Try It This Week (A Disciple-Making Tool)


Brian Clark

3/31/2020

The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. - 1 Peter 3:15

I have been thinking a lot this past week about good news and the need that everyone has right now to hear good news as well as The Good News. We are all searching right now for hope, meaning, and answers. How do we, as followers of Jesus, share The Good News in a way that it will be heard as good news? My suggestion and invitation to you this week is to spend some time thinking and praying about this question.

We have a tremendous opportunity right now to share The Good News and to do so in a way that transforms the world, but we need to do so thoughtfully and with "gentleness and respect". Let's consider this week how we would answer a close friend, a relative or a neighbor if they asked us, "Who is Jesus?" or "What is Christianity?" What would be your answer to them concerning The Good News?

My thoughts thus far this past week have led me in this direction: Christianity and The Good News is first and foremost a living person named Jesus. From the person of Jesus comes an invitation to every human being to receive life, forgiveness, grace, mercy, and a living, ongoing relationship (and so much more!). Relationship with Jesus invites us into a greater community called the Church. The Church leads us on a closer journey with Jesus and with one another and deeper into the life, grace, and relationship that Jesus gives us. From a relationship with Jesus springs life-abundant and eternal which can also be described as the deeper meaning and true purpose of life.

I know...I know...this is not exhaustive and it is full of churchy language...but that's my point. How do we share The Good News in this hour when good news is so desperately needed? I welcome your thoughts and replies as we all seek to be faithful stewards of The Good News.

Stand firm in the faith, my brothers and sisters, and be a living example of The Good News to the people around you this week.

Always praying for you and your church,
Brian

P.S. - Hartwell First UMC is sponsoring a day of fasting and prayer this Wednesday, April 1 at Noon. They are encouraging the members of their congregation to walk to the end of their driveways or into the parking lots of their office spaces and to pray together. Pass along this idea to others and encourage them to pray on April 1 at Noon. I will be at the end of my driveway praying along with you.


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