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In my discussion with some church and denominational leaders, I am hearing the same question asked and discussed. “How Should the Church Respond Considering the Results of November 8th Presidential Election?”

Leading up to this year’s 2016 Presidential election, I developed the framework for a massive prayer rally in Atlanta. I had a team that helped in coordinating and planning to mobilize, promote, and lead prayer groups.  I personally prayed for God’s will to be done.

Many of my pastor friends and Christian brothers and sisters expressed they were burdened for a change of direction for our country. Across the United States, thousands prayed, fasted and cried out to God asking Him to intervene.

In my heart, I feel that God has heard our prayers, He heard our cries. He has given us at least four more years so the church can have the liberty to evangelize, to make Jesus known without additional limitations and barriers.

So how should the church respond in light of the results of the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump.

  1. We need to strategize to evangelize.
  2. We need to pray to God that He guide us as we go and intentionally share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  3. Begin prayerwalking the refugee communities asking God to open hearts and minds, and to tear down spiritual walls so Christians can share the gospel.
  4. Churches should begin teaching Arabic as a second language, buy Arabic language tracts and New Testaments and find out where the refuges are and go evangelize them.
  5. We need to continue to pray God direct us and give us favor with lost people.
  6. The church needs to plan to disciple the new believers.

I know that many Christians feel that within the refugee groups coming to the United States, are some who want to cause us harm. Some individuals have stated, while  discussing this topic, their feelings that “There terrorists want to come here and kill us.” One person commented, that “Ninety-Five percent of Muslims are good people. It is the five percent who want to kill us.”

We must be reminded that Saul of Tarsus was a terrorist. He was in the five percent who was actively looking to arrest and kill Christians (See Acts 7 and 22:20). He was hunting down Christians to kill them. But thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ, who encountered Saul when he was on the Damascus Road to arrest followers of Jesus Christ and eventually kill them. Look at what happened with Saul, who is known as the apostle Paul! He became the greatest Missionary Evangelist of the New Testament.

We do not know who God is going to save in our age, through the Churches evangelistic efforts from these Jesus haters. God might use you to win a refugee to Christ who possibly will become the next great missionary evangelist of our time. This is the time for the Church, followers of Jesus Christ to go an engage our culture with the gospel. Jesus is our only Hope.

The apostle Paul is credited with writing many the New Testament epistles, the Pauline letters. In the book of Romans, chapter 10:9:13 he wrote,

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Further in the letter of Chapter ten, the apostle Paul challenged the church in Rome, with a message, which he personally received from Jesus Christ and that is to go and evangelize the lost. Jesus also challenges every Christian with this same command.

14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who [i]bring good news of good things!”

The apostle Paul makes a profound statement, in Romans 10:17, “17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”

Fellow Christian, fellow follower of Christ, this our time, this is a window of opportunity to go a make Jesus known. This election is much more than the appointment of a supreme court justice. It is more about making the King of kings, and Lord of lords, known to the world. And the world in knocking at our front door.

Your next mission trip to reach a foreign people group could be next door, or down the street or across the road. Jesus said, “Go win converts/disciples and teach to obey all things I have taught you.” (literal translation) Matthew 28:18-20. Today is the day of salvation 2 Corinthians 6:2.

 

 

 

Gospel of Luke 18:13, “13 But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be[a]merciful to me, the sinner!’

Jesus did teach on the sinner’s prayer. Jesus even gave the words ‘God, be[a]merciful to me, the sinner!’   The Greek word for “merciful

ἱλάσθητι ilasthēti 2433 to be propitious, make propitiation for

Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: hilaskomai

The Definition: propitiation, appeasement/satisfaction of divine wrath on sin”) – properly, to extend propitiation, showing mercy by satisfying (literally, propitiating) the wrath of God on sin;

Let’s finish the lesson, Jesus said, “14 I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other;” Luke 18:14. Jesus said because the tax collector who had prayed the words ‘God, be[a]merciful to me, the sinner!’ was justified.

The Greek word justified means:

justified δεδικαιωμένος dedikaiōmenos 1344 to show to be righteous, declare righteous

Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: dikaioó

Justified before God –  ikaióō (from dikē, “right, judicial-approval”) – properly, approved, especially in a legal, authoritative sense; to show to be righteous, declare righteous.

