From Jim Broffitt

February 19, 2015 - 10:35 AM

Gather > Grow >  Go >  That is our mission; the way we become disciples; the way we make disciples.  Where are you in this process?  It is good to take inventory occasionally.  If you are reading this, you are probably a part of our fellowship and attend worship services on Sunday morning.  That’s good; you are gathering. 

Are you growing?  Is your knowledge and understanding of God’s Word increasing?  Are you building deeper relationships with people in our church?  How does this growth happen?  By participating in Sunday school, a home group, reading and studying the Bible, and prayer.  How is your growth? 

Are you going, that is, are you serving Jesus Christ?  Are you involved in a ministry in the church?  How about outside the church?  Are you helping the needy, widows, or orphans?  Are you spreading the Gospel?

 If you are having trouble answering positively to these questions, perhaps it is time to take stock and adjust your course.  My impression is that witnessing for Christ; explaining God’s plan for Salvation to lost people is where a lot of us fall down.

 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) 15  But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

We are all called to be ready to explain the hope that we have.  Why is this hard?  Fear.  We fear confrontation and not being able to answer questions. 

Confrontation does not need to happen.  If you are speaking with a friend, you can ask them to tell you about their spiritual beliefs.  Listen to what they say, and try to find topics to discuss.  For example, life after death, is salvation by works or grace, or fulfilled prophecy.  This will allow you to explain your beliefs.   As the Bible verse says, do this with gentleness and respect.  This is not confrontational.

What about not being able to answer questions?  No one has all the answers.  No matter how much we study, no matter how many Bible studies we do, we will never know it all.  However, you can prepare to answer questions.  I read a book last summer that I recommend: The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask, by Mark Mittelberg.  There are other books of this nature, but I thought this one was particularly good.  Actually, the men will begin studying this book in Sunday school in a few weeks.

I encourage all of us to grow by participating in our current church program for growth.  How do we do that? By attending Sunday school.  All are welcome, and there is room for you in these classes.