~ SHARING OURSELVES and OUR FAITH ~
Jesus invites you to COME to HIM, and He commands you to GO with HIM.
Personal Ministries encourages you to take Him up on both offers!
Our aim is to build a continuous discipleship cycle as a norm and culture, and day-to-day way of life in our churches.
Speaking of the believers after the day of Pentecost.
“One interest prevailed. One object swallowed up all others. All hearts beat in harmony. The only ambition of the believers was to reveal the likeness of Christ’s character, and to labor for the enlargement of His kingdom.
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How We COME to HIM And GO with HIM
We want to grow in a knowledge of God’s Word and what He wants to do in and through us. What does it take to grow? A connection with Jesus Christ.
John 15:4 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing.”
From that personal experience with Him, He then invites us to worship Him. Authentic worship of God is a way of life that flows from a deep sense of gratitude.
John 4:24 “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
This includes regular attendance at church, prayer meeting, small group fellowship etc – wherever His people meet with intent to learn of Him. We also worship Him by being faithful in our giving tithe and offerings. True worship even incorporates a level of concern of our environment etc.
Desire of Ages p668 “All true obedience comes from the heart. It was heart work with Christ. And if we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses. The will, refined and sanctified, will find its highest delight in doing His service.”
Serving others in the home and church through practical ways. As we use these capacities, we’ll also have a growing desire to love and serve within the body of faith.
Galatians 6:10 “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
This can include contributing or leading in a small group, serving in a church role or ministry, involvement in Sabbath School, caring for one another’s needs and serving in the home setting. Jesus taught, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35 There are many ways we can show love for one another.
Now all of this is designed to prepare us to share with others who don’t know God. Discipleship is the lifelong journey where we come to Christ and nurture others in the community of faith and go with Christ into the harvest sharing what He has done for us with the community at large.
Steps to Christ p80 “If you will go to work as Christ designs that His disciples shall, and win souls for Him, you will feel the need of a deeper experience and a greater knowledge in divine things, and will hunger and thirst after righteousness. You will plead with God, and your faith will be strengthened, and your soul will drink deeper drafts at the well of salvation.”
As we begin labouring for others, we need to take time to genuinely connect with them the same way Jesus has with us. This is why it is imperative to “come” before we “go”. We learn how to “go with Him” into the harvest field as a result of coming to Him when we enter into a personal relationship with Him as a result of the gospel.
Ministry of Healing, p. 143
“Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, “Follow Me.”
Many people today are hardened to the gospel and the message of Jesus Christ, and their hearts need tender care in opening up to Him. In preparing their heart, we get to know people and make friends of them. This is with genuine desire to be better in their life, show Christ’s love and serve their needs.
There are multitudes of ways to show kindness, build friendship and express love. Here are a few:
- Smile and speak kindly to everyone.
- Give a bag of groceries
- Bake a loaf of bread and give it to a neighbour.
- Carry a meal to a sick person or an elderly person.
- Visit the sick or shut-ins.
- Do laundry for the sick.
- Clean house for the sick or shut-ins.
- Help someone pay their bills.
- Speak an encouraging word in person or on the phone.
- Go on an errand for a neighbour.
- Help someone fix their car.
- Offer to babysit for a family.
You can also invite people out for dinner, to a musical concert or to an outing with you or your family. Health programs are another great way to invest in bettering people’s lives, and it mirrors Christ’s own healing ministry (which incidentally is where that last quote from Ellen White came from). In going with Him, Jesus will guide you to genuinely care for others, meet their felt needs and provide an opportunity to plant the gospel seed.
Be intentional. Do not be afraid to share what you believe… Remember, “every time” is an opportunity time – to share Jesus love to others. Introduce Jesus to others, His love, care, soon return and desire to be part of their life. How?
• Share your personal testimony
• Read Gospel of Mark with those spiritually searching
• Share message of Salvation and hope from Bible
• Give faith resources – print, audio, film, web
Nurture the desire to know / experience Jesus through Bible study and community want to grow in a knowledge of God’s Word and what He wants to do in and through us.
• Small Groups
• One to one Bible studies
• Sabbath School
• Church participation
• Baptismal classes
• Teach to pray
• Teach to read/study Bible for themselves
• Tour Adventist Book Centre with new believers
• Share resources/media relevant to faith stage
Offering people a clear invitation to commit and become disciples of Jesus.
• Sabbath service or other event decision cards
• Public evangelistic campaign/seminars
• Invite to join church family and make public declaration of faith through baptism
• Sabbath School
Developing healthy relationships in the home, church and wider community.
• Small groups
• New/growing friendships with other church members
• Church socials • Spiritual guardian / accountability partner
• Informal meals / socials with other church members
• Keep in touch via phone, cards, notes, messages
• Pray together
A great website for resources is the Australian Union Conference’s discipleship page at www.disciple.org.au. Discover valuable tips, training modules and inspiration. Our Discipleship track is great way to learn how to progressively develop the hope of the gospel in your own life and let it overflow to others.
Steps to Personal Revival by Helmut Haubeil
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