One of the key commitments of the ministry in Newcastle is 1 to 1 ministry – that is, meeting up week after week and reading the Bible with people. I meet up with a whole stack of guys each week and encourage them to be doing the same with other blokes… it is time consuming but effective ministry.
Why read the Bible?
1. Avoids the coffee and chat scenario… sometimes this is a good thing but week after week just talking about stuff will never lead people to obedience to the gospel.
2. 2 Tim 3:16-17
3. It teaches people dependence on God not dependence on me… once I am gone they are then equipped to read the Bible for themselves and with others.
4. The word changes people long term and my wisdom (the little that I have) never will.
One of the highlights of my week is meeting up with a baby Christian and an immature Christian.
Things we’ve grappled with over the last couple of weeks:
Baby Christian: God giving people over to their sin (Romans 1)
Immature Christian: Why is it important that Jesus is one of David’s descendants?
To my astonishment this young bloke has been going to a church for most of his life and had no clue why this was significant. Romans 1:
1Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— 2the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David…
Pray for these young men as they learn the book of Romans. Pray they will be struck by the power of the gospel and will not be ashamed of it.
Do you meet up with people 1 to1? Are you reading the Bible with them?