thanks! You’re too kind! but i don’t want this blog to be about me as much as it is about God and glorifying Him… so no! sorry! ;)
My Bud Shawn Gorton.
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Contact | firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been doing a discipleship under one of the pastors at our church (Calvary Chapel Temecula Valley) and the last time we met I was able to speak with him about some of the things that I’ve been discussing in my evangelism class at Cal Baptist University as well as ask a few questions.
I threw out and asked for his opinion on the statement my professor made that if we are only seeing the same people every sunday in our churches, that we, as a church, are failing when it comes to the great commission. Evangelism is how churches should grow; you don’t want to suck people away from other churches… not cool.
Our church is slowly growing every few sundays slowly, but in my personal opinion, I believe we can do a much much better job as a church pushing evangelism. His response was that we (CCTV) are growing slowly. He also stated that in the past 20 or so years that our church has been around, we have focussed to some extent on discipleship in the sense that we have raised up ministers and missionaries that have gone out to share (which is a very good thing!). As a church we have done several outreach events and are actually planning to do one in the next few weeks or so, but ultimately can do a much better job. He also talked about how while those events are valuable, evangelism and discipleship very much depend on the individual.
I then asked him, “How is that we inspire a congregation of individuals to have a desire to evangelize and preach the gospel?” His response was that it was the job of leadership, not just the senior pastor the the church, but all of leadership (including himself) to lead by example and encourage the flock. While the pastor preaches it on sunday, all of the leaders themselves need to be out evangelizing and taking people with them, showing them how to share the gospel and building them up so they might do the same. He openly admitted that while our church could do much better, he himself could do much better as well. (win!)
We moved on to talk about how evangelism is extremely vital for many reasons, one being it brings life to stagnant churches! We also discussed how youth who love to evangelize can play a huge roll in sparking a revival within a church. When older members see the younger ones putting themselves out there, passionately sharing Christ, they also seem to catch the fire. In turn this would spread through the entire congregation. My job as a youth leader, is to set the example for the younger ones. That is where I can make a difference in my church.
Can the world get rid of its nuclear weapons & start settling its differences through pokemon tournaments like everyone did in the 6th grade
Tenth Avenue North’s new music video for their song “Worn” is fantastic!! It paints a beautiful picture of God’s redemption and saving grace! Extremely inspiring, encouraging, and up lifting!
poooooooooooooke!!! i realize this is late but… i poke you any way ;p
To walk in white…
Romans 6:4 “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
"No one experiences complete sanctification without going through a “white funeral”-the burial of the old life. If there has never been this crucial moment of change through death, sanctification will never be more than an elusive dream. There must be a “white funeral,” a death with only one resurrection-a resurrection into the life of Jesus Christ. Nothing can defeat a life like this. It has oneness with God for only one purpose— to be a witness for Him." -Oswald Chambers
Have I had my “white funeral yet”? Or am I piously deceiving my own soul? Has there been a point in my life which I now mark as my last day?
Some things to think about…
potential clue: the founder of Toys R Us, aka “I don’t want to grow up, I’m a Toys R Us kid”, was named Charles Lazarus.