Sharing the gospel at a block party

 A church in Iowa recently had a block party to reach out to their community and decided to use GoodSeed materials to pass out and share the gospel. Kim writes in to share how things went. 

“The block party went really well!  We had a steady flow of people from a variety of ages and backgrounds. Because there was time to interact, I felt like the mission was accomplished, reaching out to people where they are and giving them tools to grow in or start a relationship with Jesus, by better understanding the Bible. 

The Story that Matters book was given out to all of the guests in a bag upon arriving, four bibles were given out, and a lot of the eBook cards, which was very convenient. 

With the hope of reaching out to those with little knowledge of the Bible, I also designed a quick and easy list of questions to help them open the Bible and get familiar with finding verses, along with opening the book By This Name 

All of our guests received info on how to keep in touch with the church through the packet and two gals were quite interested in participating in a book study.   

THANK YOU for the privilege to use all of the GoodSeed materials!! It made for a wonderfully focused table with great solid materials, that I was HAPPY to share with our guests!!” 

Be a part of our vision to see God transform lives, grow churches, and reach languages! Stock up, have a block party of your own, and trust the Lord to bring fruit from your efforts.  

 

Rideshare the Gospel

At GoodSeed, we believe God transforms lives as people understand the gospel. Our aim is to get a clear presentation of the gospel into the hands of as many people as we can. One of our missionaries, Doug, just had this opportunity. He writes:

“I recently started driving in the evenings to earn extra money for our family. The other night I was chatting with one of my passengers, and he was telling me all about a new business venture he was a part of. As he was getting out of the car, he gave me his business card. When he handed it to me, I offered him a card in return, one that has a download for a free eBook, “By This Name.” This book presents who Jesus is and what He accomplished as the central figure of the entire Bible. The rider was really excited to download the book and was happy that I’d given the card to him. I am praying that the Holy Spirit will use this resource to bring him to a clearer understanding of the gospel and with it salvation and a changed life.”

These free eBook cards will be available for all of our main resources including: The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus, All that the Prophets have Spoken, The Lamb, The Story that Matters, and What are Christmas & Easter All About. Coming soon to our US and Canada stores:  US(us.goodseed.com) Canada (ca.goodseed.com)

Join with us in handing these out to those the Lord brings into your life and expect great things!

Video: Babel and religion

Babel. When we hear the word, most of us think of a tall tower or confusion of languages. But just what was going on at Babel? Was it just a large-scale building project? As this clip from By This Name reveals, it was actually an example of man’s religious efforts to please God.

“The issue at stake wasn’t about following a religion. Rather, it was about trusting a person–the LORD himself. It was not how hard one worked to win God’s favour, but whether someone trusted the LORD as one would trust a friend. It wasn’t about manipulating God to get your way, but having a personal friendship with the Creator of the universe. Trust was the issue.”

By This Name, Page 113

By This Name has a video component consisting of 66 clips in which author John R. Cross teaches key concepts during the chronological journey through the Bible. These short video clips include visual aids (like the Tabernacle, Passover, altar, etc.) to help bring clarity to the story. They also take the viewers to key sites in Israel, Egypt and Jordan to provide historical and geographical context. We present a selection of these video clips. All of them are included with By This Name, either on DVD or accessible online.

Video: The offering

After the flood, Noah offered sacrifices of animals on an altar to God. Just what was the significance of this offering? Why did Noah do it? As this clip from By This Name reveals, Noah was demonstrating a key truth when it comes to salvation.

“The word atonement summarizes the whole means whereby a holy God provides sinful man with ‘right clothes’ for the heart–a covering of righteousness equal to his righteousness.”

By This Name, Page 108

By This Name has a video component consisting of 66 clips in which author John R. Cross teaches key concepts during the chronological journey through the Bible. These short video clips include visual aids (like the Tabernacle, Passover, altar, etc.) to help bring clarity to the story. They also take the viewers to key sites in Israel, Egypt and Jordan to provide historical and geographical context. We present a selection of these video clips. All of them are included with By This Name, either on DVD or accessible online.

20th Anniversary of The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus

It’s amazing the sort of impact one book can have. 20 years ago, in 1997, the book The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus was published. At the time, author John R. Cross and the men working with him had no idea that it would be the catalyst for a global ministry and how many people would come to faith in Christ through it. It was just one book with a simple message: a straightforward, systematic presentation of the gospel from creation to the cross.

The writing of The Stranger was drawn from decades of missionary experience of those working among tribal people in Papua New Guinea and elsewhere. These tribes, previously unevangelised and ignorant of the Bible’s message, responded well to a chronological presentation of the gospel. So well, in fact, that whole villages were putting their faith in Christ, without the age-old problems of syncretism and “rice Christians.” When the Bible was presented from creation to Christ, it made profound sense. The people would understand and believe. Lives were transformed.

But was it only tribal groups who responded so well to the creation-to-Christ method? What about the Western world? As John and his colleagues interacted with people back home in North America and around the world, they realized that some of these people were just as ignorant of the Bible as the tribal people. They knew nothing about God. They didn’t understand who Jesus was and why he came. We live, for the most part, in a post-Christian culture.

The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus was, in a sense, an experiment. It was a book that used the same method that had proven so effective with tribal groups—a chronological approach to explaining the gospel—except this time for the Western world. It was designed so that it could be given away or used to guide people to a clear understanding of the Bible. But would it be relevant and effective?

