Why Engage24?

Within the pages of Scripture and throughout the history of the world, God has been seeking people to engage Him, and then to engage the world with the gospel of Jesus.  Engage24 is a 24-hour period focused on engaging the world with the good news of Christ.  While Engage24 is intensely focused on a single day of evangelism (10/11/12), our mission is to promote a 24/7 lifestyle of evangelism and engagement with the gospel.

ENGAGE24 is a 24 hour period when college students will make a coordinated effort to engage their campuses with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ourdesire is to see every believing college student share the Gospel with one person that day.

We are engaging on 10/11/12. will you?

Why Engage24? Why a day of evangelism? Who cares? What good will this do? Won’t this anger people more?

I am on a team called the BCNet (Baptist Collegiate Network) Evangelism team. The purpose of our team is “to change the collegiate evangelistic culture.” Our desire is to basically see more college students sharing their faith—sharing about the amazing good news of Jesus Christ. So we said we can’t really do this, this is way too big for us to tackle….or is it? That is how Engage24 came about and we are so excited about it. The goal of the day is not salvations, even though God is going to bring people to him. The goal is simply for those college students who have never shared their faith because they are scared, don’t have the knowledge, or really haven’t tasted the goodness of seeing someone believe in Jesus.

We hope to change the culture of evangelism on college campuses across North America as a result of this day. We have already begun to hear stories of how students are becoming more bold and seeing their friends saved. Will you join us? Watch this video below for more information:

Are you hungry?

The Word of God

I’ve been listening to the Elevation Church’s Code Orange Revival podcast lately. Not only are these messages inspiring but I am amazed to hear how hungry the people of the church are for the Word. I gauge a good message by a couple of things but the two main things are:

1. Does it inspire life change?
2. Does it create a hunger for the Word?

Last Spring Break we took a team of about 14 college students to Louiseville, KY. During our time there we visited a, what I like to call, “hipster” church. Where everyone wears scarves, carries satchels and loves art. (disclaimer: you know it’s true!) Most of the time these churches are heavy on worship and the arts and light on Scripture and teaching. However, Sojourn church was different. After the message every single one of our students (including me) wanted to go back to the floor we were sleeping on and read and memorize Romans 8. I was highly impressed. The true test was the rest of the trip, would the desire end that night or would it keep going throughout the week? Amazingly, I heard conversations as we fixed up the homeless shelter about things like:

  • We are free from condemnation! Praise the Lord! v. 1
  • We no longer are under our sinful nature but we follow the Spirit! v. 4
  • The Spirit of God that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us! v. 11
  • We are adopted as God’s own children into His family! v. 15

These students had a hunger for the Word that did not end…even when we got back to Florida!

My question to you is “Are you hungry?” Do you have a hunger for the Word? Do you go to church because you have to or because you get to hear the Word of God preached? When I speak my goal is to inspire the two things mentioned above. When I hit that goal, the same thing happens to me. I want to change my life because of what God has done for me and I want to get even deeper into the Word even though I just spend 6-8 hours studying it!

Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Does the Word of God guide your path? Are you excited to study it for yourself?

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

God uses His Word to teach us how to live as well as equip us. When you read it you feel the presence of the Holy Spirit because it sets your mind to be guided by Christ and not your own flesh.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

Have you spent time daily in the Word? Have you studied it, not just read it? I love the John MacArthur Bible Studies to help me study the Word of God and to create in me a hunger for it when I am having a dry season. Or you can go to our free Bible Studies page.

What do you do to stay hungry?

How to disciple someone

Continuing with the topics from my Ministry Training LifeGroup…

The next topic was how to disciple someone. This topic was a follow up to the message I gave at Challenge the night before. Basically I talked about the specifics of discipling a person or a group of people. The ultimate goal is to make more disciples as Christ commanded us. What do you use to disciple someone intentionally?