"Our job is to make people stop and think"

MISSION IS GOD MOVING.  That was the opening sentence of The 2012, an initiative set up by the Diocese of London to encourage a new generation to share the gospel with people. Now I’d been to many a talk on sharing God’s word, noting Bible verses to learn and gaining leaflets I could pass on, however as I sat and listened to what Dan Strange and Jago Wynne had to say, I was engrossed in their clear delivery of the word.

“Because God so loved the world that he gave his only son.” We have a generous God who loves to give and if we know the gospel we should want to share it.

The whole idea of the morning was to split it up into three. Know, Live, and then Share the gospel.

Dan Strange spoke of the radical self deception of the world, each person turning a good thing into a God thing and the distress Paul felt when he wrote how the people had turned from God to worship idols. When in our conversations with others, Dan said, you have to address where on the A-Z of God knowledge they’re are at. It may be difficult if someone had ‘A’ amount of knowledge of the gospel to then preach it all at them, at contrasted with ‘T’ amount might need to search out what it is they know first. The importance of asking questions seemed so simple and yet so vital in really ascertaining where they really were.

Acts 17 v24-28 puts it great as Paul questions What God do you believe in? Then he describes his:

For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things…that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.

Dan expressed in his talk, that we now live in a world where Bible knowledge is becoming less frequent meaning that our conversations with people need “A big run up to sharing the  message of Jesus.”The Gospel message is a contradiction of the world, as people try to get water from cracked pots- that is they try to get happiness from things that are very short term. Jeremiah 2 v 12-13 puts it simply,

“My people…
they’ve walked out on me, the fountain
Of fresh flowing waters, and then dug cisterns—
cisterns that leak, cisterns that are no better than sieves.”

So we need to be ready to give a reason for the hope we have- reaching people in many different styles- creative ways of using our gifts to show this “ fresh flowing water of Jesus” is way better than any leaky cistern. Asking questions, finding out who they depend on. I don’t think I’d ever thought of evangelism as starting with listening before!

It was such an enriching seminar that strove to encourage people to share the word, when all eyes will be on London for the Olympics. That is why The2012 has been created. Do click here to find out more about it, maybe support them by prayer as we look towards a mass gathering happening at St Pauls on 24th April.

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