Tuesday, November 9, 2010

E- News for November!

Come join us at SMSU at 6:30 each Tuesday Night!

November 2- Who is Jesus? What does it mean that he is the Word?
November 9- Who is Jesus? What does it mean in the beginning?
November 16- Mission to MSU/ Uof M
November 23- Thanksgiving Break
November 30- Who is Jesus? What does it mean the Word was God?

Remember to sign up for Repent and Witness Evangelism Camp

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New Bible Study!

Starting October 19th, we will be starting a new Bible Study called "Who is Jesus, Really?". The study will be on the Gospel of John, and we will go in depth to examine the claims Jesus made about Himself.

This Bible Study is for ALL COMERS! You can be Muslim, Buddhist, Athiest, Christian, Agnostic, or worship the Flying Spaghetti monster. All you need is your questions and an honest mind that is willing to examine the claims of Jesus:

  • Did Jesus believe He was God?
  • Did Jesus only preach love and acceptance?
  • Did Jesus like religion?
  • Did Jesus really die?
  • Did Jesus really rise again?
  • Did Jesus ever exist?
  • Does Jesus live now?
  • What does Jesus expect of me?
All are welcome, and all are challenged to come. We will meet in the Student Center, upstairs at the couches.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Our Campus Tour Report!



Jesusʼ primary mission was, in His own words, “to seek and to save that which was lost”-wherever they are lost (Luke 19:10). That it is His intent for us to be just as concerned with this activity as He was is made clear by His parting words to the disciples. One weakness in our denomination in the past is that people have interpreted missions as requiring salt water. A missionary does not have to be cross cultural; a missionary can go even more effectively to his or her own home town or culture. When Jesus said go in Matthew 28:19 it is a greek word poreuō which can be interpreted in your going, go. In other words, wherever you travel you should be about the business of making disciples.

Romans 10:13-17 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The word whosoever (hos) is used to express an objective possibility.
In other words, it implies a condition which experience or results must
determine. It does not mean that if someone names the name of Jesus
they will be saved. It does not mean that if someone identifies Christ as their Savior, or if they identify as a follower of Christ, they are saved.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is inheaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we notprophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

What it does mean is that there is an objective marker that determines whether or not they are saved. The objective marker is the phrase epikaleo interpreted ʻcall uponʼ and means an action of turning to and appealing, crying out to Him. In the context of this passage, whoever turns (repents) and calls out to (appeals to) the name of the Lord, that is, the name He is known by, the proper name, the one true Lord Jesus Christ they shall be saved. They will be saved (sozo) in this context from death and judgment (as the consequences of sin). Not only that, but salvation brings in all positive blessing in the place of condemnation. Sozo, to be saved, means to save from the penalty of death and destruction and to bestow everlasting life as the result of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are brought into his family (we know Him) and we are changed, able to walk by the Spirit not by the flesh. We are no longer enslaved to sin or to death, we now have new life in Christ. We are a new creation, Godʼs workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works that God has prepared in advance for us to do.

That is the positive aspect; that whosoever calls out to the Lord Jesus
Christ in repentance and belief can be saved. Who He is, that is, believing on the the right Messiah is so important to the idea of this passage. In other words, having an incomplete understanding about who Jesus is will standin the way of a person being saved. If a person does not believe that He or she needs salvation. In other words, if a person is convinced that they are saved by good works, practicing their religion, even in working together with Christ to achieve their own salvation, they are not believing or trusting in Him fully. It is like my friends who came to visit me in Mankato this week. They knew that the flood had affected 169 between the cities and Mankato, yet they chose to drive on 169 anyway. They had a knowledge that did not change their actions, and until they experienced the real road closure first hand, they did not change their direction. They did not really believe.

In order to have a chance to believe, they must first have an opportunity to hear. People who do not know about Christ must be able to hear about Him. Today, we can hear about Him many different ways, the source of information should always be the Bible. In the context to which Paul was writing, the ONLY way that people could hear about the Lord Jesus Christ was through the preaching of the Word. Not everyone could read, they did not have the printing press, the internet, or other more advanced forms of communication. In todays’ world, this is the exception, rather than the rule. In most places today, you do not have to preach (kerusso) that is, be a herald, proclaim the Gospel on a street corner or out in a public forum. You can actually share through one to one encounters at work, school, when shopping, etc. Imagine this: In this community you can be a missionary to Wal-mart, your high school, your neighbor, SMSU, the Jail, co-workers, at the Drive thru window, your bank, and the list goes on. I believe that the primary way in which people hearand understand is through the spoken word from a trusted individual (like a friend). While sharing the Gospel verbally is the ideal, if you simply cannot speak out, you can be a tract missionary. Tracts speak 24 hours a day, never having to sleep or rest. Tracts can be reused, passed on, and they do not require an education or training. They also do not need to have a permit or get permission to speak. Tracts can go places that you are not permitted to speak out, they can get into homes of people that you do not know or will ever meet. In this way, people can hear. What I want to emphasize is that we are all called to be missionaries, and there are many ways in which we can see the great commission completed. Can you think of places that you can go that you can hand out or leave Gospel tracts?

