November 19, 2021 - Page 8

Reaching Business Leaders
8 SWORD OF THE LORD November 19 , 2021

Reaching Business Leaders

It is commonly believed that as people age their hearts are less open to the Gospel . Even though most conversions occur during youth , adult men and women can also make decisions after their teen years .
Every soul saved is a miracle and in no way should we ever diminish the importance of a child - hood conversion , but we should not avoid seeking the conversion of adults .
Sometimes adults can be reached through their children . Conducting activities geared toward young people is an important aspect of starting a church . Adults are needed to support the church and to serve in leadership roles . It is crucial to reach adults in the early part of a new church .
Though a difficult task , it is possible to reach them . One of the difficulties of reaching adults is that during the week they are at work all day and when they return home from work they are busy preparing and eating dinner .
If they have children , they may be helping them with homework or spending time with them . That leaves Saturday as a better day to go soul winning in order to find some people home .
One way to find people during the workweek is to visit them at work . Business owners will usually give you a tour of their businesses and some businesses will allow you to visit their laborers during the workday .
By going to your town hall or county seat , you can meet and get to know key people . The president of the bank and the chief loan officer will be happy to meet with you and becoming acquainted with these people can pay great dividends in the future .
In some parts of the county people work second-shift jobs and if you can find out their hours , you may find them at home during the day . Doctors , nurses , firemen , police officers and EMT ’ s likewise work odd hours and often they are available in the mornings or afternoons .
Another suggestion is to talk to people who are shopping , walking or working out . There are some individuals that are off on Monday rather than Saturday , which gives you an opportunity to visit them during the day . Individuals who are retired are flexible most of the time to entertain a visit . Starting a church is similar to starting a bus route . Visiting new people weekly and developing a relationship with them will pay great dividends . You may be able to develop a Bible study during the day with some of these people and develop an even closer rela - tionship with them .
It is difficult to reach adults if you simply go out for two hours per week while they are at work . It is not easy to win adults to the Lord , get them baptized and teach them basic discipleship . Don ’ t underestimate the power to reach adults if you make it a point of emphasis . You tend to get what you go after and if you don ’ t go after adults you won ’ t get them .
Gear your ministry to reaching adults . If you have adults , you will have leaders and givers to support the church . If you have only children with no parents , it will take many years to solidify the church .
Reaching adults directly or through their children is necessary if the church is to become strong .

God ’ s Glad Man

As Billy Bray lay dying in the year 1868 , a fellow Cornishman asked him if he feared what lay ahead .
Billy sat bolt upright . “ Glory !” he said . “ Me fear death ? Me lost ? Why , my Saviour conquered death . If I were to go down to Hell , I would shout , ‘ Glory , glory !’ unto my blessed Jesus until I made the bottomless pit ring again , and that miserable old Satan would say , ‘ Billy , Billy , this is no place for thee ; get thee back .’ Then up to Heaven I would go , shouting , ‘ Glory , glory , praise the Lord !’”
And with that , the King ’ s son ( as he called himself ) went Home .
God can use weak vessels in marvelous ways . Billy was weak until Christ made him strong . For forty-five years his Christian walk was so happy , so bright , so trusting , so sunshiny — despite a pitiful edu - cation and the grinding poverty of the coal mines — that people the world over have been stirred by his life story .
Oh , he had a rough beginning , this quaint Billy . He was born in 1794 , at Twelveheads , a village of a few thatched cottages near Truro , the county seat of Cornwall . His pious father died when Billy was quite young , and he was reared by his Methodist grandfather , who had been converted under John Wesley .
At the age of seventeen , Billy went off to Devonshire , where he found work and began a life that was as filled with drink and de - bauchery as the skimpy wages and long hours of those days would permit .
He married a girl known to us only as “ Joey .” Working in a Devon - shire mine , he made for the beer shop every night until his wife came to fetch him home .
He was nearly killed in a mine accident and had another narrow escape from death when a pilfered horse fell on him during a drunken night ride . “ The Lord was good to me when I was a servant of the Devil ,” he later said . “ I knew that I sinned against light and knowledge and I never got drunk without being condemned for it .”
Then came a crisis in his life . At the age of twenty-nine , a piece of Christian literature — a volume entitled Visions of Heaven and Hell by John Bunyan — came into his hands . From the time of that reading , he had a strong desire to be a better man .
He asked his wife about the Christian life she had once pro - fessed . Her reply was , “ No tongue could express what they enjoy who serve the Lord .”
“ Why don ’ t you begin again and show me how ?” he asked . But she didn ’ t .
About three o ’ clock one raw morning Billy awoke and realized that if he waited for his wife , he might never be saved . He jumped out of bed and got on his knees for the first time . He asked Christ to enter his heart .
Then the struggle of the new life began as temptations mounted . The Devil tempted him several days later to believe he would never find mercy , “ But I told him , ‘ Thou art a liar , Devil ,’ and I felt the weight gone from my mind .”
That night after much prayer Billy said , “ Lord , Thou hast said , ‘ They that seek shall find , and to
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