The power of one video

Years ago while doing outreach in our community I learned the power of having just one video and what it can achieve.

As a ministry we were giving away free Jesus Films in our local community. We would deliver pamphlets during the week to let people know that we would come the following weekend to give them a free movie about Jesus.

We found that one in every three homes wanted to take a video. This was inline with the national averages. They found one person wanted a video, one was not home and one person was not interested.

At one home we knocked on the door. A lady answered and said she was waiting for us to come. She was very keen to have a copy of the Jesus Film as she had been thinking about God lately.

We left her a free video and said we will be back in a few weeks to see how she went and if she had any questions.

When we returned a few weeks later we were very surprised by her response. We asked if she had watched the video. She said I watched the video and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Saviour. We were very happy.

Then she said that is not all. When her husband came home, they watched it together. Then all of her children had watched it and received Jesus too. We were overwhelmed that one video had brought a whole family of six to Christ.

Then she said that is not all. She took the video to her work in a nursing home and the 66 residents watched it and many of them received Christ. We were overjoyed and praised God.

This experience showed the power of just one evangelistic resource. One Jesus film reached over 70 people for Christ. Our intention was to reach one person, but it snow balled in to over 70!

From this time on I have never doubted the power of one video, one tract, or one visit to our website. We never know how God is going to use what we have in our hands.

Toady I wonder what I have in my hands that God could use? What have you got in your hands? We never know how God could use one evangelistic item for His Kingdom!

The truth at the right time

Titus 1:2-3 NLT says, “ This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God-who does not lie-promised them before the world began. [3] And now at just the right time he has revealed this message, which we announce to everyone. It is by the command of God our Saviour that I have been entrusted with this work for him.”

God reveal His truth that Jesus Christ saves at the right time. We can be confident we have eternal life because of Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection for us. God promised this salvation long ago and He does not lie. Like the Apostle Paul, it is our job to reveal the message of salvation to everyone. It is the work we are entrusted to. Jesus told us this when He told us to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20).

Dear God, thank You for Jesus dying for my sin on the cross. I pray You will forgive my sins. I want Jesus to be the Lord and Saviour of my life. I want to live my life for Your Kingdom. Help me to share my faith with those around me. I pray they will trust Jesus too. Amen.

Lessons from Phillip in sharing our faith

In Acts 8:26-40 we read the story of Philip and the Ethiopian. We see that Ethiopian was returning home from visiting Jerusalem to worship.

From Philip we can learn several things about sharing our faith with others.

1. Philip was obedient to God’s prompting – He was ministering in Samaria and was prompted to travel down the south road or the desert road. He did as he was asked.

2. Philip remained open to the Holy Spirit while traveling – Philip was told to go and be near the chariot that the Ethiopian Eunuch was traveling in. He did.

3. Philip listened to what the man was reading – Philip found out where the man was at. He realised he was reading Isaiah and asked if he needed help.

4. Philip told the man about Jesus – He explained that the prophecy from Isaiah was about Jesus and began to tell him all about Jesus.

5. Philip assisted the Ethiopian to be baptised – Philip assisted him to make this important step for new believers.

6. Philip continued his work elsewhere – we see that the Spirit took Philip away and he continued preaching the Gospel in all the surrounding towns.

One thing I like about this story is that Philip responded to God’s promptings all the way through. He was obedient to what he was asked to do.

I also like that he assessed where the man was at personally and assisted him with his queries about the Book of Isaiah. He then pointed him to Jesus and the way of salvation.

Sometimes as Christians we just need to listen to the Spirit’s promptings and start where the other person is at.