A man cleaning up a Kroger parking lot, a girl in a food bank line, a woman walking out of a hospital, a teen at an evening reviveTX service—Different people, different struggles, different walks of life, but having ONE thing in common. They each heard the ONE Gospel message this week because someone took the time to share it. They each said YES to Jesus and now have hope because another person was willing to find them.
During the Friday evening service, Kyle Lance Martin preached out of Luke 15, sharing the parable of the lost sheep. He challenged the Church to be like the shepherd and go out after the one. We may want to stay in the comfort of the flock with the other ninety-nine, but that’s not what Jesus describes. He went out. He found the one who was lost. And He brought them back to safety. That’s starting to happen across DFW as teams go out with reviveTX. They are finding the one and bringing them home.
“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?”
Noah has been out of prison for three years. A lifestyle of drugs and bad decisions left his life in a mess. He’s doing his best now, working hard and fighting to rebuild his life. Jason and Roger met Noah in a Kroger parking lot in Flower Mound. They introduced themselves and asked if they could pray with him. Over the course of the conversation, they shared the Gospel as well. Noah had heard this Good News before while in prison. He had confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior and wanted to be baptized, but a prison lockdown had messed up the plans. The opportunity never returned and no one followed up. “Would you want to be baptized now?” Jason and Roger asked. Noah’s face lit up. They couldn’t work out the details immediately, but the next day would work. “I’ll be here tomorrow,” Noah said. And he was. He was waiting when Jason and Roger pulled in the following day. They found a local aquatic center that allowed them to use the facilities. Noah’s face beamed as he recommitted his faith in Christ. And this time, he won’t be forgotten. He’s plugged in with discipleship and ready to walk in the newness of life.
Sylvan was part of a team sent to the Without Walls Food Pantry in Fort Worth. They were handing out Bibles as people sat in their cars waiting in line. He approached a car with a grandmother and granddaughter. After asking if he could pray with them, they prayed for the grandmother’s diabetes, at the young girl’s request. Sylvan sensed a genuine, sweet and open spirit in the girl. The cars started to move, so Sylvan handed them the Bible and wristbands saying, “Here, this will tell you how you can have Jesus in your life.”
“Really?” the girl immediately replied. “Can you please help me with that?”
Sylvan couldn’t have been more excited to hear those words. After going through the food line, Sylvan walked her through the Gospel, using the five verses. She was eager to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior. It was such an innocent experience and one that wouldn’t have happened had Sylvan not gone out!
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Seth and his team were driving around and took a wrong turn. They ended up in a hospital parking lot where they spotted a woman walking to her car. Even from a distance, Seth could tell she was burdened and knew they needed to pray with her. He all but chased her down, actually running over a curb. She introduced herself as Kendorya and explained she was leaving after visiting her daughter and new grandbaby. She admitted that her life was a mess, and things were really hard. They prayed and gave her a Bible and wristband. Kendorya had never heard the Gospel. She said YES to Jesus right there in that hospital parking lot. A woman on the team is already set to follow-up with her. Kendorya has hope now; she has life!
Jill was in charge of discipleship training during a reviveTX evening service in the black-colored region. The goal is to train adult believers to disciple, “do life,” with new believers. Strangely, a teen girl made her way into the room saying she wanted to do discipleship. Confused, Jill began a conversation with her. Yes, Jill had other things that needed to be done, but the Holy Spirit was telling her, something was up. The girl was wearing a bracelet and asked Jill for a Bible unprompted. “Have you been through these verses?” Jill questioned. Yes, the girl had, but she wasn’t sure she was ready to put her trust in Christ. Her dad wasn’t a believer, she explained, and she wanted to wait for him. Jill gently encouraged her, “Unless you accept the gift of Jesus, you can’t share it with him!” Suddenly, it was like something clicked. Her face lit up, and she began to cry. She said YES to Jesus right there in the discipleship room. Jill didn’t have to go anywhere to find this young lady…but she listened to the Holy Spirit, and didn’t let an opportunity pass by.
That’s what reviveTX is all about: being obedient and listening to the Holy Spirit as we go after the one. We’ve got to be willing to interrupt our plans, ask a simple question, or even jump a curb. Each of these precious souls went from death to life because someone looked for the one…the one who was lost, but now is found.
“And when he has found [the lost sheep], he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing…Just so I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”