Rachel Shane

Month: November, 2011

Advent Anyone?

I was blessed to grow up attending a very healthy Lutheran Church.  I seriously really love that Church.  It is the place where my faith began, and many people there made an incredible impact on my life.

Anyways, being part of a Lutheran Church and all, we definitely celebrated Lent and Advent.  I didn’t really understand why we did, but simply that we did.  I loved these times in the church because there were more candles to light in the front if you were an acolyte, and after Church was soup supper. Holla!

Anyways, the past few weeks I must confess I have been listening to Matt Chandler sermons about every other day (I know that is almost obsessive, but do yourself a favor and go listen to one here ).  He is a Pastor of an evangelical Church in Texas, and most contemporary churches do not celebrate Advent, but their Church is going to this year. So, I decided I am going to as well, and learn about the true meaning of Advent (aka learning more about Jesus). And I am inviting you to celebrate Advent with me.  And I am going to post blogs about this. So read them.

Check this out, here is what got me interested in doing this.  I will be using their guide, and you might as well too. It will be good for the both of us I am sure.

And yes, I will still be incorporating soup into my Advent season.  Duh.

Boldness is actually easy.

Hey there.

Last Friday I led worship for this conference called Anchored In The Word. It was a real legit thing. Anyways, one of the speakers was a Professor at Bethel Seminary, and he described a class assignment he did.

Now from the results I am going to share, he did not clarify how many years or times that he has done this assignment, so there could have been 40 people or 400 people that have done this, but I don’t really care.

The class assignment was for each student to ask someone to have a spiritual conversation with them. With whoever they spoke with, they could not of had a spiritual conversation with before. I am pretty sure those were the only rules. I think (I wasn’t super into the example until after he said it) he guided the students to just say something like, “Tell me what you think about God” or “Would you say you are a spiritual person? What do you think about spiritual things?” He encouraged the students to just ask people a simple question and listen. And you know what happens when you do that? People talk for a while, but then they feel they are rude, or they get curious to what you think, so they ask YOU the same question! And then you can answer it! And share the gospel. Easy.

He said that he was told of at least 20 people who came to a relationship with Jesus from this assignment. Like I said, I don’t know how many people have done this assignment, but really, at LEAST (cause we never see the full fruit of anything) 20 people got saved from just taking time to ask someone a question and hear them out.

Come on now, that’s easy to do.