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Ministering to other Christians

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.””  Gal 5:13-14 ESV

As Christians we are called to love each other and serve one another.   I have been ministering to other Christians in several ways this summer. I spent a great amount of time speaking with other Christians and serving them in several unique ways.  Kaiser is pictured above.  He enjoyed having a long conversation with us in NYC.  I was able to clear up some of his questions about theology.  He really needed someone to talk to and listen to him.   I spent time training up Bethany pictured on the right.  I went to NYC to help encourage her and help her learn to be bold and share the gospel.  She was very encouraged and was able to hand out lots of gospel tracts and talk to people in NYC.

” And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”” Mark 9:35 ESV

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Eph 2:10 ESV

I spent time helping another Christian clean up their space.  I helped another that needed someone to talk to about issues going on.  I pray you will take the time to serve your fellow Christians as well.

Here is one of the kids enjoying big bubbles.  The kids seem to love making these every year.

Jen sharing the gospel and walking to shade.

I have been going out and witnessing 6 days a week this summer.  I have been going up to Butler to share the gospel one time a week along with going to Squirrel Hill, Point Park, South Side, East Liberty, Strip District and Mars PA.

The picture above is me at the Pittsburgh Arts Festival.  I started the conversation with Vincent because he had a fishing license on his head.  I wanted to know where the good fishing locations were.  He said he had not gone out fishing and he did not know.  He wanted to know what the tract was about that I handed him. We talked for about 45 minutes. At one point his mother was like if you are going to keep talking then go in the shade so you both do not get burnt.  So the picture is of us walking to the shade to continue talking.  He did not think I was going to give him good answers.  He did not think he was going to like my answers, however, he said I broke the mold.  I gave answers to all his questions in a loving way and he thanked me.   Pray for him to repent and trust Jesus.

I had several conversations this month where I shared the gospel with people while I was out with friends.  The conversations were not started to share the gospel but they opened themselves up to the gospel.  In one of the conversations, a person behind me was listening to the conversation.   I turned around and had the person join the conversation.  The guy mentioned that he is catholic and carries tons of guilt and shame.  I explained that he did not have to carry guilt and shared the gospel.  Jesus lived a perfect life and never sinned.  Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave.  When Jesus died on the cross that is him paying your fine in full if you repent and trust in Jesus.  Jesus also credits His perfectly lived life to those that repent and trust Jesus.  I told him to take off that backpack of guilt and shame and put on the Lord Jesus.  He thanked me. His son that was at the table remembered me from when he used to be a student at IUP.

Later on that same day, I saw a person reading a book with a cool title.  I wanted to know what the book was about.  I have been reading tons of good books lately and was looking for a new good book to read.  The book was about economics.  He is a TA getting his Masters’ degree in economics.  He asked me what I am about and I told him, I am a Jesus Freak.  Rebecca almost had a heart attack when I just up and said that. Turns out he grew up in the church and did not know why he walked away from Christianity.  His brother is a missionary.  I gave him her testimony and so did Rebecca.  I made sure he knew the gospel since many go to church for years without hearing the gospel.

Anyone can share the gospel.  You need to pray for God to use you and steer the conversation in that way.  When there are openings you need to take them.

My aunt put on Facebook that she is not sleeping at night because God is making her pay for past sins by not letting her sleep.  My sister answered with the gospel.  It was the perfect answer.

When people say things that are not Biblical they are opening the door for you to give the truth and the gospel.  We pray you will take those opportunities and share them with others.

Jill Sharing the gospel to a women watching the river in the park.

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