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

Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship - Apologetic Report
We caught the vision of ABWE to fulfill the Great Commission by multiplying leaders, churches, and mission movements among every people. We just weren’t sure how our work at the school would fulfill this vision. God made it clear that he would use this compassion ministry to develop leaders....

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​“I have more in common with my Muslim neighbors than I have in common with most of my unbelieving American neighbors.” That was what one American Christian remarked during one of our recent ABWE training seminars teaching Christians in the U.S. to build redemptive...

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​“I have more in common with my Muslim neighbors than I have in common with most of my unbelieving American neighbors.” That was what one American Christian remarked during one of our recent ABWE training seminars teaching Christians in the U.S. to build redemptive...

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Spiritually speaking, I was lost, full of doubt, and just generally uneasy about my life. I had always considered myself to be an agnostic but had a sense, from time to time, that something was missing. When my high school friend Keith died, I just didn’t know what to do. The anger I felt...

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Getting to know a person is like peeling an onion. It’s a natural thing that we do most anytime we converse at length with a person we encounter for the first time. “Where do you live?” “Where do you work?” “Are you married?” “Do you and your...

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“Ogres are like onions!” Or so says Shrek, the animated fantasy-comedy character in the popular DreamWorks movies. Hey, Shrek – Guess what! Humans are like onions too. We all have layers. And the key to knowing another person’s worldview – what he or she believes down...

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As Christians, we are all called to be evangelists and to share the good news of salvation with our family, friends, and coworkers. The Easter season is the ideal time since the resurrection is the foundation of our faith. Learn how can you explain the meaning of Easter to a non-believer!

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Wondering how you can you teach the resurrection to kids in a fun and creative way this Easter season? After all, the meaning of Easter is an important part of passing along the Christian faith. We've listed out some engaging activities to help you successfully teach the resurrection to children...

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In the North America “Leave it to Beaver” world of the 1950s, it was just assumed that all the neighbors were church-going folks who took their kids to Sunday school where they were taught Bible stories and memorized the ten commandments and the Golden Rule. While that was an...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 23:39

Hope, Even in Hospice

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A Grandmother Shares God’s Story of Hope as She Faces Death As I’m currently in hospice care, it is vitally important to me that my grandchildren, other family members and friends, and hospice care workers know about heaven and how to go there. Here’s my story:

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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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