The theme for our Foursquare Canada Pastor’s Convention this year is Square One: Jesus our Saviour. If you know anything about the Foursquare Gospel Church, you know it’s all about Jesus – celebrating and declaring Jesus as our Saviour, Healer, Baptizer in the Holy Spirit, and Soon Coming King. This year, we’re ‘going back to square one’ and focusing on Jesus the Saviour – the one who came to seek and save the lost.
In our first plenary session this morning, our speaker was Andy Steiger, the director of Apologetics Canada. He talked about how Lee Stroble said that 60-90% of young people are leaving the church, and how we as the church should respond to that. His message included “Five questions you should be able to answer”:
- What is the meaning of life?
- Does God exist?
- Why is there evil?
- Do all religions lead to God?
- Is there life after death?
One of the things he shared with our leaders was that God calls all of us to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15), and that Christianity has a robust, intellectual tradition of deep thinkers. I liked that statement.
Here’s one of the video clips he shared with us:
In our second plenary session this morning, our speaker was David Macfarlane, the director of National Initiatives for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada. He shared with us about an upcoming outreach initiative called ‘My Hope” that’s being launched across the nation this fall. David is a dynamic communicator, and one of my favourite quotes by him this morning was: “The fish that got away don’t count.” In other words, it’s not our job just to ‘catch fish’ (lead people to Jesus) – but it’s to disciple them.
Here’s the promo for My Hope – I encourage you to check it out!
One of the things I’ve really enjoyed at this convention is the great worship, led by Corey Klassen. It’s so refreshing to encounter the presence of the Lord in worship!
In tonight’s plenary session, David Macfarlane was speaking again, this time on the topic of “Giving the Gospel Away.” Sharing the story of Jesus and the woman at the well in John Chapter Four, he highlighted verse 35 which says, “Open your eyes and LOOK at the fields. They are RIPE for HARVEST.” Amen!
My prayer is that the Lord would stir up all of us with a vision and a passion for the ripe and ready harvest of lost souls… the many people in the world who are without peace and hope in this world because they are without Jesus. Let’s give them the Gospel!
Pastor Chris Jordan