The hometown Vikings may have fallen just short of playing in this year’s Super Bowl, but that hasn’t diminished the enthusiasm of Twin Cities churches and Christians in their evangelism efforts surrounding the event.
“Here’s a great opportunity for the Twin Cities, for Minnesota, to share the love of Christ,” said Chris Reinertson, lead pastor of Southtown Baptist Church and also the director of missions for the Twin Cities Metro Baptist Association.
Reinertson said area churches have mobilized in an effort to obey the Scriptural command in Ephesians 5:15: “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
The best use of the time for Christians in the Twin Cities, Reinertson said, is to tell people, whether local residents or visitors, about Jesus.
One of the tools for doing that is a Super Bowl-themed magazine published by Sports Spectrum. The 32-page publication features NFL stars Carson Wentz, Drew Brees and Demario Davis on the cover and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen on the back cover.
“He’s just a great miracle story because he went to a Division II college and didn’t get drafted,” Reinertson said of Thielen. “Now he’s a Pro-Bowler, and he’s sold out for Christ.”
Steve Stenstrom, president of Pro Athletes Outreach, said the magazine features testimonies from NFL players and devotionals and has been made available to every church in the Twin Cities. PAO, an organization that ministers to professional athletes and their spouses, purchased Sports Spectrum a couple of years ago.
Stenstrom said PAO shipped 200,000 copies of the magazine to Twin Cities churches and 300,000 copies of a shorter pamphlet for distribution. In addition, Sports Spectrum produced a video called “Football Sunday” that is available to churches nationwide that are interested in showing it in connection with the Super Bowl. That video is available at http://www.footballsunday.com
Southtown has provided free copies of the magazine to members for the past few weeks.
“We’re encouraging our people to give them to friends and neighbors,” Reinertson said. “It’s just a great tool to share in a non-threatening way with people who love football and might not know about Christ.”
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Source: Baptist Press