Jesus was saying “The believer is “made righteous/justified“. The Greek Strong’s Concordance number is (1344 /dikaióō) by the Lord, cleared of all charges (punishment) related to their sins.

Jesus is cleared about the sinner’s prayer and He even gives us the “words’. But it is more than just words. It is the through at the core of the heart of a person who is shameful about his sinful nature.

Are the words magical? No. But these words reflect a repentant heart. They are spiritual words. They are life giving. It is words from the heart. They acknowledge God as Supreme Being. They acknowledge us as inferior beings. These words acknowledge us as sinners in need of a Savior.

God, be merciful a Sinner!

 

Does prayerwalking work? I learned how to prayerwalk from Foreign Missionaries while in a foreign country years ago. We prayerwalked for hours each day. I learned how to pray specifically and generally over people, in neighborhoods, in communities, and in the cities. I prayerwalked, prayed on buses, prayed on ferry boats, and on sidewalks. What an experience and mentoring moment it was for me. Having gained this knowledge on prayerwalking, since that time, I have taught and conducted classes on prayerwalking. I have led teams prayerwalking in inner cities and communities all across our nation.

Prayer and Prayerwalking still work. Recently, I received a testimonial from my son, who is Senior Pastor in Georgia. He has been preaching and teaching his church members how to be intentional in sharing the gospel and praying. Recently, he encouraged the church to prayerwalk their children’s campuses. Here is a story how prayer does impact our communities.

“As I sit here and read Colossians 4: 2-6 I want to thank you for your challenge you gave us Sunday. As we visited (our daughter’s) school yesterday I asked the principal, her teacher and her paraprofessional- “How can my family pray for you this year?”  Each was surprised 🙂 but their response was awesome! The teacher and para-pro were appreciative and shocked. They both stated no one has ever asked them “How can my family pray for you this school year” – the para pro- got a little misty eyed and stated – “That gave me goosebumps”.
I’m not sharing this to boost but once again to thank you for listening to God and preparing His words for us each week. Through this opportunity, I believe a door was opened with my daughter’s teacher and para-pro that probably would not have if we just had a simple greeting. Stay in the word, continue to seek God’s will for our church and keep preaching the truth!
Love ya brother,“

What an amazing story! This story contains several important facts for the Christian who is living an intentional Christ-like life. (1) Teachable spirit – church members allowed God’s spirit and their pastor to teach and encourage them how to be intentional Christians. (2) Intentional spirit – church members are obedient to the Great Commission to go and make disciples. (3) Celebratory spirit – God rejoices, but so does the church when we go in obedience and connect people to God through Jesus, through prayer and the gospel.

I will never forget what a teenage drug dealer said, after one our mission teams, on a Saturday morning, had engaged a group of young men with the gospel and prayer. They said, “We cannot know that God loves us unless, you guys, (the church) comes out here and tells us.” If your community does not know God loves them, that the Jesus died for them, and that Jesus rose from the dead and conquered sin, death, and the devil, then go tell them. Then your community will know.

Let me pray for you.

Dear Jesus, we ask that you empower us and sent us out in Your Holy Spirit’s power to go and make disciples. Give us favor with people in our communities. Give us the words to say during each witnessing encounter. And allow us to see people born into Your kingdom by Your Spirit as they believe in You Jesus as Lord and Savior.  In Jesus Name!

I am a believer in using a demographic study of your community to help develop a plan for evangelizing your community. A demographic study is a key component in discovering who lives in your community. What areas in your community are unchurched? A demographic study will reveal what pockets in your community needs a Bible group that could become a church. Statistics are good in shaping an evangelism strategy. But Statistics are not an evangelism approach. Statistics are what they are.

Personal evangelism is about connecting, and engaging people with the gospel through personal relationships. Without personal, evangelism God’s kingdom is not being advanced. Without personal, evangelism God’s church is not impacting the community by seeing lost people come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Get your demographic study in hand. Get your statistics in hand and then through prayer and seeking God, craft your strategy for evangelizing your community. Then train your church in an evangelistic approach that will give the hearers an opportunity to turn and trust, to repent and believe in Jesus Christ. As Jesus proclaimed, “Unless you repent, you will likewise perish,” Luke 13:3-5. “He who has ears, let him hear,” Mark 4:9.

