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Earl Marshall

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Filling the Walls

Don’t forget to check out the walls of the Prayer Room at OBC this Sunday and “fill the walls”. Who has God brought into your life to share your faith story? See some of our staff praying over the names this week.

Tim Keller on Being A Friend Who Doesn’t Hide Your Christianity

Servant magazine (issue eighty-eight 2011) interviewed Tim Keller the pastor of Redeemer Church in New York City and among the many questions asked Keller he was asked about what skeptics need most from Christians.  Here is how he replied,”Don’t think in terms of what used to be called friendship evangelism.  Think in terms of friendship.  Your evangelism should be organic and natural, not a bunch of bullet points and agenda items that you enter into a conversation hoping to get to so your’s almost like a marketer.  Just naturally talk to them about how you see reality.  If an issue comes up don’t hide your Christianity.  I think people either try to push faith on others without being their friend or they are their friend but hide their Christianity.  So if you are a friend who doesn’t hide your Christianity I think things will go along well.””A Christian friend they admire.  Forty years ago most of us knew gay people, but we didn’t know we did because everybody was carefully quiet about it.  As a result , you could believe stereotypes about them.  Today, culture has changed.  As a result, almost all younger people know somebody who’s gay and they realize they’re ordinary, and in many cases, admirable people.  And therefore they cannot believe stereotypes or blanket negative statements about them.  Most skeptics I talk to probably do have Christian friends but they don’t know it.  Christians are like the gay people were forty years ago.  They hide it.  Basically, there are all sorts of wonderful Christians.  But most skeptics don’t know them and what they need more than an argument is to observe an intelligent, admirable human being and see that a big part of what makes them that way is their faith.  Having a Christian friend you admire makes the faith more credible.”When it comes to sharing your faith, think personal not impersonal.

“Fill The Walls”

OBC met Sunday morning (January 1, 2012) and made a resolution for 2012. I had been wondering, “if there was one important thing we would resolve to do together in 2012 what would that one important thing be? There are so many different and good things we could resolve to do together in 2012. We could pray more, read through the Bible together, all worthy of our attention. But a good resolution is always an intersection between the truly important and urgent. This would mean that it has to be a high value from God’s perspective (Scripture) and a pressing need in the life of our church.As we look forward to reaching our region and seriously consider what “multiplication” looks like for us as a church this year it seemed fitting that we consider the following for our 2012 resolution:”We resolve together that each of us share our faith in Christ with one other person in 2012.”To encourage this we are asking that each student and adult that is a follower of Jesus Christ and calls OBC home prayerfully consider who the person is that God has brought into their life to share their story of faith and God’s story with. Over the course of the next few weeks and months as the name of that person becomes clear, come to the prayer room and write the first name of that person on one of the walls in the prayer room. This will allow many who visit the prayer room to pray for the name of that person. When you have shared your faith in Jesus Christ with that person return to the prayer room and circle their name. This will encourage you and everyone else as we see how we are together fulfilling our resolution to share our faith in Jesus Christ with others.Check back here for regular updates and helpful information as we move together to “fill the walls” in 2012.

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