Mick’s Memo – Tools
Good auto technicians, software developers, machine operators, teachers, and sales reps all must keep up with the “tools of the trade”. The tasks of any vocation are also in constant change, so the tools require frequent updates.
Followers of Jesus are called to give testimony or “be witnesses” to the life, teachings and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. We receive the empowerment and tools (gifts) needed from the Holy Spirit to make us effective in helping others see the blessed opportunity Jesus offers.
But we are called to maintain, develop and use the tools we’re given. Increased knowledge of the Scripture is a critical part of that tool box as is our commitment to put that knowledge into practice in our lives. As we see with the Apostle Paul at Athens (Acts 17) it is also wise to know the culture of those who listen to our testimony, treat them with courtesy, and communicate in terms they understand.
How’s your toolbox? Are you prepared to give and answer to those who would ask the reason for the hope you have within? I mentioned some resources briefly in the message last Sunday and want to repeat them and add some others here. I mentioned Ravi Zacharias as a renowned Christian speaker who gives seminars in Universities around the world; his organization website is rzim.org and has a spectrum of resources available. I mentioned a book that I found motivational and very practical entitled “Tell It Often, Tell it Well”, by Mark McCloskey. Its last edition was 1992, but you can find it online. Another author I have found extremely helpful is Timothy Keller, particularly his books “The Reason for God”, and “Making Sense of God—An invitation to the Skeptical”. If you are in dialogue with someone from the scientific realm, Stephen Meyer has many reference materials and talks available on his website, stephencmeyer.org. For the more philosophical skeptic, William Lane Craig provides many good instructional tools at reasonablefaith.org.
I want to encourage you to check these out. Discover new information that can add to your “tools” or sharpen the tools you already have. I recognize that a lot of dialogue in our culture is toxic. We don’t want to add to that toxicity. Neither do we want to stand aside in silence as people go on unaware of who Jesus really is and what He has done for them. If we add prayer and godly example to our compassion for others, I believe God will use our testimony of Jesus’ impact on us to continue His impact on our world.
This weekend we will see Paul move on from Athens to Corinth—not far geographically, but a long journey culturally!
Looking forward to seeing you Saturday at our Anniversary Praise Night and Sunday morning (after you turn your clocks back!!!),