Weekly Tips #2, Fall 2015
Sept. 4, 2015
What Will You Be Doing At The End Of Your Life?
In Acts 28, after an amazing missionary journey, the Apostle Paul had experienced almost every imaginable difficulty. He nearly died, dodging grave bodily injury, abandonment, verbally abused and unjustly accused. From the time he experienced Jesus on the road to Damascus near A.D. 34, until his martyrdom in approximately A.D. 66, he never gave up, never compromised, never turned back, never gave up on his faith in his Lord and Savior.
What was Paul doing at the end of the book of Acts 28:30-31, near A.D. 62
30 He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.
What did Paul say to Timothy before dying for his faith in 2 Timothy 4:5-8 in A.D. 66
5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
What about you? Will you stand strong until the end, uncompromising, undeterred, and not distracted by the temptations of the world? Pray that the God of grace would give you the strength to be doing His will and being bold until the end.
Make Good Use Of The Table and Not Always The Door
This past week at a larger community college in central Florida, I had the privilege along with nearly 20 other students, interns, and Cru staff, to conduct an outdoor survey table. We had many conversations and invited students to fill out the survey. At the end of five hours, 181 students completed the survey. The results: 136 wanted to know more about Cru, 107 expressed an interest in being in a Bible study, 101 wanted to know more about how to have a relationship with Christ. Amazing!
There is an element of inviting students to your meeting and hope that they will cross the “Door” of your meeting room. But there is also a simple activity where we can go to where students are at and set up a “Table” to discover their spiritual desires, and then target those who are interested with texts, phone calls and personal visits. I believe we will see a higher number of students come to our meetings because we reached out to them through a “Table,” rather then just waiting for them to come through our “Door”.
If you are already well into your fall ministry cycle in your environment, why not try a survey table (maybe again)? You might just find some future disciples who will help you continue to reach your location with the gospel message.
Talk to you next week,
Ben with Cru