Wednesday, November 14, 2007

DON'T STOP WALKING

I believe the "Just Walk across the Room" thrust was one of the most practical things we have done in recent memory. As I stressed throughout the series, "Just Walk" is not just another program where we can say, "Well, we're done with that now. What's next?" Not at all. "Just Walk" is about a lifestyle of pointing people to Christ.

Encounter, Engage, EXPRESS! One of the best ways we can express our faith is to walk across a room and strike up a conversation with someone. Leading someone to become a Christ-follower may be as simple as you taking a walk across the room.

I know God has used this study to help me be more conscious of opportunities. I find myself praying more for people who need Christ. I find myself praying more that I will walk across more rooms. Almost everywhere I go now, I'm praying, "Lord, I'm available. Just let me know if there's someone I need to talk to.

Many of you invited and brought friends to church with you last Sunday. That was awesome. Counting decisions is always difficult. My guess is that around 10 made genuine decisions to give their lives to Christ. I don't know what moves me more--someone making a decision for Christ or someone moving to the other side of the worship center to love on and encourage a friend who has just given his/her life to Christ. That's what happened in the 11:05 service. I almost lost it right then and there.

Many of you introduced your friends to me after church. I appreciate that very much. Make that a habit anytime you have a guest with you. Yes, I wish more members would have invited their friends. But I'm telling you...God was at work because most of the people you introduced to me were not active members in other churches who just happened to check out a new church for the day. Some invited friends; some invited clients; some invited work partners; etc. That was awesome.

Get in the habit of inviting others every week. On our end we will do everything we can to assure that their experience at Chapin Baptist is a positive one. We want everyone, members and guests alike, to be able to encounter the living Christ during every worship experience. God wants to use you. Don't stop walking now. In fact, look for an opportunity today to "just walk across the room."

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