Today my wife Karen and son Duncan are in Adelaide, South Australia visiting Karen’s Mum. So when I woke up this morning I had a choice of three options regarding Church.
My inability to decide in a timely manner eliminated option three. Which left me with two options. I choose option two. When I arrived at #NWBC they announced Pastor Brian was speaking ad when Pastor. When Pastor Brian got up tp speak he announced he was speaking about the impact we have on others for God and he his text was Philippians 2:14-16
I read the text in The Message
Philippians 2:14-16 MSG Do everything readily and cheerfully–no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I’ll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You’ll be living proof that I didn’t go to all this work for nothing.
During Pastor Brian’s message all I could think was “What a great message for recovery.” I do that alot when I listen to Bible messages.
Step Twelve says “Having gone through these steps and discovering the importance of an individual relationship with God through Jesus, I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to a personal relationship with Him.
From Pastor Brians message today what i took away was. “If we want to impact others in recovery we need to.”
Seek God’s will and impliment in our lives, whether we like it or not, agree with it or not, understand it or not. Philippians 2:14 Do everything readily and cheerfully–no bickering, no second-guessing allowed!
Share with others what God has done in our lives and explaing to them what He can do in theirs if they put their trust in Him. Philippians 2:15 Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night
Seek to bring Glory and honour to God in our relationships with other people through the process of recovery. Philippians 2:16 so I’ll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You’ll be living proof that I didn’t go to all this work for nothing.
Other things Pastor Brian highlighted about our reaching out to others were:
We need to be relational and realistic. The best way I know to reach others is still ‘friendship evangelism’ that is open and honest and doesn’t sugar coat the Gospel message.
We need to identify with people, be involved with and inspire people in their daily recovery walks. Most people when they come to recovery have had enough negative influences to last them a lifetime. What they are seeking in recovery is support from people who understand where they are, what they need to do to ‘move forward’ are willing to walk with them and ecourage them as they grow spiritually, mentally and physically.
We need to have an attitude towards people of longevity and stickability. Most people when they come to recovery are used to people deserting them when the going gets tough. In recovery they are willing to hange around and continually support them even when they don’t get it right.
We need to pray with people and thank God daily for them. The way to do that is through showing them GENEROSITY – GLADNESS and GOODNESS. Be prepared to ‘go the extra mile, cheerfully in Christ-like character.’