If I said you can play at a role in
helping someone encounter
a saving relationship with Jesus Christ
would you feel apathetic, scared, doubtful or excited?
I want you invite you to join me in jumping out of a comfort zone. Maybe you're like me — a Christian with a passion to help others know the saving truth BUT not particularly comfortable with overtly "evangelical" conversations. Does it surprise you that I'm not comfortable explaining the Gospel to someone who doesn't know it or hasn't accepted it yet? After all, I'm executive director of a Christian ministry that reaches people all over the world. Sure, my life's passion and work involves helping people experience more intimate personal relationship with the Savior, but I am not (underscore NOT) an evangelist! Yes, I have even written books and blogs about disciple making. But that rarely involves overt presentation of the Gospel message with someone who doesn't already follow Jesus. Nonetheless, I've jumped into an opportunity of a lifetime recently and I don't want you to find out about it later and wish that you could have come along (because, trust me, a lot of you reading this right now will be hearing about it later and will truly regret that you missed out)!
A few months ago, I was presented with an opportunity to go on a local mission trip in July 2014 sharing the Gospel with people in the Twin Cities and to do so as part of a team as large as 10,000 laborers! So I started attending monthly prayer, equipping and sharing experiences that are an empowering privilege — connecting me with Christ-loving people who want to lovingly share Jesus with people of the Twin Cities who are lost, broken and without hope.
From the faith perspective, I have to tell you that this is one of the more challenging but exciting things I've done in a long time. I've already been out on a couple of practice runs with Time to Revivie and I'm being stretched and encouraged in ways that are very satisfying and God-honoring. Just last weekend I spent some time in a hospital coffee shop and met a young dating couple who were visiting their grandpa who was in his last hours/days with brain cancer. My team asked permission to pray for them and they accepted with awe and tears in their eyes. After we encouraged them and shared the Gospel, they thanked us profusely and went back upstairs empowered to read the Psalms and sing hymns with their loved ones.
So with a training recap coming up this Friday night and Saturday morning, there's a fire down in my soul to share this really great opportunity with you. I am praying that you will take a hard look at what you have going on this weekend and consider whether God maybe leading you to participate in a few hours that could not only change your life but, more importantly, change someone else's life for eternity!
There's a FREE equipping session Friday night then Saturday morning involves worship, prayer, training review and practice within a small team! You get paired up with two or three other people from churches all around the Twin Cities for an opportunity to pray for others and encourage them to go ALL IN with Jesus. Even if you can only attend one session (Friday/Saturday), give it a go! Larry and I will be watching out for friends and would love to see you there!
Register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/revivetwin-cities-recap-training-registration-11436778713?aff=estw .
And the beauty is that you can jump into the fun fray of this at any point (no prior experiences necessary). Adults, kids, grandparents...it's multi-generational!
To learn more about the Revive Twin Cities experience or learn about what Time to Revive is doing in other cities around the country (soon to be near you), visit their website at http://www.revivetwincities.org
As I post this right now, I'm praying that God grabs hold of your heart and time — spurs you into the adventure with us. If you're still on the fence or just want to ask me more questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would just LOVE to see you at Grace Church this weekend.