NEO Team Update 11-6-17
Last week I watched again Kevin Harney’s teaching on “Engaging in Spiritual Conversations.” Harney believes spiritual conversations don’t have to be forced and uncomfortable. God wants our faith to overflow into our daily interactions in organic, natural ways.
Tim Keller, pastor of an influential church in New York City, says, “We could do a far better job of patiently listening. And we should not talk until we can represent the skeptic’s viewpoint with empathy so that a skeptic friend says, ‘Yes, that is my hang up; I couldn’t have put it better myself.’ Only then should we try to recommend the Christian faith to them.”
Keller echoes the conventional evangelical wisdom: “You can’t argue someone into the kingdom.” Both common sense and research confirm this is true. But it doesn’t stop people from trying! From Facebook to family gatherings, our disagreements regularly erupt into arguments. It would serve us well to listen to James when he challenges us to make every effort to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
May God help all of us to listen well, ask good questions and look for natural ways to share of our faith and our Lord.
Top Ten Gains
I Want to Celebrate. . .
Georgina Lopez, Tulsa Cielos Abiertos. . . We celebrated our church’s anniversary and many people were saved. Everyone received and we had a great time with our brothers and sisters. We also combined our church [for one service] Cielos Abiertos and Audacity and everything went great. We had an opportunity to know each church and we had a chance to sit down and eat together.
Yalmi & Norma Izaguirre, Tulsa Regency Iglesia. . . This month God is blessing us with our Youth Ministry — they are growing.
Brian Loderhose, Owasso Silver Creek. . . On Sunday our teens performed for the offertory and there were four new students that joined us that aren’t a part of our church. Also, we had an awesome time of fellowship at our Fall Festival.
Otoniel Dannemann, Tulsa Fuente de Vida. . . We sent 40 children to the Kidz Mission Day at Southwest Church. We had a vigil and God moved in our congregation.
David Stevens, Vinita. . . God has helped us in so many ways. This is a loving congregation and it is an honor to serve. The Lord helped us with two funerals this month; both were precious Church members. The Church family stepped in and helped, even when they had conflicts in their business schedules. We are now ministering to the families of Spencer Miller and Hugh Scott in their time of mourning. They have confidence that they can join their loved ones in heaven someday.
Casey Hollingsworth, Miami New Life. . . We baptized four more in the faith! We made some good connections with our community through our “Trunk-or-Treat” outreach with over 200 in attendance! Also, raised $1,300 at our silent (Trunk-or-Treat) auction to help those attending our upcoming summer mission trip to Ecuador. Also participated in our community “Sweet Streets” event by passing out 1,000 bottles of water.
Steve Davis, Sapulpa. . . We had a great revival with the Dan Bohi Team. A number of people had strongholds broken. Several groups from other Nazarene churches and churches in our community attended. We are so very grateful for the powerful moving of the Holy Spirit. We had a wonderful community event here on Saturday, October 29th where we believe we had about 300 people. We had 13 people attend the National Prayer Awakening in Ft. Worth. It was a time of refreshing and renewal. It revived our passion to be a house of prayer.
Austin Troyer, Tahlequah. . . We had someone accept Christ this month! He will be baptized soon. Praise the Lord. We also had Fall Festival this month. We tried to do it bigger and better this month and we certainly did that! We had about 300 people, 200 of them were kids! It was a great community event.
Ronnie Baker, Tulsa Audacity. . . Dianna Potter hosted the Awakening Prayer Conference [live stream] at Audacity. It was really encouraging for me personally. She did a great job in preparation. As a church we spent our 5th Sunday with Abba House, painting and doing yard work for the next ladies home.
Melissa King, Chelsea. . . We started our Celebrate Recovery this month. We are seeing people surrender their hurts, habits, and hang-ups to God. We are very excited about this ministry and seeing lives changed and the impact for the kingdom we will have in Chelsea. All glory to God!
Jason Isaacs, Tulsa Kaleo. . . God is good! Kaleo had a great month of October. We had 11 at the Prayer Conference and it is shaping our view on Prayer! Then we ended our month with our Trunk or Treat and our gym/parking lot was filled with over 200 people and many new families. God is good and he is moving at Kaleo Church.
We invite you to join Southern Nazarene University for the Inauguration of Keith Newman as the fifteenth President of the University Thursday, November 9, 2017, 10:30 AM. Watch via livestream snulive.com. Streaming will begin at 10:00 AM.
The Thank Offering for the World Evangelism Fund is November 19. Thousands of Nazarenes around the world will offer up thanks to God for the blessings He has given us and for the things that He will do. Together, we will answer the call to make Christlike disciples in the nations.
Resources are available online at www.nazarene.org/generosity.