On April 8, 2017 group of volunteers worked at our transformed vacant lot on North Ave. in Baltimore City which is now the Haven of Hope Community Garden. We put up a small banner in the front of the garden which says "Need Prayer" and a Bible verse from Romans. As we were working in the garden people began to come to us seeking prayer not for things but for a change in their life. One lady came running up to us and asked where was the sign about Grace. I had just moved the sign to the side and she said I have been clean for 5 months and everytime I walk past this Garden I look at that sign and it reminds me of God's grace and my need to change. The sign says Grace is not an excuse to remain in your sin but a reason to love him more fully. The gospel was preached as many came seeking prayer and seeds were planted. To God be the glory.
Missions is an Impossibility apart from the Power of God. All men of every culture are born radically depraved, at enmity with God, and restraining the truth. The conversion of a man and the advancement of missions are an absolute impossibility apart from the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit in the regeneration of the individual and the life of the church. Many church growth strategies and mission methodologies often overlook this essential truth.
Original Article: Ten Reasons To Not Ask Jesus Into Your Heart
by Todd Friel
The music weeps, the preacher pleads, “Give your heart to Jesus. You have a God shaped hole in your heart and only Jesus can fill it.” Dozens, hundreds or thousands of people who want to get their spiritual life on track make their way to the altar. They ask Jesus into their heart.
Cut to three months later. Nobody has seen our new convert in church. The follow up committee calls him and encourages him to attend a Bible study, but to no avail. We label him a backslider and get ready for the next outreach event.
Our beloved child lies in her snuggly warm bed and says, “Yes, Daddy. I want to ask Jesus into my heart.” You lead her in “the prayer” and hope that it sticks. You spend the next ten years questioning if she really, really meant it. Puberty hits and the answer reveals itself. She backslides. We spend the next ten years praying that she will come to her senses.
Telling someone to ask Jesus into their hearts has a very typical result, backsliding. the Bible says that a person who is soundly saved puts his hand to the plow and does not look back because he is fit for service. In other words, a true convert cannot backslide. If a person backslides, he never slid forward in the first place. “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation.” (II Cor.5) No backsliding there.
Brace yourself for this one: with very few if any exceptions, anyone who asked Jesus into their hearts to be saved…is not. If you asked Jesus into your heart because you were told that is what you have to do to become a Christian, you were mis-informed.
If you have ever told someone to ask Jesus into their heart (like I have), you produced a false convert. Here is why.
The Hope Movement does not just want to meet the physical needs of children and families but also plant seeds of the Gospel in their hearts and make disciples of Christ. Often programs for children whether it be a feeding center, school, orphanage, children's church or Sunday school we water down the Gospel to be at their "level" in fact we do this for adults as well. Most professing Christians don't even know the basics of theology such as Who God really is, the depravity of man, repentance, justification, adoption, election, sanctification and much more. These are essential in order to be a Christian.
On February 4th people from various churches united as The Hope Movement to continue the work in transforming an abandoned lot on North Ave. into a Haven of Hope Community Garden, but part of that work of love is to not only plant seeds in soil but in hearts. With that in mind we set up a tent with a sign saying "Need Prayer" and the people came and asked for prayer, we preached the Gospel worshiped God and provided nearly over 80 meals and coffee to those in need.
Jonathan, Founder of The Hope Movement sharing a message from our Haven of Hope Community Garden on North Ave. in Baltimore City and visiting a neighbor who lives next to our garden which was previously a vacant lot filled with drugs and prostitution.
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Although we are feeding children who lack food at home, although we are educating children who lack education from parents, the most important seed we can plant in their hearts is the Gospel.