How will they hear without a preacher? Unfortunately, today, many people have heard about Jesus, but only enough to be dangerous. When we bring the Gospel to people, we must be sure we are preaching the truth. There are many preachers out there who are presenting a false or incomplete picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. On my travels, I have heard of the Jesus who saves and forgives everybody, the Jesus who approves of continued lifestyle sin, the Jesus who is the brother of Satan, The Jesus who is not fully God. This is why it important that the preacher is sent. We ought to give sacrificially financially as a church to see to it that trained
missionaries are sent to home and to abroad. We ought to give of our time and reputation sacrificially to see to it that people around us have heard the true Gospel. And the beauty is in the feet, that is, in the going out and sending out to preach the Good News. The Gospel is the best news ever, that sinful men and women who have offended God and have sinned against His holiness can be saved by trusting in Jesus. It is a fragrant offering to God when we give of ourselves and of our finances until it hurts to see this good news spread. When we do it with joy, God is honored and He is pleased with this sacrifice.

Our responsibility as Christians is not with the result, it is with the obedience to proclaim the Gospel, to bring the good tidings. Just because people hear, that is, just because they have been given the good news, does not mean that they will respond. Now those with different theological leanings will take this truth differently. Essentially, If God does not give you ears to hear, if the god of this world (Satan) has blinded your eyes from seeing the truth, then I believe the scripture teaches that you will not respond. The responsibility is placed squarely on the individual, however. If they will not obey the Gospel, if they will not repent and call out to God for their salvation, then they cannot be saved. The indication that they have believed our report, that they have believed God, is that they would obey the Gospel.

When you are speaking to one person, others listen in. These are international students at St. Cloud State. To the right is a professor. So, true Biblical faith comes when the hearer of the Word of Christ, that is, the Gospel, responds and obeys the Gospel. There is no other
prescribed way in the scripture that God has given that people can be
saved. Good works cannot save, religion cannot save, Jesus Christ plus
___________ can not save. No, faith comes from hearing the word of
Christ. Faith means that the hearer must respond. It is not our response that saves us; it is the work of God alone. We are justified, sanctified, glorified all by the work of God. It is not our belief that saves us; it is the shed blood of Christ that pays for our sin that saves us. But we must obey the Gospel, we must call on the name of Christ. We cannot do that if we do not believe, we cannot believe if we do not hear, and people cannot hear if we will not share.

It is Godʼs grace that has saved you, and the reality of that salvation is demonstrated by the fruit that your life bears. If you truly believethat mankind is lost, and that if they die in their sins that they will go to a place called Hell, that the shed blood of Jesus Christ is the only way that sin can be atoned for, then you will share the Gospel with them so that they can have a chance to respond and be saved. Jesus Christ came to seek and to save the lost. His parting words to his disciples are His words to us, that we ought to go, that we ought to make disciples, that we ought to preach the gospel to every creature by the power of the Holy Spirit, and that we ought to teach them all that Christ has commanded us. With the command comes the promise of his presence, never leaving nor forsaking us. Will you go in His power and with his presence to a lost and dying world?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Minnesota Campus Missions Tour 2010

The week of September 27th, Change Collegiate Network SMSU and Mark 1:15 Ministries will join with Luke 10:2 Ministries on a Campus tour of the state of Minnesota. We will start out Tuesday on the campus of Minnesota State University in Mankato. There is a great courtyard area between the Student Center and the Classrooms, and hundreds of students waiting to hear the good news.

We will continue our tour Wednesday at St Cloud State University. This campus is full of young minds that are desperate for the good news of Jesus Christ.

We will start Friday off right with a tour of Northrup Mall at the University of Minnesota. We will proclaim the truth of God our Creator and Savior to science students on the mall.

Later, we will challenge the Desiring God Conference goers outside the Minneapolis Convention Center to THINK about the true Gospel Message before entering to hear Rick Warren’s keynote address. Then it will be on Downtown for the Twin’s game and the after game parties.
Saturday, we will travel back to the U of M to preach to the football fans entering TCF Stadium for the Gopher game. Later, we will return downtown for the Twins’ game. After we conclude the tour, Shawn Holes of Luke 10:2 Ministries will be presenting the message to close the 2010 Missions Emphasis at River of Life Alliance Church.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Welcome Back! And to all you new freshman....WELCOME!

CCNSMSU is a Christian Ministry on campus which exists to build up and equip Christian college students to be able to witness and share their faith with their classmates, professors, and perfect strangers!

