Month of Prayer and Giving Day 30- Persuading Others
“Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.”
2 Corinthians 5:11 ESV
We live in an age of supposed advancement. Huge leaps have been made in science, in technology, and in society, both good and bad. But regardless of whether such advancement is useful or not, perhaps, thought should be given to whether people use ‘advancement’ to mask over or attempt to avoid their inevitable end. Perhaps they use life’s successes to push thoughts of life and death and what will happen after death to the back of their minds – to be forgotten, because in this day and age, they shouldn’t be worrying about such antiquated notions.
However, the Christian understands from Scripture that he should ‘walk by faith’, knowing that he will appear before the ‘judgement seat of Christ.’ Because he is convinced of the truth of the Gospel, and knows the Lord himself, he will not give up seeking to ‘persuade others’ of the Gospel truth.
Matthew Pickhaver is doing just that. Together with a few others, including his wife, Carolyn, he has gone to nearly every house in the small village of East Runton, to invite people along to the services of Cromer Baptist Church now held in a former Methodist Chapel in the village. They have had opportunity to speak to a few at some length, whether they be Atheists, chapel-goers, or local Christians who worship elsewhere.
Gospel opportunities are also opening in Briston where Matthew and Carolyn live. Matthew had the opportunity recently to speak to a neighbour, who although not quite convinced of the Bible’s truth, is asking questions and is open to answers. He has been booked to speak at the local ‘wives club’ that Carolyn has been attending as well. May much good come from these contacts and opportunities.
Please pray for Matthew, that he might have the strength to continue to persuade others. Pray for he and his wife to be patient in their service at East Runton and Briston. Pray that the Lord will continue to soften the hearts of those who hear His word, that they might be fully convinced and wholeheartedly committed to the Lord’s work.
“Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.”
3 John 8 ESV
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