"Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always." Psalm 105:4
Lifelines Outreach shares the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
and by making disciples in the greater Nashville area.
Mother Nature has decided this month to give us one day of spring and two days of winter. However, according to the forecast, we see light at the end of the tunnel. Warm weather is the friend of missions. With warm weather the possibility of different ministries increase in a dramatic way. Thank goodness, if it will stop raining too!
Set Free Church has opened a building on Gallatin Road in the heart of Madison across from the regions Bank. Set Free is a Southern Baptist Church that ministers to the broken and the hopeless. There mission is to restore and make disciples of men who can be witnesses of the transforming power of the Gospel and disciple men who are called to open more Set Free Churches around the country. They have Sunday services at 10:45 am each week in a small thrift store that operates during the week. They also have a ranch in Dickson, Tennessee where twelve men live to become disciples of Jesus and find wholeness. The building in Madison is a starting point for outreach for the city of Madison.
We have started setting up one of the prayer stands in front of their building on a consistent basis. We have found that there is a significant street traffic that flows by the building each day. We have experienced many Gospel conversations with eleven decisions for Christ in the past two weeks. We have purchased a horse trough for the church last week. We baptized three people this past Sunday. Three of those who made decisions on Thursday and Friday at the prayer stand, attended the church on Sunday and will be baptized over the next few weeks. I know it is going to be a blessing working with Tim Shaner, who is pastor, to share the Gospel in Madison. We are praying and working toward a significant move of God in this part of our city.
Another area of our ministry is an apartment community in our district is called Lexington Gardens. I appreciate John Risner for coming out each Saturday with his story board and holding a Kid’s Club. Lexington Gardens has already proven to be a fruitful field of labor. We have seen nineteen decisions for Christ this past year. Many people know my name but the ones who do not call me “That pastor.” We intentionally pray with people, meet physical needs, hold discipleship classes, and share the Gospel each week on the property. I know God has opened the door. I am looking forward to a great summer of ministry in the apartments.
Greentree Apartments has also been a very effective ministry field. We hold discipleship classes every Tuesday night. We have started using some of the time in each class to knock on doors and pray with each resident. This has already proved to be very fruitful. Our goal is to meet all of the residents, pray with them, and share the Gospel. This is also a great way to train those attending the class in evangelism. It provides them practical tools for ministry.
All week long I have been meditating on the verses that describe the lost on the back page. A man or woman without Jesus is in a frightful condition. Who do you know that needs Jesus? Begin planning today to share the Gospel with them. Take time to pray for them each day. Prepare your heart through the Word of God and prayer to go to them in the love of Christ.
Thank you for praying and for financially supporting this ministry! Remember to pray and to read your Bible! -Richard Gay
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