Nearly 100 Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College students, faculty and staff partnered with local area churches on Sept. 10 to proclaim the Gospel during an annual outreach event known as the “One Great Day of Sharing.”
Canvassing the greater Kansas City metro area, teams of four walked door to door sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a result, 30 gospel presentations were delivered, and 33 people were encouraged by the groups praying with them. Another 98 people chose not to engage in any discussion about prayer or the Gospel.
“The One Great Day of Sharing is one of my favorite events each year,” said MBTS President Jason Allen. “It truly gives us the opportunity to put into practice the meaning of our vision, ‘For the Church.’
“Our students, faculty, and staff obey Jesus’ command to proclaim His Gospel to the lost, and they also represent local church bodies in neighborhoods across the city,” he said. “This effort encourages those local churches and enables follow-up activities. Ultimately, our prayer is that souls will come to a saving knowledge of our Lord, Jesus.”
Prior to hitting the streets, the group prayed together and received evangelism training as well as instruction in methods of follow-up for the days after the outreach.
According to event coordinator Tom Johnston, Midwestern Seminary’s professor of evangelism, the goals for the day included assisting local church bodies in furthering their ministries within nearby neighborhoods, carrying out the Great Commission by sharing the Gospel, and training attendees to teach others within their local congregations how to share the Gospel and make disciples.
Johnston said the One Great Day of Sharing is a “win-win” for both Midwestern Seminary and the local churches.
“On one hand, the students see a local church at work in its area, which is a truly valuable experience,” he said. “On the other hand, materials from the local church anchor the Gospel to the locality. Active and passive follow-up can take place through the local church, and the local church benefits from persons reaching into the community on its behalf.”
“Additionally,” he noted, “there are tremendous results in the neighborhood of the church, including lost people hearing the Gospel — some of whom are challenged to repent and believe.”
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Source: Baptist Press