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October 13, 2021 10:06 am
Spinning balls and talking about Jesus! Evangelists Randy Shepherd and Jamie Johnson join Stu to talk about their sports evangelism ministry, Crossfire, which preaches the Word of God and the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ.
Hey this is Mike Swick from if not for God podcast our show stories of hopelessness turned in a hope your chosen Truth Network podcast is starting in just seconds. Enjoy it, share it, but most of all, thank you for listening and for choosing The Truth Podcast Network. This is the Truth Network spin involved in talking about Jesus all over the world and now I have actually got a captive audience easier at a coffee shop by good coffee in Winston-Salem North Carolina is beautiful. It's falls outside Randy Sheppard crossfire like you take the show on the road when I get ready Sheppard is moving so fast. Liens only folks of Christ which is what is psyched about your ministry always cast the net always signed up you will get the save. This is why he came to send us out, and that's what God is doing in tell everyone just where does this come from this. We just met a guy who's up all by good coffee. Darrell left-hand guy could shoot the ball is tough, great ballplayer, but you know that crossfire for those just find out about you what you how you describe you and Jamie. God did something there'd in the ring altogether with apostle Paul said use all means necessary to win some whether it's basketball, electrician, plumbing, sweeping the floor. Walmart whatever God called you to. He wants to be a light to the world. We played against each other, middle school, high school and college. Jamie play Gardner Webb I went to UNC Asheville guy got a hold of me there. My junior year.
Call me in the sports ministry we been blessed to be doing this now for almost 30 years and 68 countries, 47 states, but person here on the corner or the president is just as important as we know in God's eyes. So we have to be faithful by his grace to share the gospel had good mentors a pastor the let me.
The Lord get to sit on a Dr. Adrian Rogers for four years in Memphis so you learn by your mentors and those that teach you and am thankful I had good teachers and just try to be faithful brother, so if you listening will say things Randy like well that's rainy I mean he's got a gift of evangelism and and you know you're very humble and that you know God's gift to you and it's a calling and it's a passion you got energy and that way but you're not letting the rest of us Christians off the hook about sharing our faith. Are you know Dr. Rogers used to say, you may not have the gift of evangelism but every Christian is called to be an evangelist and I was blessed to spend about an hour with Dr. Billy Graham about a year before he died he gave a statistic that always share which I was in that category for way too long.
He believed that 95% of us the name the name of Jesus will never leave one soul to Christ and the Bible doesn't say where to lead him to Christ. But he says where to go and share the gospel and the results are in the Lord's hands.
Well you do this true a whole lot of different things.
We are honored to put your crossfire back small-cap ads all over the network we were tickling death for that because we knew that parents to take their kids up to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina to an amazing 10 and I know you got that coming up again in people are very excited, especially things open up, but you also do missions trips you go share Christ with a middle school team.
But like tomorrow you'll be in front of the big Division I team with a legendary Hall of Fame level coach share the gospel to so it's you I guess you're an equal opportunity evangelist right brother deftly I learned a long time ago that obviously we know the word says God is not a respecter so we go where God opens the doors and whether to middle school team or D1 team or a protein God just wants to be faithful. You talk about that this morning in your Bible study about being obedient with the right motives and you know we have to check our motives every day so I'm willing to share the gospel with anyone. The Lord opens up the door and just thankful for the grace to do it regularly got a guy asked for directions how to assure victory tell about 97.7 Chris radio here in the area spiritual direction right there might my point of having them I hear about you on their ghetto and we were if this is real how this is real time.
Know this is your sister netted out Stu Epperson here on truth talk nationwide. We got 200 affiliate security program thankful our present if our friends at Wilkins radio Truth Network Salem stations carries were grateful for everyone that carries this program as long as we have this program were invite people to come to know Jesus.
He's the boss they were sales. He's in management ready Sheppard that's what you're doing.
Tell everyone a little bit about how they can get involved. Crossfire lot of folks are fans in the NS good and they pray for you, but you know maybe now they can is viewed depend on the support financially of some gracious folk culture so they can donate as well. Kathy oh yeah we have a little lady that gives us $10 a month and we try to get her to stop.
Given and she said you'll clipper snappers don't tell me what to do.
God told me to do this and we have a businessman that writes a big check.
But as you would talk about this morning. The widows might may be a bigger gift than the base of this businessman's large check so we we asked people to pray but you can get on a plane without finances so if you would like to be a part crossfire ministry.com or you can go to my Facebook page Randy Sheppard or crossfire ministry Facebook page and pray God leads you to give.
We believe that God will bless and get back for gospel ministries like truth were trying to share the gospel and thus the Lord's heart is come, follow me and I'll make you become fishers of men. Randy tell me what it's like when you're standing up there in your inviting. Whether it's a bunch of grown men that think they can play basketball like me or a bunch of real bowlers weathers MBA guys or Division I guys was like when you see someone bow the knee and take invite Christ. Their life better since only what that's like for you when you see that you see the change in the eyes.