If you want to embark on this adventure with us, an adventure where you will come out more in love with Christ, and grow deeper in your faith, meet with us THURSDAY 7:30 PM at the couches (Student Center, upstairs). We will dig into the scripture, pray, and have fellowship.

Following our fellowship, we will go to Main and College and read scripture and preach in the open air.

We hope to see you there!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Are YOU a GOOD PERSON???? Featuring Mr. Nice Guy

Take a few minutes to see if you are as nice as Mr. Nice Guy!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

HOW is CCNSMSU Different from any other Ministry on Campus?

The Lord has blessed SMSU with more than one on-campus ministry. Let the Lord lead you to which ministry you should commit to.
What makes CCN different from the other ministries?

Apologetics - n. (used with a sing. verb)
1. The branch of theology that is concerned with defending or proving the truth of Christian doctrines.
2. Formal argumentation in defense of something, such as a position or system.
CCN focuses heavily on rooting and grounding Christians in their faith, strengthening their Christian theology (study of God), and preparing them to"be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear" (1 Peter 3:15) through the use of apologetics.
In CCN meetings, we not only learn about our own faith, but we also learn about other faiths: how they are similar and how they differ. We learn how to share our faith with others intelligently and compassionately. Whether we are refuting evolution or relativism, the goal is always to bring others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through the preaching of His gospel (Mark 16:15).
Then, we all go out as a group and we put what we learn into action!

Along with Bible study and apologetics, we also enjoy group worship, prayer, special events, on and off campus fellowship.

Come out and join us as we endeavor to fulfill Mark 16:15 on campus!
Main Meetings (Worship/Word/Apologetics): Tuesdays
Prayer and Devotional Bible Studies: Thursdays 9:30am – 11:15am

See you at the family gathering!


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Summer School Bible Study/Fellowship!

Campus is now pretty empty, congratulations to the graduates!

CCNSMSU will continue to fellowship through the summer leading up to our New York trip. We will meet Tuesday evenings at 7:30 at Chisham's home for fellowship and Bible Study in preparation for Repent and Witness.

There are also several events coming up for the Summer and CCNSMSU:

Sonshine Festival- July 14-17- We will be preaching the Gospel and handing out tracts for this event. We are working on getting passes, but, if not, we will simply preach outside the event.

Lifelight- September 3-5- This is a free concert, we will be handing out tracts, doing 1:1's and preaching at the event.

Please pray about your participation in any and all upcoming events!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Day of Silence BROKEN!!

The Day of Silence (April 16th) was a planned event that turned into the Day of Proclamation on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Our college ministry, Change Collegian Network drove up to the University of Minnesota to preach the glorious Gospel to those who would be silent!

Bro. John sharing the Gospel with two Hindu Students

Mark with resident Heckler Michael Gould

Reading and Preaching Jude to those waiting at the Bus stop

We did not find much resistance at the campus, as expected. We were able to preach the Gospel in the open air as well as share in one to one conversations with several students who came around as we were preaching.

Mark sharing 1:1 with a curious Catholic

The excitement really began when we traveled down to the new Twins Stadium in Minneapolis. I was preaching on a very busy corner where we have preached before for the Timberwolves games. On this day, however, a public sidewalk became no longer a public sidewalk. I was reading from John 3 and beginning to preach when an officer approached me and said that I was not able to preach on the sidewalk because of blocking the sidewalk. I was nowhere near blocking anybody, but the seargent was insistent. I asked what law I was breaking, and he said he would figure one out. He came back and told me if I would not move, I would be cited for public nuscience. I told him that I would not move unless I could mover where there was a crowd. He did not give me that option, either move now, get a ticket, or go to jail. I told him that I insisted on a ticket. The reason I did that was to fight for the freedom of speech, I must have a ticket to prove I was prevented from exercising that right while others were given the freedom to do theirs. There were MULTIPLE people on that corner using different kinds of speech and solicitations.

What the devil would try to use for Bad, God used for Good. we were sent to a busier corner with a more static crowd. This was in front of a bar, a wicked restaurant (Hooters, what a great preaching platform!!) and where all the scalpers were. We preached there for a good two hours in front of bar patrons and people buying tickets numbered in the thousands. The scripture was read and the good news was proclaimed.

John outside of Hooters

Mark reading Romans 2

Following the game, we moved up to the bar district, where we continued to preach and read the scripture to thousands of people going back to their car or going to these bars and strip clubs. After Mark read Romans 1, I began to preach on suppression of truth and the results. Out of nowhere, a young man socked me in the jaw, knocking me off my milk crate. I told him ‘God Bless You’ as he walked away. a person who witnessed the incident came up and shook my hand. Another young man, dressed like a pimp, spoke to John about this and listened with a clear conviction as I preached. Glory to God! This was all good until an officer approached me after both John and I had preached and I was getting back up to preach and said that we could not preach on the milk crate any more. He stated we were blocking the sidewalk (we were not) and that we had to keep moving. It was then that the Gospel went mobile!

