Here’s a report about last night’s first meeting of the Bethel School of Supernatural Evangelism at Redeemer Fellowship Church.
1. I estimate that somewhere between 300-400 people were there. Many of them were from outside of Michigan, coming from Florida, San Francisco, Texas, some college students from Penn State U, Wisconsin, illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Canada, Iceland, and elsewhere. There were also a lot of people from around Michigan outside of Monroe.
2. We began at 7 PM with worship. In my opinion, the worship was simply wonderful and filled with the presence of God as it seemed nearly everyone there was worshiping with all their hearts. We were a worship-ready group last night, and our Redeemer worship team did a great job. As worship began I was standing in the back of the sanctuary with Joe Laroy and Neil McLeod. We all agreed – “God is in the house tonight!”
3. Josh Bentley welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming. Josh then introduced Chris Overstreet. I was so glad to see Chris and meet his wife! I love Chris’s great heart for reaching the world with the good news of Jesus. He is pouring his entire life into doing that and training others to do that. Chris introduced us to his assistants Seth and Anne, and the 8 Bethel Ministry school students who accompanied him.
4. Then Chris taught. These meetings are a bit different from last year, when Chris did ministry and had us pray for people ourselves. That happened last night, but this is a “school” and it also has a training environment. Chris presented, with excellence, humor, depth, and clarity, the 5 Core Values Bethel holds to, especially when it comes to evangelism. These 5 Core Values are to form a “Kingdom Foundation” for all that we do. They are:
3. THE PRESENCE OF GOD
I loved what Chris had to say about all of these. He told us that, while we can expect to miracles happen as we outreach to people, the point is not about seeing another miracle happen and being blown away by that. Rather, the point is: people. People are not “projects.”
Chris talked about the power of the love of God and the power of honoring other people before your own self. Then, he spoke about “hosting the presence of God.” Chris said: “There’s something about hosting the presence of God. When we’re hosting the presence of God we see opportunities all around us.” I really liked how Chris expressed this.
All of this forms a foundation for taking the Gospel outside the walls of the church building. That’s what God is using Chris to teach us to do.
Chris also said that, as we minster to one another and speak into one another’s hearts and lives, it’s all to be for: edification, exhortation (encouragement), and comfort.
5. Chris then called his ministry team up and many of them had “words of knowledge” and prophetic words for people who were there (see 1 Corinthians 12:7-11). As Josh and I said last Sunday morning, we believe these gifts are for the church today. God gives us them for: edification, encouragement, and comfort.
Then we prayed for people who came with physical problems. We were all invited to pray for these many people who stood asking for prayer.
6. Finally, with our worship team playing, Chris’s team, our prayer team, and our RMS students formed an “impartation” line where many walked through and received from God.
In this “school” environment Chris told us he’s going to give an in-depth teaching on words of knowledge – receiving them, discerning them, and so on. I’m especially interested in what he will have to say here.
Ever since I came to Christ I have had a heart for the “lost” people of this world. So this evangelism conference is dear, and important, to me.
We meet again tonight at 7 PM.