You're not seeing someone just call the prayer or just follow through and just kinda get through the Lord's prayer.
Your sin, your jerking you get real you give a hard gospel tell us what it's like when you see that change that that Jesus Christ come alive in them or there's nothing better than that. I mean we've all been competitors, we've all wanted to play sports at a high level when a person gives their life to Christ, you know that's affecting them for eternity and nothing is Dwight L. Moody that one said he sees SRL on someone's four head and I literally asked the Lord help me to see SRL and we walk around and people we talk about our children or grandchildren. We talk about sports we get excited about ballgames but it's my prayer that I would and that other Christians that are listening that we would get excited about souls and they would pray and ask God to open up the heart to prepare the hearts of those that we can plant the seed with you may get rejected but it's okay, you know, assess the best offense of the world.
If someone comes to Christ to get a reward if you get rejected, you get so you can't beat that. And we been blessed in America 300,000 people around the world will die for the cause of Christ doing. We are were pretty relaxed in America were not really being persecuted yet but it could be coming so I pray that we remain faithful and just is not our ability not to be a great athlete, a beauty queen or millionaire is our availability God call the Fisher money call the common man is it hey, come follow me and I'll make you become fishers of men. We have the same power living inside of us that raised Jesus Christ from the grave. So I encourage you us overcome our fears less asked the Lord to go before us and give us the words and get the gospel and the results are in the Lord's hands to summon right now. All of our truth warriors. If your list and right now you know Lord Randy is going to evangelize you into evangelizing others, so I want you. You don't know all their friends.
You Witnessed all their friends, they can download this podcast and hear your story and I hope you'll share this truth talk podcast ready mobilizer brother made her sit there thinking I don't know what a waste. Where do I start, I got this friend he's a supersmart neighbor who's a big science guy and I don't know how to talk and stuff.
Give a little challenge in a practical way for just a baby step way for us to bring babies into Christ.
Sure I like to use our brother from Florida who was a good Presbyterian brother he's in heaven now, but he had EE evangelism explosion had a diagnostic question. I use this often.
You can lovingly say to someone a friend can ask your question. Most people will turn you down. He said have pray this doesn't happen, but if you died today could happen any of us and he stood before God and he said why should I let you in the kingdom will just say and if we went to Walmart this afternoon. Ask 100 people, 70 would give this answer number one I'm a good person we know the word says there is none good, not even want, so we lovingly say hey if we could get good enough to get to heaven. Jesus died for nothing. Another answer will get is on Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic charismatic church got Episcopalian Lutheran denomination is fine, but there are many denominational people that have never repented and put their faith in Christ.
I encourage you to keep it on the death barrel and the resurrection people will get you off on rabbit trails. What about those people in the jungles of Africa are Tanzania, wherever that have never heard about. The Lord will bring it back to him say hey we've heard about the Lord. This is a decision that we have to make and I heard something from a Gideon the other day very quickly when you pray for the lost number one.
Pray that the enemy would be bound in their life that scriptural number two that the Lord will pull down the strongholds and the lies that they been believing number three that he would give him the grace and the mercy to believe in number four. Thank you ahead of time for the results. If we pray those scriptural things I believe will see more fruit and people coming to the Lord and the key is prayer and then just write your testimony down to three minutes memorize the Roman road even get some gospel tracts and we don't want to jam them in the face and say you're going to hell, which is the truth that they don't know Christ but must put a smile on her face assess the Lord to give us the words give us the joy of the Lord is our strength and share endlessly the results of the Lord's hands. He's on there like I'm on there with Facebook and Instagram and all these things go follow Randy Shepherd crossbar ministries get to know him and Jamie Johnson and let them kind of model and mentor you.
They been mentoring me and share the faith. I am around this guy want to go tell someone about Jesus is contagious and I mean it be a terrible thing if they found the Lord God save them a microstructure crush of people.
Next thing you know souls are get saved and in the Lord because of gives the website posting soon a financial contribution whatever they got to go toward helping you reach souls or maybe just thinking pray for you get to know you get on your newsletter chain. Sure, it's Debbie Debbie Debbie crossbar ministry.com or office number is 828-255-9111 located in Asheville, North Carolina. Let me say a word about truth. Jamie and I were blessed to help truth as they helped us spread the word about the camp there giving the word of God, the giving biblical preaching out. You can't support a better ministry than where the word of God is going out.
God will bless back and I encourage you to pray for truth and support truth.
Thank you, Randy Shepherd crossbar ministries and we got after all, the staircase here will have to go for find a run, we gotta go find a game.
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