Evangelism – a lifestyle!

Kristopher Schaal from Lifepoint Baptist Church in Apple Valley, California reminds us that the Gospel is who we are – it’s our way of life. Kristopher writes:

“I had a neat opportunity to lead a lady to the Lord that we have been praying for for quite some time. I used my GPS, as has become my pattern. The diagnostic questions at the beginning of the presentation were key for her, as she later admitted that she was trusting in Jesus and works.”

Later in January Kristopher was also blessed to lead two women to Christ using The Exchange Bible Study. After Lesson 3, one of the women who has a religious background said, “I see now that I need to be born again.” A week later she made that awesome, life-changing exchange with Jesus.

Kristopher inspires us to be on the lookout for gospel opportunities and to take action when God brings them our way. May evangelism be our lifestyle.

THE POWER OF A MOTHER’S PRAYERS

Angie was in The Exchange seminar at Berean Baptist in Lilburn Georgia. She was burdened for a 25 year old single mother that she met through the day care she manages. So she invited Crystal to dinner, the conversation turned to spiritual things and Crystal agreed to do The Exchange Bible study with Angie. At the end of the first Lesson it was “Crystal Clear” that she was ready to trust Christ.

Angie writes, “God has been drawing Crystal to Himself without a doubt.  Crystal’s mom became a Christian about five years ago and has been praying for Crystal and has tried to talk to Crystal about the Lord but Crystal didn’t want to listen.

At Christmas time this past year I heard from her daughter’s teacher that Crystal’s restaurant was going to be closed for a couple of weeks for remodeling.  I am the director of the preschool where Crystal’s daughter attends.  The Lord had already burdened my heart for Crystal. I knew she was a single mom.  I offered Crystal a temporary position at the Preschool while her restaurant was closed.  During that time I had an opportunity to get to know Crystal.  Even before I began the exchange, I was looking for an opportunity to share the gospel with her.  I did not know at that time that her mom had been praying for Crystal for the past five years.  It was “crystal clear” to me that God wanted me to do so and that was the main reason I signed up to take The Exchange seminar.  She was the first person on my “Find Five List”.

Thank you so much for all you’ve done in creating and sharing this wonderful gospel presentation.  Crystal told me that it is “so clear” and “easy to understand”.  I am looking for that next person that God brings across my path to begin the Bible study with again!”

BE ENCOURAGED!

Armed with the Gospel of Peace!

Good news to sometimes weary souls – People all over the world are being saved! Recently at a mission board meeting, Pastor Tim Berlin from Faith in Warren, MI where we held an Exchange Seminar last January shared the amazing news that 25 precious souls have been saved over this year. Things in our country look pretty bleak, don’t they? It’s easy to hang our heads and wonder, “Is anything good happening?” But the emptiness, loneliness, fear, guilt, and lack of genuine love that thrives in America is causing people to spiral down – driving people to look up. Let’s arm ourselves with the gospel and commit to reaching out with the Good News of the gospel of Jesus Christ. SOME WILL HEAR & BELIEVE!

SAVED IN THE NICK OF TIME

Tony Slutz

A medical doctor from Thompson Road Baptist Church was very burdened for a blind cancer patient and her husband. He described them as “very hard. They will never come to church.” Fully expecting to be refused, this believer invited his seriously ill patient to church and she agreed but said “my husband will never come to church.” Never tell God never! Guess what? They both attended church and the cancer patient walked the aisle to be saved that morning. Pastor Tony visited this gentleman, and though the he tended to scoff, Tony invited him to do The Exchange four-lesson Bible study and he agreed. On Lesson 4 he trusted Christ and within 3 months he was diagnosed with cancer and died. His widow is recovering and is nearly cancer free. Tony’s words – “He made it in, just under the wire.”

Praise God! Tony and this doctor both followed the Spirit’s prompting. Praise God! Another precious soul was added to heaven’s throng!

SO, JESUS TOOK THE RAP FOR ME?!

