On this first day of the year, I should like to take this opportunity to wish everyone who reads this a Happy and Prosperous New Year. I wish that this year of 2017 brings you the all that you need, especially a closer walk with God.
During the last year I have had the privilege of reading a book called “Honest Evangelism” by a gentleman named Rico Tice, a curate based at All Souls, Langham Place in London. He was honest enough, when I heard hi speak to say that the Church of England has a pretty poor record on utilising the services of evangelists within the denomination, and suggested that the last really good evangelist in England had been thrown out and had had to start his own denomination. His name: John Wesley.
I wholehearted commend this book to all Christians reading this who are at times a little bit afraid to share the Gospel with others. For one thing, it reminds you that you do not have to know all the answers and for another it suggests a manner of encouraging the shared exploration of the Bible with someone who is not sure about their belief or unbelief. It is quite simply inviting someone to explore the Bible with you, not having you lead a Bible study for them.
He also suggests that the “old time” preachers got it right when explaining to people what they have been or can be saved from, because without this knowledge there is little if any incentive to want to follow Jesus.
But best of all, he reminds us that if we have committed our life to Christ, we are saved, and nothing, not even the inability to win one single convert, will make any difference because our identity is in Christ, and will remain in Christ. Failure in the world’s terms is not failure in God’s sight.
With that thought in mind, we can all look forward to 2017.