ACC Championship Outreach Report

Saturday was a very big day for Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium, as the city hosted the ACC Championship game between the Clemson Tigers and the Virginia Tech Hokies.

This was a great opportunity for proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with thousands of people present.  We handed out hundreds of tracts, and engaged in several personal conversations regarding the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

At these type of events, the majority of the crowd is not only there to watch the football game, but also to tailgate and drink lots of beer. This was my first football outreach and I have never experienced anything like this. It really crushed my heart to see many professing Christians claiming Christ while being intoxicated.

I spoke to this one young man, who professed Christ while he was carrying a case of beer (half of it was already gone) and he could barely even pronounce a single word. Upon asking this man were he would spend eternity, he said “Heaven, because I asked Jesus into my heart”.  He proceeded to tell me that we are all sinners, and that his drunkenness was not a big deal.  I told him that 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says:

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

After this, he walked away.  He didn’t want to hear anything and he was not sorrowful over his sin.  He was excusing his lifestyle so that he could go on living in his sin. True repentance is being sorrowful to God over your sin, and true sorrow will forsake that sin. 2 Corinthians 7:9-11:

Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

Jesus gives us a harsh warning in Matthew 7:21-23.  He knew that many people would profess Him as their Lord and Savior, but continue on living a sinful lifestyle:

many will say Lord, Lord, but I will say depart from Me, you worker of iniquity

I pray if you have not repented (turn from sin), and surrendered your life to Jesus Christ, that you do so now.  Perhaps you might listen to this message to examine yourself.  We are never guaranteed a tomorrow, today is the day of salvation. If you are a Christian I encourage you to read the book of 1 John, which is a series of tests so that we may know that you have eternal life.

Blessings in Christ, Shawn

One Response to “ACC Championship Outreach Report”
  1. Brian Ottinger says:

    Praise the Lord for your faithfulness brother. Praying the man referred to would take heed to the Biblical Truth. It’s sad that so many people have accepted “Christ in their heart” as an eternal insurance plan, but haven’t had anyone disciple them to understand Biblical Repentance and True Biblical Saving Faith. Thanks again for you and the saints that took His Gospel to the streets on this occasion. Thanks again also for your brotherhood and fellowship. Stay encouraged brother. For His Glory!

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