This September Join the Movement #30daysofgoing

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The first week of June this year I had the joy of joining with some of my colleagues at Southeastern and about 130 of our great students–along with scores of students from other schools–as part of Crossover Baltimore. This evangelism effort before the annual SBC gave our students a chance to share Christ daily for six days. We had a remarkable time and saw much fruit.

Sharing Christ every day––even in a culture like ours filled with people who do not know our Savior––can prove to be quite daunting. The Great Commission of our Lord does not in its text give such daily specificity to the call to make disciples; but if we are a great commission people, and in particular if Southeastern Seminary is a great commission seminary with every classroom being a great commission classroom, the idea of taking the gospel to the nations should not negate our passion to reach our neighbors, should it?

Last week at opening convocation our president Danny Akin exhorted us at the start of our fall semester on the importance of sharing Christ personally. We are a Great Commission school. This is why at Southeastern we will embark on an effort this fall to bring to a sharp focus the importance of sharing Christ personally. We call it “30 days of going.” You will see the hashtag #30daysofgoing on a variety of twitter feeds in the coming days. What do we mean by this?

WHAT IT IS:

September has 30 days. We look to see faculty, students, staff and administrators praying, seeking, and attempting to share Christ daily for these 30 days. It’s a call for everyone at Southeastern (and anyone else who wants to join) to ATTEMPT to SHARE CHRIST with at least ONE PERSON DAILY for 30 days through the month of SEPTEMBER. The focus is an attempt to share Christ; some days you may not be able to share Christ (we are not encouraging you to force the gospel on someone for a goal) but by consciously attempting to share Christ daily you will have many opportunities throughout the month. We are confident a more gospel-focused daily perspective is a good thing.

WHAT THIS MEANS:

—A daily awareness of our call to fulfill the great commission;
—Thinking strategically of people and places we can communicate the gospel, such as:
–Social media
–Setting appointments with friends we know who are not believers to speak to them about Christ
–Local church outreach
–Sharing Christ with those we meet daily—servers in restaurants, neighbors, coworkers, etc
–Planning specific times to reach out individually or with another believer
—Developing the daily mindset of seeing the lostness around you and taking advantage of opportunities to seek divine appointments
—Going door-to-door with another believer
–Praying with those we meet
–Giving out evangelistic literature

WHAT THIS DOES NOT MEAN:
—You have to share the whole gospel every day with someone (but we pray that most days you will!)
—You have to radically alter your days; instead, simply see your day through the eyes of Jesus (Matt. 9:35-38)

PRACTICAL HELPS:

–Carry gospel booklets with you like The Story or the LIFE: 3 Circles Conversation Guide to give to those you meet
–Each morning utter this 3fold prayer: “God, today give me an opportunity to share Christ, give me the wisdom to see it, and the courage to take it.”
–Remember the definition of boldness from my friend Preston Nix: Going one step beyond my comfort zone for Christ. This month’s commitment may be just that!
–Look for opportunities to ask to pray for someone, to share your testimony, or to have conversations you can include the gospel
–Think of people you know who do not know Christ and with whom you have not shared Christ lately and speak to them
–Post your testimony online; engage someone online in a gospel conversation
Just Imagine:

Imagine what classes will be like as we enter and share together about opportunities we have seen that week?
Imagine the worship in chapel (which is already great) when come in buzzing with gospel stories?
Imagine how simple things like prayer at the start of class can come alive as our hearts break for those around us?
Imagine how God might use this to heighten our focus as SBC President Ronnie Floyd joins us on September 18 for a day of prayer?

I know this: without fail, every time in my life I set aside days like this to focus on soul winning, God does something in my heart.

There is no sacrifice of academic or scholarly pursuit to focus on simple obedience to our Lord’s clear command. There is on the contrary something thrilling, something stirring about being part of a movement like this.

Join the movement. 30 Days of Going. And, hey, you can start today!

In Case You Missed It

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Each Friday at Between the Times we point you to some of this week’s blogposts we think worth your time. Some are written by Southeastern faculty, alumni, or students. Some are from others outside Southeastern who have something to say. Either way, we want to keep you updated in case you missed it.

1) The guys at Baptist 21 share a video (from SBC 2014) featuring helpful discussion on the future of the IMB. The panel includes SEBTS Provost Bruce Ashford and alum Jonathan Akin. 

2) The Gospel Coalition posted the new issue of Themelios, much of which addresses the theology of Jonathan Edwards. If you were unaware, Themelios is an excellent resource for keeping up to date on the goings on in theology.

3) This month at SEBTS, the CGCS encourages everyone to take part in 30 days of going. Read the post from director Scott Hildreth.

4) SEBTS held its opening convocation this week. Dr. Akin spoke on the life of missionary Berth Smith in light of Galatians 2:20. Watch here.

5) Ed Stetzer interviews the family of Nancy Writebol, missionary who contracted Ebola while in West Africa. She was released from the hospital yesterday.

6) John Piper discusses the issues of power and policing in light of another police shooting death in St. Louis.

Scott Hildreth on 30 Days of Going

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Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday morning at Between the Times we highlight the work of Southeastern’s Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies. Directed by Scott Hildreth, the CGCS exists to produce students who are grounded in the scriptures, culturally sensitive, prepared to make disciples and equipped to plant churches that are healthy and reproductive. Scott and the team at the CGCS maintain a blog, Missions at Southeastern, as one part of this effort. So, every Wednesday we point you to their writing so that you might be better equipped as you and your churches go.

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This week we’re highlighting the 30 days of going campaign going on at Southeastern. As Scott recently wrote,

The purpose of this post is to extend an invitation to you too. We are asking everyone to make a commitment for the next 30 days (30 days of September) to not let one day pass you by without you speaking to someone about Christ. We know this is a heavy commitment and we also know that it will require a radical adjustment in lifestyle for you. But think of the benefit for you and for your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, etc.

 Read the full post here and get more info about #30daysofgoing.