Saturday, January 31, 2015

Evangelism Help – “The Right Question Gets the Right Answer”

And a man was there whose hand was withered. And they questioned Jesus, asking, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?" - so that they might accuse Him. Matthew 12:10

Jesus heals a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath day. (Matthew 12:1-14, Mark 3:1-6, Luke 6:1-11): Slide 9

Asking the wrong question will always get you the wrong answer. Guaranteed! The Pharisees were not interested in knowing the truth when they questioned Jesus. They wanted to expose His faults and turn people away from Him.

How many times have you heard this question, "Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?" This presumes the goodness of man, when in fact he is by nature selfish and self-centered. The Scriptures teach the opposite: "Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; as it is written, 'There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one'" (Romans 3:9-12). Of course the devil appeals to our pride and wants us to think we are basically good, so that we will try to do good deeds and work our way into heaven. Impossible!

If it is true "there is none who does good," then it is remarkable that a holy, just God would do anything good for bad people. Instead of asking about "good people" suffering unjustly, we should be asking, "Why does a holy God make good things happen to evil people-like us?"

It was God's love that motivated Him to send His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place, with our sin, for our good! Ask the right questions, and you will find the right answers.

Steve Scott Nelson

Friday, January 16, 2015

Nelson Newsletter–January 2015

Faithwalkers Conference, Dec 27-30, 2014. God did answer your prayers for the 683 people at our conference in Asheville. Our house church was refreshed by God’s love for the world and motivated to continue the work of evangelism and discipleship right here in Atlanta. Steve and Brian Bridgeman enjoyed teaming up to speak on, “The Comparison Trap,” and Steve’s seminar (photo below), “Lifestyle Evangelism,” had an overflow crowd. What a joy to see a room filled with folks eager to be more effective ambassadors for Christ! Listen to any of the teachings using this link: or this one, for Steve’s seminar.


Parenting Seminar Danelle and I were invited to Jacksonville, Florida to teach a seminar on parenting on February 21st. Most of the Florida Great Commission churches will attend, so we appreciate your prayers for our preparation, that God would bring everyone He wants to attend, and that they would have teachable hearts.

Family Update Our tribe continues to increase. Presently we have 11 grandchildren and are expecting 3 more this year. Our family is praising God! Maria is due in May, Whitney in June, and Amanda in July. (Amanda’s recent sonogram below) Danelle and I are considering buying a hotel so that we can host our future family gatherings. Smile


Financial Support Thanks to all of you who sent year end gifts for our ministry, as well as to each of you who give monthly to our work. We are asking God to continue to expand our influence in 2015 here in Atlanta, as well as with the churches in the southeast and overseas. As always, you may send gifts to the address below, or give online using the GCM website. Know that your gifts and prayers are vital to this mission and greatly appreciated!

Prayer Requests 1. Parenting Seminar Feb 21. Pray for our preparation, & for God to meet needs of the attendees. 2. Grandchildren. Please pray for healthy babies, safe deliveries, and for all our grandchildren to come to know and love Jesus Christ!

With Christ’s love,

Steve and Danelle

Great Commission Ministries, , 11002 Lake Hart Drive, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32832 Our personal website:

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Steve’s Testimony in Japanese



私はかつてサッカーをするために生きていました! それはとてもエキサイティングで、止まることなくプレーが進む、私がとても得意とするスポーツでした! 1970年代、私はジョージア州アトランタで高校時代ともにプレーしたチームメートたちを追い、クレムソン大学 (Clemson University) へと進学しました。私の最も仲良しな友達たちがそのチームにいたのです。私は自分が描いていた夢の中を歩んでいました。しかし、そのとき何かが私の生活の中で欠けていて、私はそれが何なのか認識できませんでした。

私は大きな期待を持ってその年を迎えました。しかしすぐに、来る日も来る日もベンチに座って友達らがプレーする姿をただ見ているという状況に気づき、その期待は間もなく崩れ去り、焼け落ちてしまいました。神様が私の注意を引くためにこの機会を用いておられるとは、知りもしませんでした。その頃の私は自分でも驚くほどに、コーチに向かっては怒り、またチームメートに対しては嫉妬の念に駆られていました。反対に、私がプレーする機会を得たときには、結局それは1年生のときたった一度しか訪れませんでしたが、とても幸せな気分になりました。なぜ、私の感情は自分の置かれた状況のためにこうも激しく揺さぶられていたのでしょうか? それは、私が自分自身の神だったからです! 物事が思い通りにいったとき、自分の欲しいものを手にしたとき、私は幸せでした。物事が思い通りにならないとき、私は怒り、落ち込み、そして他の人を妬みました。この自己中心性を聖書は罪と呼んでいるのです。そして、この罪が私を神から、そして本当のいのちから離れさせていたのです。私はこの自己本位からの自由と、結果として生じる罪の意識が、イエス・キリストを通してのみ来るものだということに気づきました。


イエス・キリストは、40年以上にわたって私の期待を遥かに超えてこられました! 彼は私に、自分以上に他人を愛する力を与えて下さいました。そして私は、いま自分が死んだとき天国に行くことを知っています。


Steve S. Nelson