4th of July Outreach

wv-prayer-01Members of the Gospel Xpress team attended the 2011 Fourth of July festivities in Alderson, West Virginia, where we handed out tracts, set up a Prayer Station, and gave out free Bibles and bottled water to everyone who took the 5-minute “Good Person Quiz.” We shared the Gospel with approximately 30 individuals and made friends along the way.

After sharing the Gospel with one 16-year-old girl, her parents — who run a t-shirt printing business — offered to create this custom Good Person shirt for us to remember the occasion. We met several Christians and even pastors — one of whom made a generous donation to Gospel Xpress.

We’re hoping to make this July 4th outreach an annual tradition in Alderson!

Cherry Blossom Festival Outreach

On April 13, 2010, Gospel Academy students went into Washington, DC to hand out tracts and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people attending the Cherry Blossom Festival. We handed out million dollar bills, optical illusion, and other ice breaker tracts and talked to people one-on-one. Gospel Academy was a Christian evangelism class sponsored by Gospel Xpress and FUEL (a singles ministry of McLean Bible Church).

Read the Bible in Public Day

by Michael Tolosa

Today, October 6 is Read The Bible In Public Day.

Last month, Gospel Xpress launched a viral outreach campaign on Facebook called Read The Bible In Public Day. Over 3,400 people signed up online to participate. Through this promotion, we are encouraging Christians across the United States to take their Bibles out into their communities and read it in a public place. Whether it’s at work, at school, on the subway, or at a playground — we want Christians to be a living witness to the influence God’s Word has on our country.

Sadly, many American Christians are ashamed to be identified as a Christians, when we have the legal freedom to follow Jesus Christ and read God’s Word — unlike many Christians around the world who risk their lives to follow Christ and meet with other believers. Americans have a unique opportunity to boldly profess their faith and tell others the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet so many of us are afraid to confront the world. We choose comfort over confrontation and somehow rationalize our disobedience.

Let today be the first step in your engagement with the world. Use your Bible as a conversation-starter with a stranger. Join us for Read The Bible In Public Day!

Jesus Fish

I have a “Jesus fish” on my car, not because I’m proud to be a Christian, but because it forces me to remember that I represent Christ while I’m driving — and at all times, for that matter. Cutting off someone who recognizes your car in traffic, one inappropriate joke overheard by your coworker, or a vulgar word spoken in a public restaurant can damage Christ’s image in the minds of those around us. We are a reflection of that image, and though flawed an imperfect, we should always remember that others are judging Christ by our actions.

Fairfax Job Fair Outreach

by Michael Tolosa

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On Saturday, March 27, 2010, members of our Gospel Academy class at McLean Bible Church visited the Fairfax Mega Job Fair at the Fairfax County Government Center to hand out fliers for MBC’s Career Network ministry, as well as unemployment-themed Gospel tracts.

It only took an hour and a half for the Gospel Academy students to hand out 200 fliers and 400 tracts.

For Laura, this was her first time handing out any sort of religious literature to strangers. On the other hand, this was Dan’s third time handing out Bibles and/or tracts with Gospel Xpress, so he found it less stressful. Kevin has also done evangelism outreach in the past, so he was quite comfortable.

At one point during our outreach, the organizer told us we were not allowed to distribute literature at the job fair (which seemed suspect to me due to the nature of job fairs and the fact that everyone else was distributing job-related literature), and he asked us to leave. However, after discovering we were from McLean Bible Church and were promoting the church’s well-known Career Network ministry, he allowed us to finish.

The point of this outreach event was to get the students comfortable with handing out literature that was highly targeted to the recipients (i.e., giving unemployment-related information/literature to people looking for jobs). This will act as a stepping stone to the next series of outreach events.

Gospel Academy Launch

by Michael Tolosa

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On Sunday, March 21, 2010, Gospel Xpress launched its first Gospel Academy evangelism class in the United States. The class was held at McLean Bible Church in McLean, Virginia and was attended by members of FUEL, the single adult ministry of MBC. Over 40 students participated in the inaugural class!

We will be going through the Way of the Master basic training course, featuring video lessons hosted by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. The class is facilitated by Michael Tolosa and Megan Beckwith, and study guides were provided free of charge to each student by Gospel Xpress.

The class meets every other Sunday for eight sessions at McLean Bible Church. On the off-weeks, Michael and Megan organize evangelism outreaches in the DC metro area. Stay tuned for more info on our class and outreach events!

In the meantime, check out the video promo we created to promote the class…