Sam* and Nick* are brothers. Sam is a believer but Nick was ardently opposed to talking about religion. Because Sam loved his brother, he never stopped trying to give Nick the gospel. When Sam came across By This Name, he was excited and got a copy for Nick and urged his brother to read it. Nick took the book but put it aside.
A musician, a Christmas concert and a little book
Pete* is a professional musician. He shared a story with us, a story that demonstrates God’s wonderful grace through the body of Christ. The story is centered on a Christmas concert at a small prairie town and the small GoodSeed book entitled, What are Christmas and Easter all About?
Pete told us of a family he had come to know just up the street from him, how he was often invited to their home for coffee. During these visits, he would play songs and sing for this young family. They all loved to hear the music and Pete too was enjoying his new friends. Pete soon came to realize this family’s worldview embraced postmodern ideas.
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Share your story
One of the things that encourages us to cultivate a lifelong lifestyle of evangelism is to hear stories and testimonies from others who have shared the gospel. It really renews our spirits to hear of someone coming to a good understanding gospel.
Do you have a story of giving away one of GoodSeed’s tools and then seeing someone put their trust in Jesus? Or have you led a GoodSeed course or a study and seen a friend’s eyes light up with understanding? If so, we would love to hear from you.
Please tell us your story or testimony in the comment box below to encourage others to keep on sharing or giving the gospel. By the way, we’re assuming you won’t mind us writing a fuller article based on your story to post on our site. (If not, let us know in your note.)
We thank you!
The GoodSeed team
The Lamb: More than just for children
The Lamb was written with children in mind, to explain the Bible’s central message in a way that young ones can understand. What we’ve seen is that adults have also enjoyed the book tremendously and many have benefited from its simple language and detailed illustrations. Moreover, we’ve heard many stories of how families (parents and children) have discovered the wonderful message of the gospel as they read The Lamb together. Here is one such story:
Ice man in Chiang Mai
Our Thai brothers and sisters in Christ are continuing to give out copies of the Thai translation of By This Name to anyone who is interested. Near Chiang Mai University where the books were being handed out, a man who runs a little shop selling ice saw the book and was very keen to read it. He asked for and received a copy. Please pray he will read it through and understand the gospel.
Do Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 speak of Satan?
The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus: Chapter Four, Section 1 “I Will”
All that the Prophets have Spoken: Chapter Four, Section 1 “I Will”
By This Name: Chapter Four, Section 1, “Two Ways”
Do these passages speak of Satan?
In a day and age when the Scriptures are often mangled and twisted out of context it is important that we know why we teach what we do concerning Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28. We do not want to allegorize or read a deeper meaning into a passage unless the passage is clearly intended to be understood that way by the original author. We also recognize that some Bible scholars would take a different viewpoint on these passages and this is reflected in some study Bible notations.
In writing The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus, the goal was to get down to the basics without being sidetracked on some of the exegetical challenges that exist. There are certain parts of Scripture that are harder to interpret and we would put Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14 into that category.
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Sharing the gospel at Christmas time
Christmas is fast approaching. Many believers find that this is a natural opportunity to share the gospel as there is more interest from their co-workers, friends and family. We have a booklet entitled, What are Christmas and Easter all About? It’s 80 pages long, with full-colour illustrations and text in Easy English. It explains the gospel message from Creation to Christ, providing someone with no Bible knowledge the context and necessary information needed to understand the gospel. The booklet is available for bulk purchase, which means it’s an affordable evangelism tool. If you’ve been looking for a way to share the gospel, consider taking the Christmas season to give a book that explains the true meaning of Christmas.
Something was missing
We are always very heartened to hear how our tools help people gain a clear understanding of the gospel message. Sometimes, people spend their entire lives trying to live like a Christian without really knowing what that means. When they finally gain a proper understanding of the gospel, their lives are genuinely transformed.
Here’s one such story.
The gospel for newborns and newlyweds
The above photo came along with an inspiring story that was shared with one of our staff members. A pastor mentioned that his church averages about 1.8 babies each month and he wanted to give each child the Gospel. This he does this by giving each newborn a copy of our book, The Lamb. The pastor writes a personal dedication (above, in the photo) to each new baby. His penmanship is simply beautiful but what is more beautiful is the loving note that he writes. He notes that not only does the baby benefit from a clear Gospel presentation through The Lamb but the Mum and Dad also receive a good gospel understanding as they read the book to the newborn their baby.
“Just Looking” groups
While a team of GoodSeed staff were in the UK conducting Worldview Rethink Workshops, we saw this poster at a church in Derby. The church runs “Just Looking” groups for people interested in exploring the Christian faith in a relaxed, non-threatening manner. The book that the church uses is The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus. Using the videos from the Interactive Edition combined with dynamic reading, the leader takes 15 sessions to go through the book and companion workbook. What an easy, non-threatening approach to explain the core message of the Bible to anyone who wishes to understand Christianity better.
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