Friday, November 29, 2013

Evangelism Musings/Black Friday 11/29/13

Today is the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday. It's the day people all across America line up outside of stores in the wee hours of the morning in hopes of finding a good deal on a Christmas present. It's also the day my good friend, Kim, and I wake up in the wee hours of the morning with the intention of putting the gospel message of Jesus Christ into the hands of the masses.

Pictured above are the "packets" we prepared for the very occasion (the teenage girls from our church helped us prepare them a couple weeks ago). One of our young friends from church (who helped us prepare the packets), Emily, also joined us in distributing the message. It was a joy to have the extra hands with us this year. We moved through the crowd very quickly and managed to hand out 350+ packets in the matter of about 20 minutes.

Each packet contained:
  • A gospel tract
  • A Christmas message
  • A granola bar
The Christmas message read like this: 

Christmas is the season of giving! 

Today, you stand in line waiting on the generosity of others. Today, we visit you because of the generosity of someone else. 

We celebrate Christmas because over 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ showed great generosity toward all mankind when He (God ) came to this earth and took on human form (became a man). It is a gift beyond comprehension. The Bible speaks of this gift in the book of Philippians. “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality a thing to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-10. 

Christmas is the celebration of the day that Jesus came to earth and took on human form (was born as a baby). That thought alone is worth great consideration. 

Today, we want to give you a Christmas gift. The bag you received contains: 

• A treat (to enjoy while you’re out and about starting your Christmas shopping) 
• A gospel tract (our hope is that you will read the message in the tract and spend some time considering it 

 Merry Christmas and enjoy your day!

God has allowed us the opportunity to return to the same spot many times now, and we thank Him for it. This is one easy way to put the gospel in the hands of many people in a short amount of time, people who may never step foot in a church.

If you don't currently have a way you're spreading the gospel message (forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ) to a lost and dying world, consider doing something like this. I guarantee you can do it.

May God do a work in the hearts of those who received the gospel today, and may He receive all the glory and honor for it!

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