Engage24: a day of gospel conversations
    September 24 2015 by Ronnie Floyd, SBC President

    According to research by the Barna Group, only 52 percent of evangelicals shared their faith with someone in the past year. In a recent LifeWay Research study, 48 percent said that spiritual matters do not tend to come up in their everyday conversations.
    It’s not a lack of conviction. Overwhelmingly, Christians believe they should be sharing their faith.
    It’s not a lack of understanding. If we’ve trusted Christ, it should be easy enough to tell someone else what we’ve done.


    Perhaps it’s just a lack of intentionality. Perhaps it’s just a lack of focus.
    Just think what could happen if 16 million Southern Baptists awakened Oct. 15 and prayed that the Holy Spirit would provide an encounter with someone who doesn’t know Christ. Then, they hit the streets, the classroom, the marketplace, the campus, the office or wherever God has placed them to live on mission with the intention of having at least one gospel conversation. It could be the beginning of something big.
    The great 19th-century evangelist D.L. Moody made a commitment to God that he would never let 24 hours pass that he didn’t tell someone of the Savior. It is said that he saw more than a million souls come to Christ during his ministry. That’s one man telling someone every day about Jesus.
    What if millions of Christians took one day and had a gospel conversation with one person?

    Collegiate students are asking churches to join with them

    Over the last three years, Southern Baptist collegiate ministries nationwide have set aside a day to call every one of their students to share the gospel with someone in their sphere of influence.
    They’ve seen thousands of students share the gospel for the first time as a part of the challenge, and now collegiate leaders are inviting churches to participate in what they call Engage24 on Thursday, Oct. 15.
    God often sparks awakening fires among college students. In the 1800s, from the Cambridge Seven and their influencing the world to engage China with the gospel to the birth of the Student Volunteer Movement ignited by the 250 students gathering at Mount Hermon, Mass., there is no doubt that when students are committed and focused to a vision for gospel expansion, magnificent things happen.
    Here’s an example from Drew Landry, senior pastor at Spotswood Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Va.: “At Spotswood we are not trying to simply champion people participating in evangelism for a moment. By God’s grace, we are trying to develop a culture of evangelism that produces a movement amongst our members. We believe that participating in Engage helps us to accomplish that purpose. One of the most surprising effects of participating in Engage is that many of our members have become more missionally minded throughout the year, especially around times when people are more spiritually open, such as Christmas and Easter. For example, this past Easter, Spotswood members identified, prayed for and attempted to engage over 600 of their neighbors. We believe these actions at Easter are directly related to the fall focus we had on evangelism during Engage24. Results like this are how we recognize the difference between a moment and a movement.”

     Imagine what God would do if churches did this

    Just imagine what it would be like if several thousand churches determined they would lead the way in participating in sharing the gospel on Oct. 15. Imagine what it would look like if churches across Southern Baptist life would learn how to articulate the gospel clearly and with passion, then with intentionality, share the gospel regularly.
    Perhaps if a specific day was targeted, like Oct. 15, it could become a beginning point for many people. Again, imagine what it would look like to see every Southern Baptist sharing the gospel with just one person during Engage24.
    The North American Mission Board has set up a website with some practical tips on promoting Engage24 in your church. Check it out at namb.net/Engage24.
    (EDITOR’S NOTE – Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, urges Baptists to participate Oct. 15 in the Engage24 day of one-on-one gospel conversations. Additionally in the Southern Baptist Convention, Personal Evangelism Commitment Day is Oct. 4. This article first appeared at Ronnie Floyd’s website, ronniefloyd.com.)

    9/24/2015 12:01:26 PM by Ronnie Floyd, SBC President | with 0 comments
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