Issue Number Five

Don's Schedule
Please pray for these ministry opportunities.
  • Apr. 1921
    Raleigh Ave. Baptist Church
    Homewood, AL (suburb of Birmingham)

  • Apr. 2627
    Toledo Reformed Theological Conference
    Emmanuel Baptist Church
    Toledo, OH

  • Apr. 28
    Cornerstone Baptist Church
    Roseville, MI

  • Apr. 30May 2
    The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    Louisville, KY

  • May 1 (6:00 p.m.)
    Highview Baptist Church
    Louisville, KY 40228

  • May 36
    DeHaven Baptist Church
    LaGrange, KY 40031

  • May 810
    Little Lost River Bible Church
    Howe, Idaho

  • May 2022
    Arkansas Baptist Collegiate Ministers’ Retreat
    Ouachita Baptist University
    Arkadelphia, AR

  • May 31June 2
    Kingston Alliance Church
    Kingston, NY

  • June 68
    Antioch Bible Baptist Church Men's Retreat
    Gladstone, MO

  • June 9
    Heritage Baptist Church
    Lee's Summit, MO

  • June 16
    Grace Baptist Church
    Carlisle, PA 17013

  • June 1721
    Reformed Baptist Family Conference
    Mt. Bethel, PA

  • June 2122
    Stephen Olford Institute of Preaching and Church Leadership
    Cambridge, ON Canada

Sample Chapters
by Don Whitney

Why I Am A Baptistnew
from Why I Am A Baptist

Do You Thirst for God?
from Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health

Silence and Solitude
from Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

Why Join a Church?
from Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church

A Spiritual MindSet
from How Can I Be Sure I'm A Christian?

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Anyone—regardless of age, church experience, or Bible knowledge—who has understood the Gospel well enough to believe it should be able to communicate the Gospel to others. Otherwise how can we be assured that they have understood it well enough to believe it themselves? Having gone through the experience of hearing the Gospel, comprehending its implications, and responding to it with repentance and faith, they should be able to describe that message and response (on their own age and theological level, of course) to someone else.

For example, if someone explains to me "the message" of changing a tire, and I go through the experience of changing a tire, I should be able to relate the essence of that message to you when you have a flat, even if I don't know the precise terms of components like "jack," "wheel cover," and "lug nut." If I am unable to tell you the basics of changing a tire, you have a right to question whether I've really been through the experience myself. That's why it looks darkly on the experience of any professing Christian who maintains that he does not know enough to speak to someone about the salvation of their soul.

I'm convinced that many true Christians doubt their ability to verbalize the gospel because after their conversion they were never asked, in the words of 1 Peter 3:15, to "give an account of the hope that is in" them. From the very beginning of their own relationship with Him they've never had to talk to anyone about knowing Christ, so now they've come to believe they can't.

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For the past several years, people in our church have hosted home evangelism meetings. They invite neighbors, coworkers, and friends into their home for the expressed purpose of hearing a guest talk about Jesus Christ and SDCLanswering their questions about Christianity and the Bible. The hosts may not feel confident about their ability to articulate the gospel, especially to groups of people, but by serving through hospitality, they are providing an opportunity for evangelism by someone whose strength is a verbal presentation of the gospel. By opening their home and working with another believer, evangelism takes place that wouldn't have happened otherwise. But this kind of evangelistic serving still requires as much discipline as any other. It still requires the discipline to put the date on the calendar, to invite the people, to cook the meal, to pray for the gathering, and so on. Without such discipline, evangelistic serving never happens.

[Taken from page 110 of Don's book, Spiritual Disciplines For the Christian Life. Read a chapter from this book]

Talk to your pastor or another church leader about hosting a home evangelism meeting where you can assist in a gospel witness even though you may not be the mouthpiece. Invite guests who have questions about God, Christianity, and the Bible to come and ask their questions of a "Bible expert." Tell them that the speaker will first give an overview of the Bible as a platform for questions, then they can ask any and all sincere questions. I've met many who feel incapable of speaking in such a meeting but are willing to open their homes for one.

[Taken from page 101 of Don's book, Spiritual Disciplines within the Church. Read a chapter from this book.]

If you'd like more of the practical details about home evangelism meetings and an example of a brochure (in Microsoft Word document form) to be used as an invitation, click here. If you'd like to read more about how Don conducts these in local churches, click here to go to the Conference Topics page and scroll down to "Home Evangelism Meetings."

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Family News and Notes
  • Springtime in the Heartland. With a few days to the opposite extreme, overall we've had an unusually warm spring in Kansas City. We're catching up a bit on the drought, too, as a few long, drippy rains have come at helpful intervals. The front lawn is as thick and lush as it's ever been, but there's a picnic table-sized patch in the back where the grass died last fall, and though I've worked it hard there's nothing but dirt there still. We lost only a few very small limbs during the January ice storm that reportedly damaged 75% of the trees in the KC area, so the branches are leafing out well. Caffy has cleaned out her flowerbeds, potted a few geraniums in baskets around the front and back doors, and is making her plans for the summer splendor of petunias. But the great issue causing consternation on the gardening front has to do with the best way to replace the deteriorating flower boxes on the front of the house.

  • Laurelen's extra curricular activities lately have included a regional piano competition at the University of Arkansas, soccer, and softball. The piano competition was the first time she's participated in anything like that. She didn't make the finals (to the credit of some phenomenal young pianists there from several states), but she was poised and composed, and we thought she did very well. Our friend Janet McClurg has been giving her guitar lessons since she and Andy moved to Kansas City in January. Her soccer season ended April 20. Now Dad is looking forward to her starting in a real American sport with the beginning of her first year of softball in May. Laurelen enjoys a monthly "American Girls' Night" at Barnes & Noble as much as anything. Twenty to thirty girls bring their American Girls dolls and hear stories, make crafts, and engage in other fun activities well-planned by our local store.

  • Ecclesiastes 12:12 testimony: (1) A few months ago, NavPress surprised me with their desire to combine Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life and Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health into one volume for their new "Value Line" series. They launched the Value Line in March with four books, each of which contained two books by the authors (the other authors were Jerry Bridges, Richard A. Swenson, and Larry Crabb). My main concern had to do with the impact this new product might have on the "real" books. NavPress is convinced that these Value Line editions will generally reach a different market than the "real" books. As I noted above, they think that the lower quality/lower price aspects will appeal primary to overseas markets and quantity giveaway situations. (2) At this writing I've completed about ten of the ninety (yes, ninety) two-page chapters for my current book project, Simplify Your Spiritual Life. As you think of me, please pray for my timely completion of this work. Specifically, I'd be grateful if you'd pray that I'd finish at least fifteen chapters by April 30 and another twenty-five in May.

  • What's the family reading now? We're about to turn the last page on a couple of quaint books from the 19th century, The Lamplighter and Cabin on the Prairie. Laurelen so enjoyed the Little House on the Prairie series that we read together that she has started back through it on her own. She's about through the third volume and simultaneously has started (and thinks very interesting) the first of the eight volumes written about Laura & Almonzo's years in Missouri. Caffy is still savoring the long, Pulitzer Prize winning biography of John Adams by David McCullough, and sometimes mixes in the diary of Mary Chestnut or a couple of other books.

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