Don’t JUST Invite A Friend To Church

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Click this link to check out my published article in Wineskins Magazine about how God invited me on this journey beyond myself, and how you can invite people in this postmodern generation to Jesus.

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Originally posted 2014-02-07 16:05:56.

“Free Prayer”

The Lord has been faithful to fulfill my mission: To advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One student the Lord has greatly been using at the University of North Texas is Cory Simmons. Cory is a fashion merchandising major at UNT, and he leads a UNT Navigators small group Bible study that originally started out with eight guys and is now large enough to multiply into two groups with Christian students growing in Christ and non-Christians coming to know Christ. He recently felt the Lord convict him to reach out to the students at UNT, and he took a radical step of faith. Here is his account, which I am confident you will find encouraging:

Cory Simmons on UNT campus

For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.

-John 17:8-9 (NIV)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

For a year God has provoked and stirred me as I observed a man speaking in an area in front of UNT’s student union  called Free Speech Alley. He allows student bystanders to approach him with questions, but He quickly condemns them, ignoring the most important aspect of the Gospel—love. His interpretation lacks the complete truth, love and grace of the Gospel. As Jesus says, “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world.” However, there was a plank in my own eye: not engaging those around me. UNT’s enrollment is approximately 38,000 students. I see many of them everyday, yet I have taken little initiative to engage them. As this semester began to approach, my walk with the Lord began to look closer at Him, and God began to show me the importance of engaging people for Him as Christ himself did– through the love of God the Father. Christ is the ultimate messenger, reaching those around Him and challenging them to reach others around them through love.

Praying with and for people is a way to help people encounter the love of Jesus. As I strolled by the Union building on Wednesday afternoons this semester, I gradually became provoked—not by the condemning preacher but by the Holy Spirit, convicting me to be more intentional with others. 

“What if I prayed for anyone wanting to be prayed for?” I asked myself. 

I took these feelings to the Lord in prayer without knowing what to expect, and He gave me the idea to stand on campus displaying a paper sign that reads “Free Prayer.”

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Today I began praying that God would receive the glory and that the Holy Spirit would attract, engage, and mature these people with whom I would come in contact. To God be the Glory for the great things He would do today! I prayed that I would be a servant to everyone who approached me as Jesus was when He washed His disciples‘ feet (John 13:1-17). Six people approached me; one is a leader in the church of the preacher whom I spoke of earlier. God was faithful with that six, and the Holy Spirit calmed my fears as each person wanted me to pray with them. Later, I shared these events with the guys in my Navigators Bible study, and they affirmed and encouraged me. My brother in Christ, Todd Lollar, pledged to join me the following Wednesday.

Me and Cory offering “Free Prayer”

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
For some reason, I felt discouraged today– like Satan didn’t want to see another work of Christ take place. I prayed that, despite my unfaithfulness and inconsistency, God would be faithful and consistent. Todd and I arrived on campus, and God was faithful and consistent again! Christ convicted about 8 people to visit me and Todd. I could not boast for me or for anything else. This was another amazing experience! God works. He is consistent. He is ahead of us in time. He has been planning this moment, even you reading this post right now, for eternity. 

I pray that this encourages you to become more intentional and interactive within the community He has placed you.

Blessings,
Cory Simmons

Cory is only one example of students’ lives we influence for the Kingdom. There are Navigator small groups, such as Cory’s, meeting and multiplying all over the UNT campus.   Like Cory, let’s ask someone at work, at home, at the store or in our neighborhood how we may pray for them.

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Originally posted 2012-12-06 22:41:02.

An Invitation Beyond: A Better #Evangelistic Invitation

Go to the New Wineskins magazine to read my latest article on a very effective way to reach today’s Postmodern Generation.

I will start writing more posts after my article runs in New Wineskins.

To book an Outreach Equipping Seminar or to bring me to speak my testimonial, “God’s Power in Your Weaknesses”, go to www.chirhoconnections.com.

Originally posted 2006-08-08 20:47:00.

10 life-long Traits Distilled In Me Through #Discipleship

The most effective ministry is modeled after Jesus his disciples. Stanley started this ministry in St. Louis and hundreds went through this internship and were changed and in result the world was changed. Max Lucado was one of the first to go through the internship and I was one of the last.  The day that was most memorable with Stanley is when he took me out once to mentor me in outreach. Starting out, his cell phone rings and he answers and gives me the phone and I asked Stanley, “Who is it?” He replied, “Max Lucado”. It was the first time I met Max.  That weekend I went to the first Promise Keepers I have ever been to. Max spoke and at the end of his sermon, Max invited Stanley on stage. Max then proceeded to bend to his knees and washed Stanley’s, my mentor’s, feet in front of over 10,000 men – What an AMAZING experience!!!10 Impacting life-changing values learned from the great evangelist, my mentor, Stanley Ship who is now at home with His Father in Heaven:

Max (Lucado) and I had the same mentor, Stanley. This is when I was young. AS you see I have not digressed but progressed due to the power of God

  1. Always be available
  2. Every must have a Paul (mentor) and a Timothy (an apprentice).
  3. Stay youthful in heart being effective for God.
  4. Every daily contact with a people is an opportunity to share the love of Jesus.
  5. Relate to people, Jesus did and does and will!!!
  6. We are not above committing any sin.
  7. Do not live for retirement but spend every waking breath sharing the love of Jesus.
  8. We never get too old to relate to younger generations.
  9. No vision is too big for God.
  10. Let your heart be broken for the lost. Stanley wept for those who did not know Jesus.

I asked Stanley that day what he did with his time with God. We were driving by a park. Stanley pointed to a random man in a park and said, “Todd, see that man. I pray every day that God will help me see someone’s heart like him and be able to minister Jesus to his heart.”

Stanley’s heart of compassion made him be one of the greatest evangelists I have ever known.

Stanley died in his 70’s in a car wreck on his way to speak at an event. He use to always speak about how he is never going to retire and travel and say “look at that mountain, honey”, but how he is going to spend the rest of his life, every waking breath with the ambition to share Jesus. And He did,. Max Lucado was at the hospital when Stanley died and performed his funeral.

Stanley affected thousands and inspired them with the passion to share Jesus with the lost. I am one of the many fruits that was bore through Stanley.

Originally posted 2006-02-27 19:48:00.