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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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  • Seminarians teach door-to-door evangelism to church's students

    by Keith Collier, posted Tuesday, October 01, 2013 (4 years ago)

    BRANDON, Fla. (BP) -- In the span of three hours, more than 100 middle school, high school and college students delivered the Gospel to nearly 2,300 homes in a Tampa neighborhood.

    The door-to-door blitz was the culmination of an evangelism training weekend at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, Fla., led by faculty and students from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

    Photo by Matt Miller/SWBTS
    In sum, teams visited 2,292 homes, which yielded approximately 230 conversations and 120 complete presentations of the Gospel Sept. 14. As a result, six people prayed to receive Christ on their doorsteps.

    "We wanted to do everything we could to go into our community and reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and we really wanted to do something in partnership with Southwestern Seminary," Stephen Rummage, pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church, said.

    The team from Southwestern consisted of two evangelism professors -- Matt Queen and Dean Sieberhagen -- along with 18 students. They trained Bell Shoals students on Saturday morning and led teams out in door-to-door evangelism in the afternoon as a lead-up to National Back to Church Sunday Sept. 15.

    "We chose Southwestern because we know that Southwestern has a hot heart to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people," Rummage said.

    "We know what they're doing in their community around Southwestern Seminary to reach people with the Gospel, so we wanted a little bit of that spirit here in our community as we seek to reach the people around us with the Gospel.

    Queen is one of Rummage's former students.

    "I know about his commitment to evangelism and to personal soul-winning, so I really wanted our students here to have an opportunity up close to find out what it's like to be around people like Matt and like the students who are studying with him at Southwestern, who are sharing the Gospel diligently, boldly and through the power of the Holy Spirit," Rummage said.

    Rummage initially was amazed at the size of team that was planning to come from Southwestern and the students' willingness to pay their own way to fly to Florida and train members at Bell Shoals.

    "As thrilled as I am that we would have students who would do that, at the same time, I didn't want them to do that. I wanted us to pay for them to come," Rummage said. The church paid for the Southwestern team's airfare and provided host homes for the weekend.

    "We believe it's a great investment in Southwestern students because there are going to be things they experience here that will make a difference in their ministry and their life," Rummage said.

    "But it's also a great investment in our church, in our community and in our students right here because as they go out and share the Gospel, God is going to change their lives and the lives of those they're going to share with."

    During the evangelism weekend, Southwestern students and faculty led teams of three as they walked the streets, knocked on doors, engaged residents with the Gospel and invited them to church. ... Read More

  • N.J. ruling is latest stab at marriage

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, October 01, 2013 (4 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A New Jersey judge has legalized same-sex marriage in the state, providing another victory in the growing movement to expand the legal definition of an institution previously limited to a man and a woman. Read More

  • FDA holds to gay blood donor ban

    by Staff/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, October 01, 2013 (4 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Despite pressure from gay rights groups to lift the ban on homosexual and bisexual men donating blood, the Food and Drug Administration has stood firm, citing the agency's charge to safeguard American health. Read More

  • WMU marks 100 years of girls' missions learning

    by Laura Wilson, posted Tuesday, October 01, 2013 (4 years ago)

    WMU photo
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Not many organizations are rich with a heritage that spans more than 100 years, but Girls in Action and Acteens organizations sponsored by Woman's Missionary Union now have passed the century mark of engaging girls in missions education and involvement. Read More

  • Journalist sensed her passion early

    by Laura Wilson, posted Tuesday, October 01, 2013 (4 years ago)

    BP file photo
    SOUTHEAST ASIA (BP) -- Susie Rain* is spending much of her life traveling the world, connecting with people, taking pictures and writing their stories. Read More

  • GA, Acteens led her to the mission field

    by Laura Wilson, posted Tuesday, October 01, 2013 (4 years ago)

    "I knew I loved Jesus and that there are people in the world that didn't know Him."

    -- East Asia missionary, a former GA & Acteen

    EAST ASIA (BP) -- At a young age, Amanda Mellot* knew God was calling her to missions through her years of involvement with GA and Acteens. Read More

  • GA helped set her mind on eternal things

    by Laura Wilson, posted Tuesday, October 01, 2013 (4 years ago)

    DENVER (BP) -- Lorna Bius, a LoveLoud missionary with the North American Mission Board, credits her involvement in GA as a young girl for her mindset and values. Read More

  • GA, Acteens vital to next generation

    by Laura Wilson, posted Tuesday, October 01, 2013 (4 years ago)

    WMU photo
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- It was as a GA at First Baptist Church in New Brockton, Ala., that Carmen Bruce remembers God beginning to speak to her heart and the Holy Spirit showing her need for a Savior. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Fall for evangelism

    by Diana Davis, posted Tuesday, October 01, 2013 (4 years ago)

    Is your church planning a family-friendly fall event for your community? It may be a pumpkin parade, Fall Fest, a fabulous hayride, trunk-or-treat, a candy-walk or the town's largest-ever city-wide, costumed hokeypokey. Diana Davis offers three tips can help make your event a purposeful outreach. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The Pope's 'long path'

    by Russell D. Moore, posted Tuesday, October 01, 2013 (4 years ago)

    Southern Baptist ethicist Russell D. Moore examines comments by Pope Francis that sever the love of God from the holiness of God. Read More

  • FROM THE STATES: N.M., Okla., Ariz. evangelism/missions news; 'The goal is for everyone to move one step closer to Jesus'

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, October 01, 2013 (4 years ago)

    Today's From the States features items from:

    Baptist New Mexican

    The Baptist Messenger (Oklahoma)

    Portraits (Arizona)

    N.M. students build

    friendships in East Asia

    By Tim Burdsaw

    EAST ASIA (Baptist New Mexican) -- Friendship is important in ministry. It can provide an opportunity to share about Jesus, because you have earned your friend's trust. It can help inspire continued spiritual growth in new believers.

    A true and lasting friendship is something that most short-term... Read More