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Sharing Christ: Part 4, Steve’s Thoughts

We went to two county fairs recently to share Christ. The first one I wasn’t very prepared for, was somewhat uncomfortable, and didn’t think it was very profitable. Yet, it was good because I determined to do better next time.

Other family members were successfully using balloon animals to begin conversations about spiritual things so I went home determined to learn balloon twisting. I soon got to where I could consistently make a fair-looking dog and was content to go with that.

The second night came, and I was really looking forward to it. Equipped with a balloon pump, balloons, tracts, and five dollar bills off we went. I soon found a picnic table to sit on near a food court and began making balloons for some children.

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One very articulate ten-year-old young man and I had a great conversation while I made him a crazy hat. I was so saddened to learn that he had never even heard of God’s Ten Commandments. He happily took a tract with them on it to read at home later and prepare for next year, and even asked for some for his friends.

I was able to share with others and was especially pleased when I compared the first fair endeavor to the second one.

Steve

DSC_7546“For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus
the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.”
2 Corinthians 4:5

Sharing Christ: Part 3, Jesse’s Thoughts

Jesse’s Thoughts: I enjoyed the opportunity to go to the fair and witness last week. I spent most of the time walking through the carnival area looking for a chance to give a tract to and speak with young people. A number of the groups were interested in talking, and we had enjoyable conversations as a result. There were some who participated politely and then others who moved on. I appreciated every young person who took the time to talk about their eternal destiny, and I pray that the Lord might use the discussions to bring them to Him.

One of guys that I talked with and remember in particular was at the previous fair that we had gone to and had been part of a group of guys that I engaged with at that point. This time, though, he was with a different friend and as we were starting into a discussion about what he thought, he encouraged me to take his friend through the Good Person Test. His friend was extremely interested and thoughtful about what would happen to him after he died. The Lord also blessed us with nice weather that night which made for a great time altogether.

Serving Jesus,
Jesse

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“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and
yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
James 2:10

Sharing Christ: Part 2, Mary’s Thoughts

Mary’s Thoughts: I love opportunities to share Jesus. There’s no better witnessing opportunity than when a group of people are gathered together. Christopher has been an inspiration to me in sharing Christ. Although he’s not in these pictures, we had a great time going to another fair and sharing together a couple of weeks ago.

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I try to look for other teens and ask them if they can name 8 of the Ten Commandments. It’s really wonderful to get the synergy going as they try to come up with the Ten Commandments. Often they call out to their friends for help.

I then take them through the “good person” test. It’s really amazing to watch their faces as the reality of their sin and their inability to get  to heaven without Jesus hits them. Not everything was so easy, though, because there were a lot who weren’t at all interested. It took persistence to find receptive groups.

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Sometimes I would make a child a balloon. I either gave them Living Waters’ “Hey Kids” tract (now renamed Albert Brainstein) or a trillion dollar bill tract. What’s really encouraging are the children who help giving out the tracts. I had a lot come back asking for more saying they wanted to give them to friends.

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These times are exciting. Who knows what God’s plan is with those conversations!

Jesus’ Girl,

Mary

“When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die;
and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest
to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to
save his life; the same wicked man shall die
in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.”
Ezekiel 3:18

Sharing Christ: Part 1, Sarah’s Thoughts

Last night, some of our family (not everyone was available) went to the county fair. The purpose was to engage people in conversation and share Jesus.

We decided to split the report and pictures into several posts, so you’ll hear from a few of us. So stay tuned!

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Sarah’s Thoughts: At first, I took pictures, but then I decided it was time to take the plunge. I spotted two teenage girls eating hot dogs, and I asked them if they’d like to take a survey. They readily agreed. I said if they got eight of the Ten Commandments right, they’d get $5. Clearly, they liked that idea. It’s a very simple way to witness.

On my clipboard, I had a little sheet that listed the Ten Commandments, and I checked them off as people said them. I also told them they didn’t need to give them word perfect–just the concept. I also didn’t set a time limit.

With groups of teenagers, you can get some real synergy going, as they all work together, discuss, and try to come up with the commandments. You can tell they like it, because of the way they interacted with me and asked me to tell them how many they had gotten or to read off the ones they had. They were very engaged. Afterward, I gave them a Trillion Dollar bill tract or Are You a Good Person? tract. One group of girls I had shared with and had earned their $5, stopped to talk later on. They said the $5 had been perfect because they had been headed back for $5 more for their ride!

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DSC_7546I loved sharing Jesus last night. I’ll admit at first, it took me out of my comfort zone to walk up to someone, but as soon I took that step, it was awesome. It gave people opportunities to think about eternity. It’s forever.

The girl behind our trip last night—my sister, Mary. She has such a heart for sharing Jesus: it has been an example to me. You should see her face glow, and it’s inspired me. Sharing Jesus through the Ten Commandment survey, followed by however the Spirit prompts, is so easy. Just go equipped with $5 bills. You’ll need them!

Love,
Sarah

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Camera in hand.

“And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire...”
Jude 1:23

A Look Back at the Fair Week

This might seem odd to post now. Why a post on last year’s County fair in January? I was about to delete this post that was written last year when I had second thoughts about it. We had discussed it and decided not to post it because we didn’t want the focus to be us. That still is our heart’s desire, but as I reread this now, I feel, it might be a needed encouragement for families to be busy about God’s leading. So please as you read this, it isn’t about us, but about the Lord Jesus Who wants us to be busy telling others about the reality of Heaven and Hell, and Jesus, Who is the ONLY Savior of our souls and way to the Father.

