How good is 1 to 1??!!


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?

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7 thoughts on “How good is 1 to 1??!!

  1. yep – current readers are 1 Sam, the Tim’s and Hebrews.
    are you guys well? decided if you’re coming to challenge conf or engage yet? would be great to catch up if you’re there.

  2. we’ll be at Challenge… Sept 21-23. There’s a hord of guys and girls from church coming. Hope to see you there? Not sure about ENGAGE!

  3. What!!?? How on earth does that picture relate to that post?? What is this, a world gone topsy turvey??

    Actually i’m not really that passionate about it, just interested as to what possesed you to put that picture of mine here. Wait hang on, it would be funnier if i was passionate……..
    AHHHHH(gggg)!!! WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS, THIS, THIS, THING!!!??? ON THE THING, IN THE THING (think bernard black and you’ll understand how that last bit was supposed to be read)

  4. which reminds me, hey sam check out my blog, i have made a new post, its amazing (not the post, just the fact that i made a post)
    ahh, why am i wasting my time, you’ll never read this anyway..

  5. I met 1-1 with one Richard Sweatmann at Edward’s Hall some 13 years ago to read the Book of Job.

    …And he turned out ok…

  6. I hope he is okay. I will be working very closely with him next year! Not long away now! Did you go verse by verse chapter by chapter through Job? That would have been pretty intense i imagine?!

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