By Meredith Yackel
ALPHARETTA, Ga., – The Life On Mission resource suite concept, first introduced at the Southern Baptist Convention in Baltimore with a 3 Circles: Life Conversation presentation, continues to see expanding resources and influence. A Spanish version of the entire suite is now available.
“It has been a priority to provide more Spanish resources,” said NAMB’s executive director for church mobilization, Al Gilbert. “I’m thankful that we are now able to offer these evangelism tools to our Hispanic churches. It’s our prayer that pastors will use this to train their members on how to turn everyday discussions about brokenness into conversations about Christ.”
The Spanish version of the Life On Mission suite, like the English version, includes the Life On Mission book, video tutorials, a printed 3 Circles: Life Conversation Guide and a 3 Circles app that is available for both Apple and Android devices. The Life On Mission Study Guide is available from LifeWay Christian Resources.
The 3 Circles: Life Conversation Guide, developed by Jimmy Scroggins, pastor of First Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, Fla., was created to train and mobilize the Church for personal evangelism in today’s context. The tool provides a simple way for believers to effectively share the gospel through an easy circle drawing that can be done simply on a napkin. The app version is just as simple and includes Scripture references to accompany each point.
“We have been amazed at how many individuals and churches have utilized the 3 Circles since we introduced it in Baltimore,” said NAMB’s president, Kevin Ezell. “The Spanish translation means even more people can use this resource to share Christ. It works with anyone, anywhere, and we hope every Southern Baptist will learn how to use it, so they can be ready for the opportunities God brings every day.”
The Spanish edition was written in normative Spanish, leaving out any slang, to fit as many Spanish-speaking contexts as possible. The Life On Mission suite will allow the 3,000-plus Hispanic churches in North America to better engage people in relevant context to point everyday conversations towards Christ. This resource not only provides church leaders and individuals with in-depth study but also the tools to apply what they have learned to everyday life.
“We love our Hispanic pastors and churches,” said NAMB national mobilizer, Ramon Osorio. “They are just as broken as anyone. They face challenges, and then some. Their families are usually far away, which often leads to loneliness. Their lack of language skills, and other cultural barriers, makes life difficult sometimes. We want them to know the SBC can be their family in the United States.
“The gospel message is the same but the way we bring it to others has changed. The old ways have served their purpose, but to reach the next generations, it is important that our methods form to their context,” said Osorio.
Meredith Yackel writes for the North American Mission Board.
Published November 10, 2015