Some of our office team got into a conversation about how many friends we have on Facebook & how many followers we have on Twitter. In all honesty, it was a competitive conversation. Rather silly, when you think about it, because it is a discussion on popularity. Facebook and Twitter are poor marks of popularity, once you think of how much you really know about your Friends or followers. What overwhelmed me in the conversation was looking at other people's 'Friends lists'. The feeling was not how many people I knew, but how many people in the world I do not know. That feeling made me go even deeper in my thought process and to think of how many of the people I do know and don't know who do not know Christ as their Saviour. (That will bend the brain a bit)
As a ministry worker, these thoughts caused three reactions.
- I was overwhelmed with the need to reach as many people as I can, in this lifetime, with this message of hope.
- Sorrow and urgency for all who do not know Jesus, yet.
- Relief of job security, most likely I will have a job for the rest of my life! The work will always be there, that is a bittersweet thing. (I can explain to you if you are interested at another time)
The heart of the message
The long and the short of it can be explained in these words written by a man named John. Inspired words that will explain it all. If you would like to discuss it further, write me back.
After these words , I will explain some of the things we do to share this information with people in Sydney.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God."
These words explain the primary message of the bible. I would love to discuss it further with you. Via email, mobile or come along to some of these events in Sydney in the coming months.
Some other small things
Revelation series- Pastor Ben Kwok and I are going through the book of Revelation in the current sermon series at Rouse Hill Bible Church. Come along and hear from one of the most intriguing and misunderstood books of the Bible.
Can we make a difference? The Forum is back at City Bible Forum. We will be engaging in the topic of making a difference in society. Philanthropy, social activism and the Bible. Does any of this make a difference in society and can we make a difference with the life we have been given?
Authentic Spirituality: how to be a follower of Jesus without being religious - In a large architecture firm in the city, we are going through this great series. Looking at some of the key components of a life with Jesus. Grace, the Bible, prayer, hearing from God, integrity and more. We have a great mix of Christian and Enquirers coming along.
Love, God and other small things- In one of the largest banks in Sydney, we are going through this great course on relationships. Homosexuality, marriage, divorce and what the bible has to say about them. It has been one of the biggest meetings we have going in the city. This series from Ian Powell is worth hearing and engaging in the Bible.
For more information, go to the links provided.
Spelling reminder: Also, as we regularly remind our friends and readers. We live in Australia, the spelling is a bit different than in other parts of the world. Don't worry, I do have spell check and it is on the correct settings.
Thanks for your interest and prayers.
The adventure continues,
Russ, Cathy, Becca, Hope, Joshua and Caroline