The work of wit­ness­ing – Part 2

“Je­sus un­der­stood peo­ple and He min­gled with them. He had no pref­er­ences. As Chris­tians, it is good to be around good peo­ple, but some­times we must go to the peo­ple who are not good.

Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION - Ta­mara Bai­ley Gleaner Writer fam­ilyan­dreli­gion@glean­erjm.com

MANCH­ESTER, Ja­maica: LAST WEEK, we high­lighted the work of Chris­tians in the field of wit­ness­ing and ex­plored how Je­sus car­ried out his evan­gel­i­cal work. This week, we will look at what ex­actly Je­sus re­quires of us as ser­vant lead­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to young preacher Bren­don Cole­man, who pre­sented a ser­mon re­cently dur­ing the Week of Prayer pro­gramme at a lo­cal church, wit­ness­ing is an on­go­ing act that be­gins of­fi­cially once we ac­cept Je­sus.

“We are called for ser­vice, and that is not just a three-dayof-the week ap­point­ment. That is a 24/7 ... ap­point­ment. Our ser­vice to God be­gins the same day we ac­cepted Je­sus Christ and de­cided that we would be­come fol­low­ers for him.”

MEET PEO­PLE AT THEIR LEVEL

He also men­tioned the im­por­tance of meet­ing peo­ple at their level.

“Je­sus un­der­stood peo­ple and He min­gled with them. He had no pref­er­ences. As Chris­tians, it is good to be around good peo­ple, but some­times, we must go to the peo­ple who are not good. How­ever, it is good to go to places where we have con­trol over the sit­u­a­tion. Chris­tian­ity is in the streets, work­places, homes, schools and in our lives.”

Cole­man, in his pre­sen­ta­tion, re­ferred to per­sons who for­tify them­selves with the Word and do not share it as stag­nant wit­nesses who should not be com­fort­able in such a po­si­tion.

“It’s like tak­ing a car to a gas sta­tion, fill­ing it up and leav­ing it there with no plan to drive it. We come to church, fill our­selves up with God’s Word, but when we go through the doors, we re­main filled and we haven’t im­pacted any­body.”

He con­tin­ued, “You come to church be­cause your brethren can strengthen you and that you can go out and strengthen oth­ers. It’s not just about nice ser­mons and fel­low­ship, but the un­der­lin­ing rea­son why we come to church ev­ery day is so that we are filled up with Je­sus so we can share Him.”

MAIN­TAIN A DEEP WALK

Cole­man es­tab­lished that dur­ing wit­ness­ing, one must en­sure that peo­ple are not only per­suaded to fol­low God, but main­tain a deep walk with Him.

“The church’s role to is train and as­pire mem­bers out of their pews and into the com­mu­nity. We are just the ves­sels used by God to trans­fer His mes­sage; to plant His mes­sage on peo­ple’s heart.

“When we see peo­ple liv­ing a life of sin, it should cause us to feel sad to the point where we have com­pas­sion upon them. We must be con­cerned about ev­ery­body we come in con­tact with,” he added.

Al­lud­ing to the meth­ods used by Je­sus, the young preacher be­lieves that gain­ing an in­di­vid­ual’s con­fi­dence is one sure way of lead­ing them to Christ.

“Je­sus is not ask­ing us to set a time to do kind acts. Je­sus is say­ing what­ever we do, it in­cor­po­rates the needs of peo­ple. What Je­sus is ask­ing is noth­ing too hard. He’s ask­ing us to make the time, struc­ture our ac­tiv­i­ties, and any­thing that the Lord blesses must bear fruit.”

He ended, “Let it be our prayer that we be spirit-filled men and women who make de­lib­er­ate ef­forts, de­lib­er­ate ac­tion to win souls for God’s king­dom.”

Bren­don Cole­man says all hope is not lost, and one’s true pur­pose af­ter ac­cept­ing Christ Je­sus is to work for his mis­sion.

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