Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I hope your day was blessed today and you walked in real joy. I had a good day on campus and Jan [pronounced Yan] prayed to receive Jesus today. And I got a couple good seeds planted too with a Jewish student named Cory who took a Bible Study on the Deity of Christ. His family was both Jewish and Christian. And a Hindu who also took The Case for Christianity Answer Book.
Jan was sitting in the Science building in the hall on the North side. I had seen him before but he’d been talking with someone I think so I did not want to interrupt. But today he was alone. He is an interesting looking guy. He has a handsome face with sharp features and straight, light brown hair down to the middle of his back. He did welding and so had black motorcycle boots on with his straight leg jeans tucked into them, he wore a black short sleeve t-shit with a biker eagle across the front in white. His voice had a marked Polish accent and he said he was Catholic. I asked him one thing he’d like to do before he died and he said, “Make up for my sins.” I asked him what he would say to God if he died and He asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” he said, “Perhaps you shouldn’t.” Trying to figure out a bit more what he thought I asked what he thought it was that go you into Heaven and he said, “The ability to forgive and be forgiven.” I asked how likely it was he would go to Heaven and he said it depends on what happens over time but he said, “Let’s be optimistic, 70%.” I began to go thought the Gospel with him and he was in a bit of a hurry as his class was going to start, as I finished explaining the imputed righteousness of Christ to his credit he a abruptly said, “Ok, I get it, continue.” I got to the end of going through the Gospel saying that he could be adopted by faith and become a child of God and be saved by Grace. I asked if he would want to be forgiven and he said that he felt that he would get to that place eventually but there were some things he had to do, almost to merit it. So I turned to the back of the booklet and explained living “Inside Out” with the quote, “Your walk with Christ depends on what you allow him to do in and through you… empowered by the Holy Spirit, not what you do by your own self effort.” I explained everything he thought he wanted to do or God wanted him to do, God wanted to help him do by His power inside him. I said something like, “You think you need to put your socks on after your shoes but what really matters is the man you are that puts on the socks and shoes that God can make you to be.” I explained that in other religions you do good things and god is pleased with you and takes you to Heaven or the Universe is please and you don’t come back as a cow or something, in Christianity you ask God to transform you on the Inside and you become a good man who has the power to do good things. “Yes that is what I would say I just did not know how to put it into words,” he replied. I took that as agreement so I said that if he wanted to be forgiven for his sins there was a prayer he could pray. I talked him through it the last line of it says, “Make me the kind of person you want me to be.” I explained that he would be asking for God to transform him and change him so he could do what he thought he should do. I said that if God did not give him enough power to do it, He would probably be keeping him from something that would be bad for him in the future that only God could see. I asked if he wanted to pray it silently and he thought for a moment and said, “OK.” And he prayed to receive Christ. I offered him a Bible but he said it would be hard to find one in Polish but his parents had one. I encouraged him to read the book of John showed him the fruit of the Spirit and he said he had to go to class (the door of which was 5 feet off my right shoulder). So I quickly gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do explaining God would give him the power to do anything conditional he asked of him. I wrote “Just ask By the Spirit’s power”. I wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” on the inside and he took it and quickly headed into class.
So thanks for your prayer for the ministry and for evangelism today if you have a chance. God blessed.