Monday, April 20, 2015
Its a God Thing: The Powerful Results of Ministry Evangelism by Charles L. Roesel
Taking to heart the command in Matthew 25:31-46 to care for the poor and needy, Pastor Emeritus Charles L. Roesel and members of First Baptist Church of Leesburg, Florida are faithful to this message, providing church members and the surrounding community with a rescue mission, a children’s shelter home, a pregnancy care center, a women’s care center, a medical clinic, at-risk youth ministry, a thrift store and counseling ministries, among others.
It’s a God Thing: The Powerful Results of Ministry Evangelism is about pressing to reach the goal God set before us: caring for people’s needs, while at the same time, sharing the good news of the gospel with them. There is much here to be savored by every child of God. Indeed, the emphasis in this book is following Jesus’ example and reaching out to others in His name. Combining evangelism and social action to meet a person’s deepest needs – both body and soul – churches, no matter how small, can engage in ministry evangelism.
This is an eye-opening and encouraging account written by a wise servant of God, giving insight and direction on providing for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the people we encounter. Dr. Roesel also challenges us to fulfill God’s mandate to care for people in order to introduce them to Jesus and bring as many to Christ as we can.
Dr. Roesel asks us to ponder the question, “What are we doing that will matter a million years from today?” He boldly and enthusiastically explains the process that needs to take place in order to put into practice the Great Commission. Clearly written, this book expresses the importance of loving and serving God and loving the people created in His image. As ambassadors of Jesus Christ, we are called to live out our love for Him by proclaiming the gospel and serving through good deeds.
He is honest about his own leadership and the resistance he encountered in moving a dead, tradition-bound congregation toward ministry evangelism. It is a compelling read, fast paced and yet with enough detail to give churches with a passion for outreach opportunities more than enough clues to get started. Thought provoking, this book lists practical application steps for those ready to jump in and do the work