Weekly Ministry Tip #13
God Is Greater
Sometimes it is easy to fear what others think about you. If we share our faith and get singled out as the religious person, it could make one feel uncomfortable. People could even try to avoid us. But we need to be careful that we do not let peer pressure and people’s opinions impact our words and work for God. God is greater and we live for things that are eternal.
Matthew 5:11-12 speaks of the truth that we are blessed when we are persecuted. We look to our reward in heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Verses 13-16 clearly encourages believers to fully live out their Christian faith and show people what it means to have a relationship with a merciful and gracious Savior.
13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. 
We are to be salt and light and fully live for Him. It may be hard to be persecuted but we have the truth and the transforming message that everyone needs to hear. God will forgive anyone no matter what they’ve done. If anyone would come to Christ, they will find forgiveness, grace, mercy and eternal life. God is greater. With Him we do not need to fear anyone.
God’s Not Dead
Need some encouragement? Take your disciples to go see the movie “God’s Not Dead” at the theater in the next week. I believe you’ll be inspired and you may even get a little emotional as I did. Can we really stand up for our faith? Check out the movie.
When we left the theater, my wife and I went to grab a burger just across the street and the first thing I told the person taking our order at the counter, “did you know that God’s not dead!” He said to me, “I know that. I go to church and I’ve invited Jesus into my life.” I said great.
As we sat down one of the workers was wiping off a table next to us and I told him the same thing, “Did you know that God’s not dead.” This time I had a chance to share with him very briefly that we just saw the movie and it had a great message about the relationship we can have with Christ. I knew we were short on time as he was working, so I gave him the “Knowing God Personally” booklet and I encouraged him to read it after work.
We need to be bold. We need to be salt and light. We may experience persecution but greater is He that is in us than He that is in the world. Who can you talk to this week?
It May Seem Like Friday Night But Sunday’s On The Way
Christian music artist Carmen, wrote a song about the resurrection with the title “Sunday’s On The Way.” A very creative song about Satan’s attempt to keep Jesus permanently in the grave. But we know the end of the story. The two-ton stone was rolled away and He rose from the dead. We serve a living Savior.
One point in last week’s tip talked about making the resurrection of Christ an emphasis in your evangelism. At your next weekly meeting, invite your local pastor, staff member or a student on your leadership team, to talk about the evidence for the resurrection of Christ. Here’s some background material you could use or have everyone view the videos on “the Resurrection Factor.” Also check out the “Presentation Media”, if you want to do the talk yourself.
Talk to you next week,
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Mt 5:11–16). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.