Imagine that every single one of us could focus on praying and encouraging one person with the Gospel. How would it change you? How would it change the church? How would it impact our community and ultimately the world? What if salvation came to them because of your intercession and love? Can you imagine that?

This year Calvary is embarking on a church-wide adventure – the Summer of One! This new church-wide initiative begins with a focus and desire to see the transformative power of Christ displayed in our “ONE”. Our “ONE” can be our neighbor, our sibling, our co-worker, our family member, or anyone that you may know that needs Jesus Christ to save them. 

Who is the “ONE” you have been praying for or have felt in your heart to pray for recently? Who is the “ONE” that the Holy Spirit is convicting you of in this moment while you are reading this invitation to reach out to and commit yourself to not only pray for but to invite to Calvary?

This is our opportunity to work hand-in-hand with one another and the Holy Spirit to collectively engage in the Great Commission. 

Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

It is our desire and prayer that the Lord will use us during the Summer of One to bring hope, love, and transformation to our communities and beyond!

In Christ,

Dr. Elias Garza Jr

Lead Pastor – Calvary Christian Center

Practical Tips for Evangelism

From prayerfully finding your one to presenting the gospel, these steps may be helpful.

1. Find your one: Not sure how to answer the question, “Who’s your one?” yet? Here are a few suggestions to help
      • Family: Who could love your family members more than you do?
      • Close friends: Who do you want to tell when you have news (good or bad)?
      • Neighbor: Who lives next door to you? Or in the same neighborhood?
      • Coworkers: Who works with you, or who do you want to run into in the breakroom?
      • Cashier or server: Who are the people you see at your local shopping and dining spots?
      • Classmate: Who do you see in class, library, or lab?
      • Teammate: Who plays in the same league as you? Who are the parents?
      • Online friend: With whom do you engage on social media?
      • Fellow parent: Who are the parent’s of your child’s friends?
      • Workout buddy: With whom do you go to the gym or run?
2. Serve your one: Once you’ve identified your one, let them know you care through acts of service.
      • Take them out for a cup of coffee at a favorite spot.
      • Write a note or an email of encouragement.
      • Send a text asking how you can pray for them.
      • Drop off a gift card for your one at their door and leave them a hand-written note explaining why you did it. 
      • Type up a note saying you’re offering to help your neighbors in any way they need. Ask for prayer requests. Put contact information on the note.
      • Anytime the Lord puts your one on your mind, take the time to pray for them, then send them a text or DM them to let them know you have been praying for them and ask how they are doing.
3. Start the conversation: Use these simple questions and conversation starters to lead the way to a gospel  conversation with your one.
      • Can I ask you a question that’s really important to me? Has anyone told you that God loves you and sent his son Jesus to die for you?
      • How can I pray for you?
      • Do you have a church that you attend?
      • Do you believe in God? What do you believe about Him?
      • When is the last time someone told you that God loves you?
      • Did you grow up in church? What were you taught about God growing up? Do you still believe that?
      • Can I briefly share my story with you? Or, can I tell you the best thing that ever happened to me?
      • What do you think it takes to go to heaven?
      • How’s your day going? Listen to how they respond and let them know you will be praying for them. 
      • Share your testimony on social media (FB, Instagram, etc). Then, copy the link to the post and text it to your one saying, “I just shared my story on social media. Will you spend a minute watching it and let me know what you think?”
      • Suggest a bible verse for you and your one to read and discuss found on YouVersion Bible app.
      • Follow a Bible plan on the YouVersion app and ask your one to join you on the journey.
      • Relate with your one’s struggle as they share. Then let them know how Jesus was your only hope in your time of struggle. 

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