It does not take theological education, endless bible knowlege or elequence to know that someone has 'been with Jesus' all Peter and John had was faith and courage in their conviction which was plainly obviouse to those they come into contact with.
Monday's study tells us
The early movement to follow Jesus seems to have gained momentum through social networking in the Capernaum and Bethsaida areas. Notice that Philip does not argue when Nathanael has doubts that the Messiah would come from a small, insignificant, rural village. He just issues a simple invitation, “Come and see.”
The older generation in our churches circle of friends are very quite small primarily consisting of family and close friends, the younger generation today however has a wealth of social networking including the use of Facebook, Twitter, Beebo etc, while their social structure might be less face to face and more virtual, it presents a unique opportunity for personal evangelism. Something we need to tap into more.
In tuesdays lesson we see that 'God does not call the qualified but he qualifies the called'.
Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper, David had an affair, Noah got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer, Gideon was insecure, Miriam was a gossiper, Martha was a worrier, Thomas was a doubter, Sara was impatient, Elijah was moody, Moses stuttered, Zaccheus was short, Abraham was old, and Lazarus was dead..Now, what's YOUR excuse? Can God use you or not? -God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the CALLED!
He knew us from the very moment we were formed and knew our potential
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HILTON KATEBE on May 7, 2012 at 8:26 am said:
human abilities are different from the power of the Holy Spirit, we are vessels whom the Spirit can use to reach out to our fellow man to effect spiritual change and conviction. By faithful obedience, the holy spirit can turn us into a sanctuary from which spiritual blessings flow to others. Never resist Him, obey him, wait for results.
A short while ago, I asked the Wycombe Community Sabbath School Teachers class to provide some input based on what they will be teaching the following week. For this weeks study, they have provided the following:
1. What should a person who has been with Jesus be like? What did John and Peters relationship with Jesus enable them to do?
2. Personal Application: How does your presence: the way you talk, act, and treat people reveal your relationship with God? Are there things that could be improved? Share your thoughts.
3. Why did Andrew first seek out his brother to bring him to Jesus rather than someone else?
4. Personal Application: Is it easier to share the gospel and personal testimony with those close to you or with strangers?
1) How much sacrifice would it take on your part to be a better witness to those around you?
5. How important is it as a Christian to watch what we say and guard our tongues?
6. One of your neighbours states, How do you deal with church members that state that they don’t have to give Bible studies or share their faith by word; all they need to do is live a good Christian life and that is their witness? How do you respond to your neighbour?
7. What is the best balance between sowing and reaping that will help the church prosper and grow along with its members?
8. Personal Application: How are you involved in the sowing and reaping process in your church? How can you be more involved?.
Some people, however, feel a sense of inadequacy when it comes to sharing their faith. They think they aren’t formally trained or educated enough. Many feel they aren’t holy enough, intimidated by their moral failures and frightened of offending someone and scaring people away.
It’s better to step out in faith and risk doing something wrong than succeeding at doing nothing. Jesus sent His followers out to witness. After a number of successful missionary tours, they came back to report that even demons were subject to them. They also healed the sick and performed all kinds of other miracles.
Remarkably, it was after these successful episodes that the disciples argued arrogantly amongst themselves about which of them was greatest. It was after this that Peter denied Christ.
Even after 3-½ years, Christ told Peter, “When you’re converted,” future tense, “strengthen the brethren” (Luke 22:32). These men were not yet thoroughly converted, but the Lord still used them in reaching others because working for the salvation of the lost is integral to our own conversion process.
If we wait until we feel we are holy enough, we’ll never be ready. Instead, we need to walk in the ways of Christ as we learn and share our victories. Christ’s power is never more available than to those who are willing to be His witnesses.
So not only is it important to follow a correct sequence when evangelising and witnessing but it is also of benefit to the person carrying out the action, no matter what stage they are at as it allows the HS to directly influence their spiritual growth. Nice, nice.
Jesus made a statement that is often quoted: "One sows and another reaps", our church generally puts a lot of emphasis on reaping (baptisms/numbers/growth) but today's study points out that without the sowing, there would be no reaping so we have a lot of other churches to be thankful for their sowing that enables our reaping.
As individuals, we do need to get into the habit of sowing as this allows us to grow, if we concentrated on reaping only our growth can be stunted, do you agree or not?
both are important, although personal spiritual relationship (not prep) is where God can use you the best. You may not know all the texts of the bible, but the Holy Spirit is what connects you to another person.
We all know the verse "Go ye therefore.........." so its our duty as Christians to tell the world, as Adventists, our unique message to the world is the three angels message and off course we would find it easier to talk about that to other christians who already has an understanding of the gospel. The thing is, there are so many out there who haven't heard the gospel, even our neighbours we see everyday, the gospel need to go to them even before the truth of the sabbath and the 3 angels message.
Our personal evangelism should at its basic introduce non-christians/unchurched to Jesus, once they have met Him, then we are to support them as they grow and learn more of the truths in the Bible. I think sometimes we as a church spend so much time on the latter that we've forgotten about the former.
But when opportunities arise I believe we should still witness to other denominations as well as the unchurched. God seems to have place christians from other demomination in my path to witness to about the Sabbath, this week a penticostal, last week a group of Catholics girls and today an old friend from the Baptist Church. We can find common ground in Christ and go from there not to mention friendships that can be formed. Personally I have found Christians from sunday churches a blessing and very encouraging and on fire for the Lord.