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For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…

– Romans 1:16

There is a call to all followers of Jesus—Go and make disciples. It is the mission of every Christian and every church. Westwind has been a part of that mission for the last eight years and is calling its worshiping community to reignite a passion for lost people.

The Harvest Project is a six-week catalyst to help people share the love of Jesus to a lost world. Using connection groups and weekly updates our desire is to equip our people to:

  • Understand the gospel story
  • See their personal story within it
  • Share it with another person

It is our sincerest hope that you would prayerfully consider joining us as we have the heart of Christ for lost people.

So, Westwind is asking you to:

  1. Identify 2 non-believing people in your life and begin praying for them (Prayer)
  2. Invite them to a connection group outing and/or a Westwind Church Sunday celebration service (Care)
  3. Have a spiritual conversation with them, sharing your God-story (Share)
  4. Invite them to have a personal relationship with Christ (Dare)

“The way you store up treasure in heaven is by investing in getting people there”

-Rick Waren

 

Help them call on Him...

But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him?

Help them believe...

And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him?

Help them hear...

And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?

Join the harvest! Let us encourage and equip you to reach the lost people of Des Moines.

Click here to listen to a message from Pastor Brandon about our call to the Great Commission.

What would it mean to you if the people you are praying for came to know Christ?

Week 1

Welcome to the Harvest Project!  We are so excited that you have taken this step in faith and believe that God is about to do some incredible things in you and through you as you walk through each week.

Session 1 takes our attention from ourselves and leans into the story of God.  This is where it all began, how it changed, and how it ends.  This story is where our story is birthed from and lived in.  We have to start with God, connect with God and end with God in our storyline.

So as you begin this journey in the Harvest Project, and as you begin to learn how to share your story, let’s start at the beginning, with what God has done, is doing and will do.  Take a moment before you dive into the video link and study guide link below and simply pray.  Ask God to bring life to His story of the creation, the fall, the redemption and the restoration to you this week.

There are many great things ahead, and we are excited that you are on this journey with us!

Week 2

Dear Harvest Project Participants,

Welcome to Session 2!  As we now have a foundation understanding of God’s greater story of the Gospel, we now get to move in to seeing how our story is a part of God’s great story of the Gospel.  It is amazing to see how the Lord will take the mess of us, and craft a beautiful story that unfold his power, grace and glory in unbelievable ways.  Before you dive into this weeks study, we want to encourage you to take just a few minutes to read and reflect on the compilation of Scripture below.  As you complete that time of reflection jump into this session starting with the video introduction and then move on into the study guide!

Let these scriptures wash over your mind and heart as you prepare to think about how your story fits into the big God story.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:13-16). “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:13-14). Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God (John 1:12-13). I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you (John 15:15). 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir (Galatians 4:6-7). For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12). 

Week 3

Welcome to Session 3 of the Harvest Project.  We believe the Lord is already doing incredible things in your life and through your life both as you pray for your 2, and as you dig into the journey of learning how to tell the Gospel story and your own.  Each session takes us a little bit deeper into both understanding the Gospel and understanding how our story is so powerfully weaved together with the Gospel.  Each session leads us to a greater understanding of how God will use our stories, all unique and powerful, to be a significant part in shaping someone else’s story.
This session, we dive in deep to our own belief of the Gospel.  Knowing the Gospel story and our own is only but one step, believing it, truly believing it, is quite another.
In Mark 9, Mark writes about an interaction between a disbelieving crowd, and a broken man desperate for hope, and life for his son trapped in a tragic condition.  Jesus calls out to the crowd “how can you still not believe?”  Imagine walking with Jesus, following him around and watching him perform miracle after miracle after miracle, and hearing more powerful teaching that is so clear, so authoritative than anything you have ever heard…and yet, still saying to yourself, “ya, I’m not quite so sure just yet…I don’t know.”  It seems ludicrous to us now, knowing the full story.  Yet, is it really that much of a stretch?  Do we truly believe what we know and have seen?  The father in Mark 9 makes a powerful statement to Jesus upon Jesus asking if he believed.  His simple and yet deeply powerful response, “I do believe.  Help me overcome my unbelief.”
Today as you begin your journey into session 3, take some time and think through areas in your life that you may not be strong in your belief in who Jesus is, or maybe what He has done, or even, what He can do.  Then submit that to the Lord, and offer the same simple and deeply powerful prayer “Jesus, I do believe.  Help me overcome my unbelief.”

Week 4

Welcome to Session 4 of the Harvest Project.  We are beginning to lean deeper into those coming conversations with the two people we have been praying for.  For some, you may have already had the opportunities to see those conversations begin.  Maybe you have even seen the fruit of the conversations and prayers and your friends have made a decision to join you at church or even make a decision to follow Jesus.  No matter where in the journey you are, God is at work, and He has great things ahead as we continue to be obedient with the call to share the Gospel to our lost world.

This week we will be focusing on the topic of Gospel and Mission, and how the Gospel is both at work in us and through us.  Following from last week, we spend time in the areas of unbelief that we have in our lives, as we strive to know God and see God know in the world around us.
As you begin your study through Session 4, take time to review where we have come from starting back into session 1.  Take a review of the Gospel story, spend time with the Lord reflecting on His story in your life, offer up again any areas of unbelief you may have in your own life and reflect on Psalm 98, and then begin your journey by watching Session 4 Intro Video.

Week 5

At this phase in the Harvest Project you have identified your 2, you have received some great material and hopefully had some fruitful discussions about what the Gospel is, and why it is the cornerstone to not only our beliefs and faith, but the answer to the desperation of our world.  This week you will dive into the practical “how to” in the conversation, probably something you have been waiting for.

If you are reading this, you have already made some decision that it’s time to follow Christ with what He has asked of me, and how He is growing my heart.  The tough next step is to actually…take the next step.  In Acts 22:10, Paul is sharing with the elders his experience in this spot.  He presents a powerful question to Jesus, one from a place of fear; “I asked, ‘What should I do, Lord?”  Paul was afraid because of who he used to be and that those he would go to would reject him, and in his case very potentially kill him.  Jesus’ response was simple;  “And the Lord told me, ‘Get up and go…”  Get up and GO Paul!  In Paul’s situation as you read on, the Lord sent him not who he was expecting, but instead to those who were desperate for the Gospel message.  And after a time being fed and taught by the disciples, Paul obediently went…and you know the rest of the story (if you don’t start with the book of Acts and work your way through the New Testament…it’s a great story!)

As you begin this week, the question is not should you go, because God has already commanded us to go (Matt. 28).  The question is will you make that step of faith to GO.  Before you watch this weeks video with Greg Koukl, take a few moments and commit to the Lord your obedient response of “I’ll go,” and prepare your heart for what you will learn in how to go.