God’s patience and love for the lost

God’s way of communicating his heart to us is through his word. It’s his way of talking to us. When we are finding it tough to connect with non-Christians, what better way to renew our passion for sharing Christ than to go back to the Bible and find out anew God’s heart for the lost? There are so many passages we could talk about, but here are just a few.

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Connecting with non-Christians makes you care about sharing Christ with them

It’s human nature to connect and hang out with like-minded people isn’t it? As a result, all too often in our Christian lives we find ourselves connecting and hanging out only with other Christians. It’s our comfortable place. We can pray together, support each other and talk about things on a personal level. But when you think about it, that’s not only what Jesus did, was it? Jesus was constantly surrounding himself with people who didn’t believe in him. Even when it led to ridicule.

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Connect with like minded-people

Last year, I was called into this ministry to be a part of Ambassadors for Christ International-Australia. Mate! How extremely excited and overjoyed I was to know that I would be working alongside people who have a deep burden for accelerating the spread of the gospel through local churches so that more people than ever will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour! I was looking forward for the plethora of things that I would be learning from them as I know, fellowship with like-minded people causes growth in witnessing and in spiritual life because Christ is the subject and the source (Proverbs 27:17). 

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How to answer: difficult questions regarding Christianity

When the Bible talks about Christians being witnesses in the world around them, regarding Jesus Christ, it assumes that people will be asking us questions about our faith in Christ. Peter tells us that we should always be ready to answer those who ask us about the hope we have. Paul talks about how we need wisdom to know how to respond to each person.

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How to answer: I don’t need to respond to the gospel—I’m not good enough/I’m already good

You might wonder why we put these two objections in the same blog when they seem so opposite to one another. One person thinks they are good enough for God and the other thinks they are so bad that God wouldn’t accept them.

But in reality, both of these objections have the same problem. They both assume that being right with God comes from how good we are. One person assumes that they are already good enough and the other that they could never be good enough, but both people think being good enough is what matters!

The answer for both is God’s grace.

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How to answer: All religions lead to heaven

This claim that all religions lead to heaven is one of the most common objections you will encounter as a witness for Jesus. In our current milieu, it is taboo to exclude anyone or hurt anyone’s feelings or say that they are wrong in their beliefs. That attitude has become so much a part of our culture that it just feels wrong to people to think of God excluding someone from heaven if they are not a follower of Jesus.

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How to answer: How can I believe the Bible when it is so full of errors?

This question is expressed in many different ways. Sometimes a person is genuinely seeking for truth and feels like the Bible we have is far removed from what was originally written. Often the person is aggressively anti-Christian and using this objection as ammunition for their skepticism.

It’s always best to ask a few questions to understand what the real issue is. Ask, “What has given you the idea that the Bible is full of errors?” Their answer gives you a lot of information about where they are coming from. Remember that your goal is not to win an argument, but to lead someone to Christ, so don’t respond argumentatively.

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How to answer: My spouse is not a Christian and I’m afraid of what it would do to my marriage if I become one.

This is a more common concern when people are considering putting their faith in Christ than you might think, and you need to be so careful with your answer. The question involves a lot of feelings and clearly the person loves their spouse a lot. You also need to be very aware of where this person is in their journey to Christ. If they have been reading the Bible and/or coming to church you can talk to them using the Bible, but if they don’t have that knowledge, it may be more helpful to simply give them reasons to move forward with Christ.

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Get to know the Team – Introducing Andrew

Andrew is the Office Manager at AFCI. He has been married to his wife Tracey for 12 years and has 3 kids, aged 10 (Jake), 8 (Ryley) and 1 (Micah). He has spent most of his life in Sydney, but still considers himself a Tasmanian as he was born in Devonport. His dream is to move back to Tassie with his family. He loves any kind of sport and plays soccer and rides his mountain bike regularly. He is a self confessed nerd, spending his down time reading books and playing computer games. 

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