and equip their hearts to share Jesus far more easily that they have probably ever imagined.  Really.

The secret in a nutshell  is to totally change the dynamic of evangelism from trying to seemingly “sell” Jesus and “get” people to buy, to “offering” the gifts of Jesus, prayer, conversation, a book, and co-learning through the gospel.  The difference is HUGE and I would be honored to unpack all of this personally on a Sunday morning with your church family through the tool and a special message.

MESSAGE: The Art of the Gospel Conversation

Enter the Conversation  (Experiencing PrayEvangelism)

Offer the Conversation  (Offering to pray and learn together)

Continue the Conversation  (Giving a tool to talk about later)

 

95 Q Conv God COVER FRONTTOOL:  Conversations with God

A compact devotional book that offers co-learning and inspiration in:

Prayer * Evangelism * Discipleship * Basic Christianity *  Mentoring Moments * Systematic Theology * Biblical Theology * Applied Theology -

All in one handy volume with 95 prayers in classic Q & A’s and a “Mentoring Moment” to be read one minute a day.

1 SOGAM bookA children’s full color picture book version is also available for family devotionals with the 95 Q & A’s set to music in 10 songs and based on three classic catechisms from the Reformation era.  It is called: “The Story of God and Man.”  (Click titles to get a peek!)

I hope to hear from you to work together to get God’s people beyond their pews at church and sofas at home to share Jesus with a lost and dying world, just like He did!

Quick Guides/Hot Topics …

It’s a jungle out there… so to help protect yourself and your church in our challenging journey through a post-Christian culture, here are printer-friendly versions of…

7 Quick Guides on 7 Hot Topics:

Kingdom Legacy Giving inserts 2

Trustees Elders & Deacons 2018

Set Things in Order 2018

7 Church Leadership Models 2018

Autopsy of a Deceased Church 2018

Ordination and Installation Service 2

Ordination Questionnaire and Criteria 2018

Constitution & Bylaws

2 Paradigms for Church Planting

The items above cover some of the hottest questions we have had lately.  And I am happy to meet with you and your team to walk through them even more carefully.  No sense redesigning the wheel!

— Pastor Mark

God’s Hand Among Us …

GOD’S HAND IN THE SBC, FBC, AND ROYAL PALM

How Southern Baptist life works

 [] VOLUNTARY                        [] NETWORKING

[] AUTONOMOUS                 [] DIVERSITY

[] COOPERATION                 [] FLUIDITY

[] CONSULTATION                [] STABILITY

 

 A New Florida Baptist Convention

 [] Streamlined, focused staffing

[] Greater focus on missional networking

[] More Coop. Program funds to the SBC

[] More funds to Florida ministries/partners

[] New model for state conventions

[] New, shared facilities in Jacksonville

 

 A New Royal Palm Association

 [] Streamlined/updated/full time/connected

[] Serving on State Board & Metro DOM team

[] More networking/active churches/plants

[] Updated, shared facilities in Ft. Myers

[] Home for dev. disabled men in November

 

 3 Year SBC Call/Emphasis

 [] PRAYER     [] EVANGELISM     [] DISCIPLESHIP

 

NAMB Challenge

One Million Gospel  Conversations in 2018

 

Team Tools to Partner in that Call

 Give-away/Conversation starters:

[] Unpacked Parenting:   Pre-Evangelism tool for relational bridge

building. (Click title to get a peek)

[] Conversations w/ God:   Outreach devotional;     Prayer, Evangelism,  Discipleship, classic theology in one book.  (Click title to get a peek)

Which one is Sunrise?

Sunrise spectrumWhich of these actual photos, unaltered by Photoshop, was taken at sunrise?  The answer is… all of them… just at different days and hours during one of my daily prayer walks with the Lord last week.  On the foggy morning, He reminded me that even when we can’t see it, the sun is still there and it is still shining.

The obvious analogy is how our hearts and lives can get so foggy at times that it feels like the Son is not there, or if He is, He is certainly not shining on us.  But He is… always.  Whether it is a circumstantial fog, which may or may not clear up in time, or our own attitudinal fog which needs be cleared up, our Wonderful Counselor and Shining Son is right there.   That’s why He tells us to walk by faith, not by sight.  We just need to follow His gracious voice and look for Him with spirit eyes… both of which can pierce right through the fog.