Heart for God Philosophy

We want you to join us in spreading the Gospel. And we want you and Heart For God to be attached at the hip, because together we can be a powerful presence in the community. Please read below to know our ministry philosophy.

We are evangelists, sweeping the streets to invite everyone into a new life in Christ by sharing the Gospel, and ushering the backsliders in a return to their church. We have a simple approach. We let the Holy Spirit lead us in our conversations but generally start with a friendly greeting and two inoffensive questions. “We are out praying for people today; is there anything we could pray for you about?” Followed closely by “Do you have a Christian background?”

We are non-confrontational. Issues that have divided churches are not discussed. The gifts, saved forever or not, versions of Bibles, baptism, and other topics that have divided the Body of Christ is sent back to their church leaders (if they have a church background) or sent to the Bible (“Great reason to read it for yourself”).

We are educators. Bible studies, recovery programs, home visits. We shepherd people to other local Christian programs, and to relevant social programs. We supply Bibles, pamphlets and Christian material that will help point the way to a relationship with Jesus.

We are an equipping station. We teach Christians how to present the Gospel, how to avoid the common tripping points, and have a friendly effective conversation that will lead to a desire to pursue a relationship with Jesus.

We are a support system to the poor. Our first touch is often on the street; but the second touch can be in the home. If the Holy Spirit leads us to provide a mattress to someone sleeping on the floor, we do it. A warm sweater, a winter jacket and other necessities.

We believe most people have not been invited to know the real Jesus. First, invitations are rare—we are not an over-evangelized country! Second, the Jesus in our popular culture is secularized, distant, watered down, homogenized and mis-placed. In our post-Christian country, the Christ of the Scriptures is widely mis-understood by the public. We can safely challenge most people that they have never met the real Jesus, and be confident that if they took an honest, thoughtful look at the evidence–scriptural, logical and experiential–they would conclude they were misled by popular culture.

We believe every touch matters. Our objective is salvation for all: deep, repentant, convicted acceptance of the Lord as their savior. But we recognize that it may not happen in one conversation, or in twenty. The Holy Spirit does that work, not us. We do our best to listen to the Holy Spirit’s lead–which is often to terminate the conversation before we push too far, trusting that the next touch could be the one that encourages a serious look at Christ. [In the class, we teach four Biblical structures to guide the conversation based on the leading we sense–from a gentle ‘Come All Ye Weary’ to ‘Conviction Under The Law.’]

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”  Philippians 2:1-4

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