My heart behind my ministry and this site

I sensed a call to ministry at the age of 16 at a student camp and I preached my first sermon at age 17. When I surrendered to ministry I didn’t know exactly what spiritual gift was nor my place in the body of Christ. I just knew I was called. I thought I would learn some cords on the acoustic guitar and be a worship leader even though I am tone deaf and can’t sing(my wife reminds me of this everyday). It wasn’t until my dad asked me to preach a Sunday night service on my 17th birthday that I realized that God had gifted me to proclaim the Gospel. I was so nervous I said the same phrase around 300 times: “The mountains melt like wax before the Lord!” and God still moved as people responded in brokenness during the invitation. I was confident of two things after that night: 1. God called me to preach 2. One of my spiritual gifts is evangelism. Shortly after that God began to use me in evangelistic preaching at youth rallies, revivals, D-nows, camps, and pulpit supply.  After I graduated highschool, I moved to Dallas, TX and enrolled at Criswell College. At Criswell, I studied expository preaching, evangelism, church history, and how to give an effective invitation or response time in a way that isn’t manipulative but effective. I fell deeper in love with Jesus, the Bible, evangelism, spiritual awakening, and this generation of students.

I have now been in ministry for 12 years and the majority of that time has been spent traveling and preaching the Gospel at various events and venues and seeing people respond in repentance and faith toward Jesus Christ. My heart and passion is to see people come to know Jesus Christ by understanding who He is now seated at the right hand of God in majestic power and glory as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and for them to be equipped to take the Gospel back to their families, peers, and circles of influence. I believe the only thing that can change the world is the Gospel message! There are three things I seek to do with  the ministry the Lord has entrusted me with me:

  1. Capture the imagination and hearts of this generation with the Gospel. I want to Present the Gospel with clarity, passion, conviction, and authority. We live in a generation that doesn’t understand the Gospel message and can’t articulate it. When I ask churched people and students to say the Gospel back to me they can only say it in bits and pieces. When I present the Gospel I seek to articulate who Jesus is, his life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension,His enthronement as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and that  He offers forgiveness of sins and the liberating gift of the Holy Spirit. I also stress that He offers them to be apart of something bigger than themselves through his body(the church) and the Kingdom.
  2. Preach the Bible in a way that leaves people with more of  desire for God’s Word. I seek to explain, illustrate, and apply the Scriptures verse by verse that makes a b-line to the person and work of Jesus Christ. God speaks through His Word and the Bible has so much more to say that is relevant to people’s live than I could ever come up with on my own.
  3. Give an effective invitation/response time. We live in a day where ministry leaders have gotten away from this because they have seen other ministers abuse it. I have seen and experienced that when the invitation is done right, it is a powerful tool in God’s hands. The invitation gives people an opportunity to immediately obey what the Holy Spirit is telling them to do whether it is to give their life to Jesus, confess sin, or surrender to ministry. Invitations can also encourage Christ-followers in their lives and ministry as they see the Holy Spirit working in people’s lives around them.
  4. Be a genuine and effective minister off stage. I believe the majority of ministry happens off of the stage, pulpit, or platform. The exciting part is building relationships that last a lifetime and hearing people’s stories. I pray that Jesus will fill me with His love for people everyday and show the compassion and concern that He did!

Garrett Wagoner

 

 

 

 

 

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