FENTON, MI – I am looking forward to our time together at the annual meeting of the Convention of Michigan November 7-8 at Middlebelt Baptist Church. We are launching an evangelism strategy called “Mi Moment.” It is all about believers sharing life’s greatest moment. We use Mi because it refers to Michigan Baptist believers sharing their moment of trusting Christ. “Mi Moment” equips followers of Jesus to talk naturally about their faith using three simple tools:
One Story: People share stories everyday about what is happening in their lives all over Michigan. Some are about great moments of celebration. Others are about brokenness and tragedy. As people share the many moments in their lives, we have an opening as believers to share our greatest moment - the moment we trusted in Christ as our Lord and the difference He makes in our lives. Since it’s our story, we are the experts. We can speak with confidence, authority, and assurance knowing that God is pleased when we talk about Him. We can also know that God is at work in the life of the person to whom we are talking, and He brings people into our path with whom we are uniquely wired to connect.
One Verse: MI-Moment uses one verse from the Bible to share the Gospel. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). This verse is easy to remember and helps us share the Gospel message. Wages, sin, and death paint a dramatically different picture than gift, God, and eternal life. The difference between living in one reality or the other is Jesus Christ and our relationship to Him. It’s a vivid contrast, and only Jesus can move us from the one reality to the other as we commit our lives to Him as our Savior and Lord.
One Illustration: Michigan is known for its two peninsulas, and the Mackinaw Bridge that unites them. The peninsulas are completely separated from each other by two of the largest lakes in the world. It’s impossible to go from the Lower to the Upper Peninsula by land from anywhere inside the state. It takes the five mile long Mackinac Bridge to unite them. This unique Michigan reality can be used as a powerful illustration to show Jesus is the bridge between man and God.
Look for more information about this exciting resource at our annual meeting. We will be sharing the presentation, the learning materials, and encouraging one another to share their mi-moment with the people in their lives.
For more information, visit bscm.org/mimoment.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mike Durbin is the State Evangelism Director for the Baptist State Convention of Michigan. Before joining the state convention staff, Mike served as Church Planting Catalyst and Director of Missions in Metro Detroit since 2007. He also has served as a pastor and bi-vocational pastor in Michigan, as well as International Missionary to Brazil.