August 2017

Army Captain “Craig Richards” knows that God always has an intention and purpose for deployments, something he learned even before he followed Jesus. 
 
It was during a deployment several years ago that Craig first started reading the Bible. Prior to that, he had given his life to the Army and to his girlfriend. During a phone conversation, his girlfriend asked him to pray with her. That request awakened something in Craig’s soul, to consider God for the first time. He decided to start reading the Bible while on deployment.

Sharing my faith story with people requires a bit of preparation. I think it’s a good idea to have thought through a few different versions of your faith story so you are ready to share when the moment comes up.

Depending on who I am talking to determines what I share. If I know we have something from our pasts in common, I try to weave that in. I also like to have memorized a few verses about God’s love and forgiveness to share.

Discover God's Passion for People in Your Community

The boisterous crowds with their gritty palm branches stumbled alongside Him, shoving and shouting. But His gaze was riveted ahead. There in the distance, stones blinding white under merciless sun, lay the city—the city He loved with a fury, the city that had broken His heart.

It was both symbol and sample of all He had lived for, all He would soon suffer and die for. Within its ancient walls lived the Pharisee with his phylactery; the widow with her mite; the jeweled harlot; the cutthroat Zealot; the little girl newly back from the dead, gathering lilies for her still-dumbfounded papa. A market full of beggars, a temple full of thieves, a city full of all things human, crying out for all things divine.

One of the reasons we may struggle to enjoy true fellowship and genuine community is that we often don’t see how we’re connected. Sure, we may grasp the concept that we’re one in Christ, but in practical, day-to-day living we don’t see a lot of evidence of that fact. Here is a visual lesson about fellowship.

Author of The Master Plan of Evangelism teaches about the great commission and shares from Matthew 28:19-20,  “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

This study of the book of Colossians will challenge you to consider the apostle Paul’s method of advancing the Gospel: through laborers spreading the message.  Practical in nature and heartfelt in presentation, this book will equip you and your small group to move Christ’s message forward.  Great price for only $5.00!