Welcome to our E-Tools Newsletter for November 2011! This monthly TCC field report also includes outreach resources to encourage, equip, and empower you to more effectively share the Gospel in all your personal relationships and beyond as we faithfully serve Christ in Canada together.
SHARING THE CHRIST OF CHRISTMAS
Year after year it has been our experience that Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year…for witnessing! After all, when else will we find the Name of Christ so widely publicized and the Gospel of Christ so freely sung about by both believers and non-believers alike?
This year our leaders made extra certain that our TCC street team was well prepared to preach the word not just IN season, but even PRE season!
Our first evangelistic exhibition of the Christmas season took place at the 2011 Santa Claus Parade.
After our team of ten witnessing warriors passed close to a thousand Christmas Gospel tracts and shared the true Reason for the season with dozens of the parade patrons, we were led by the Lord to begin open air preaching immediately after Santa made his appearance and the crowd began to scatter.
Click here to print your own Christmas survey/Gospel springboard
Check out the video below to see and hear what went down when one of our preachers came within inches of receiving a holiday punch when a really convicted passerby quickly became an angry holiday heckler!
Our next community outreach took place at a popular Christmas event that happens each year in the heart of our hometown. After all, what better place to shine the light of Christ in London than the annual “Lighting of the Lights” ceremony?
Below: TCC again teams up with the Street GO Team of Harvest Bible Chapel
All ages were welcomed to join us at the gates of Victoria Park in downtown London as TCC again partnered with the Street Gospel Outreach “GO” Team from Harvest Bible Chapel London to share the Gospel and Christmas goodies with our community!
At the beginning of the night, we prayed for the Lord’s protection and provision and then divided into 4 evangelism teams of 6-7 members each. Over the course of the next couple of hours, our teams rotated between sharing the Gospel while serving hot apple cider, and walking through the park to pass tracts and preach Christ.
Toward the end of the evening, the entire group came back together for Christmas caroling combined with preaching the Gospel open air! After we had sung several caroling classics and several evangelists had preached, our last mini sermon was very suddenly interrupted by yet another holiday heckler who showed up to wish us a Merry Christmas! Watch the video below to see for yourself.
Click here to print your own caroling cards/open air notes pages
By the time we closed in prayer, over 1200 people had received tracts, hundreds more heard the Gospel, and over 30 saints were personally equipped for the work of evangelism!
Though there were countless testimonies of God’s faithfulness from that night, there are two in particular that we would like to share with you.
The first involves a group of students from Burlington Alliance Church, who had contacted TCC for the specific purpose of receiving hands-on training in the field. Of their evangelism experience, youth leader Sarah Dall shares:
On Friday November 25th, a group of our youth from Burlington Alliance Church stepped out of our comfort zones to attend the “Lighting of the Lights” event in downtown London, Ontario to see what The Cross Current evangelism ministry was all about.
The youth and leaders alike definitely got to experience God at work and were able to see the impact street evangelism can have and its important place in our Christian walk.
As the team leader, I was pretty nervous about bringing a group of high school students to do something they have never tried or even considered doing before. This event was one of the firsts I have organized at BAC and it was an intimidating ministry event.
Growing up in a Christian family and becoming a Christian at a very young age, it was easy to avoid uncomfortable situations regarding my faith. My non-Christian friends knew I attended church but the conversations would only go deeper if they initiated it. God has really been pushing me to challenge my faith and to fully trust Him at times when I feel tempted to take control of a situation.
This experience with The Cross Current definitely showed me what that was truly about. Watching how Cory and his team were able to reach out to those around them and speak God’s word was truly inspiring.
I put my faith in God to bring the right kids along and the right leaders to support them, and through that obedience, regardless of the stress and fear associated with evangelism, God really worked through those who attended as we saw how easy it can be to talk to others about God and how hungry humanity really is for His ultimate love, grace, mercy and forgiveness.
The second testimony is from TCC president and program host, Cory McKenna:
I was walking through Victoria Park with a team of about 8 trainees when we noticed three young girls sitting on a park bench. We approached them and I broke the ice, explaining how our group was at the event to “survey” people about the true meaning of Christmas. As often is the case, none of them knew.
As the conversation unfolded, two of the three confessed their faith in Allah, the god of Islam. For the next 10-12 minutes I shared with them the truth – the truth about several contradictions in the Qur’an, the truth about Jesus Christ (Prophet Isa) being God the Son and Lord and Saviour, and the truth of The Gospel. The girls were very thankful that we had talked. However, the story did not end there.
Click here to print your own Qur’an “Quick Tips” card to use when witnessing to Muslims
At the very end of the evening, guess who came back around to our caroling site with tears of joy in their eyes? The two Islamic girls! It seemed that the Holy Spirit was so powerfully moving in their hearts and minds that they had to hear more about the Christ of Christmas! We gave them Bibles, tracts, and also prayed that the Lord would grant them repentance and faith leading to salvation. Please pray that they will repent of their sins and receive Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord this season!
Are you doubting whether confronting strangers on the street in Christ’s Name “works”? Click here to watch an encouraging salvation story that involves street witnessing.
We all want to spend eternity with those we love most in this world – our family and friends. Yet, we all know that our lost loved ones are often the most challenging to evangelize due to the fact that there is so much to lose if things don’t go well!
