Mission Spot: Bec invites her friend

One way to give praise and pray for God’s mission is to see how He is actively using us to share his good news to others. Read below to find out who Bec invited and how.

Bec

I heard that you recently asked Carly to church. How do you know her?

She is Sam’s best friend’s wife. We catch up once in a while, like every few months usually when there is a big event on. She has a two year old daughter.

What does she think about Christianity?

When she was at uni she knew a lot of Christian friends but her impression was that they went to church only to make friends. She doesn’t think you need to be a Christian to be a good person.

She has been to church and have heard the gospel before. She doesn’t understand how Christ came and died for us, so she doesn’t really understand and believe it.

Her best friend is a committed Christian but she only goes to church to listen to the sermon and then leaves straight after. Her impression of her is that they are really good and they are not there to socialise.

What made you decide to invite her?

I’ve invited her to church a few times but she always had an excuse not to come. One time at a dinner, around two years ago, we started talking about Christianity. I wasn’t confident enough to answer her so I asked her to come to church as someone else would be able to answer her questions.

We caught up again and I decided to try again and ask her to come last Sunday.

How did you go about asking her?

Just the other day we went for a walk with her and her daughter. I asked what she was doing on Sunday and if she wanted to come to church. She said yes, maybe. She could never make it to the evening service but may be able to make it to the morning service.

She couldn’t make it last Sunday because her husband was sick but she said she will come in 2 weeks time after her daughter’s birthday.

I also mentioned about Sunday school for her daughter.

What can we pray for yourself and Carly?

Pray that I can be a good example as a Christian. Pray that she will see what it means to be a Christian and what it means to go to church, that it’s not for socialising (like her friend’s at uni) and its to have fellowship (unlike her best friend).

Pray that Carly and myself can keep in touch and try meet up more often. Her daughter goes to childcare at Macquarie so she is always around my area.

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Happy Easter!

For someone who doesn’t know much about Christianity it’s unbelievable how we could be happy about someone dying on a cross. But we can! As we were reminded on Sunday the event didn’t just stop at the crucifixion, the death of Jesus on the cross, but he rose from the dead so that all those who believe and trust in him may also share in this eternal life. May we continue to reflect upon this truth and not let the “cares and riches and pleasures of life” (Luke 9:14) distract us from this hope of eternal life.

Upcoming Easter

Easter is just around the corner… everyone is buying and giving out chocolate eggs, the easter bunny has hopped into every supermarket and corner stores. Perhaps you wondered how all these things fit in, my colleague found a possible answer: http://www.jesusandmo.net/2009/03/27/eggs/.

easter

It is a sad fact that over decades the important story and true meaning of Easter has been hidden below the festival holidays and trifles that our society has embraced. Lets pray that people will see the importance of the Cross for their salvation this long weekend. Please remember our friends and family that we would like to share the gospel with this year, see Prayer List.

Table Talk – Sparking Curiosity

Pizza @ WB

Nilansh, Lex, Renate, Bungie, Mel, Ming, Phil, Quy

Introducing to you the WorkBuddies… as you can see we are well concerned about our diet. Friday Pizzas is the most fun and relaxing part of the week; when everybody can really hang up their keyboards or headsets and just talk about anything and everything.

Typically after Friday lunch we’d leave the table feeling satisfied, not only with a tummy full of fattening and unhealthy food but with yet another interesting and engaging fact. O, the many things we’ve learnt about bikes, places around the world, house of representatives, mountain climbing, 4wd, more bikes, sports, and on and on…

But for the last few weeks religion has been the most interesting topic. Thanks to a scientific-minded person who likes to point out that there is no physical evidence that shows proof of the existence of God… not yet anyway. For him and others who don’t believe in the bible, it is a great leap of faith to put all their trust in the one person in history who claims to be the Son of God.

It is, however, this gospel which sparks curiosity and fuels the debate about God and other religions. How can the bible be reliable when there is so much inconsistencies, or when it has passed through so many hands and translations? Don’t all religion point to the same God anyway? Isn’t religion just a vivid imagination of man’s quest to find a God?

There is no magic on how to bring up such topic. Deep inside each of us there is an incurable ‘spirituality’. However, it isn’t a topic of conversation that can be introduced easily but it takes just one person to put forth their view or belief and everyone would be engaged.

An effective way to open doors for opportunity to talk about the gospel is not to defend or attack but to show meekness. What has meekness got to do with sharing the gospel? Meekness will help you hear and understand the other person and their belief. Meekness will help you be a good witness. Meekness will help you trust in God in your conversation. By doing this you may have more opportunity to continue the conversation. If you want to find out more about meekness read Blessed are the Meek – John Piper.

