The Good News of Jesus Christ changes everything – it gives us purpose, direction, significance and a vision for our life that is simply amazing. Jesus sends us out to ‘share his hope with all’ that they too may experience the life-transforming grace of Jesus Christ who calls us into a personal relationship with him as we journey along life’s way. That’s where you come in!
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The LIFE challenge is a personal evangelism strategy which recognises that people come to Jesus, one life at a time. Every day you mix and interact with people who don’t yet know the life that Jesus gives. Let God lead you down the road, as he led Philip to the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-40), to get alongside someone who is looking for ‘Good News’ in their life. It may be a work colleague, someone you see every day; it could be a family that you socialise with. So pray for your workplaces, your friends, the people you see day by day to see where God is leading you.
Listen prayerfully in the conversations that you have with that person. What are their hurts, their fears, their struggles? Where do they need help to keep their life balanced? As you hear those needs, pray for those needs/concerns/joys that come up promptings’ that we sense in our hearts and minds. Pray for your work places, your social gatherings that God would lead you to the person or family.
Jesus says, ‘I send you.’ God in his wisdom invites each one of us to partner in his work and invest our time, our effort into the lives of the person or family that need to know the love of Jesus Christ. So set aside time, invite them around for a meal, share life together and see what God does as you get to know the person on a deeper level.
This is a journey, So be in it for the long haul. People don’t care what you know until they know you care. Be a part of their lives, invite them to share your family moments. Support them in difficult times, Laugh with them in the happy times. Watch the friendship grow! Invite other friends from Church around for a meal so your new friends get to meet other Church people. Research shows that 90-95% of people come to know Jesus Christ through family or friends.
When the time is right, extend an invitation to them to join your LifeGroup or invite the family to Kids Church or the Family Fun Day we hold. Then as you sense the Spirit’s prompting, extend an invitation to join you for worship. God’s grace is overwhelming and his promises is that whenever is Word goes out, it won’t return empty (Isaiah 55:11).
Who is God calling you to LIVE, SHARE and GROW his love with this year?
Grab your card from one of the LifeWay worship centres. Keep it in your wallet, on your fridge, in your car and think about how God may be using you to bring a L.I.F.E. that never ends.
LifeWay, we know that there is a season for everything. The season for saying goodbye to Pastor David and Barb is beginning. Pastor David has made the call to retire and his final service will be on Sunday 23rd July, 2.30pm at the Wollongong Church. Please pray for Pastor David and Barb as they begin this transition phase of their lives…and if you were going to invite them around for dinner, the time to act is NOW!
Like it or not, life is an education. We choose to learn from it or we bury our heads in the sand, telling ourselves that we know all we need to know. Learning can be fun and a blessed relief as we gird ourselves with the knowledge and skills to avert future catastrophes. It can also be an uncomfortable struggle with the reality of our own shortcomings. The story of the children of Israel is an opportunity for us to learn from other people’s mistakes and from the life-changing power of God’s grace in their lives. It’s a chance to shortcut our learning journey and make important detours around potential disasters on the road ahead. Journey with us on a Journey of Promise as we follow God’s leading to the promised land. Begins June 4.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! We have more than reached our goal, with $12,480 raised for the projects in Cambodia.
There are two projects that the MT 2023 team will be involved in:
- Building a garden and pergola area for the students at the local school together with students and staff at the Middle School.
- Building the first stage of a building for LifeWay Cambodia. Pastor Vibol is generously donating land he has bought so we can build a presence in the community. So we are looking to build an 11mX7m room as well as a toilet to run the computer classes, training and gather people in the community for worship.
Any further donations will go towards Vibol’s salary and ministry needs which is getting low, so any help you can give is greatly appreciated.
You can donate at https://lifeway.net.au/give - Choose LifeWay Cambodia – Church plant from the list of causes.