The Pastor's Message

Engagement Evangelism

As MRBC focuses on international missions through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, we need to continue to ask God for increasing evangelistic zeal for missions in our personal lives.  Missionaries are always initiating conversations and relationships for evangelistic encounters.  This last week, one of our EE teams attempted a visit to a lady who had made a profession of faith in Christ.  When we arrived at her house, we found only her daughter at home.  The natural thing do, was to leave and come back at another time, but our team decided to engage this woman in a conversation over her relationship with Christ.  She did not have any assurance of eternal life and allowed us to share how she could know that she had eternal life in Christ.  At the end of our conversation, she made a profession and expressed her newfound faith in a prayer.  That was so exciting to our team and we look forward to following her up. While we were aggressive in our witness, we also made a friend.

 

I share this story because it shows how missionaries can make friends (build a relationship) and aggressively engage people in conversation about Christ, sin, grace, God, faith and eternal life.  Missionaries aggressively engage people in conversation all the time in order to proclaim the Gospel as a way of life.  They realize that if we do not contact and engage a person we don’t know, many people may never have the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Christ.   This is why Peter tells all Christians to “honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).  We should always be looking to make friends in order to win them to Christ.

 

However, Christians and missionaries must not worry about always establishing friendships in sharing the Gospel, because the “relationship” can become an excuse for not presenting the Gospel.  Many missionaries struggle as to when is the right time to engage a person in conversation about their sin and spiritual condition.  Missionaries learn that they need to aggressively take the initiative to share the gospel right at the beginning of the relationship while being willing to an establish an ongoing relationship if the person is willing.

 

As you think about supporting missionaries through our Lottie Moon Christmas offering, let me encourage you to pray for the gospel encounters that our missionaries are engaging in.  Keep on praying this week for our over 4,000 missionaries all over the world to keep developing relationship for the purpose of Gospel witnessing. 

 

Pastor Glenn

 

 

 

Our Winter Bible Study

We will be having our winter Bible study from February 7-10th this year.  There will be 3 sessions on Sunday during our Bible Community time, Worship Service time, as well as an extra lunch session.  Again these sessions will last from 9am to 1:45 pm that Sunday    

Winter Bible Study: The Benefits

Providing a focused study of God’s Word is always a healthy practice for any church. Here are some of the benefits I expect our to experience:

   The church reasserts the priority of Bible study as a new year begins.

   Unchurched families may recognize through a short-term study the value of participating in an ongoing Bible study group.

   Transformation can occur in learners as they are drawn into a study of God’s Word.

   Winter Bible Study can encourage learners to become lifetime students of God’s Word.

   Members will find an additional source of strength as they enjoy hearing Keith Corrick (the DOM from the Potomac Association) teach us.

   Bible Community teachers and other Bible study leaders have an opportunity to be learners, giving them spiritual refreshment.

Here is our Schedule Starting Sunday February 7th

Ø  Sunday @ 9:00am - The Relationship Aspect of Ministry (2 Corinthians 1:1–2:13)

Ø  Sunday @ 10:30am - The Transformational Nature of Ministry (2 Corinthians 2:14–4:6)

Ø  Sunday @ 12:30 (after our lunch together)  - The Eternal Perspective of Ministry (2 Corinthians 4:7–5:10)

Ø  Monday @ 6:30pm - The Gospel Focus of Ministry (2 Corinthians 5:11–7:16)

Ø  Tuesday @ 6:30pm - The Financial Aspect of Ministry (2 Corinthians 8:1–9:15)

Ø  Wednesday @ 6:30pm - The Personal Challenges of Ministry (2 Corinthians 10:1–13:14)

Pastor Glenn