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It Still Works

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One of the most compelling ways for people to cross the thresholds of church for the first time is by extending to them a personal invitation. 

Think about something that you were nervous about going to or maybe weren’t even aware that it existed.  It may have been a new grocery store in town, or it may have been an athletic club.  Whatever it may have been, you most likely joined or tried it out because someone invited you. 

We know personal invitations still work, and we’re going to leverage those invitations this Saturday as we invite 10,000 households to come and hear the gospel of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. 

How will we do it?  With Peeps!

You remember the Easter Peeps, don’t you?  They’re those glittery marshmallow bites of goodness that come around once a year (well, now just about for every holiday!).  Well, we have 10,000 packs of Peeps, prepared in door-hanger bags along with Easter invites, all ready for you. 

It doesn't matter if you’re a parent with kids in a stroller, if you're a teenager, or if you're a 60+ adult--you can help! 

We’ll be in the neighborhoods of Forest Acres, Shandon (either side of Devine Street), behind the VA Hospital, and the Clemson Road area.  Meet me in the Gathering Place at 10:30 this Saturday morning.  Pick a map and your peeps, get in your car, and spend a beautiful Saturday morning walking to about 35 homes in the Columbia area.  Simply place the door-hanger on the door knob, or if you’d like, knock on the door and give a personal invite.  Whatever your preference and comfort level, there’s a place for you to serve Saturday morning! 

Whatever your preference and comfort level, there’s a place for you to serve Saturday morning! 

There are tens of thousands of people who are dealing with the brokenness of life, because they don’t have Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, they are without His hope and peace.  Perhaps they have never given their life to Jesus for the simple reason that they’ve never heard the gospel.  Your invitation, smiling face, or your simple action of placing a small bag on their doorknob could change the direction of their life and beyond. 

I hope you’ll join me and others as we seek to expand God’s kingdom in Columbia this Saturday morning at 10:30am in the Gathering Place!

Click here to let us know you're coming!

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How to Share the Light

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The heart of God beats so that His name will be made famous all over the earth. 

Since 2000, the population of Richland County has grown from approximately 322,000 people to over 394,000.  That’s about 72,000 extra people, or 31 "Shandons".  Thousands and thousands of people who need help to know, love, and enjoy the living God and each other live all around us.

Over the next three weeks (February 15, 22 & March 1), every adult and student in Sunday School at Shandon Baptist Church will be trained in how to share the gospel so that we as a church will be stronger in sharing Christ with those who don’t know Him.

We'll discuss the following 3 topics that I hope will propel you to be more confident, more faithful and more joyful in sharing your faith:

 

February 15: Overcoming Fear.
February 22: Looking for God Openings.
March 1: What Do I Say?

Although training may be a piece of the puzzle, 

evangelism can only be accomplished through the power of the Holy Spirit and the power of prayer.

Did you know that evangelism is actually never mentioned in the Bible.  Not one time.  

The Bible does refer to “evangelists” (Ephesians 4:11) and “evangelist” (Acts 21:8 and 2 Timothy 4:5).  We use the term evangelist to refer to someone who proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Therefore, the process of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ is called evangelism.

Evangelist: someone who proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ

People have different thoughts about evangelist and evangelism.  Some may instantly think of the judgmental street preacher and have a negative connotation of the word. Others may remember fondly a kind pastor who sat in their living room who shared the gospel with them for the first time.  Although God does equip specific people with the spiritual gift of evangelism (Ephesians 4:11), Jesus commanded all his disciples to proclaim His name everywhere (Matthew 28:19-20).

Simply put, evangelism and evangelism training is discipleship.  You are carrying out the responsibilities of a disciple of Christ when you tell people about Jesus or help another Believer grow in his or her faith.  

Starting this Sunday, February 15, I hope you’ll join us as we take another step in being disciples of Jesus Christ. 

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