Bro. John walking in front of a Strip Club preaching!

What you must understand, dear reader, is that we are not allowed to preach in front of some of these places because of ‘harassment laws’ regarding homosexuals. But the police officer gave me a great idea. If all we have to do is keep moving, we can walk back and forth in front of these places preaching the Gospel, and the bouncers and door men could do nothing about it. It was disgusting how many people were waiting in line in front of the strip clubs and smoking outside the gay bars. But, Glory to God, these lost people got to hear the mobile Gospel! We preached the good news that God saves sinners! That there is no sin so big God cannot save you from, and no sin so small it will not be judged by a holy God! It was wonderful, reading the Word and preaching. It saved our voices, the crowds were static, and we saw some conviction as one ‘christian’ going into a strip club said it was all good, he would go in the strip club and God would forgive him. That was a powerful witnessing platform for John. he used it to preach the law and the Gospel to the whole line of people outside the strip club.

Glory to God, though we were to be hindered by the police, instead, they were used by God to spread the Gospel even more effectively. Though a young man wanted to bring harm to me, by the grace of God, it impacted at least two souls who witnessed the incident.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Reading the Scripture in the open air

CCNSMSU Member Mark DeSutter reading Matthew 26 in the open air!

Adam reading from Matthew 27!

See how easy it is? These guys both read scripture for the first time in the open air that very weekend!

Campus Leader John Chisham reading Mt 28 and Preaching the Last Words of Jesus!

Join us for the DAY OF PROCLAMATION on April 16th at the UofM campus and later at Target Field.

Monday, March 8, 2010

March Madness- Part one

Most of our friends at SMSU are at Spring break- except for the Men's Basketball team who is tearing through the competition at the NSIC Tournament!! (GO MUSTANGS!!) Anyhow, we are heading north to the Cities to preach at the State Hockey Tournament!

Schedule: Thursday March 11th

Depart Marshall at 7:00 AM
Arrive Cities 10:00 AM - Park nearby Mariucci Arena
10:00 AM-1:00 PM Preach at Consolation Round- Mariucci Arena
1:00 PM Preach at Abortuary near Campus- Recon
4:00 Supper Break- BONA
6:00 Head to St. Paul to Preach Downtown
?? Head over to John's place to sleep

Friday March 12th
7:00 AM Strategy and prayer session
8:00 AM Head to St. Paul
9:00 AM Preach at XCel Energy Center
1:00? PM (When crowds are done) Lunch @ Holy Land & Strategy for Evening
4:00 PM Head to Minneapolis- Target Center- Preach at T-Wolves Game
7:15? PM Set up outside Brass Rail- Preach
10:00? Head back to Marshall

Really begin to pray for the Souls who we will be ministering to on these days! Ask God to grant them repentance!

Friday, February 19, 2010


Join CCNSMSU for CCN Friday Nights- MARCH MADNESS editions

We will be traveling to Mineapolis via Suburban for the State Hockey and State Basketball Tournaments. We will be joined by John the Evangelist in Minneapolis to preach the Word.

March 10th- Leave at 8:30 AM from SMSU to arrive at Mariucci Arena (U of M Campus) We will preach here until 4:00, then head over to St. Paul Xcel Energy Center to preach. We will return late Friday.

March 24th- Leave at 8:30 AM from SMSU To preach at UofM Campus from 11:30-3:00 then head over to Minneapolis. We will start at the Target Center, and work our way around Downtown to preach open air and hand out tracts. We will return late Friday.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Meeting Time Change

Change SMSU will be meeting at the Couches on Tuesday Nights at 7:30 PM as a part of SUPER TUESDAY at River of Life Alliance Church.

Make sure you tell your friends and make note of the Change in time. We will be studying the Word, Praying, and sharpening our evangelism skills while we meet each week.

Our focus this semester will be "Living as a Christian while in College". We will be looking into personal discipline, holiness, purity, and of course verbal proclamation of the Gospel.

You are also invited to our Super Bowl Party, beginning Sunday Feb. 7th at 5:00 PM. Contact John for details.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Come to the 2010 Repent and Witness Evangelism Camp- New York City

If there is one place you can go this summer, you should make it the Repent and Witness Evangelism Camp. It will Run August 5th-9th, and for $299 you get lodging, breakfast daily, transportation (while there) and two other meals. In addition, you will experience urban evangelism in the city that never sleeps. You must apply right now, there are only 30 spots available. Apply at http://changeyourcampus.net/evangelismcamp.html