The Lord has convicted me for years and years about not being the witness that I should, but it usually only resulted in giving out a few tracts just to help with the guilt, unfortunately. My good friends, Jeff and Deanna Bartlett, have been instrumental in training me to use your “exchange” materials in Deanna’s Bible studies last year and I was determined that I wouldn’t struggle with this the rest of my life, so I tried to own it. I was able to establish a contact with a 20-year-old girl (Kalene) that took my blood in a blood drive in the spring and I reconnected with her this fall. She agreed to go through the exchange with me and even brought along a friend for our “God meetings” 😊 It was such a great tool to be able to start from scratch and work so logically through the Gospel. I can be a very wordy and random person, so it has given me so much more confidence knowing I have a thorough, yet relatively concise presentation. They both made professions of faith. Kalene has been especially fruitful in her growth. She is like a little missionary now, so bold about her newfound faith and wanting all of her family and friends to understand the Gospel, too. She calls me her “God coach” and tells me about different friends of hers that need “God coaching”. I love her terminology! So, we have given out the “exchange” book to a guy friend, that friend that came with her to some meetings and made a profession of faith. Her grandma came to Deanna’s Bible study the last three weeks and had completed a portion of the exchange booklet. I am so excited to tell you that Deanna was able to lead her through the exchange after Bible study last night and she received Christ! When Deanna gave the illustration about the chairs, and demonstrated straddling both chairs, her countenance changed and she got emotional, realizing that that is where she was – putting her faith in Christ and herself! She accepted Christ last night and Kalene said “one down, a million to go”! I can’t imagine The feeling that she has knowing that most everyone she knows is probably not saved.

Also, a friend of mine and I get to teach six middle school students from the public school across the street in a “released time” program. A couple weeks ago, I was able to present the exchange to them, and it was awesome to see the room begin to understand the Gospel… especially when I did the columns and exchanged the names. At that moment, two of the boys said “I get it now!” 😊 Every time I do those columns, I get choked up because it’s such an amazing visual! That illustration has revolutionized my witnessing! When I did that with Kalene, she got teary-eyed and said “So Jesus took the rap for me?!” LOVE it! It seems like it’s always a lightbulb moment.

I finally feel like I’m alive as a Christian and actually starting to fulfill the great commission that I’ve been so lax in most of my life.

Tina Parry, Anderson, SC

Souls Saved in the Country of Georgia

Exciting news from our missionaries in Georgia!
“We have been using a Georgian version of the The Exchange at a local rehab center and have seen 8-9 come to Christ over the last year.  It’s thrilling to see them understand the gospel and then articulate it back after they come to Christ.  Most of these come out of Eastern Orthodox backgrounds – to hear them put their full faith and trust in Jesus Christ and His righteousness rather than their own self-righteousness is a real joy.  I’ve gone through the material 4 times now with different groups and am using it on Sunday nights with a group of unbelievers as we work toward our first church plant (Lord willing).”
These zealous missionaries are now working to translate The Exchange Bible Study into Arabic.

GOD SO LOVED ___ _____!

You can easily fill in the blanks. John 3:16 is so well-known! But stop and think for a minute of the scope of God’s mission – THE WORLD. Is His vast mission ours? This photo of missionary Jonathan Speights and a photo of a young man he recently led to Christ in Brazil is so encouraging. Jonathan is sharing the Good News in his corner of the world. Jonathan was trained back in 2007 when The Exchange was called Come and See.

Greg & Linda Waller participated in our seminar in Midland, KS. They take the gospel all over the world using medical help to open doors to give the gospel. Linda writes, “We have used The Exchange method all over the world It is a wonderful way of sharing the gospel with great results. We have over 2500 professions of faith so far this year, each with a one-on-one soul winner.”

May our vision to give the gospel be as big as our awesome God. Remember, God so loved the WORLD…!

 

FRESH FAITH

 

Don’t you love the fresh faith of new believers? Recently Lisa was saved through the ministry of Lighthouse Baptist. Her pastor’s wife, Cassandra, helped Lisa with assurance and beginning discipleship using The Exchange Bible study. So when Lisa grew burdened for a client, they did The Exchange together. What a thrill it was in May to train both Lisa and the woman she had recently led to Christ. The good news gets even better! Lisa writes –

Just a few short weeks ago, we were blessed at Lighthouse Baptist Church in New Concord, Ohio by your amazing seminar! God used that to do so much in my heart!! God has allowed me to begin The Exchange with two ladies since then! Jennifer and I finished the third lesson yesterday and she accepted Christ as her Savior! Until then she knew Jesus died for the sins of the world and that she has sinned. The Holy Spirit showed her that Jesus died for HER and that no one else could pay her son debt! Another one has entered the kingdom!

Many believers face feelings of inadequacy when sharing their faith, but Lisa’s story reminds us that if God can use a brand new believer, He can use you. If you need a helping hand, looking into The Exchange Bible study.

 

Sackville Independent Baptist Church of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia; Pastor Jeremy Eastwood, June 6-7, 2016