There are only three weeks left until Explore: a sceptic’s guide to Jesus. This is our weekend of events (11-14 July) with Glen Scrivener to help us all make Jesus known here in Birmingham. Feeling nervous? Me too! It can be a pretty daunting thing to talk to our friends and neighbours about Jesus and invite them to something at church. What will they say? What will they think of us? How can we make the most of it and not miss the opportunity?
First of all, remember why we put on events like this. As Christians we have come to realise that Jesus is the King and Saviour of the world. In Acts 4:12 we read that “Salvation is found in no-one else.” This means the only way for any of our friends and neighbours and colleagues to enjoy life with God forever, and to avoid paying the penalty for their sin, is to put their trust in Jesus. So this really is a matter of life and death. Can you imagine what your friends and colleagues would say to you when they are facing God on judgement day and you never told them how to be forgiven? I can’t bear to think about it!
Secondly, remember that God has poured his Holy Spirit into our hearts to help us. The Holy Spirit has power to create life out of nothing, and power to give life to dead bodies. He can change the very hardest heart, and the most hostile of our colleagues. He also helps us speak when we feel awkward and embarrassed. He gives birth to new believers whenever he wants through ordinary Christians like us speaking about Jesus.
Thirdly, remember that it is God himself who is building his church and bringing people to Jesus. He loves to use people like you and me to grow his church. God will keep on doing his work with or without us – but what a privilege to serve the King of kings and the Maker of everything.
Please keep praying for the different events, for your friends, and get inviting!
Yours warmly, in Christ
Andy Martin (Associate Minister)