Wednesday, February 24, 2010

At this point we are really not sure that you all are reading out blog. So if you read it PLEASE leave a comment so we know. Thanks!

Also, thank you for praying for our field meeting that we had in McAllen, TX over the weekend. It went very well and we even had some time to enjoy things about the States that we miss. Mainly, salads. We had a great week and made it back home to León safely.

Last week we had the priveledge of having David Harriman share at our small group. He talked about the stones we have in our lives that are barriers between us and Christ. They could be addictions, hate, pride, or any number of things. We are thankful David had the chance to come and share because though we had a very small crowd in comparision to our normal Monday nights, those who attended were very touched by what David shared. One couple especially seems to have made a further commitment with Christ and we are praying that they understand what that means. Would you join us in praying for this couple? That they would accept Christ fully as Lord of their lives and that they would understand that he is the only way, the truth, and the life. This couple has been attending our group for a while now, but the wife especially has very eastern religious views. We long for them to understand that Christ is the only way to salvation. Thankfully, they are very faithful to coming to our activities and to coming to the Bible study.

Tomorrow night we are holding our Thursday night dinner. Most likely we will have some new visitors. On Thursdays we have started having a discussion on a certain topic. One night we talked about baptism. Tomorrow we are talking about Christainity's view towards other religions. Please pray that we will have wisdom to lead the discussion well and that people will accept what we say.

Thanks for your prayers and support as always!

Pictures: David Harriman's visit
Celebrating our 9th Valentine's Day together
An excursion we took with our neighbors (all the ladies in the group)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Who is invited?

Hello friends and family. If you read this blog would you please post a comment so that we know you read it. We have no idea how many people actually keep up with us through this blog. Thanks!

When we think of evangelisim and how our churches are going to reach those who don't know Christ what do we think? Do we believe that we should invite non-Christians to church and they will hear a sermon and bam, they will accept Christ? Truthfully, it is not likely that a non-Christian would have any desire to go to church, and if they did they probably wouldn't understand what was going on. Many churches have gone to a "seeker friendly" service with hopes to reach those who don't go to church. I applaud their efforts because at least they are trying to reach those who wouldn't normally set their foot in the door of a church, but often the sermons get watered down and the believers are left searching for more depth.

We decided to start a small group with hopes that evangelism would take place out of that setting, that people would feel like they can bring their friends and in a non-threatening, but intimate environment people can come to know Jesus. After several small groups are formed then we could start a service where the small groups get together and have worship and a teaching. The service wouldn't be a place to invite your non-Christian friends, but instead a celebration for the believers. Sadly, we heard recently that it wasn't a good idea to have non-believers in our small group. Let me ask then how are people supposed to come to know Christ? Outside of community? What a better way to show someone what it means to folllow Christ than in a small group Bible study. This year two people have come to know Christ because of our small group, so we think it is a great place for non-Christians.

This past week we had two visitors who have very unique religious backgrounds. One of our friends who has been part of the group for a while is still clinging to her universal/buddist philosophies, while her husband claims to be a Christian. Please pray for her and the other people who are coming and for those who will visit in the next few weeks who do not have a personal relationship with Christ. Pray that they will come to know him, that their philosophies would be broken down . Pray that there would not be any confusion during our studies and that Christ's truth would prevail. We are continually amazed by how many people we work with have rejected catholicism and have turned to cults, sects, and strange eastern philosophies. We need guidance as try to guide these people to truth.

We challenge you to think about your church setting? Are there activities that exist where you feel comfortable inviting your non-believing friends? Do you have a small group where they could go? Do you have friends who aren't Christians? These are some important questions to consider as we seek to fulfill the great commission.