Seminar on Evangelism

ELM AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH

and Pastor Paul Walker present

HOW DOES GOD SAVE LOST MEN?
The Doctrines of Grace in Evangelism

Dear Fellow Laborer, 

I am writing to invite you to the second Western Slope Seminar on Biblical Evangelism. The theme will be, “HOW DOES GOD SAVE LOST MEN? The Doctrines of Grace in Evangelism” 

Two years ago, we launched our first Seminar on Biblical Evangelism. We taught on “What Is the Gospel?” and we gave instruction in how to share your faith by using the Law to confront sinners. What we have seen since that time, is that many other groups are using a similar approach but with a non-biblical understanding of how men are actually saved. As a result, emotional manipulation is still very popular and those confronted are still being asked to do something in order to be saved by some exercise of the power of their own will. 

As my son likes to say, “Tell me what you believe about how men are saved and I’ll know everything about your theology.” What we are discovering is that many church members and even pastors have some very man-centered ideas of salvation, even in churches that claim to be doctrinally sound. Have you ever heard a speaker say, “God has done everything He can for you, now it’s up to you”? So God is left wringing His hands just hoping that hard-hearted wicked sinners will make the right choice. If God is truly Sovereign, He is able to save lost sinners. So come along with us and discover what our fore-fathers in the faith knew and taught about the Doctrine of Salvation. You may be surprised to find that much of our theology of today bears little resemblance to what the Bible actually teaches. 

God willing, this seminar will be held at Elm Avenue Baptist Church in Grand Junction, Colorado on September 10-11, 2010, Friday afternoon and all day Saturday so that it does not interfere with your own church services. Our key-note speaker will be Pastor Randall Easter of First Baptist Church of Briar, Texas. I have had the privilege of preaching with him in Peru on a mission trip in 2008. He was our key-note speaker in 2008 as well. He will be speaking on Man’s Inability and Particular Redemption. Missionary Justin Vold of HeartCry Mission Society will also be speaking. He serves the indigenous peoples of Alaska and Wyoming. His topics for the seminar are Unconditional Election and Perseverance of the Saints. I will also have the privilege of speaking on Irresistible Grace as well as the application of these doctrines. There will also be a Q&A time on Saturday night. 

The response we receive from folks like you will help us know for what kind of numbers to plan. We anticipate for this to be supported by free-will offerings with no charge to attend. If you are interested in hearing more, please contact me. Please feel free to pass this on to others. This is for pastors, leaders and laymen who love God and His Word and long to see genuine lasting fruit as He promised in John 15:16. 

Most of all, pray for us, this will be a huge undertaking and the enemy we face likes nothing better than to discourage us from practicing Biblical evangelism. 

Soli Deo Gloria, 

Pastor Paul Walker

pastorpaul@elmavenuebaptist.org

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.

11 Comments

  1. Well, I for one, wish that I was closer in order to attend this.

    Nonetheless, I will be praying.

    • So do I, sister. Brother Paul Walker is also friends with Paul Washer. Both Paul’s and Randall Easter ministered together in Peru about a year or two ago. I asked Paul to send me the letter so I could post it. And, my dear friend Justin Vold will be there too, another friend of Paul Washer’s. These men are serious about the gospel… but they so enjoy life in Christ, it is such a delight to be with them.

      Paul Walker called me while I was in Wal-Mart yesterday and I leaned against the shelves in the aisle and talked with my dear brother for nearly an hour. Paul Washer said this of Paul Walker to me, “He’s a wild man!” Paul Walker is one of the sweetest souls the Lord has in His kingdom.

  2. Jon, have you been snooping in on me and Christina’s emails? This is a subject we’ve just started to discuss and that Angie (my daughter) & I talked about this morning. I am thankful that evangelism is beginning to make a comeback and that some of the newer approaches are including conviction of sin, judgement, and repentance as opposed to the “just ask Jesus into your heart” heresy.

    Yet, it has concerned me that the character of God is still being sidelined in the presentation. In Gerstner’s Repent or Perish he makes the point that since we are impenitent by nature and cannot repent, then how DO we call people to repentance ? We just do, and beseech them to ask God for a penitent heart. He says that the fear of Hell does not keep people from it, because they love their sin and won’t let go of it. The fact that people continue to curse God in Hell is proof. So, IF they ask for the gift of repentance, it is because God has already granted it or else they would not be able to sincerely ask for it in the first place.

    But, how are some practical ways we can present the true character of God while presenting the Good News? I wish we could go to this seminar!!!! Who knows? Maybe the Lord will let us! (Can girls go too?)

    I would love to hear YOUR thoughts about this, and how you present the gospel.

    Thank you for sharing this.

    • I believe it is open to all, sister.

      One of the things we saw in real revival in Scammon Bay, Alaska is that repentance came truly as a result of preaching the gospel and commanding sinners to repent… however, it came with a revelation of the righteousness of God in Christ, as it is written, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith” (Rom 1:16, 17).

