Archive for the 'Evangelism' Category

21
Apr
11

who is welcome here? – april 18

Reading Matthew 26 14-35

Jesus brings new meaning to the familiar story as he celebrates the passover with his disciples. A meal that focuses on God the redeemer and whose depth is all the greater through the cross of Jesus.

His blood is poured out for many – so the invitation is for those who want to celebrate God’s recdemtion to come an d take part. In recent times the place of children at communion has been much debated. But then i find myself asking, ‘who am I to decide who should come?’ – it is God’s heart that matters. Are all welcome at this table?

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12
Apr
11

pray for the persecuted – april 11

Reading Matthew 24 Highlighted Passage: 24:15-28

Jesus teaching here is some of his most chilling. For those of us who live comfortable lives it is hard to grasp their significance. Yet throughout history, people choosing to follow Jesus have faced persecution. Jesus here reminds us that the danger of being confortable is that we settle and forget that persecution is the normal state for believers

Spend time today praying for those you know where following Jesus means persecution

07
Apr
11

live the story – april 7

Reading Matthew 21 23-46, Highlighted Passage: 21:33-45

Jesus’ use of story is entirely in keeping with his culture. He uses the story today to point the finger at the rulers of the people – and they know it.

We live in a world full of stories too!. They may be more sophisticated but Hollywood trades in stories. As we think about sharing the good news with the world we need to rediscover the power of God’s story and equip people to be storytellers in their generation. After all that’s what God has invited us to do – join him in living out the story of the gospel just as Jesus did.

Will you take up the challenge?

21
Mar
11

Be dependent – march 21

Reading: Matthew 10:1-16

The sending out of the disciples is often used as a call to misssion work. But I am reminded as I read this that al of us are called to follow their example – this is not a passage for those in so called ‘full-time’ Christian work. Instead Jesus give clear instructions that show that we all need to operate in a way that means we depend on each other. That is how the disciples would survive

In a celebrity and entrepenurial culture, this challenge to simply depend on others for our basic needs of life is challenging and humbling. How dependent on others are you?

 

11
Mar
11

Come follow me – March 11

Reading: Matthew 4: Highlighted reading Matthew 4:18-25

Jesus is tempted by the devil and is able to resist: this is the ideal preparation for the start to ministry. Trusting in God rather than his own ability; obedience at the heart.

We often imagine that it is the times of blessing in life that give us strength, but again and again it is the times when life is difficult and we are tempted not to trust God that are the times of growth in our lives.

How have the times of difficulty and temptation helped you to grow in your faith? Share some stories with others

Jesus calls the first disciples to follow him to join him as he starts his ministry. Think about God’s call on your life, the first time that you responded to his call and what it means for you to follow him today. As you do pray for the people who you will meet today, that you would be able to fulfill your calling to minister Jesus to them.

10
Sep
10

Can you believe it?

I was in Tesco the other day and was amazed to see that they were already selling Christmas stock – decorations and chocolate snowmen!

Across the aisle was the bread sellng…. Hot Cross Buns

It did make me wonder what do people think about these two key Christian festivals. How much residual knowledge do they have and what re the implications for those of us who make our living trying to help others encounter the living God in the 21st Century

12
Mar
10

Lessons from Elephants and bartering for evangelism and discipleship.

Sunday was a day off – although I can’t remember the last day my day off involved getting up at 5.15am! We started at Nairobi game park – a strange juxtaposition with the skyline of Nairobi always visible wherever we were in the 120square miles of park. It felt rather like genuine Africa with Giraffe, Antelopes, Rhino and even a lion (apparently that is unusual).

 We then visited the elephant orphanage and heard about the commitment required to care for these elephants and releasing them back into the wild. The workers actually sleep in with the elephants to make sure that they get all they need 24/7. That includes feeding and warmth. I was amazed and challenged by that as I wonder if we demonstrate the same commitment to growing disciples.

 Lunch was followed by a visit to the giraffe sanctuary and then an hour at a local market. This was where I discovered how bad I am at bartering. It was intense! Taken by the hand shown what was for sale, outrageous suggestions made for the cost. Yet again I found myself wondering if in a small way the way that I seek to tell others about the good news feels like the sellers in the market. I was left dissatisfied and pressurised.

 On the journey we began to get a glimpse of the Africa that I had expected to hear. It was a great day and did at last feel as if I had seen some of the Africa that I expected.