CONQUER COVID – A Bible Plan For Churches During COVID-19

CONQUER COVID – A Bible Plan For Churches During COVID-19

The COVID-19 scare shocked the world.  Our government’s response to it was unlike anything we have ever seen.  Who would have thought just a few months ago that our nation would lock down and the American way of life would change so dramatically?

The coronavirus shutdown halted the economy, put citizens on house arrest, and closed many churches.  The politician’s liberal leanings were unmasked as they prioritized liquor stores and abortion clinics above small businesses and churches.

The will of God doesn't change with circumstances. Current events did not come as a surprise to God.  He has equipped us for the task ahead. Click To Tweet

Churches have suffered.  

Most assemblies went three months without meeting in person.  Some churches had weeks with no offerings.  Since then, giving has diminished as Christians struggle financially. It may take time to build offerings back up for churches with many members out of work.  

Outreach ministries that take the Gospel to the lost halted.  Public soul winning, bus ministry, street preaching, nursing home, and prison ministries stopped.

Some churches are meeting again with restrictions.  Fed up with government overreach, some churches are meeting despite state restrictions.  Pastors are getting tickets, fines, jail threats, and court dates for holding church.  

Who would’ve thought this travesty could happen in America?  This unthinkable turn of events is shocking.

Churches all over America are struggling.  Faithful Christians are looking for leadership through this unprecedented trial.  God’s men must lead with wisdom, faith, compassion, confidence, and love.  We must rest upon the fundamentals of our faith and focus on the basics of Scriptural ministry.

The burning question is, “Where do churches go from here?”  How do we move forward?  As always, we find comfort, courage, and direction from God’s Word.

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Confidence In Soul Winning

Confidence In Soul Winning

Here are seven ways to have confidence in Soul Winning.

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The world needs Jesus. Learn how to share your faith confidently with these simple, but powerful tips.

Mark 16:15

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

God has given us the responsibility of reaching the world with the Gospel of Christ. What a commission! What stewardship!

However, the average Christian rarely speaks a word regarding Christ to sinners. This sad fact says more about the state of our nation and the condition of our churches than any poll or questionnaire ever could. If God’s people are not going after sinners, the lost have no hope of salvation!

Are you confident a confident soul winner? You can be. If you were the only hope of salvation for the people in your life, what would be there chances of going to Heaven?

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Each Christian should work to be skillful in the Word for the salvation of souls.  

If you are confident in anything in this life, make it the glorious work of bringing sinners to Christ.

Here are seven ways to have confidence in Soul Winning.

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5 Easy Steps To Increase Your Influence for Christ on Social Media

5 Easy Steps To Increase Your Influence for Christ on Social Media

Christians are called to uplift Christ, glorify God while being salt and light in the world.  What if there was a quick and simple way you could do all that without any real effort as part of your daily routine? You can on social media.  Here’s how to do it.

Making a difference for Christ may be easier than you think. Use these quick steps on social media to glorify God and uplift Christ with no extra effort!

Social media is a powerful tool.  It gives everyone with a device access to multitudes of people who need Christ.

Check out these statistics about how people are using social media.

According to GlobalWebIndex.com:

  • 97% of digital consumers have used social media in the past month.
  • 84% of people with access to the internet use social media.
  • 50% of the global population is using social media: that’s 3.8 billion people (an increase of 9.2% since 2019)
  • 90% of Americans between 18-29 use social media.

Consider the averages of internet users ages 16-64:

  • 2 hours 24 minutes each day on social media every day.
  • 8.6 social media accounts per user.
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There is no doubt that people are using social media.

There is an old adage that says, “If you want to catch fish, you must go where the fish are.”

If you want to reach people for Christ, we must spread the Gospel where they are.

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What Is Faith Promise Missions?

What Is Faith Promise Missions?

Faith Promise Missions is a powerful and proven way for each local Church and Christian to have a part in the Great Commission reaching the world with the Gospel.

A faith promise commitment is an offering given by faith, above the tithe, to support worldwide missions.

You can help spread the Gospel around the world!  Here are 10 easy steps to partner with God through Faith Promise Missions.

1. Realize God has entrusted you with the Gospel.

“But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.”  

1 Thessalonians 2:4

What an amazing thought! Are we being good stewards of the Gospel?

2. We are commanded to spread the Good News both in our community and around the world at the same time.

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”  

Acts 1:8

We should go soul winning at home and support soul winning missionaries abroad.

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THE MINISTRY ROLLER COASTER – How to Stay Faithful During the Ups and Downs

THE MINISTRY ROLLER COASTER – How to Stay Faithful During the Ups and Downs

The ministry is much like a roller coaster ride.  It is simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying.  Learn how to stay faithful and focused during the ups and downs of God’s work.

Ministry life has plenty of ups and downs with twists and turns.  It is exciting until things start to get complicated, and you say to yourself, “What was I thinking?!”

In October 2019, I decided to take my three children to Six Flags New England in Agawam, MA.  I realized that with the busyness of ministry and the complications with my wife’s health, we hadn’t done anything special with the children during the summer.

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Six Flags had a big sale where I could get season tickets for next year (and unlimited access this year) for the price of a one day visit.  It seemed like a no-brainer, so I bought the tickets and set a date.

When we drove up to the park, the first thing we could see was the steel backbones of roller coasters rising into the sky.  The kids were excited and wanted to ride them first.

I must confess that I don’t really like roller coasters.

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Christian Men Wanted

Christian Men Wanted

There seems to be a shortage of Christian manhood today. Where are the men of faith and action in this generation? We need courageous Christian men!

Earnest Shackleton placed this ad while looking for a crew for an Antarctic expedition.  It is said that 5,000 men applied for the job.  The ad understated the dangers.  Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Antarctic expedition became a breathtaking tale of hardship and survival.

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The response to this ad reminds us that some are drawn to seemingly impossible tasks.  Mainstream Christianity is marketing the life of a Christian as a neverending party with few rules and even fewer expectations.  Our Lord presented a very different concept of discipleship. 

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