What is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to you?
Do you remember the joy you felt in that moment? That uncontainable glee that is visible even without having to utter one word.
This is how we ought to feel when it comes to sharing the gospel! When we have a life-changing connection with Christ, it is exciting! We’re filled with a blessed assurance that is indescribable. When our friends and loved ones see us, they can tell that something is new and improved in our lives.
Why do we need to share the gospel?
A short answer: Jesus has asked us to. He loves everybody and wants us all to be saved and live with Him forever in Heaven.
A longer answer: Knowing how it feels being connected with Jesus in your life, we should want the same for others. This thing with Jesus is too good to just keep for ourselves. He is big enough—there is more than ample to share with everyone without compromising our relationship in any way.
We are given opportunities to share Jesus often. Yet there are moments when it just feels awkward. Or we just have no idea what to say without looking weird. This is where training is useful.
In building up for Impact Winnipeg 2018, there are a number of preparatory events. The Manitoba-Saskatchewan Conference also has various training initiatives as they aim for Total Member Involvement across our region. Our leaders recognize that we need tools in order to share the gospel effectively. They have invested in us so that we can be equipped and work along with them.
The information shared in the various trainings and seminars applies to more than our respective ministries. What we learn fits into our daily lives and affects how we relate to everyone, not only those we’re trying to reach out to.
If you’re unable to attend an event in its entirety, come anyway. Even a few minutes of training will leave us better equipped than no training whatsoever. Luke 8 tells of a sick woman who was healed as she touched the hem of Jesus’ clothing. The hem—the edge! A miracle happened with just a touch in a brief moment. Jesus’ power is not restricted by our time constraints.
When there are events advertised within our church and our conference, let’s remember the feeling of what Jesus means to us. Let that be the motivation to support these events and be in a position to share this good news with others.