Jesus Christ gave us the mission, to “Go make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19-20. We get our vision from God’s heart. We are empowered by God’s Spirit to go and evangelize. I say we get back to the basics. Let’s get back to God’s word, and take Him at His word. “Go make disciples by evangelizing lost people with the gospel.

If you read God’s Word daily, He is teaching you all you need to live the Christian life, to be his witness, in Judea, Jerusalem, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. Here are some questions to ponder:  How long have you been a follower of Jesus Christ? Are you a witness for Jesus? How much many more Bible studies classes, or books on “how to live the Christian life do you need to read?

As you read the Bible, as you are daily studying the Bible, God’s Spirit is teaching you God’s word. Now you need to go and take God at His word.   Most Christians have learned enough, and probably know more of God’s teachings, principles, and have more copies of God’s word than the first century Church. When will God’s church start being the “Going Church” Jesus commanded us to be? (Matthew 28:19-20)

Saul of Tarsus, a rabbi, and a member of Israel’s Sanhedrin Council, when on Damascus Road, had an encounter with Jesus Christ and was saved. Paul asked, “What do You want me to do?” Jesus told Saul, later called apostle Paul, that he would take the gospel to the world. (Acts 9:6) Jesus responded, “Arise and go into the city and you will be told what to do.” (Acts 9:6)

Jesus has instructed, us the church to go and make disciples. I asked the church in a sermon on Sunday, “What is the mission of the Church?” I shared, Our mission is the Great Commission according to Jesus’ words, command, and mandate. Our mission is twofold. First, Jesus has instructed us to “Go.” This can be understood as intentional evangelism, as intentional proclamation, and intentionally making Jesus known to the world. Second, we are to teach, new believers Jesus teachings, Jesus is the Logos, God’s Word.

Evangelism is basically, part of the disciple-making process. Lost people do not know they are in a Bible study group when you are sharing biblical truths with them. We evangelize, God’s word penetrates to their very soul, and the Spirit works in their heart, bringing change, with the purpose of transformation by salvation and a new person inside and out.

The day after I was saved I went to work, never having taken a soul winning course and I began to share what God had done in my life. I had placed my faith in Jesus. A dear friend led me in a sinner’ prayer. I thanked Jesus for dying on the cross for me. I asked Jesus into my heart and acknowledged Jesus as Lord and Savior. No one told me to go and begin telling others how God had changed my life. I was so overjoyed that I could not contain the joy of it all.

So, let go, and let God use you. Let’s go and turn this world upside down in Jesus name. (Acts 17:6)

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When I stop and consider what is happening to the American culture and around the world, I feel like I am watching a horror-SyFy movie. The main plot is a crazed tyrant or crazed cult leader, who tells the people in a small town or society that things are not what they seem to be.

They are told that the genetic and physical gender, in which they were born, is not who they are psychologically and physically. Humans are being told to dress as the opposite gender and to act like the opposite gender, as a contradiction to what they were created by God. Others are misled and talked into mutilating their bodies and led like sheep to a slaughter. We have seen adults, then teens and now plans by the sick minds, to alter the minds and mutilate the body and gender of young children to create a distorted humanity.

What we have is the greatest mockery of God’s creation by the devil, who hates God. He hates everything God has created. He hates God’s plans for humanity and he wants to go against every aspect of God’s plan. He wants to distort, mutilate, confuse humans in every way possible.

What has been described above, if it were not really happening, you would think and say, “The individual who would conjure up, plot, scheme and construct such a destructive plan has to be mentally sick, sadistic, a serial murderer, manipulative, a psychopath. No one in their right mind would tell another individual that their genetic and physical gender is incorrect and they must dress as the opposite gender and then consider mutilation to change their physical gender.

From my research, this is similar to what the Nazi’s did to the Jewish prisoners, in the concentration and death camps, in the name of scientific research. Cutting off and cutting out body parts and reassembly of body parts as an experiment on human lives.

