Category Archives: witnessing – why in the world are my palms sweating?

Baptist Taboo

The Holy Spirit.  We’ve gotta talk about Him.  We’ve got to be filled with Him.

Brian

Advertisements

and a little child shall lead them

20120118-135010.jpg

Look at us.  Great minds must think alike.  We totally dressed this way on accident.  Unless Sonya had something to do with it. Hmm.

Anyway, that’s not why I’m writing.  No, not at all. Right now we (Lynwood) are being challenged in many ways by the Lord.  One of those is to live a more inviting lifestyle toward the lost and unchurched.  To stop being afraid and get to know them intentionally to share the gospel.  This is gonna lead to some pretty cool, challenging stuff.  But right now the task is simple: invite people to a service on February 5 where the gospel is gonna be shared.  Sounds easy, right?  So why isn’t it that easy?  I mean anyone can do it.  Right?  Right.  And let me tell you about someone who does it.

Brotey.  My little man.  My best buddy.  He does it. Over Christmas break, my parents took us to The Olive Garden.  Brotey got chicken strips.  Yes, chicken strips at The Olive Garden. But, again, that’s beside the point. My mom told us later that Brotey asked her if he would go to jail if he asked our servers where they went to church.  Of course, she told him that he wouldn’t.  Without hesitation he asked both of them if they went to church and, when they responded in the affirmative, where they went to church.  I was so proud.

A few weeks later, we took the kids to Applebee’s.  Brotey immediately asked us to ask our server where she went to church.  We agreed but apparently didn’t get it done fast enough.  As she lowered Brotey’s food over his shoulder he asked her and probed until he got an answer!  And he made it look so easy!

Then, we find out that he’s been reading the bible to one of his friends during recess at school. I can’t begin to describe how that makes me feel. He has always had a heart for the lost.  He’s always concerned for friends, family, or anyone he sees on T.V. Literally, I can’t tell you how many times he has asked us if a particular person on T.V. loves Jesus.

So, Brotey can do it. We can too.  Come on Lynwood.  Let’s get to it.  And if you go to another church, get to it as well!

Brian


got out of my office

0821090839

What a morning.  Started with P90X.  Not bad.  Of course, I did the lowest challenging one first.  I feel good.  Maybe I’ll step it up tomorrow.  Maybe I’ll do that one one more time.  Will seek the Spirit’s advice on that one in the morn.

Then, time with God.  On my face.  No, not because of P90X.  Just find myself there more lately.  Before I even opened the Word, He told me to share my faith today.  I have been so convicted of this lately.  Don’t get me wrong, I share my faith.  I’m not intimidated.  I’ve shared with many on mission trips, VBS, in counseling, etc.  But daily, there aren’t many lost people wondering into churches asking to be witnessed too.  Where do I find lost people? I want to be obedient.

Then, God reminded me of Todd Arrington.  Todd was the son of one of my clarinetists at Cottage Hill Baptist Church in Mobile.  He was a high schooler and a great guitarist.  I worked with him in a student band.  One night during prayer requests, he asked that we pray for him and a friend who had been going to the mall to witness.  I was so impressed.  Here was a high schooler going to the mall and witnessing to total strangers.  I couldn’t remember the last time I shared my faith.

So now, here I am, a 35 year old.  Considering the mall and sweating it.  Total strangers.  Not handing them food in a soup line.  Not giving them clothes or blankets in park on a cold day .  They weren’t coming to me with a need.  I’ve gotta approach them.  Give them what they may not even know they need.

So I left my office right after staff meeting.  Headed to our only mall.

shopgadsdenmall

I had a sense that I needed to be around the carousel.  There was no one there.  But there were many sitting right there in the food court.  Captive audience.  They were eating.  So I nervously circled and prayed about who the Spirit wanted me to talk to.  Started to move toward one guy but he got up.  Darn.  But there were two behind him.  So I approached, introduced myself, and asked if I could ask them a few questions.  Then, I just trusted the spirit.  It was so awesome.  One was a Christian.  The other, not at all.  Not even interested.  I wish I could say that he changed his mind, but he didn’t.  But he did hear the gospel today.  It was such a rush.

Why have I not done this kind of thing sooner?  I’ve got this great thing that I’ve been hoarding for myself.  There are lost people all over the place.  I’ve just gotta get out of my office more often.

I’m not sharing this to brag.  I’m just pumped and you know I’m an open book.  What I really want is accountability.  Please, ask me anytime when the I last shared my faith.  Hold me to it.  And, if you are the slight bit interested, I would love for you to go with me.  If you don’t live here, then let me know how you respond to this.  Come on Christians, get out of your offices, houses, shops, cars, or whatever and find someone to share your faith with.  Let’s let the Spirit use us to change this place.

I’m in.  What about you?

Filled today guys, filled,

Brian