The Christian message is not advice about how to do things for God, it's news about what God has done for us. The good news about Jesus is the very best of news. And news is only useful if it's shared.
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes..." Romans 1:16
You may have heard people say ‘St. Francis of Assisi said - Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary’. But there is no evidence that St Francis ever said this. More importantly, it’s just not biblical. To be a witness is to be a ‘spoken’ witness.
"How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?" Romans 10:14
Our role is to ‘witness’, to proclaim the gospel with clarity and thoughtfulness.
Bishop Charlie Masters, our diocesan bishop, has written ANiC clergy saying, “My prayer is that, during my term as diocesan, 100% of ANiC parishioners will be able to confidently and winsomely share their testimony and clearly communicate the heart of the Gospel.”
- Are you (and your fellow parishioners) equipped and ready to share your testimony of how you received the Lord Jesus into your life?
- Are you able to share the Gospel in a clear and winsome way and invite people to respond?
- What are you and your church doing to become trained and equipped to be bold witnesses?
We think most Christians have some idea that sharing the news of Jesus is important. But there are often lots of hindrances and fears in our way. We may have good intentions but it may be seldom that we see anything truly come of them.
So, our hope here, and throughout ANiC, is that we can help one another become more encouraged, more equipped and more motivated to actually experience the joy there is in sharing the very best of news with another person.
Scott Hunt (ANiC Comm Director)