Shouldn’t this be labeled as a modern day version “Frankensteinism!” Isn’t this what we would expect to happen in a horror film and plot? What we see happening in our culture and around the world, is nothing more than the Devil’s plan to deconstruct God’s plan for humanity, family, and marriage, of one genetic and physical man and one genetic and physical woman.

The Devil has been at work since the creation of Adam and Eve, working feverishly to deceive, distort and as yes mutilate God’s creation, first psychologically and then physically. The source of humanity’s problem is at the heart, which includes the mind and soul. If an individual’s mind is restored by God’s Spirit at the moment of salvation, the change of the physical outward appearance will follow. “17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

So as the Church considers all that is happening, the Church has a new ministry at its doorstep. The question is “How to minister to those who fell for the devil’s lies and now are coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ?” These individuals will realize that they were lied to and some have mutilated their bodies. The Church must develop plans to make disciples of these new individuals in Christ, who are born again and become a new person in Christ.

The apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:16, “For who has known the mind of THE LORD JEHOVAH that he may teach him? But we do have the mind of The Messiah. Aramaic Bible in Plain English

He quotes Isaiah 40:13 and then makes a statement concerning all believers: “We have the mind of Christ.” Having the mind of Christ means sharing the plan, purpose, and perspective of Christ, and it is something that all believers possess.

Having the mind of Christ means we understand God’s plan for humanity and in the world. God’s creation brings glory to Himself. He reveals Himself as a loving, caring, merciful and restoring God. Through Jesus Christ, His desire is to restore creation to its original magnificence and provide salvation for sinners.

Jesus mandate still stands, He has not changed His mind, we are commanded to Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20.

It never fails. I have had this question proposed to me while conducting evangelism training, and workshops. Pastors, staff, deacons, and Christians have asked me a similar question. “How do you begin a witnessing conversation or meeting with someone?”

In my book, Breaking the Evangelism Code, Chapter 10, I share from my personal experiences and examples by seasoned soul winners. God has used the experiences evangelizing in the inner cities across America to teach me several valuable lessons.

Let me share with you some helpful suggestions that will help you to begin a witnessing conversation.

  1. You can have peace of mind when it comes to evangelism, because God’s Spirit will lead you in the conversation. Evangelism is God’s heartbeat. Jesus said, “I have come to seek and to save that which is lost.” Luke 19:10 Aramaic Bible in Plain English
  1. You should pray, ask God’s Spirit to fill you, to lead you, and to prepare the individual(s) He wants to lead to make Jesus known to them. Jesus said, “he who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 11:15
  2. Gods’ Spirit will direct and guide your words. John 14:26 “But he, The Redeemer of the accursed, The Spirit of Holiness, whom my Father sends in my name, he will teach you all things and he will remind you of everything whatsoever I have told you.” Aramaic Bible in Plain English
  3. God’s Spirit will direct you who to approach, when to approach them and how to begin a witnessing conversation. Acts 10:17-19 19 And while Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you.
  4. I learned the value of listening to the Holy Spirit, by obeying His leading I get to have effective witness encounters
  5. Start the witnessing conversation by sharing how God changed your life, “Your Grace Story/Testimony.” Write it out, shorten it. Learn a 3, 5, 10-minute version with key gospel verses.
  6. Learn how to share one verse, John 3:16, Romans 6:23. (Do an internet search for much specifics.)
  7. Become comfortable using a simple Gospel Tract. Practice does make perfect.
  8. Learn how to bring a person to the point of decision. What is the point of decision? It is offering a person the opportunity to ask Jesus to forgive his or her sin and to invite Jesus to take control of his or her life.
  9. Learn how to lead in a prayer to surrender, anyone who wants Christ as Lord and Savior, who wants a new start in life, his or her life to Jesus. Read Matthew 11:15, Mark 4:9. (This is a warning with a caution that has consequences)
  10. If you have the privilege of leading someone to trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, connect the person to your Bible study group and church. You want to make lasting disciples.

This list is just a starting point. I hope these help you and God uses these suggestions to put a fire in your bones to make Jesus Christ known.

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