Frequently, when we are asked about our faith in Christ, we tend to talk of the gospel rather than what the gospel says. The difference seems subtle but in a conversation, speaking of the gospel would be like raising some certain facts about the history of the gospel and its authors, the bible and how it’s the word of God, and other evidences that may prove the gospel is reliable. The question asked normally puts us into such position and it is sometimes difficult to talk about what the gospel says about Jesus. But you don’t have to. It may not always be in that conversation that you have to share the gospel, so instead, listen and understand the person first and most importantly pray for that person for the next conversation.

After a conversation you can follow up by pointing them to other resources. At our work, one book that seemed to have sparked some interests was a book called “If I were God, I’d make myself clearer” by John Dickson. It is a short book and its intention is to get people who asks similar questions to the title, to look deeper into the different religions and see how Christianity is unique. Well, the book did just that for a colleague and is wanting to read a few more books on this matter. In fact, it was so effective that it caught onto two other colleagues, simply by how “interesting” he found it. This must be the grace of God.

There is no one effective way or one effective tool that will bring a person to Christ. As Rev Michael Bennett writes in Christianity Explained.

“There must be the backing of prayer, and a genuine concern for the state of people around us who are living without Christ. Unless we have the compassionate heart of an evangelist, any tool such as [Christianity Explained] will just be wasted ink!”

The same can be said for our words and our efforts. So let’s first seek the glory of God’s kingdom first, have the heart to see the lost saved, and pray for those around us.


God’s Good News

We have learnt so far about what it means to grow in Christ, individually and together in fellowship. In our last study we learnt about another growth and it is the growth of the gospel. The gospel is all about God’s good news. We read:

To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27 (ESV)

God wants the world to know about Jesus Christ. This was the mystery that was hidden for thousands of years since the day he made the promise to Abraham. Now we see Christ fulfill this promise by being our hope of glory through his death and resurrection for us, blessing all those in the world who believe and trust him as the King.

If we heard and believed this good news, and it is good because it is saves life, then it should be natural to share this news with those who haven’t heard it. But we must remember that it is God’s news and it is God who chooses whom to reveal this mystery to. So when we tell the gospel, why not always ask God to reveal Jesus to those we want to evangelise. Let’s pray “that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ” and “that [we] may make it clear, which is how [we] ought to speak” Colossians 4:3-4 (ESV).

Even if we are not evangelising, by being wise in our life, in our behaviour and attitude, and simply by being real and humble servants of Christ, we can make opportunity for non-believers to see and ask about about Christ.

Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Colossians 4:5-6 (ESV)

When our friends asks us to participate in something that we clearly know is not right, why not make a stand, be different and when the opportunity arises explain it. If you get into a conversation on a topic that deals with moral values, why not try go deeper and explain the reasons for your values. If your friends or colleagues or family does not know that you are Christian, why not start telling them. You could tell them when they ask about your weekend.

Let’s encourage each other to continue sharing the good news. Remember that we are not alone, God is with us every step of the way.

Table Talk – Defending the Gospel

Table Talk

Over the past month God has graciously given me the opportunity to participate in discussions on the topic of God and religion during our Friday pizza lunch at my work. Praise God for this.

There were a few things that I have learnt so far from my discussions around the pizza table. I learnt that it is not that helpful and it does not benefit the person you are debating with to simply argue against their claims or to defend your Christian belief. For the conversation would simply just go around and around in circles as each person has it’s own beliefs which they will not easily move away from. I’ve been meditating on this verse lately:

I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. ” Luke 10:21-22

What we should remember is that God has actually hidden the truth about himself and Jesus from the wise and understanding. The only way to know the truth is to be like little children, to humble ourselves and to depend on God’s grace to let us know him and believe in Jesus Christ, rather than trying to seek God through the wisdom of this world, trying to find God on our own.

This is a great reminder for us on how we should approach our discussions with our non-Christians, such as Atheists who will use the evidence of this world to say there is no proof there is a God, or for other Theists believing that other religions or other way points to a particular God. The only way anyone can know God is if the Son decides whether this person will know God or not. So let us continue to pray not for good articulation and wisdom to come up with compelling arguments but to pray for the Holy Spirit to open up the eyes of our friend or family so they may see the truth found in the gospel. The first step is to pray for that person that God will reveal himself to him. The second step is to read the bible together to know who God is. The rest is up to God’s grace.

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