However, as you enjoy a little holiday hang-time this season, here are just three simple and practical ways that you might share the Christ of Christmas within your own personal mission field:
1. Share Christ by pen.
Many people still send their loved ones a family update for the year. Instead of sharing everything that you did in your life in 2011, why not make the most of the opportunity and share the good news and everything God did in your life in 2011? It is important that this letter is handwritten and not typed, as it communicates the time and care you put into involving them in your life. Handwriting heartfelt letters to the loved ones you have been praying for will give you opportunity to testify to who Christ really is, why He came to the earth, and how He has changed your life since you’ve repented of your sin and put your faith in Him.
2. Share Christ by portable recorder.
Taking the time to record a simple audio message is another powerful and relational way to share the real Reason for the season with all of your family and friends. Amidst all of the holiday hustle and bustle, many shoppers lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas – if they ever knew it at all! We would encourage you to follow the evangelistic example of Jesus in John 4 when He witnessed to the woman at the well. Starting in the natural and then swinging to the spirtual, you can begin by referencing one of the many cherished classic Christmas carols before bridging to the hope of the Gospel. As a guideline for time, 150 words per minute is about average talking speed. This means that a 5 minute audio recording will require a script of about 750 words.
Click here to listen to a sample audio Christmas Greeting for family and friends
3. Share Christ by prayer.
Many (if not most) families feel an obligation to say grace before diving in to Christmas dinner – whether they profess Christ as Lord or not. While we all know that such man-made traditions are really nothing more than religious lip service, why not extend an offer ahead of time to say the token prayer this year…and make it count for eternity? This is by no means giving sanction to preach a twenty minute summary of “Sinners in the Hands of Angry God”! However, a short testimonial prayer about how thankful you are for God sending His only Son into the world to save sinners from His wrath could be very timely and appropriate. Remember: Jesus IS the reason for the season, so go for it!
In closing, after you step out in faith and sow the seed of the Gospel into the hearts of your lost loved ones, why not invite them to church over Christmas? After all, now that the light of Christ is finally out from under the bushell, you can pray that God will shine in their hearts to give the light of the knowledge of His glory in the face of Jesus Christ!
PERSONAL MENTORING IN PREACHING
The Cross Current (TCC) equips by example by providing onsite and offsite training that will help your leaders train and sustain your entire church to normalize sharing the Gospel in all your personal and community relationships.
We can equip all the Christians in your church with: practical training in personal witnessing with loved ones, field training in street witnessing with strangers, and even personal mentoring in preaching open air.
It’s no doubt that within today’s church culture, preaching the Gospel open air carries a weight of controversy. However, both the Scriptures and church history testify to the fact that the Lord has worked powerfully through the ministries of open air preachers.
Jonah was an open air preacher. John the Baptist was an open air preacher. Jesus was an open air preacher. And immediately after an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison to free the disciples from the of the high priest and his associates, he commanded: “Go, stand and speak to the people in the temple the whole message of this Life.” (Acts 5:20) As angels in Scripture represent the very voice of the Lord, it seems that open air preaching holds a very prominent place in Gospel proclamation!
While we acknowledge that not everyone in your church will be “open air extraordinaires”, we do believe that those desiring to step out in faith to preach Christ in the public square should be bibically equipped in the field to do so.
Click here for more on how TCC can provide personal mentoring in open air preaching
Stoplight preaching. Ever heard of it? Well, you may not have heard OF it, but I guarantee if you’ve been hitting the streets of downtown London, Ontario on any given Friday night you’ve definitely heard it…loud and clear.
After sharing the Gospel with several “Atheists”, “Agnostics”, Muslims, moral relativists, Catholics, and cultural Christians…the video to the right documents what went down one Friday night this month when several evangelism trainers and trainees broke the sound barrier in London under the leadership of The Cross Current street team.
Oh…and congratulations to our newest street preacher, Bobby, for graduating into getting heckled! Remember: the disciples rejoiced when they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the Name of Christ (Acts 5:41). So, rejoice in the Lord, brother!:)
Recommended resource: “Go Stand Speak” DVD
TCC on UCB
Effective immediately, The Cross Current will have an evangelistic voice on UCB Canada, a premier radio network broadcasting Christian radio in Ontario.
Last month Cory McKenna took part in a phone-in interview in promotion of a Halloween outreach event that TCC was leading in partnership with a local church. Evidently, the segment was very well received as starting next month Cory will be featured in a regular monthly segment called “Reaching Out with Cory McKenna”.
Please pray that the Lord will help us add as much value to UCB’s vision as possible!
Looking for helpful hints on how to share the Good News of great joy with your lost loved ones this Christmas? Make sure to tune in to TCC Radio in December for our special outreach radio Christmas series!
YOUR PRAYER PULSE FOR DECEMBER
Let’s continue partnering together to keep our prayer pulse for TCC and the Church in Canada strong!
We humbly ask you, your family, and your church to remember to pray for the following TCC ministry needs in December:
Christmas Outreach – Please pray for our street team as we pass tracts, share Christ one-to-one, and preach the Gospel open air over the entire Christmas season.
Personal Witnessing – Please pray that all believers (including TCC) will make the most of the opportunities God gives to share Christ with lost loved ones over the Christmas.
New Year’s Revolution – Please pray that every Christ-follower will become radically committed to preaching Christ with their churches into the New Year.
We again thank God for you and your partnership in preaching the Gospel.
For His Glory Alone,
The Cross Current Team