Larry Moore: Reaching Further to Engage Others and Community
Love Never Fails
I would like to think, that as Adventist Christians, we do everything possible to reach those close to us with the Gospel. However, I’m not so sure that we actually do that though. Studies show that the longer we are in the Church, the fewer friends we have outside the Church. That makes witnessing a challenge, especially considering that those who we witness to most effectively are our friends and neighbors.
In Ellen White’s book, Ministry of Healing, she shares about Jesus’s method of success. Take a moment to consider these words and ask yourself if and how you are reaching further to engage your friends and community with Christ and His love.
“Christ's method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, ‘Follow Me.’ There is need of coming close to the people by personal effort. If less time were given to sermonizing, and more time were spent in personal ministry, greater results would be seen. The poor are to be relieved, the sick cared for, the sorrowing and the bereaved comforted, the ignorant instructed, the inexperienced counseled. We are to weep with those that weep, and rejoice with those that rejoice.”