Choose2

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Choose 2 Pray for Friends' Salvation

Choose2: Commit to Pray Twice a Day

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Choose2What could God do with a passionate people? That's potential.   

According to the 2010 Annual Church Profile data reported by Illinois Baptist churches, there are 150,053 active Southern Baptists in Illinois. At the same time, here in Illinois, there are 8.2 million lost people living all around us. They change our oil. They take our money at the drive-up window. They help us find something in the hardware store. They work in the office next to us. They teach our children. They live in the house across the street. They are broken, hurting, empty, spiritually blind, lost people living without hope. They are girls and boys, moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas living without Jesus. 

What could God do with 150,000 Illinois Baptists who loved their unbelieving neighbors enough to choose to pray for them? What could God do with thousands of passionate Illinois Baptist school children praying for their classmates and teachers? That’s potential.

This is the heart of Choose2. It's every Southern Baptist in Illinois choosing to pray by name for two lost friends, neighbors, or coworkers twice a day and seeking to build a relationship with them for the sake of the Gospel. What could God do through your church? What could God do through your family? What could God do through you? That's potential.

James 4:2 says, "you have not, because you ask not." Let's ask and watch what our God can do.  Will you join me? Will you Choose2?

Tim Sadler
IBSA, Director of Evangelism and Discipleship Ministries

Choose2 Evangelistic Prayer Strategy

Learn more about Choose2 from its creator, IBSA Director of Evangelism Tim Sadler.

View this video complete with slides and notes.

Choose2: Personally evangelize your friends and family

July 2013 Bulletin InsertMore than 200 churches in Illinois, and congregations in at least 12 other states, have signed on for Choose2, a prayer evangelism strategy created by IBSA’s Tim Sadler. “I have been incredibly humbled that God would use Choose2 to this extent,” Sadler said. “To God be the glory.”

The Choose2 challenge asks participants to choose two unsaved friends or family members, and pray for them twice a day. It’s a simple way to accomplish a huge task. Learn more about Choose2 and get the July 2013 Illinois Missions bulletin insert which shares how Choose2 is helping bring people to Christ.

'Choose2' goes beyond Illinois borders

More than 200 churches in Illinois, and congregations in at least 12 other states, have signed on for Choose2, a prayer evangelism strategy created by IBSA’s Tim Sadler. Read more

Choose2 poster for church or home

Choose2 Poster
Get tips and ideas for implementing Choose2 in your church when you download and print this Choose2 color 11x17 PDF poster. Post it on your church bulletin board, hang it on your refrigerator at home, place it in your prayer journal or other place to remind you of your Choose2 commitment.

Choose2 Resources

To order Choose2 materials contact: Tim Sadler at (217) 391-3131 or TimSadler@IBSA.org or Debbie Muller at (217) 391-3126 or DebbieMuller@IBSA.org.

 

Brochures
Choose2 brochures explain the concept of Choose2 and its implementation. Free, while supplies last. Download the brochure PDF.

 

Poster
Choose2 Commitment Sunday announcement poster. Free, while supplies last.

 

Commitment Cards
Choose2 commitment cards are specially designed so individuals can record and carry the names of the two lost people they have committed to pray for twice a day. Choose2 commitment cards are also equipped with the REACH prayer outline to aid in intentional prayer time. 10¢ each.

 

Wristbands
Give every person who commits to praying for the salvation of two lost family members or friends a wristband as a visual reminder to pray. 50¢ each.

Praying churches report salvations

Karen Blan is prayer coordinator at First Baptist Church in Channahon, 50 miles southwest of Chicago. Since the beginning of this month, the church has seen 15 people make professions of faith in Christ, and several of those are the direct result of a church-wide prayer movement. Read more

Choose2: The Steps

"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you." John 15:15 ESV

Choose2 Goal: every Illinois Baptist "choosing" to pray twice daily for the salvation of two lost friends, family members, neighbors, or co-workers.

Choose2 StepsStep One: Choose two friends, family members, neighbors, or co-workers who do not have saving faith in Christ.
What criteria should my friend or neighbor meet, other than being lost? He or she should be someone with whom your life regularly intersects. It needs to be someone you work with, live near, or with whom you have frequent contact.
- People you choose could include a son or daughter; brother or sister; father or mother; your child’s school teacher, principal, or coach; the kid who mows your lawn; a waiter or waitress at a restaurant you visit often; or someone in your neighborhood.
- People you probably should not choose include those who live across the state or friends from high school you haven’t seen in years.

 Make every effort to build a deeper relationship with your Choose2 friends and neighbors.

Step Two: Commit to pray for their salvation twice a day.
Ask for God to:
- Give you an opportunity to share your faith with them. "Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ …"  Colossians 4:2-3.
- Make you bold to share your faith. "… praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak." (Ephesians 6:18-20)

Why should we pray? Our chief motivation should be born out of a genuine desire to see others saved. "Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved." (Romans 10:1). Some specific things we can pray for are that God will make them curious about spiritual things, that they will clearly grasp their need for a Savior, and that God will surround them with other witnessing Christians.

Step Three: Invite your Choose2 family and friends to at least two events at your church this year.
- Small Group or Sunday School class
- Worship Service
- Vacation Bible School
- Fall Festival
- Revival or Crusade
- Block Party

Choose2: Ideas for Implementation

Choose2Implementation Ideas for Churches
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Devote a Sunday or a series of Sundays to focus on the lostness of your community.

- Lead your church to commit not only to choosing two lost family members or friends, but also to praying for their salvation twice every day.
- Make sure church members who commit to choosing two lost people receive a Choose2 prayer reminder wristband and commitment card.
- Incorporate time to pray for Choose2 in Sunday School or small group times.

- Establish a time during the worship service to allow people to pray for their Choose2 family and friends.
- Provide quarterly evangelism training.
- Encourage your church to invite their Choose2 family and friends to your church’s attractional evangelistic events, such as Friend Day.
- Encourage church members to look for ways to serve or minister to their Choose2 family members or friends at least twice this year.  

 

Implementation Ideas for Parents
- Lead your family to choose another family, then invite them to dinner at your house twice this year.
- Make Choose2 part of your daily family prayer time.

- Teach your children to pray evangelistically for their friends.

- Choose other parents whose children play with yours or participate in school activities together.

 

Implementation Ideas for Students
- Choose a classmate or a friend from your bus stop.
- Choose a kid from your neighborhood with whom you play.
- Choose a teacher, coach, or professor.
- Invite your friend to IBSA’s Youth Encounter (IBSA’s winter evangelistic conference), your church’s DNOW (student discipleship weekend retreat), or Super Summer (IBSA’s week-long summer camp).
- Invite your friend to your youth group’s Bible Study time.
- College students can invite lost friends to at least two BCM meetings this year.

 

What Should I Do When One of My Choose2 Family Members or Friends Trusts Christ as Their Savior?
- Rejoice! Then begin to walk the journey of faith with them.
- Encourage them to profess their faith publicly through believer’s baptism.
- Give them a sincere invitation to your church and Bible study group.
- Seek to meet weekly or bi-monthly with them outside of church services to disciple them.
- Lead them to Choose2.
- Don’t feel like you’re finished! Choose another lost family member, friend, or associate to pray for twice a day for his or her salvation!

Tim Sadler

TIMSADLER1Director, Evangelism, Discipleship, Student and Men's Ministries
Church Strengthening Team
(217) 391-3131
TimSadler@IBSA.org

Debbie Muller

Debbie MullerMinistry Assistant
Church Strengthening Team
(217) 391-3126
DebbieMuller@IBSA.org

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