Results of the Work – 5.8.23

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed today with a sense of the nearness of God as your good, He cares for you. I had a good day on campus and Jack prayed with me to receive Jesus today so that was great. I got a seed planted with a guy named Cameron with swept back hair and a couple days growth of beard, intense thinker. He was colorfully dressed, red high-tops pale green shorts and a running jacket by the elevator in the MAC. He didn’t know yet if he wanted to be forgiven by trusting in Jesus but had been raised in the Church and took The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. Jack’s story is below if you have time. Please pray the Lord is made real to Cameron and Jack grows in faith.

Jack was sitting at a table alone in the cafeteria, had finished eating. He had long kind of wavy mostly straight sandy-clay hair about shoulder length parted in the middle. He wanted to make it with his band. He had a narrow face cleanshaven, wore blue-jeans and a shirt, black high-tops. Looked like Tom Petty’s little brother.

I asked him what he would say to God and he said, “That is an interesting question.” Then thinking some more said, “Basically I’m a good person I deserve to be forgiven.” He said he thought he might say something more complex or completely random in the moment though. He was not sure there was a hell so he thought that he had a 95-100% chance of going to Heaven. When I asked him what Jesus had done to take away the sins of the world he said, “He crucified Himself.” That Biblically true. The responsibility for His death lies with the Jewish leaders who turned him over, the Romans who nailed him to the cross, and our sins, but he said of His life, “No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself.” [John 10:17&18] He listened to the Gospel and it seemed familiar in some sense to him and he had been raised in the Church. I explained that he would not go to Heaven because he was good but because Jesus was good and he was connected to Him. I said he needed to place his trust in Christ’s work to be forgiven by faith. I asked if he would want to be forgiven trusting in what Jesus had done or thought something else. “Probably be forgiven,” he said. So I said there was a prayer he could pray and said if he wanted to be forgiven he could pray it silently and only God would hear. “Wanna do it?” “Yeah!” he said enthusiastically. “Just pretend I’m not here,” I said and he took the booklet and prayed to receive Christ. I explained living by the Spirit’s power “Inside>out”. I gave him Bible Promises for You, writing his name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. “Thanks!” he said as I gave it to him. I said I’d pray for him for the next year. I gave him The Case for Christ Answer Booklet too and a Bible Study. He thanked me again and I said I hoped I’d see him with his band when he got famous so I could say, “I met that guy!” He laughed and I headed out.

I had a good conversation with Ian a future black preacher in the PE building that was good, helping him tune up the message but he had it down very well. He looked almost exactly like Eddie Griffin in the movie “Undercover Brother” which I have never seen but have seen the ads for. I didn’t mention it though because if he hated the movie (a comedy) it would seem like a put down for his look. He had a throw-back big afro and an Awesome handshake.

Thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance, God truly blessed.

In Him,