But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Apologetic Report - Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship
The gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed within pluralistic societies—it’s not a new phenomenon. But for many churches in North America, it’s a new challenge. The apostles Peter and Paul faced this challenge and there are lessons we can learn from their experiences. For many...

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KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNN) -- Bhutanese refugees began arriving in the United States on Tuesday (3.25.08), the first wave of what the United Nations describes as one of the world's largest resettlement efforts. The U.S. has offered to resettle 60,000 of the estimated 107,000 Bhutanese refugees of...

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Imagine a phone call with a lot of static (“noise”) on the line—so much that you are only understanding part of what you hear. That’s what the gospel of Jesus Christ can sound like to people whose worldviews are strongly influenced by non-Biblical belief systems. We call...

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How quickly should we encourage an unbeliever to make a faith response to trust Jesus as Savior? In our initial evangelistic contact with this person? Or, should we wait until we have had multiple opportunities to explain truths related to the gospel? The Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship...

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Lea, a former Catholic, was saved in a local church plant in The Philippines after hearing “The Story of Hope” (the Gospel Story from Genesis to Revelation). Mitch, a member of the church invited her to attend TSOH Bible teaching during Sunday School. She was excited to return to her...

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A lot of people who understand the gospel of Jesus Christ are not receptive to it—not open to embracing it. And many who do not understand the gospel clearly are very receptive to it—are eager to know more, with an openness to possibly embracing it. Only God knows the human heart....

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How clearly and completely do they understand the gospel of Jesus Christ? Only God knows for sure where an unbeliever is in his/her understanding of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. But as we share the good news of His salvation with unbelievers, it is important that we try to assess how much...

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​The “parable of the sower” might be better called “the parable of the soils.” After all, the different qualities of the soils are the focus of the parable. A wide variety of opinions are held regarding the four types of soil in the parable. For example: Do they...

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"Lea, how long have you been attending our church?” missionary Steve Deal asked. "Since Lesson 7," came the reply from this young mother of a three-year-old girl. She was referring to "The Story of Hope" lessons which Mitch has been teaching.

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A visual model that illustrates how Good Soil E&D training and resources are related to core Biblical concepts.

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While many pastors and leaders would say that evangelism and discipleship are indispensable in the church, few could articulate their plan for the same. In the introduction to this blog series, the author reveals the truths that many have never been discipled and most aren’t involved in...

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Thursday, 01 September 2016 08:36

Just Between Us

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Pastor Pete discovers that his missionary friend, Jerry, is involved in first, second, and third level discipleship as he develops leaders for his church plant and beyond. Surprised, he asks what it all means. Jerry then explains how he make disciples through “on-the-job training” which...

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Thursday, 01 September 2016 08:32

Getting the Deacons on Board

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Pete, convinced that he should be discipling leaders, wants to get the deacons on board. So he takes them through an interactive Bible study to help them understand not only that they be making disciples, but also the purpose(s) behind disciple-making.

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Thursday, 01 September 2016 08:27

I Need Some Help

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Although Pete and the leadership of the church are convinced they need to make disciples, they are struggling with how. On a visit to Italy, Jerry’s field of service, he learns that Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship could help. Pete is skeptical at first, but learns that Good Soil is...

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Thursday, 01 September 2016 08:24

Checking It Out

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To a still skeptical Pete, Jerry tells some of Good Soil E&D’s history, including what led to its beginnings. He then goes on to share some research done in three different venues. The research and anecdotal evidence show that the training Good Soil does and the resources they provide...

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Thursday, 01 September 2016 08:11

So What?

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This concluding article of the series summarizes Pete’s journey toward understanding discipleship and making it a priority in his own life. His thinking and praxis are challenged and he responds.

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Wednesday, 03 February 2016 12:40

A Life Story from Saigon

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​How do you share the gospel with someone who doesn't even know what a Bible is? Steve Deal, missionary and founder of Asian Children's Foundation, Inc., has been able to use the resources he learned about, while attending a Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship seminar, to share the gospel...

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In a small village in Togo, Africa, three missionaries have been burdened to see the villagers come to know the Lord as their personal Savior. On Sunday afternoons, these three missionaries would visit the village to lead Bible studies. The gentleman would meet with the adults and use The Story...

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Joseph Blasko and his wife, Bangee, teach at a Christian School is Greater Manila. God has gifted them and is using them greatly at the school. About a year ago they participated in a Good Soil Seminar led by Ariel Abadiano, Good Soil Director for the Philippines. That's when God began to use them...

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From a Good Soil friend: “I bought the Chronological Bridge to Life cards for myself and my two daughters. Little did I know just how handy and wonderful those cards would be! Every morning we give a young man a ride to school. One day I pulled out the ChronoBridge cards and told them to have...

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015 12:53

Fearful to Faithful

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The people of Papua New Guinea live with intense fear, but the Gospel has a way of changing that! ABWE missionaries to Papua New Guinea have used "The Story of Hope" to help a man named Rusta, a former criminal, go from being fearful to faithful.

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A story from Chris, mother of an ABWE missionary... When my daughter was home recently, she left one of the Good Soil brochures for me to give to our pastor. When I gave it to him, he started looking through it quickly and said, "Is there anything in here on evangelism?" "Yes, right here! The...

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After the service, Moriah met the pastor in the lobby of the church. She said, "I enjoyed your church today. But I need to let you know I don't believe the same as you do. I'm looking to become a Wiccan. That's the way for me."

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Haiti is a land where so many are blinded by false and dark religions such as voodoo or distortions of Christianity. Good Soil trainer Fred Seiferth recently traveled there with Pastor Mike Vauters to lead a Good Soil seminar for 45 Haitian pastors. These pastors were extremely hungry to learn how...

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For the past several years I have been praying about starting a Bible study at the Union Mission using The Story Of Hope materials, but couldn’t figure out how to accomplish this since the men are typically at the mission for only 30 days. After meeting with the Chaplain, he was very...

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