On Preaching, These Things I’ve Learned (so far):

By Glenn Rogers 

Some elements in preaching are essential to have a reasonable expectation for God to work.

First, the person and work of Christ, the Gospel, must be expounded. Some major on this to the neglect of the application. 

Second, the Gospel must be wisely applied toward justification and sanctification. Some make applications without much connection to the work of Christ.

Third, prayer must be made seeking the presence of God to be manifested. “without Me you can do nothing,” Jesus said.

Fourth, intercession must be offered that the hearers would not be neutral to the message presented.

Fifth, in preparation and delivery of a message as well as in follow-up conversations, do not presume upon the salvation of the hearers, even the ones you see regularly.

I do believe these five things are difference makers!

“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes… ” Rom. 1:16

 

 

A challenge to a deeper walk with our Lord.

by Bonnie Rogers

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, said, “The chief danger of the 20th century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and Heaven without Hell.”    We continue to experience Booth’s fulfilled prediction today.  Though we can’t know the exact day of the Lord’s return, Jesus did expect us to “discern the time” as the day approaches (Luke 12:56).  

Nehemiah “sat…wept…mourned…fasted…and prayed before the God of heaven.” (Neh. 1:4)    Have we no time to SIT before God?   Are there no serious situations in our homes, churches, nation, and world that cause us to WEEP?  Are solemn gatherings of MOURNING before the Lord a thing of the past?    How has FASTING become so foreign to God’s people?   Do we really PRAY???   (Notice that prayer came after humility was shown.)      Serious living in these last days is no longer an option.   Let’s prepare our hearts to seek the Lord (II Chron. 12:14) and fight the battle to which we’ve been called.

 

Student Evangelism at Stetson University

Joe White a nationally renowned speaker, author and, the current CEO of Kanakuk Ministries along with  Trip Lee an American Southern rapper, singer, poet and author were featured at the beginning of a major weekend evangelistic event on the Stetson University Campus.   Normally this event called “After Dark” is only put on at major college campuses.  This past Thursday a crowd that was estimated to be over one fourth the size of the entire Stetson student body attended this kickoff to a weekend of solid biblical teaching and outreach.  The concert was followed by the “G1”(God First) Conference, which was two days of discipleship meetings.  I am overjoyed to report that this is only part of an outpouring we are seeing at Stetson.  In the past year we have seen an explosion of solid Christian fellowship forming and growing on campus.  Fellowship of Christian Athletes is now meeting weekly with well over 70 students attending.  Another well founded group by the name of Renown is also building in size.   God has answered their prayers and their many hard hours of work with this amazing culmination of events.   Please keep these students in your prayers as well as our Missions Partner FCA that God will continue to use them to reach others for Christ.