Welcome to our first E-Tools Newsletter of 2014! This monthly TCC field report also includes outreach resources to encourage and equip you to more faithfully share the Gospel with all those lost in your life as we witness for Christ in Canada together.
SHINING THE LIGHT ON ACF “GOSPEL NIGHT”
At ACF, we strive to be a place where God’s glory is seen in the summation of our events. Though we understand that evangelism is not limited to a single night, we still plan an annual “Gospel Night” with the sole intention of inviting many of our friends and classmates to this environment we call home. We long for them to love the Scriptures, experience God’s love, and ultimately be saved and be part of His Hingdom! Henceforth, we eagerly plan this event yearly in hopes that the Gospel, with its magnificence, would find its home in our friend’s hearts.
Since meeting Cory McKenna, we have been inspired and encouraged by his passion to preach the truth. We cherish his enthusiasm for the ministry, and are encouraged by his love to reach the lost. Most importantly, we have learned the importance of maintaining a high view of God in preaching the gospel, the equal emphasis of holiness and love, and exposing the scandalous act of grace on the cross.
The night started troublesome—the computer and audio equipment started to fail, and our singing of the night resorted to disorganized smartphones due to the lack of a projector. However, it was a beautiful reminder that God truly works outside of manpower.
As Cory spoke with power, followed by the Q & A session with him and Edin, we saw people opening up. Taboo questions normally hushed and disregarded were brought forth into the open. Faith was stirring in those who desired to see why the ACF is so passionate about Jesus.
Near the end of the night, conversations broke out across the room. Though the night normally finishes at 9:30 pm, members and newcomers alike stayed an extra hour to talk and pray about the questions and faith that were addressed.
Left: One of ACF’s members explains the Gospel and the Bible to two non-Christians after the Q & A session. Behind them, another conversation takes place. These are just a few of the conversations that took place because of the event!
Many ACF members took this opportunity to share the Gospel with newcomers, encouraged to step out of their comfort zone to reason for the faith. Hands were being laid on non-believers as we prayed over their souls.
By the end of the night, all twelve Bibles that Cory and Edin brought in were distributed to newcomers. People went home, more encouraged to share the Gospel (one member felt called to continue to conversation back to his roommates, not allowing the gospel to simply be an ‘event’). A seeking non-Christian fired me a text, notifying me that the words Cory had spoken allowed him to see the error in his Chinese-driven worldviews. These things reminded us that though the night was over, the work of the Gospel was continuous, and both Cory and Edin encouraged us to keep running the race of faith.
All in all, it was a blessing to have Cory as a guest, not simply to ‘speak’, but to be “partners in the Gospel” , encouraging one another to fight until Jesus returns! For His glory!
Here are several more testimonies from other ACF members:
Jonathan Leung shares:
On January 31, 2014, I had the privilege of listening to Cory speak about the Gospel at our university fellowship, Asian Christian Fellowship. Even though I was raised in a Christian family and had heard the Good News over and over again, this time it was different.
Usually, when I hear someone tell the Gospel, it is either too nice and doesn’t focus enough on the tragedy that is our sin and the punishment that we deserve because of it, or it focuses too much on the sin and there is no way of reconciliation with God. Cory made it clear that we are sinful, and that we are indeed condemned to hell, but he also made it very clear that there is a way to be saved. In Jesus, there is always a way.
John 14:6 says “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This was very refreshing for me because it reminded me the exact reason why I proclaim myself to be a Christian.
That very night, when I got home, I shared the Gospel with my 2 non-Christian roommates. I felt the Holy Spirit rest in me as I spoke about Jesus and his ultimate sacrifice. I know that I couldn’t have done it without having the Gospel refreshed for me by Cory and God’s hand-guiding me.
Dorian Leung testifies as follows:
Pastor Cory was invited to preach at Gospel Night for ACF. On that night, I met a newcomer who was looking for a fellowship. She attended church and heard of the Gospel before, but was never interested in reading the Bible.
At the end of Gospel Night, she asked for a Bible and where she should start reading. Knowing that the Holy Spirit opened her heart to the Gospel, I was excited to tell her more! Now she wants to be connected to a church and come to ACF regularly.
It cannot be a mere coincidence for her to seek for a fellowship and come to ACF on Gospel Night. Surely, this is the work of God! All glory be given to God in the highest! It is truly a joy for me to witness God’s work in someone’s life.
Serena Hsu shares:
When I found out that my fellowship at Western University was inviting Cory McKenna to our Friday “Gospel Night”, I was excited to invite as many of my non-Christian friends as I could.
I attend Cory’s church regularly and have had the privilege to hear Cory speak on many occasions. I really admire his passion for evangelism and the way he explains the Gospel in a very clear and logical/rational way.
For my friend, the night was very eye-opening because Cory answered a lot of questions that he was too afraid to ask. Even after hearing Cory speak, my friend still had a lot of questions about the reliability of the Bible and understanding the concept of faith without having physical evidence for it.
In the end, I prayed for my friend and invited him to church, but he was reluctant because he “wasn’t ready” to take on the commitment. I was disappointed by his lack of interest but I was again reminded by Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast”.
The Gospel is a powerful gift that Christians have to share, but it is important to remember that it is only by God’s grace that makes Jesus’ sacrifice precious and beyond man’s understanding.