Steve

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(Update previously written by Sarah)

Thank you all for your prayers during the fair week. We were so grateful. It was an amazing thing to be able to hand out tracts, make balloons, and share Jesus. One girl I spoke with, when I asked where she was going to spend eternity, looked a bit puzzled, and asked me, “What’s that?” I remember another woman said she was going to face it when she got there. Sadly, it would be too late. May we all be faithful to share Christ!

Usually I’m the one taking pictures in the family, but during fair week, Dad took quite a few pictures. He even went to the grandstands to get a different perspective of our booth. We hope you are blessed by a pictorial view into the fair week.

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I have a feeling Christopher was sharing Jesus while he made the balloon! 🙂

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A perspective on the booth from the grandstands (directly across from us!)…

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A family who had just been by our booth–the dad and daughter had balloon hats!

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Christopher was going over one of the tracts with these girls.

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Christopher had quite a group of guys, and I think most of them wanted “crazy hats!”

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I thought this was a cute picture, a cowboy Grandpa with his cowboy grandsons!

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“What would you like: a flower or a crazy hat?” was the sort of question we would frequently ask. It was easy when they just wanted a dog :-).

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My daddy sharing Jesus!

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Crazy hat and it’s designer.

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Someone graciously took our group picture. Left to right: Nathan, Melanie, John, Anna, Joseph, Dad, me, and Christopher

Million Dollar Bills and the Good Person Test

Some have asked for more information about the million dollar bill tract, as well as the good person test.

We bought the million dollar bill tracts from Ray Comfort’s ministry, at LivingWaters.com. The front of the “tract” looks very realistically like a million dollar bill (although there is no such thing as a “real” million dollar bill); on the back, around the edge in small print, is a short gospel message (we usually like to combine the Million Dollar Bill with a more detailed tract when giving them away). While you are visiting LivingWaters.com we would recommend you watch Ray Comfort’s teaching titled “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” as well as “True and False Conversion.” (free online videos)

The principle of the “good person test” has long been used in evangelism, but we came to know of it through Ray Comfort’s Living Waters ministry. The idea is that it is crucial for a sinner to start out realizing that, in God’s eyes, we are not a good person. The “good person” test isn’t a script that must be followed, but more of a principle, and yet we’re amazed at how often the test follows the same pattern.

In talking with someone at the Fair there were a number of ways to bring up the Good Person test. Perhaps we were handing them a tract that was titled “Are You a Good Person?” Or, we’d hand them a million dollar bill, and then say that it was a gospel tract and had a variation of the Good Person test on the back. We’d ask if they have ever taken the Good Person test before. The usual response was that they hadn’t.

First question of the test is to ask if they consider themselves to be a good person? Proverbs 20:6 tells us how most will answer: “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness.” We then generally ask if it is OK to ask them a few questions to see if that is true, or we’ll go straight into the commandments. Are they familiar with the ten commandments? Most will say that they are, but that they can’t name them all. That’s OK as we’ll only be looking at a few of them.

The 9th commandment: have they ever told a lie? Most will admit that they have. Ask what they are called if they tell lies. Most will say “human” or a “sinner” but the right response starts with the letter “L” and isn’t the word “loser” (the right answer: “liar”). I’ll also admit to having told lies and, hence, being a liar. It only takes one lie for a person to become a liar.

The 8th commandment: have they ever stolen anything? Irregardless of the value: a cookie from their parents, a toy from a friend, something from a brother or sister. Most will admit to having stolen something. Ask what they are called if they’ve stolen in the past. Common response is a “stealer”, but the correct word is “thief”.

The 3rd commandment: have they ever taken God’s name in vain? Again, most everyone will readily admit to this. No one will likely know what this “sin” is labeled, so you can share with them that doing so is called blasphemy, and that God says He will not hold anyone guiltless who takes His name in vain. (Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.)

Sometimes we’ll cover the 6th or 7th commandments. You can either ask them if they have broken them (do not murder, do not commit adultery), or go straight into the “heart application” of the commandments (anger is equated to murder of the heart, and lust is equated to adultery of the heart). Most will admit to these.

The entire time it’s important to make sure one is sharing in love. Many people will often be laughing and having a good time going through the commandments. Generally, I will admit my guilt (I’ve broken every one of God’s commandments, if not in action I’ve done it in my heart) along with the person. Things generally become a bit more serious as you proceed from here.

You then summarize the person’s condition: “While you might seem like a good person compared to others around you, in God’s eyes, and based on your own admission, He would see you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous, murderer, and adulterer at heart.” They will agree with what you say, because you are sharing in love and they have already admitted those things to you.

Next question is, “If you were to die, and God judged you based on the ten commandments, as He says He will, would you be innocent or guilty?” You’ll be amazed at how many people will say “Innocent” and you can then remind them that they just admitted to breaking every commandment you asked them about. The goal is for them to see themselves as God sees them and to acknowledge they would be “Guilty.”

The final question is, “Would you then go to heaven or hell?” The majority will say “Hell” and you can ask if it concerns them. A good portion will say “Heaven”, or “I don’t know.” From there, you need to share as the Holy Spirit leads. Perhaps asking why they would go to heaven. If they don’t have a good reason, maybe a Scripture or two demonstrates God judges those who break His commandments (Revelations 21:8 is a wonderful verse to illustrate the danger of hell for everyone who has broken the 9th commandment, “but the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”).

Each opportunity to share is different. We’re amazed at how many professing believers will answer that they are headed for hell. The proper response for a believer would be to say that God would judge them as guilty, but they would be headed for heaven. When asked “why?”, they should say “Because I have repented of my sin and am trusting in the blood of Jesus for my salvation.”

That, in a nutshell, is the “good person test.”

In Christ,
Christopher