      I remember that I preached one time, “Christ invites you to come, but you will not unless the Father draws you; and God commands you to repent, but you cannot unless the Spirit calls you!” Sometimes people literally trembled in the hard wooden pews saying, “I’m not saved,” or “I don’t know why I’m feeling like this.” We would either go over the scriptures with them right there, or if they couldn’t stay, we’d tell them to come back to the parsonage later. If it was the Holy Spirit moving upon them, they’d come back. If it was emotionalism (and there was some of that too), they wouldn’t come. We prayed for them all in our private prayer times. We would only pray publicly at the end of a gospel meeting at the close, but prior to praying, we insisted that confessing Christ was a HOLY thing, too holy to take lightly or casually and that they must be certain that they understand that they are surrendering their lives to God, first, last, and everything in between. When we prayed, we only prayed that God would be glorified and that there would be true, living conversions because of what He was doing in the lives of His people, &etc.

      I believe much of evangelism is hit and miss in America because the gospel itself is not treated with life and death holy reverence. If men with the Word of God in their hearts were upon their faces early in the morning with a revelation of the holiness of the Word, of the gospel, and in the very name of Jesus Christ, many of us would never dare open our mouths for fear that we’d soil the message. When that revelation is daily upon the saint called to witness for Christ… then there is all the power back of Christ’s authority because that utterance is holy, as holy as Christ Himself.

      • Wow. This here alone is very powerful.

        “I remember that I preached one time, “Christ invites you to come, but you will not unless the Father draws you; and God commands you to repent, but you cannot unless the Spirit calls you!”

        In fact, this whole “reply” is worthy of a whole new post.

      • Jon, Thank you so much for taking the time to share all of this. This is indeed a sobering example of the proper way to preach the gospel and of the reality of the power that is contained within that message!

        For so many years of our lives in ministry we were also guilty of preaching a weak message, which is nothing short of shameful. How I wish we could turn the hands of time back and make better use of those moments, and redeem all of those lost opportunities. Yet, even in this God was sovereign which we can take comfort to our souls.

        Recently Robert was sharing the gospel in the same way you described with his mural apprentice. The man was raised in a Christian home but had never heard these things. He marveled, and I pray God will have mercy on him. Again, Robert shared this message recently with our former pastor, who had never heard this message presented this way, although he had attended Trinity Divinity many years ago and admitted that he had hated his theology class. God have mercy!

        ” For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” I Cor 1:18

        I just have to tell you Jon how deeply appreciative I am to God for bringing all of our paths together. You have been such a tremendous blessing, example and encouragement to me (and to Robert). BTW – Robert is always a part of my blogging life. The poor man is computer illiterate – but alas! For Father’s Day we bought him a laptop because our new pastor INSISTED he learn so he can communicate with our flock! So, please pray I have the patience to help him with it. I am not good in that department!! Ha!

        Blessing on you dear brother!

        Diane

        • Thank you so much for sharing that, Diane. And thank you so much for your encouraging words. The true Biblical gospel can also be a lonesome and heartbreaking road for a minister too many times, especially if you’re a missionary. We literally had to live by faith in Alaska because, as Paul Washer is fond of quoting Len Ravenhill, “I preach in a lot of [Baptist] churches once.” I would preach the gospel in a church and never be invited back again. Pastors find out you’re a missionary in bush Alaska and get all excited. They find out that you’re a Calvinist, it’s “See ya, wouldn’t want to be ya.” Never hear from them again. Yet, it grew us TREMENDOUSLY in grace. Faithful to Christ and His message paid eternal dividends in this termporal world, that if I lived to be another 70 years and typed 12 hours a day, I could not tell all the things we’ve seen of the Lord’s hand, His providence, His incredible blessing.

          The last ten years have taught us (Lisa and I) that I would rather preach the holy, blessed and uncompromised truth with absolutely no visible results, than to preach a compromised gospel that gets confessions with the possibility that some might be saved. Don’t get me wrong, I preach for the salvation of souls, and believe that if His Word is preached God’s Spirit will save through His Word to the uttermost; however, the proclamation of the gospel is a privilege that I don’t deserve and is so holy, that just for a wretch like me to have the opportunity to utter the name of Jesus Christ, is the awesome manifestation of God’s infinite and eternal grace to His creation and His heavenly host.

          I too am eternally grateful to our Sovereign who has put all of us in touch.

          You and Robert are in my daily prayers.

  3. In addition to knowing you presnet the gospel to dyslexics, I’d also like to know how you present it to everyone else. ( I think the responding dxylexic might say something like: “There really is a Dog!” )

  4. This is going to be great! I went to the first one and it was life changing. I thank God for Pastor Paul Walker & his family. Pastor Paul is a tender-hearted bold witness…a man who does not bow to the fear of man but bows in the fear of the Lord.

    • Amen, sister. Paul is like underdog… humble and loveable as a servant for Christ, yet bold and fearless for the gospel and Christ’s sake. I am honored to say that he is one of my dearest friends in ministry, and life in general. If it were possible, I’d live right next door to Paul and Becky. When we came through last June, we had such a blessed time together that we forgot to take a single picture (and my wife LOVES having pictures of family and friends).

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