A few years ago I attended a weekend workshop on evangelism, hosted by the Rev Graham Sercombe, a workshop which greatly encouraged me in the area of pastoral care.
During this time Graham told a simple
story of his efforts to witness to a colleague, a pilot in New Guinea.
The nation of New Guinea includes highlands which are very mountainous,
into which small planes fly regularly as a method of transport. Over the
years there have been many plane crashes and fatalities connected with
the dangers of flying there.
Graham described how his efforts to
talk about Jesus seemingly went unappreciated. On one occasion he felt a
compulsion to say to his friend " If you're ever in trouble, call out
to Jesus. Just call out to Jesus."
Shortly after this
conversation Graham's friend was killed when his plane crashed in the
mountains. We won't know this side of Heaven if this man called out to
Jesus, but we hope that Graham's words were with him.
I recall the
story so that you, the reader, can know - if you're in trouble, call
out to Jesus. He'll hear you. Have this fixed in your mind.
Call out to Jesus.
why wait until troubles come? Jesus is waiting to be involved in your
life right now. Know God's Son, and you will know God, our Father, maker
of Heaven and earth. You will know God's Holy Spirit, God's indwelling
Counsellor and Comforter. Living with the reality of faith is not a
restrictive, religious practice. It's a fulfilling, life-affirming
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
hopeful words are found in the Bible and were written by John, who was
with Jesus and wrote an account of some of Jesus' life. They are found
in the Biblical book of John, chapter 3, verse 16.
on this blog I include repeats of what the Gospel, (or Good News as the
word means), is all about, and how to become a Christian. I've done so
again at the start of this new year and I hope and pray these articles
will be encouraging and thought-provoking to someone who visits here.
may wish to browse some other Christian resources online or visit a
local church and talk to a minister there. Many churches run
introductory courses for people wishing to learn about Christianity,
such as Alpha, or Christianity explained.
Here are just a couple of links: