What will we do in 2021? On this subject, I have challenged myself and Westway to make 2021 a ‘genuinely happy’ new year. Much has already been said: A Time of Challenge, A Fresh Start, and Getting Hold of 2021. Of course, there is always the big “IF.” To have success in 2021, we must be willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish God’s will for our lives.
Are you prepared for 2021? Have you recommitted yourself to the Lord? Are you committed to spread the “Good News?” Vance Havner said, “The Gospel is not something we come to church to hear; it is something we go from church to tell.”
According to Mark Mittelberg, director of evangelism at Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago, “God knew what He was doing when He made you. He custom-designed you with your unique combination of personality, temperament, talents and background, and He wants to use you to reach others in a fashion that fits your design.” He went on to say, “For example, consider these six people in the New Testament:
1. Peter’s Confrontational Approach: He was direct, bold, and to the point.
2. Paul’s Intellectual Approach: He could be confrontational, but he was a well-educated man who could reason from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that Jesus was the Christ.
3. The Blind Man’s Testimonial Approach: The man in John 9 didn’t know a great deal of theology, but he could say, “One thing I know, I once was blind and now I see.”
4. The Samaritan Woman’s Invitational Approach: Leaving her water jug at the well, the woman in John 4 went into her village and invited her friends to come and hear the man “who told me everything I ever did.”
5. Matthew’s Interpersonal Approach: In Luke 5:29, Matthew put on a big banquet for his tax collecting buddies in an effort to expose them to Jesus. He relied on the relationships he had built with these men and sought to further shore up their friendships, inviting them into his home and using his channels of friendship for evangelism.
6. Dorcas’ Service Approach: In Acts 9, we meet a woman who witnessed by serving others in Jesus’ name, making clothes for the needy and helping the poor.”
What will be your approach in 2021?
Standing on His Promises,