** NEW LOCATION - 3rd Monday of each Month, starting September 17th **
Saturday, August 25th, we launched a new location with a special night of Uncommon at Cornerstone Community Church in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento. We are so excited to partner with this church in reaching the youth and college age students in their community as well as inspiring those who attend their church to invite people to come out to experience a real encounter with Jesus. All are welcome to join us on the 3rd Monday of each month at this new location.
Dean's Message from Saturday -
GET OUT FROM BEHIND THE FENCE
1 Cor 1:17-20 - 17 For Christ (the Messiah) sent me out not to baptize but [to evangelize by] preaching the glad tidings (the Gospel), and that not with verbal eloquence, lest the cross of Christ should be deprived of force and emptied of its power and rendered vain (fruitless, void of value, and of no effect). 18 For the story and message of the cross is sheer absurdity and folly to those who are perishing and on their way to perdition, but to us who are being saved it is the [manifestation of] the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will baffle and render useless and destroy the learning of the learned and the philosophy of the philosophers and the cleverness of the clever and the discernment of the discerning; I will frustrate and nullify [them] and bring [them] to nothing. 20 Where is the wise man (the philosopher)? Where is the scribe (the scholar)? Where is the investigator (the logician, the debater) of this present time and age? Has not God shown up the nonsense and the folly of this world’s wisdom?
Mark 16:15 - Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.
Evangelism is the sob cry of God over lost people.
Evangelism is not taught, it’s caught. It’s a heartbeat.
Ezekiel 36:26- I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
God is not looking for perfect, He’s looking for Faithful.
Acts 1:8 - But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses.
Sharing the truth of God’s Word without the love of God’s nature has the capacity to destroy a human life.
Putting God at the center of the things you love, THAT is evangelism!
How can I be effective evangelizing?
1) We have to live right
We should not be capable of blending in to this world because we are not of this world.
1 Peter 2:11 - Beloved, I implore you as aliens and strangers and exiles [in this world] to abstain from the sensual urges (the evil desires, the passions of the flesh, your lower nature) that wage war against the soul.
Stop striving for the acceptance of others!
2) It’s a heartbeat- you’ve got to love people genuinely
3) Don’t be ashamed of YOUR testimony
Revelation 12:11 - We overcome by the power of our testimony.
Your HISTORY is His-Story.
“Soul winning is a definite effort to lead a definite person to accept a definite Savior at a definite time.” -Billy Sunday
“Some people like to love within the sounds of the chapel bell, but I’d rather run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.” -C.T. Studd
“If I were utterly selfish and had no care for anything but my own happiness, I would choose, if I might under God, to be a soul winner, for never did I know perfect overflowing, unutterable happiness of the purest and ennobling order till I first heard of one who had sought and found the Savior through my means.” - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“I simply argue that the cross be raised again at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in the cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves, on the town garbage heap, at a crossroad so cosmopolitan that they had to write His title in Hebrew, and in Latin, and in Greek…at the kind of place where cynics talk smut and the thieves curse and soldiers gamble. Because that is where He died and that is what He died about, and that is where churchmen ought to be, and what churchmen should be about….” -Major Ian Thomas