The reports of the summer Soul Survivor youth outreach events in England have been quite positive. The Soul Survivor Director and event host, Mike Pilavachi, summed it up:
“Once again we have been humbled by how God has met with us and moved among us as we’ve gathered to worship him. He note how powerfully God has been working in the lives of youth:
Mike noted how the opinions of hardened and staunch atheists had been transformed: “One of the highlights has been seeing so many come to faith and hearing their stories. One youth leader told me he’d brought seven staunch atheists to Soul Survivor, four of whom gave their lives to Jesus before the end of the week, and the other three had totally changed their opinions about God."
Mike also noted how it was the experience of God's presence that was a key factor: “God spoke to us in the main meetings and seminars, and met with us in profound ways as worshipped him and prayed for one another. We’re already looking forward to what God will do among us next year.”
Staunch atheists will often be converted through empirical experiences. Intellectual atheists will often discount the empirical aspect of salvation and empirical aspects of experiencing God's presence, but, nonetheless, personal testimonies outline how this is definitely a phenomenon that former atheists will acknowledge as powerful. Jeremiah 29.13 says, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Understanding God is not just a matter of the mind, but also a matter of the heart. In fact, many would claim that "the heart of the matter is the matter of the heart." These are reasons why personal testimonies will remain important aspects of evangelism.
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