Evangelism?: Sharing Our Stories

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I wonder what you think of when you hear the word “evangelism”?

Many of us can feel quite worried about sharing our faith. Or we can feel let off the hook because we have not been given the gift of evangelism (phew!).

Well, I have some good news and some not-so-good news for you:

The good news is that there is no need to feel worried about sharing our faith. Because it is as easy as telling our faith stories. To people we already have a relationship with, or that we choose to build a relationship with.

God is very much a part of our stories, and so while we are sharing coffee and cake, or Pepsi Max and pizza, we can share where we have seen God working in our lives and we can invite our friends into knowing this God who loves us all so much.

The not-so-good news is that we are all called to share our stories and to evangelise. Yes, God has gifted some people with the amazing ability to share the gospel with anyone and everyone. These people are able to share through various ways and methods, and God works amazingly through them. We should be praying for people who are gifted in this way—praying that they will continue to be faithful in their gifting. But, and this is a big but, we should also be praying that God would open up opportunities for us to share with our family and friends his very good news of love, grace, salvation and eternal life.


Embrace: Those Around You & Following Jesus

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How do you embrace those around you – even when they may not look, speak or act the same as you?

Jesus replied… ‘Love your neighbour as yourself” – Matthew 22:38

In a world filled with diversity, embracing those around us who may not look, speak, or act the same as we do is a fundamental aspect of living a compassionate and meaningful life. This sentiment is deeply rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ, who emphasized the importance of loving and embracing our neighbours as ourselves. In Matthew 22:38, Jesus underlines the essence of fostering genuine connections with those around us.

Made for Relationships

As humans, we were designed not only for a relationship with God but also for meaningful connections with one another. This involves caring for, nurturing, loving and including everyone, irrespective of their differences, with Jesus as our ultimate role model.

Embracing Differences

We need to acknowledge that our world is beautifully diverse, with people from various cultural backgrounds, races, ethnicities, languages, and walks of life. Embracing these differences not only enriches our community but also aligns with the teachings of Jesus.

Following Jesus’ Example

The Lord Jesus Himself set a remarkable example of embracing those who were different from him. He dined with tax collectors, healed the sick, and welcomed outcasts into his fold. His actions reflect the essence of compassion, kindness, and inclusivity.

Caring for All

To embrace others means being there for them in times of need, providing a listening ear, and offering a helping hand. This means showing empathy and understanding, whether someone is going through a personal struggle or simply needs a friend.

Nurturing Relationships

Relationships require time, effort, and dedication. Just as we nurture our relationship with God through prayer and faith, we must also nurture our relationships with one another. Building meaningful connections within our church and community is a collective effort. It involves reaching out, getting to know one another, and fostering an environment where everyone feels valued and appreciated.


Love is the driving force that enables us to embrace others, regardless of their differences. It knows no boundaries, and it is the embodiment of Christ’s teachings. Loving means finding a way to get on with others whether we like them or not, without judgment, and extending a helping hand when needed.

Including Everyone

Everyone should have a place at the table, regardless of their background or circumstances. A church needs to strive to create an environment where everyone feels welcome and included. Where no one feels like an outsider, and where all are encouraged to participate and contribute their unique gifts and talents.

Embracing Those Around Us

Embracing those around us, even when they may not look, speak, or act the same as we do, is a fundamental aspect of faith and our values need to reflect that. By following the teachings of Jesus Christ, we are committed to loving, caring for, nurturing, and including all people, just as He did during His time on Earth.

We at Newport Baptist Church, invite you to join us in a journey of embracing diversity and fostering meaningful relationships, for in doing so, we draw closer to the love and compassion that define our faith.



Enhance the Kingdom of God: A Call to Community and Mission

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How do you see God using you within the place where you live?   Do you know your neighbour and seek to bless them? How do you Enhance the Kingdom of God?

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations… Matthew 28:19

The mission of God moves beyond the walls of the church. To reach those who don’t yet know the message of hope that Jesus provides.

The Great Commission serves as a guiding principle for Christians worldwide. But what does it mean to fulfil this commission in the context of our everyday lives. Particularly within the places where we live? How do we truly become people through which God can work to enhance His Kingdom on earth? These questions invite us to explore the significance of knowing our neighbours, seeking to bless them, and being the living expression of God’s love within our communities.

Knowing Your Neighbor

It is easy to live next door to someone for years without ever truly knowing them. Yet, Jesus called us to love our neighbours as ourselves. This commandment encourages us to build relationships with those who share our community and care.

Getting to know your neighbours means more than just exchanging pleasantries or borrowing a cup of sugar. It means taking the time to listen to their stories, concerns, and joys. It involves understanding their needs, challenges, and dreams. This simple act of engagement lays the foundation for building trust and demonstrating Christ’s love through our actions.

Seeking to Bless Others

One of the most beautiful ways to enhance the Kingdom of God in your local context is by actively seeking opportunities to bless others. It’s not about grand gestures but rather the small, everyday acts of kindness that can make a significant impact. Jesus himself modelled this through his acts of healing, feeding the hungry, and offering forgiveness to the repentant.

Enhancing the Kingdom of God requires us to be conduits of God’s grace and love. It means going the extra mile to help a neighbour in need, offering a listening ear to someone going through a tough time or sharing a meal with someone who may be lonely. These acts of kindness can be the seeds that lead others to a deeper understanding of God’s love and grace.

Enhancing the Kingdom of God involves

Community Engagement:

There is power in the community. Actively participating in local initiatives, collaborating with other community organizations, and seeking to address the pressing needs of our neighbours, is creating an environment where people can experience the love of Christ through our actions.

Global Outreach

While our commitment to enhancing the Kingdom of God begins at home, it doesn’t end there. Global missions, sponsoring humanitarian projects, and spreading the message of hope to nations near and far. Both in terms of financial support and personal involvement. These activities are also part of the commission.

The Call To Enhance The Kingdom of God, Increasingly Significant

In a world filled with division and uncertainty, the call to enhance the Kingdom of God becomes increasingly significant. Jesus’s Great Commission challenges us to be more than passive believers; it urges us to be agents of change and love within our communities. Knowing our neighbours, seeking to bless them, and actively participating in missions both locally and globally are vital steps in fulfilling this commission.

As we reflect on Matthew 28:19 and the mission of God, let us remember that our role extends beyond attending church services. It involves being the hands and feet of Christ in our neighbourhoods, workplaces, and the wider world. Through these acts of love and service, we can truly enhance the Kingdom of God, sharing the message of hope and salvation with a world in need.