Jonathan Lam had this to say:
It was truly a privilege to hear Cory speak at ACF for Gospel Night. Despite the technical issues that came up, it was not enough to stop the Holy Spirit from working in the room that night in the hearts of both Christians and non-Christians alike.
For me, it was incredibly refreshing to hear the Gospel preached with such passion! Cory’s testimony about the story of the Olympic diver and his journey of faith was also very moving.
Though unintentional, the event seemed to revolve around the theme of the Prodigal Son: a call to the lost, and a reminder to the saved to truly know the heart of the Father.
Thank you Cory for imparting some of your wisdom to us in order to equip us for reaching out to those around us!
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EQUIPPING THE SAINTS AT CBC
The Cross Current is a local missions ministry that equips by example. In addition to continuing to lead evangelism teams on the streets of our hometown each week, this month we were also invited to equip the saints at Community Bible Church.
CBC opted to tackle the one-day LITE version of our Witnessing Workshop. This training is specially designed to help believers of all ages to be more faithful and fruitful personal witnesses with all the lost loved ones God has placed in their lives.
Not only does this basic training equip entire churches to “normalize” sharing their faith with family and friends, but it also facilitates hands-on field training in reaching out to strangers on the street too.
Here are a few encouraging words from a pastor and two youth group members who sat under the training with many others from their congregation this month:
Pastor David Black testifies…
The training we received from The Cross Current on how to be a witness for Christ was the best I have ever had! The training was biblical, balanced, and very practical.
We asked Cory to come to help prepare a short term mission team our church is sending to Birmingham, UK with Operation Mobilization. The team is mainly made up of high school students and really encouraged parents to come share this experience with their youth.
Cory made sharing the Gospel accessible to all and a natural part of every Christian’s life. One youth commented to me how fast the time flew by and I thought this was a credit to how engaging of a teacher Cory is and how his passion for the lost overflowed to the rest of us.
The day after the training my wife and I had the opportunity to share everything we had learned with a lady we met in a coffee shop. It was encouraging to see how the investment of a few hours can help us be better witnesses. We look forward to having Cory back.
Youth group member, Ember (16 years-old), shares…
I had the chance to learn about street evangelism and and sharing the Gospel effectively from Cory McKenna a few weeks ago. The following Friday I got the chance to actually go out on the street and witness him not only talking the talk, but walking the walk too! His passion for sharing the Gospel has inspired me to be more bold about sharing my faith in my school and my community.
Recently, I have realized that I lack something very important when sharing the Gospel; boldness. I have been asking for God’s help and seeing Cory’s boldness certainly encouraged me! I found it very interesting and more personal how Cory told many stories to help people understand the Gospel clearer and, I realized the next morning as I was reading in Mark that that is exactly how Jesus shared the good news, through parables.
God has obviously placed Cory in my life as an example of someone who is truly passionate for God, and it has given me such hope and inspiration as I face my peers, people in my community, and also as I travel abroad to share the Gospel!
Youth group member, Daniella (12 years-old), also shares…
What I learned from the Witnessing Workshop is that telling the good news before the bad news would be insulting. Instead, I should get them to realize that they have sinned, then show the good news. I also learned that the reasons we might have to not evangelize, are not reasons, they are only excuses.
I thought this line was accurate: “If you pray without witnessing, you are a hypocrite. If you witness without praying, you are a lunatic. You need to have both.” Further, Charles Spurgeon said: “Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.”
I have the confidence now to share the gospel in a way that is effective!
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Who Do YOU Say That I Am?
The destiny of every person who has ever lived ultimately rises or falls based on confessing with their mouths and believing in their hearts the right answer to this question.
In this series, we’re taking you in the studio and on the street with our outreach radio team to experience first-hand some of the crazy answers people gave to this question! But, in the end, what’s truly important is not what others say about God, but what God says about Himself.
That’s why we also encourage you to stay tuned until the end of the show when TCC Radio host and local missions pastor, Cory McKenna, opens God’s Word to teach through vital truths we all need to know about what God says about Himself!
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YOUR PRAYER PULSE FOR 2014
There are three very specific petitions that we humbly request that you present before the Lord on our behalf related to where we believe He is leading us in 2014:
Equipping Christians and Churches
As equipping the saints by example for the work of the ministry is the heartbeat of The Cross Current, please pray for the fruitfulness of the Church Champions Training we will be providing to evangelists from several local churches this coming May 8th to 10th. Please pray for the Lord to help us with all logistics related to this retreat and for the overall fruitfulness of our training time together.
- Radio Ministry
Outreach radio has always been part of the discipleship DNA of The Cross Current. As we continue to broadcast in London and the Waterloo Region, please pray for the fruitfulness of our new relationship with UCB Canada, and for the Lord to open more doors for TCC Radio to expand into other cities across Canada in partnership with local churches.
- Financial Support
Canada needs Christ! Please pray that God will speak to the hearts of more and more supporters who will give generously and cheerfully to our work of equipping pastors and their churches in Canada to more faithfully and more urgently share the Gospel. Should you or anyone else you know personally choose to give, please visit the Donate page of our website here.
We thank God for you and your partnership in the Gospel!
For His Glory,
The Cross Current Team