Continue reading “20th Anniversary of The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus”

Video: Built to preserve life

Just how big was Noah’s ark? Was it actually seaworthy and large enough to hold all the animals listed in Genesis? As this clip from By This Name reveals, the ark was extremely sturdy and specially designed to preserve life. God’s means of salvation is always sufficient and perfect.

“God was going to judge sin. But whenever YAHWEH brings judgment, he also provides a way to escape.”

By This Name, Page 103

By This Name has a video component consisting of 66 clips in which author John R. Cross teaches key concepts during the chronological journey through the Bible. These short video clips include visual aids (like the Tabernacle, Passover, altar, etc.) to help bring clarity to the story. They also take the viewers to key sites in Israel, Egypt and Jordan to provide historical and geographical context. We present a selection of these video clips. All of them are included with By This Name, either on DVD or accessible online.

Video: Two offerings

The story of Cain and Abel is a familiar one, but do we realise its significance in the big picture of God’s redemption? Just why was Cain’s offering rejected? What made Abel’s offering so special? In this clip from By This Name, we learn about the significant difference between the brothers’ two offerings.

“God was pleased that Abel had faith in him. Because Abel trusted YAHWEH, the LORD accepted Abel as one would accept a friend.”

By This Name, Page 93

By This Name has a video component consisting of 66 clips in which author John R. Cross teaches key concepts during the chronological journey through the Bible. These short video clips include visual aids (like the Tabernacle, Passover, altar, etc.) to help bring clarity to the story. They also take the viewers to key sites in Israel, Egypt and Jordan to provide historical and geographical context. We present a selection of these video clips. All of them are included with By This Name, either on DVD or accessible online.

Video: A covering for sin

It seems so praiseworthy to do your best, pull yourself up by your bootstraps–all in an attempt to make yourself better in God’s sight. But are our efforts really effective? Can we deal with our sin problem on our own? In this clip from By This Name, we learn the difference between our efforts and God’s atonement.

“God rejected Adam and Eve’s fig leaves because they were the efforts of sinful people trying to make themselves good enough for God. Those efforts fit in the ‘filthy rag’ category. Only when YAHWEH provided his covering were they accepted back into his presence.”

By This Name, Page 91

By This Name has a video component consisting of 66 clips in which author John R. Cross teaches key concepts during the chronological journey through the Bible. These short video clips include visual aids (like the Tabernacle, Passover, altar, etc.) to help bring clarity to the story. They also take the viewers to key sites in Israel, Egypt and Jordan to provide historical and geographical context. We present a selection of these video clips. All of them are included with By This Name, either on DVD or accessible online.

Video: God’s justice and love

Is God a God of justice? Or is he a God of love? Many people think that he is one or the other, assuming that justice and love are contradictory, but as this clip from By This Name reveals, this is not the case.

“Both qualities of his character are equal: God is not more loving than he is just. Since YAHWEH always acts in a way that is consistent with his perfect nature, he will always express both attributes equally.”

By This Name, Page 89

By This Name has a video component consisting of 66 clips in which author John R. Cross teaches key concepts during the chronological journey through the Bible. These short video clips include visual aids (like the Tabernacle, Passover, altar, etc.) to help bring clarity to the story. They also take the viewers to key sites in Israel, Egypt and Jordan to provide historical and geographical context. We present a selection of these video clips. All of them are included with By This Name, either on DVD or accessible online.

 

Using the Worldview Survey, Part II: Discovering your friend’s worldview

In Using the Worldview Survey, Part I: Sharing the gospel when time is short, we shared how the Worldview Survey questions can be used as a springboard to sharing the gospel when you only have a short time with an individual (perhaps in a waiting room, interacting with a door-to-door salesman, or in a street evangelism context). In this second article, we share more specifically on how you can use the questions to discover the beliefs of the individual before moving on to share the gospel.

The conversation was going so smoothly. The young woman in front of me seemed to be eagerly digesting each point I made as I walked her through the gospel message. She was nodding her head, agreeing with me when I’d ask her questions and assuring me she understood. Great! Next up, the sinner’s prayer, right? We’d been conversing for some time when she finally began to open up more about her own worldview, extinguishing my optimism. Apparently she was exploring a pagan religion. She worshipped the earth. She wasn’t terribly bothered by her sin. Surely God could be expressed in many forms and there were many ways to seek him.

It was surprising to me that she could both agree with what I’d been saying, while at the same time hold to these very opposing viewpoints. She was, by definition, a post-modern thinker.

As she walked away from me a little later, I realized that I’d spent a long time sharing the gospel to a woman who did not have the foundations in place to understand it. While I knew God could still bless and use my feeble efforts, surely I could be more effective if I’d had an idea of the worldview of my listener before I dove into sharing the Bible’s message.

I realized I needed a method of quickly determining one’s worldview and finding a way to discern their true understanding of the Bible’s message, so that I could know how to proceed with the truths of the gospel

The Worldview Survey (originally published in the book And Beginning with Moses), a list of nine simple and objective questions, is designed to give a person a good idea of what their student believes. It’s a helpful tool for many situations, but especially handy if you’re not sure how to approach sharing the gospel with an individual or what tool would suit them best.

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