“In this “throwback” video, SEBTS evangelism professor and NorthWake elder, George Robinson, reminds us to not always reduce the gospel to a select few Bible verses. Instead, learn to provide the full context of this grand redemptive story.”
“One of the most prevalent reasons that people who have been trained to share their faith fail to do so is that they are not quite sure how to bridge everyday conversations toward the gospel.”
As this idea likely resonates with many of us, take a few minutes to read what George Robinson has to say about bridging everyday conversations into gospel conversations.
This past Sunday (8/26/18) we explored 1 John 4 and the radical idea of coming to church on Sunday to love one another! Here’s a helpful prompt along those lines from Ed Welch:
And here is the prayer that I prayed over us during communion. I hope it prompts your own prayers to be more loving!
A Prayer of Edward Pusey (1800-1882)
1 John 4.19,
“To begin with, our own relationship with God takes the shape of a story…”
Dr. George Robinson, North Wake Elder and SEBTS Professor, writes to help us craft the telling of our own personal stories of faith and use these stories as a bridge to the gospel.
This past Sunday I mentioned this excellent article by Francis Schaeffer, “The Mark of the Christian.” It sets out the priority of loving one another as the distinguishing mark of followers of Jesus. Click on the link below to access the abridged form of this article:
I got this from one of our NW far flung ones recently. It’s worth a thoughtful read. Your engagement with our sent ones is vital. Do you and your family engage and support one of our missionaries? You really should. If you’d like more information on how you can do that or with whom, contact Rob at Robc@northwake.com for more information.
Your Petitions are Desperately Needed
In Philippians 1 Paul is saying something notable, “Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your requests and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance.” I am still amazed that Paul the Apostle very clearly teaches that certain successes in his ministry are based on two variables.
- Your requests to the Father
- The help of the Spirit
Brothers and sisters please do not think that this newsletter is simply a casual nicety. Although I am thrilled to update my friends and family concerning my work I am not simply writing these newsletters as an friendly update. I am begging you along with Paul that you, “strive together with me in your requests to God on my behalf” so “that my service in this city may be acceptable.”
I do impossible work here. There is no natural way that I can raise the spiritually dead far less equip anyone else to do so (and in my second language). I am desperate for you to lift up the work here because I am desperate for the Son to come and work miracles in this city, mainly that of turning a heart of stone into a heart of flesh. Please do not underestimate the power of your requests to the Father on my behalf.
I thank you for your faithfulness and your support in lifting my work here before the Father. I cannot express how humbled and grateful I am for you, for my comrades in the fight for the lost.
Please ask the Father to give you and the others who strive alongside of me wisdom and persistence in lifting up the work here.
With sincere hope and love,
That the lamb might receive his just reward,
“Suffering is not a topic for discussion as much as it is a reality each person must face. Yet, we tend to do little to prepare our hearts for it.”
As Christians, how do we prepare for the suffering we will inevitability face in this life?