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Eternity is Only a Heartbeat Away

August 3rd, 2010

A few weeks ago on a Friday night as were evangelizing on the streets of North St. Louis we stopped to minister to a group of people near the intersection of Clarence and Lee streets. Amongst this group of people were several boys around the age of 14. A few of them were more or less making fun of the whole situation of the ministry we were doing. They all prayed to receive Jesus but only couple of them looked serious about it. About one week after that a 14 year old boy was shot and killed near that same corner. I don’t know if the boy who was killed was one of the boys we ministered to but there is a chance that it was, and even if he wasn’t one of those boys it is a reminder of the fragility of life.

When we go out and evangelize, especially in high risk neighborhoods like the ones where we minister in North St. Louis on Friday nights, you have to realize that for some of the people you come in contact with this could be the last call and the last chance to get saved before going off into eternity. No matter where we live, no one is guaranteed tomorrow. So we need to take Jesus’ last command to go into all the world and preach the Gospel very seriously. I have noticed that God knows when people are going to die and He really works on getting the Gospel message to them before they die. Someday when you get to heaven you may have someone you witnessed to and prayed with to receive the Lord greet you and thank you for not staying home to watch the ballgame and instead went out to evangelize. We need to be instant in season and out of season and sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit to preach the Gospel at all times.

The Laborers are Few

July 28th, 2010

As some of you know I do a lot of street ministry and different outreaches to the lost every year. Recently I have been ministering in the inner city of St. Louis and at Fair St. Louis where thousands gather at the St. Louis Arch during the 4th of July for a concert, air show and fireworks. I also just evangelized the Four State Farm Show in Pittsburg, Kansas. One thing I have been struck with lately is why more people aren’t out evangelizing because there are so many people in this world who are without Jesus and therefore without peace and, to put it bluntly, headed to hell.

I believe the reason why many Christians don’t witness is because they don’t realize or believe the power there is in the Gospel. The Apostle Paul said, “I’m not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God unto salvation.” When we open up our mouths and preach Jesus and the Word of God, the anointing of God will come down upon people and cause deliverance and salvation. If Christians believed this more they would be out witnessing. The Apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:5 that in the last days people would have a form of godliness but deny its power. When we as Christians don’t witness because we don’t believe it will do any good, then we are denying the power of the Gospel.

We need to confess every day Luke 4:18-19 over our lives, that the Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. When we are full of God’s anointing and Holy Spirit we can’t fail. Blinders will come off the spiritual eyes of people and they will be saved, delivered and set free from any and every kind of bondage. So, like the Apostle Paul, get out there and quit being ashamed of the Gospel. Witness with confidence that there is great power in the Gospel to see the greatest harvest of souls this world has ever seen.

New-JGM Products Available Online

July 21st, 2010

Normally our blog entries consist of evangelism tips, encouragement or some other type of message to help you in your Christian walk. This entry is a departure from the normal because we want to announce that JGM products are now available online. Part of our ministry is training others in evangelism so we have created different resources to help, encourage and teach people how to do reach their world for Christ.

Our Gospel tracts and salvation bracelets can be used to reach out. Stepping Stones, our discipleship course, can be used in a Bible Study or Sunday School. How to Evangelize the Workshop is the compilation of the things God has taught Jeff Goss during the past 30 years of personal evangelism experience. His insights and stories will inspire you and give you practical training in your evangelism endeavors. The CD set and workbook can be ordered together or separately.

Take a look at what we have to offer at JGM Products Online.

Whose Job is it to Win the Lost?

July 8th, 2010

Ephesians 4:11 and 12 says, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:” Some Christians have the mentality that the pastor and the evangelist are the ones who are to win their neighborhoods, cities and countries to Jesus and that their only job is to send these ministries their money so that they would do all the witnessing and ministering. But this is far from the truth.

According to the scriptures I just quoted the purpose of the 5 fold ministry gifts is to train, build up and equip the entire body of Christ so that the individual members of His body can then go out and do the work of the ministry and win the lost to Jesus. There are certain people in the world that Billy Graham or Joyce Meyer can’t reach who will only listen to and respond to you. Only you can win them to Jesus. The late Keith Green, who had such convicting messages, said it best, God can’t cash out of state checks in heaven. In other words, God doesn’t want your money; He wants to use your giftings and anointings to minister to the lost and hurting that are in this world.

As an evangelist, I pray with hundreds of people every year to receive Jesus into their lives but that being said, this really isn’t my only purpose as an evangelist. A big part of my ministry is to exhort, stir up and train others to go out and win people to Jesus. This is why we started doing evangelism workshops several years ago. If you would like us to come to your church, youth group or Bible School to have me teach an evangelism workshop, just contact us about it at mail@jeffgossministries.org or 314-610-1835.

Sowing

June 22nd, 2010

Ecclesiastes 11:6 in the Amplified translation says, “In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening withhold not your hands, for you know not which shall prosper, whether this or that, or whether both alike will be good.”

