Work Where You Are

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In Acts 28, we find the apostle Paul at the end of a long journey. He made it through a number of storms. He has survived the attacks from the Jews who wished to harm him. He’s endured a lot for the sake of the Lord.

When one really considers all that Paul experienced, I think it would be easy for many to say, “It’s time for me to stop. I’ve done enough.” But that wasn’t the case for Paul.

In Acts 28:23-24 Luke says, “When the had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening. Some were being persuaded by the things spoken, but others would not believe.”

In Acts 28:30-32 Luke says, “And he stayed two full years in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.”

Despite Paul’s situation, he continued to work. He continued to teach Jesus Christ crucified. Paul worked where he was. He wasn’t in the best situation. But he made the best of it.

In Acts 16, Paul worshiped God in prison. He also shared the gospel to the Philippian jailer.

In Acts 24, Paul shared the good news of Jesus to Felix and Drusilla.

In the midst of storms in Acts 27, Paul shared his faith to the souls on the ship.

Wherever he was, he worked. He shared his faith.

As you think about 2019 and moving into 2020, let’s follow Paul’s example. Let’s work where we are. We may not always find ourselves in the best possible situation. In fact, like Paul, we will face many difficult days. We will suffer. But no matter what we may be experiencing, there’s an opportunity to work.

There are opportunities in both the good and the bad days to talk about our faith in Jesus. There are opportunities in both the good and bad days to teach others the word of God. In 2020, let’s look for even more opportunities to share the good news of Jesus.

-Benjamin Lee

“6 Reasons Why I Do Not Attend Your Congregation.”

I’m cleaning out some old files in my office. I came across this article I had stored away in my “Visitor” file. It caught my attention. It may help help you and your congregation as well.

“This is written from the perspective of a visitor. Last year, my family and I took the entire month of February away from local ministry and travelled to various congregations, both near and far, and enjoyed some time visiting. We learned much about the attitudes of congregations towards visitors and it is reflected in the words below.

Let the words challenge you and make you uncomfortable. If they anger you, get up and do something about them. If you think they are right, get up and change the way your congregation is seen in your community. Here they are.”

  1. “When I visited, you asked me to fill out a visitor card, talked about how much you appreciate visitors but no one spoke to me.”
  2. “I saw no joy in your congregation. As the church sang, “To Canaan’s Land” no one was smiling and they sang like a funeral. I thought Jesus was a joy not a bore.”
  3. ” I saw a Bible, but I never saw Bibles. I thought Christians were people who studied the book not talked about studying the book.”
  4. “Your services talked about being lights in a dark world, but I never heard of your congregation before today. You said your church has been around for 50 plus years and I grew up here and never knew of you.”
  5. “I felt awkward because I had to sit on the second row because all of your members sat in the back and on the aisle seat. They seemed glued to their chairs.”
  6. “You saw that I had children and no one helped me find a Bible class. There were no signs on the doors to help along the way.”

Just some thoughts!

I can’t read the author’s name on the article, otherwise I would post it.

Thoughts? Do you agree?

Simple Ways To Reach The Lost

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When it comes to reaching the lost, it’s not Rocket Science. Rocket Science is difficult.

I’m actually teaching a class on reaching the lost right now.

New Workbook I’m using in Bible class.

Evangelism is not. Sure, it will take some time because we are dealing with heart, John 4:34-38. But it’s something every Christian can do and should be involved in doing.

Go and make disciples. While Jesus said that to the apostles in Matthew 28:19-20, Christians in the first century also went and made disciples, Acts 8:1-4.

The same is to be true for Christians as well.

A brother in Christ has reminded me for years how easy reaching the lost really is.

Open Your Eyes.

Open Your Mouth.

Open Your Bible.

When we do these simple things, watch what happens. You might be amazed.