Each one of us has a story to tell about the difference Jesus has made in our lives – and you’re the only one who can give others the opportunity to hear yours.
As we play our part in introducing others to Jesus, we get to give the greatest gift on earth; the chance for others to meet Jesus themselves. In the words of Tim Keller in Generous Justice, “No one else can make such an invitation.” It’s a gift that only us Christians can give.
It’s like an infusion of boldness has been released over people and they have started sharing their faith with confidence and expectation
There’s nothing like hearing about how Jesus has changed someone’s life. And that’s why, for over a year now, our Great Commission website has been releasing a good news story every single week. Stories of people like Lee, who encountered the love of Jesus powerfully through a church service, after being invited in by a friend and enticed with the offer of free food.
We’re sharing stories of Christians like Sheila, showing the gift of God’s love on the streets of her city Peterborough, offering to pray for people – including the local fish and chip shop! And stories of young people like Ben, who’s been given the gift of knowing God’s love since his childhood, now sharing that love of Jesus with others in his school.
“Our congregation has been inspired by Great Commission’s stories of people turning their lives to Jesus,” says Pastor Nestor Fernandez from Cross Street Baptist Church in Islington. “It’s like an infusion of boldness has been released over people and they have started sharing their faith with confidence and expectation.”
I didn’t think my story could do so much, but God showed me in the making of this story that anything I surrender to Him, no matter how small or insignificant I think it may be, in our Saviour’s arms it can change nations.
The films also show the amazing range of ways in which people first encounter Jesus. Stories of men like Manoj, whose family encountered God’s healing power after a Christian couple they knew prayed earnestly for their two-year old son to be healed. Or of women like Balbinder, who had lived as a Sikh for more than 50 years, but never found peace. Through a conversation with a newly-Christian friend on the phone, this friend later sent her the gift of a bible which opened her eyes to God’s love for her.
Gillian Orr, a youth-worker in Abernethy, Scotland, told us: “I’m always looking for inspiring video clips to show my youth group, and the little testimonies on the Great Commission site are great, and really easy to download for any session I’m leading. The young people were so inspired to hear from others who are sharing their faith at school too – it really encouraged them.”
Lee, whose filmed story was viewed by thousands on Facebook, told us about the impact it’s had… “The film has been such an encouragement to me because it’s really allowed me to see that every single one of our stories to faith, no matter how small we may think it is, has the power to change a life,” says Lee. “I didn’t think my story could do so much, but God showed me in the making of this story that anything I surrender to Him, no matter how small or insignificant I think it may be, in our Saviour’s arms it can change nations. My non-Christian friends were extremely supportive of my story and they were encouraged. They wanted to know more. Some of them even shared it.”
A year on from our launch, greatcommission.co.uk is continuing to bring together a wide range of resources, reflections and stories, inspiring and encouraging you and your church to talk about Jesus. As an organisation passionate about unity and seeing people making Jesus known, we hope this site will continue to do just that.