Sowing seed into the Kingdom of God is one of the most important things we will ever do and it can take place in different forms. We sow praise and worship unto God. We sow our time, talents and service unto God and unto people. We sow money into His Kingdom. No matter what it is that we have sowed we will reap a harvest from it. For example when we sow praise and worship unto God we will reap His presence because He inhabits the praises of His people. Whatever we want out of life, we have to sow seed in faith expecting a return and a harvest on what we have sowed. If you’re a farmer and you want apples then you better sow or plant apple seeds. If you have a financial need and you need more finances then you better sow money. If you need love and friendship then you better sow love and friendliness into other people’s lives. I’ve noticed that when I have done a lot of ministry into people’s lives, then when I need ministry it seems like every time I turn around I get just the right word that I need at just the right time. Why? Because I am reaping what I have sowed. What we sow today will determine our harvest of tomorrow.

When this says in the morning sow your seed, I believe that the morning refers to doing it first, making it the top priority, Read the rest of this entry »

What are You Waiting For?

June 4th, 2010

He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow,
and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 (Amplified Version)

A lot of Christians fall into the category of observing the wind and waiting for conditions to be favorable before they evangelize when it comes to witnessing. Have any of the following excuses kept you from sharing your faith?

• Waiting until you feel like it. If you wait until your flesh feels like witnessing then you might as well be waiting for hell to freeze over or for the Kansas City Chiefs to win a Super Bowl because it aint gonna happen. Our flesh wasn’t made to do spiritual things any more than a car was made to fly. We need to make our flesh pray, read the Bible and tell others about Jesus. Once you get past the flesh and the lies of devil and begin to witness to people you will be glad that you did. Witnessing brings joy and fulfillment to us and salvation to lost and hurting souls.

• Waiting until you feel the anointing. Remember, we walk by faith and not sight or feelings. The Word of God says that if you’re saved and have received Jesus in your life then according to 1 John 2:27 you are already anointed because it says, “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you,…” So in other words you already have an anointing on you to evangelize if you are saved whether you feel the anointing or not. That anointing will come Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Observe the Wind

May 20th, 2010

Ecclesiastes 11:4 in the Amplified translation says, “He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.”

This scripture became too real to me recently in Great Bend, Kansas while I was ministering at the 3-I Farm Show with the Fellowship of Christian Farmers. On the last day of the farm show the wind was incredibly strong. It was so strong that if felt like our tent would blow over. We needed to close the flaps on the tent and put the display table inside of the tent to keep the tent and materials from blowing away.

I have to admit that I did not feel like witnessing and a big part of it was because of the fierce blowing wind which was also cold making it a miserable day weather wise. But thank God I did not observe the wind or wait for all conditions to be favorable or else I wouldn’t have witnessed because the conditions were anything but favorable. In the midst of a strong windstorm I stepped out and started ministering to 3 people and all of them prayed with me to receive Jesus. From that point on throughout the day many more prayed to receive the Lord, including 2 guys from England, one guy from Australia and Future Farmers of America kids from Great Bend and Ellinwood.

As long as we wait for conditions to be perfect we will never see very many souls saved.

Peace in the Midst of Trouble

May 4th, 2010

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33

hwy-cloudsIn this scripture Jesus talks about having peace and being of good cheer even though being in this world we will have tribulation. That tribulation can come from many places; in the workplace, in our business, with our kids and marriages, relationships with our neighbors and even through bad decisions others have made that affect us. You may be saying, how is it possible to have peace and joy in the midst of tribulation?

Well first of all Jesus starts off this verse saying, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.” In other words reading and meditating on God’s word will bring us peace in the middle of trouble and according to Joshua 1:8 Read the rest of this entry »

Listen to That Still Small Voice

April 2nd, 2010

In 1 Kings 19: 11-12 Elijah the prophet said the Lord passed by and there was a great and strong wind but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire but the Lord was not in the fire. Then there was a still small voice. In verses 15 and 16 this still small voice gave Elijah instructions on where he was to go and told him to anoint Hazel to be king over Syria and Jehu the son of Nimshi to be king over Israel. When it comes to witnessing, and in every area of life, it is so important that we learn to listen to and obey that still small voice of the Holy Spirit.

At one of our latest outreaches in Salina, Kansas I saw, as I had in times before, the importance of being led by the Holy Spirit. There were a couple of different times while I was ministering at that farm show when I was about to leave the Fellowship of Christian Farmers booth to take a break but I got a check by the Holy Spirit in my spirit to not leave. The Holy Spirit proved faithful in this because great divine appointments would follow. On one of the these occasions six Cloud County Community College students came along and I was able to pour my life into them, ministering for quite a while about how to be saved and how to live the Christian life. All six of those kids prayed with me to receive Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

Only One Thing is Needful

March 18th, 2010

bibleIn 1 Kings 19:10 it says that they have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars. In the day and age that we live in people have forsaken being in God’s Word like they should because of so many distractions in this world with too much time on the computer, texting, TV and all kinds of entertainment. If we want to have the power and anointing that Smith Wigglesworth had with people being raised from the dead and many other miracles and healings then we need to Read the rest of this entry »

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