Archive for October, 2014

Revelation 12:11 says, “And they triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Ok, so aside from the general awesomeness of this verse, I think it speaks to the spiritual relevance of our testimony. Let me start off by saying that there is not one singular method by which evangelism is accomplished. There are so many aspects to sharing the Gospel, and each of them holds weight and can be used to demonstrate the Gospel in people’s lives. Some people are excellent at sharing the Gospel relationally, some are excellent in apologetics, and still others prefer proclamation to conversation. That being said, everyone has one tool that will always have power and relevance in evangelism, and that is our testimony.

Everyone has a testimony. Mine involves addiction and struggle and anger and a long time of searching for fulfillment in things that could never satisfy me. Eventually, those pursuits led to Jesus, who satisfies perfectly. My testimony has power, but not because I had this crazy past or a radical road to Damascus, blinding light conversion experience, but because Jesus saved me. Because of that, I moved from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of Light. There is power in that fact. Testimonies don’t have to be filled with darkness and pain. You need not have been an axe murderer by age 12 or have been to jail a few times for your testimony to be worth something, you just need to have been saved by King Jesus.

The beauty of Revelation 12:11 is that Satan has accused the people in the passage, yet they “triumph over him by the blood of the Lamb and the words of their testimony.” I mean, because of Jesus’ bloodshed and our words in testimony to such, we can dropkick the devil’s dorky self and then step on his horned head. Not because of our crazy past, or our cool conversion story, but because of what Jesus has done for us. This weekend I got to attend an all guy’s Bible study, and there was a high school kid there who got saved two weeks ago. This is what he said to our group, “So, I’m new at this. I don’t really know much, but this is what I do know. Jesus died for me to save me from death in Hell. I’m different than I was, and it’s because of Jesus and what He did.” It’s crazy to think that he thought this was an example of not knowing much of anything. In reality, he knew everything. That testimony alone is enough to triumph over Satan and to make a difference in someone else’s life. Your story matters, no matter what it is, so it’s time we told someone what Jesus has done for us, because it could mean eternity for them.


If we don’t, who will?

Posted: October 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

What if someone had never told you the gospel? What if you were not saved and you were simply waiting someone to share with you? You were broken searching for something, but didn’t quite know what you were looking for. Helpless waiting for someone to come and tell you news that would open up your eyes and change your life forever. How would you ever know unless those that God has called to proclaim the gospel told you?

Paul says in Romans 10:13-14, “ ‘Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.’ But how can they call on the one they have not believed in? How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? How can they hear without someone preaching to them?”

There are people around us daily that are hopeless and in need of a savior. It’s our job to share with them the grace that can be found in the Savior. It’s this simple, we must go, we must tell. If we don’t tell them who will?

I would love for you all to join me in engaging our campus tomorrow, Tuesday the 14th. We will be meeting in russell house, room 302, at 3pm. We will have a short training, prayer, and then splitting up; some people will be going out to share the gospel and others will be staying to pray. We would love for everyone to come out and participate in reaching our campus for Christ!

My First Time – Ellis Reese

Posted: October 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

The summer after my sophomore year of high school, I joined a discipleship group at Shandon. James, our leader, put a huge emphasis on evangelism. I had always been told to go out and share the Gospel, but no one really told me how to do this. However, James began to teach us how to actively share our faith with others, even strangers. James then asked us to go out with him to share the Gospel. My first thought was “oh crap I really hope no one goes so I don’t have to,” but everyone went so I did also. I was honestly terrified to talk to random people, let alone talk about something as important as the Gospel.

We ended up going to the Vista and James took us with him, as he shared the Gospel. He then looked at us and told us we were up. I was so nervous nevertheless, I went up to a random person and asked them if I could ask them a question; they said sure, so I asked them what they think happens to people when they die. They began to answer and we then had a great conversation on the afterlife, heaven, how you get there, and eventually Jesus. I was shocked, as soon as I asked the first question all of my fears went away. The hardest part of evangelizing was initially walking up and starting the conversation. Once the conversation began, God gave me peace and He began to work as I talked about what He had done.

For some reason we are initially terrified to talk to others because of rejection or messing up, when in reality there is no loosing when it comes to sharing your faith. You win EVERY TIME, even when we think it is a complete failure. Our job is not to convert people or change peoples’ hearts. Our job is to proclaim the good news, and the rest is up to the Holy Spirit working in their hearts and their response to that! This truth takes the pressure off of us, as we are simply given the task of telling them about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I hope that y’all will join me in engaging our campus on October 14th. Trust me when I say this, if I can share my faith so can you! It is okay to be scared, I am still nervous every time, but Christ is worth it.