Michelle Beadle Ministry Update
MESSIAH IN THE PASSOVER BANQUET
Our Messiah in the Passover Model Seder will take place on Sunday, April 9, at 4:30 p.m. at Lakeview Christian Center in New Orleans. We hope you will join with us to celebrate the redemption we have in Jesus. Reservations must be made by April 3, 2017. Please see the enclosed flyer for more details.
MARDI GRAS OUTREACH
This year our Mardi Gras outreach took place over three weekends in Metairie and New Orleans. We began, as we do every year, with the Little Rascals parade on Veterans Memorial Boulevard. It is a parade geared towards children, so there are many families who come every year to watch the parade and catch beads and other trinkets. As usual, we did not run into any other teams sharing the Gospel until the last weekend of Mardi Gras when we found a group from Detroit passing out literature uptown. It seems that out-of-town groups focus on the French Quarter and the downtown area, and are not too concerned with paradegoers in outlying districts. This provides us with a great opportunity to have an impact in an area where no one else is sharing the Gospel.
The outreach began with a witnessing refresher course based on the curriculum of Evangelism Explosion by Dr. D. James Kennedy. All the volunteers had already trained in this method of evangelism, so we spent an evening and an afternoon role-playing our Gospel presentations.
We usually approach people with a survey. We ask, “What is your first name?” “How would you describe your religious background and involvement with your religion, if any?” “To you, what is G-d like?” “If you died tonight do you have the assurance you would go to Heaven?” “If you died tonight and stood before G-d, and G-d asked you, ‘Why should I let you into heaven?’ what would you answer? Do you know what the word ‘Gospel’ means?”
I completely forgot to take photos during our outreach. This one was taken a few days later with two of our volunteers.
It has been our experience that most people believe G-d will let them into Heaven because they have been good, because they have done good works. Most people do not know the literal meaning of the word “Gospel.” It literally means “good news.”
Once the survey questions have been answered, we ask the person to explain the Good News to us. When they are unable to explain, we ask, “May I explain to you what the Bible says about the Good News?” If we are given permission to share, our response is something like this:
“I'd love to tell you the Good News, but will start with the bad news first. All of us do things that are wrong. The Bible calls that sin and the Bible says the wages of sin is death. When we sin, we become separated from G-d. The judgment of sin is spiritual death. But G-d is a merciful G-d and does not want us to be separated from Him. G-d is also just. He does not want us to suffer for our sins, yet on the other hand, He must judge sin. This is a dilemma. What is G-d—who is both merciful and just—to do about this? Because He loves us so much, G-d grants us His unmerited favor. There is nothing we can do to earn His favor and we certainly don't deserve it. His favor is extended to us through His son, Jesus, who was fully G-d and fully man. The Good News is that Jesus died in our place, taking the penalty for our sin to prepare a place for us in Heaven. Eternal life in the presence of G-d is a free gift if we will just accept it. This free gift is received by faith. Faith is not intellectual assent. For example, we all know that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves, but we cannot have a personal relationship with him because he is dead. However, we can have a personal relationship with Jesus because He is alive and sits at the right hand of G-d the Father in Heaven. Faith is trusting in Jesus only for eternal life. To receive this free gift all you need to do is believe that Jesus personally died for you, that He is still alive, and that He wants to be in a relationship with you as your best friend. That is the Good News. Would you like to receive this free gift right now?"
It is always thrilling when we get to this part of the presentation and find a person who wants to know Jesus as their Redeemer.
When we meet someone Jewish we handle evangelism a bit differently. We have a survey just for Jewish people in which we ask the following questions, “What is your first name?” “How would you describe your involvement with Judaism?” “To you what is G-d like?” “What does it mean to have your name written in the book of life?” “Do you believe your name is written in the book of life?” “Do you believe in an afterlife?”
Then we offer the person a pamphlet to read and ask them if we could read it together (the pamphlet has a quotation from Isaiah 53). At the end are three questions. When do you think this passage was written? Whom is this passage speaking of? Where do you think this is found in the Bible?
Most Jewish people think the passage is about Jesus, written in the New Testament after His death. Then we get to explain it was written by Isaiah about 750 years before Jesus and that it is a part of the Jewish Bible. Most Jewish people are utterly shocked when they learn this. Then we offer a free book on Isaiah 53.
Over this five-day period, we handed out 2,250 pieces of literature, completed 81 surveys, presented the Gospel to 56 people, and 11 of those people prayed the sinner’s prayer with us. We also had conversations with 3 Jewish people and 2 Muslims.
I hope you will pray with us for the eleven people who received Jesus. Pray that they will read their Bible every day, will spend time in prayer, and will get connected with a solid body of believers in their local communities.
Please also join us in praying for the three Jewish people and two Muslims we had conversations with. Pray the Holy Spirit will continue to work on their hearts and draw them to their Messiah.
Since the writing of my study series on Messianic prophecy has wrapped up, I’m now working on a discipleship training series. Marla, a member of one of our supporting churches, has developed a curriculum which helps people find their unique place within the body of Messiah. Her study is called MASTER BUILDERS, Architects of Life. I am currently going through the curriculum with her to see if it can be adapted for the Messianic Jewish community. This curriculum helps people discover their unique giftings and how they can use them to be a blessing to others. If you are interested in learning more, you can visit www.buildingchurch.net/g2s-i.htm to complete an assessment.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT
Thank you for being such an integral part of our ministry through your prayers and financial gifts. As you have blessed us, may you also be blessed. Your partnership enables us to continue sharing His love with "the Jewish people first and with the Gentiles.”
In Messiah’s Love,
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