Prayer Week | 6-11 July
This Prayer email is the third of five during our GBC prayer week with Bible reflections and points for prayer. They have been written for us by Paul Hamilton.
Each day we will think about one aspect of the Fivefold Ministry. This term refers to the roles of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher found in the book of Ephesians. It's the Biblical blueprint we are given to equip people and grow the Kingdom.
Please read the verses below, and prayerfully consider what this means
• for you individually,
• for the life and ministry of GBC, and
• for our witness in the local community.
Ephesians 4 v 11-13 (NIV) says, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
Evangelists love telling people of Jesus’ remarkable goodness and love. They are the carrier of good news and partner with Jesus in celebrating people’s transformation. They stir curiosity and desire to know Jesus. Their life is a living invitation to all to join the Family of God.
It's not something for just a select few. The Great Commission (Matthew 28 v16–20) is where Jesus calls on his followers to make disciples and baptise all nations in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It's a verse for all of us.
1 Peter 3 v15 says “.. in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. 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.”
How can you get beyond feeling embarrassed and awkward, and get to a place where talking about Jesus, and what He’s done in your life, is just natural?
My friends know I’m a Christian. We talk as friends about what’s important in our lives, and so it seems only right to share some of what goes on in church. I never used to be very good at talking about it, like it was a guilty secret. I can’t pretend to be someone who has led lots of people to Christ, but I have got a number of not-yet-believer friends who I pray for, and I do share my faith with them. I would dearly love to see them coming to know God.
Reflections for prayer
I know the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. God give me a heart for the lost. Help me to share the good news.
One shall tell another
And he shall tell his friend
Husbands, wives and children
Shall come following on
From house to house in families
Shall more be gathered in
And lights will shine in every street
So warm and welcoming