Decision Evergreen Bible Church
I have to admit, it’s hard for me to get super excited about one-day evangelistic events. Yes, I’ve heard and read eye-popping statistics that declare millions of Americans coming to faith in Christ through them. Yet, at the same time, the church in America has continued to decline and our nation has become more and more secular.
So when I heard about “Decision America”, I wasn’t immediately hyped up about it. But then I researched it and did a little strategic thinking. If you don’t know, Decision America is a free nation-wide tour that will be in the Pacific Northwest from August 1-13. To quote their website: “Franklin Graham plans to hold a series of one-day prayer and evangelism events across Washington and Oregon. Franklin will present the Gospel of Jesus Christ at each event, calling the lost to repentance and faith—and praying together with believers for their families, churches, communities, and those far from God. Each stop on the 7-city tour will also feature live music from Jeremy Camp.”
Regardless of your opinion about the value and effectiveness of big evangelistic events, it’s hard to argue that God will not or cannot use them in powerful ways. Throw in the fact that Decision America is just as much about uniting Christians in prayer FOR the lost as it is about leading the lost in a prayer of salvation, and I think you’ve got the recipe for a very worthwhile gathering. Yet what really excites me about Decision America is that it can serve as a fire-starter for Evergreen Bible Church. It can help to ignite in us the fire to reach Vancouver and beyond for Jesus Christ. It can cause some of us to make the decision that “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay” -Charles Spurgeon.
Please pray that God would use Decision America in powerful ways both nationally and here at EBC. Please consider joining us in attending and possibly bringing unsaved friends. Please consider joining me in praying for the lost every Sunday morning during the 9am service (upstairs in adult classroom). But mostly, pray that God would ignite in YOU a stronger passion for reaching your friends, family, and acquaintances with the most excellent news of Jesus Christ!
Decision America is coming to Portland on Sunday, August 5 at 7:30pm to the Clackamas County Fairgrounds and Events Center. You’re invited to meet at EBC at 5:00pm for a barbecue. We’ll provide hotdogs and some sides and drinks. Then we will carpool and caravan to the event, leaving EBC around 5:45pm so we can get there about 6:30 in time to park and find seats together. If you have any questions, please let me know!