Lost saved during Southwestern concert series
On May 14, Southwestern hosted a concert for the Christian band For King & Country in MacGorman Chapel. During the planning stages of this event, Southwestern personnel wanted to ensure that the Gospel would be clearly communicated to all the attendees and that they would be given a chance to respond. The band agreed, ending the concert with a clear Gospel presentation and then directing anyone who would like to respond to visit the prayer rooms in either the northwest or northeast corner of the chapel where Southwestern personnel were stationed. Multiple people visited these prayer rooms, and three of them ultimately decided to begin a personal relationship with Christ.
One of the prayer rooms was manned by Matt Queen, L.R. Scarborough Chair of Evangelism (“Chair of Fire”), and Master of Divinity student Stephen Palmer. Queen spoke with two women, Emily and Brenda, who indicated that they needed to know Christ. Residents of Houston, they explained that they had not planned on attending the concert until earlier that day. Brenda said “something told her” that she had to go to the concert, so she invited her friend Emily to drive from Houston to Fort Worth in order to attend.
“During the concert, the Holy Spirit convicted them both of their need for Christ,” Queen says. “They both indicated to me that they had a church background but hadn’t ever received Christ. So, I shared the Gospel with them, and they both said that they wanted to receive Christ.”
As they bowed their heads to pray, Emily said, “Dear God, I am a sinner. You know about the drugs, you know about the fornication, you know about the adultery. I want you to forgive me of my sins because I finally realize that Jesus died to pay the penalty for my sins. Forgive me, Lord.” Brenda then prayed a similar prayer.
Queen and Palmer proceeded to instruct them in follow-up discipleship and assured them that they would arrange for someone in Houston to contact them. Queen has since contacted Ben Flanagan, a Master of Divinity student on staff at Second Baptist Church in Houston. Flanagan got in touch with Emily, and she and Brenda attended church the following Sunday. Second Baptist is now following up with them, and Queen says they expect Emily and Brenda to be baptized soon.
As Emily and Brenda experienced their spiritual rebirth in one prayer room, in the other prayer room, a 9-year-old boy named Caleb did the same. Dean of Students Kyle Walker spoke with Caleb, asking him about the Gospel presentation he had just heard at the concert. As Walker recalls, Caleb understood the message of the Gospel and eagerly wanted to trust Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
“Therefore,” Walker says, “we both knelt down together, and I led Caleb in prayer as he confessed his sin and asked Jesus Christ to save him. Caleb and I then told his mother and grandmother [who had come with him to the prayer room] about the decision he had just made. They were overjoyed, to say the least.”
Walker and Caleb then exchanged contact information, and Walker encouraged him to take the next steps of finding a good church, seeking baptism, and daily spending time in God’s Word and in prayer. In retrospect, Walker says, “It was the best ending to a concert that I could imagine!”