Hi Jesusspotting bloggers.
I am the lady sitting supping on the juice, listening intently to Mike presenting Colin the gospel message, in the last photo (We call that presentation ‘cookies and cups’. If you want to know more about what I am referring to you can go to lesson 8 & fast forward to 51mins on The Pioneer School on the website TheLastReformation.com)
However Mike’s version is a little different as it has been modified over time to make it his own style.
One part I particularly like, is when Mike asks the listener to imagine they live in a country where the king gives out credit cards with a limit of $50 million (or another unreachable amount to repay).
Mike goes on to say that you (the listener) max-ed out the card to the full $50 million. The king clearly states the penalty for not paying back the full amount is imminent death, … beheaded!!!
However the Prince has offered a remission slip for the FULL amount to anyone. There is three very very simple requirements
1. You must go to the Prince’s office.
2. You must fill in the form.
3. You must hand it in to be processed.Then the debt will receive the remission slip stamped with “Paid In FULL” .
Wow! would you do those 3 simple steps if you lived in that country under those circumstances? … And can you see how foolish it would be to ignore those 3 simple steps.
Mike goes on to share…
Likewise it is with GOD. We (including me & you) have each clocked up a DEBT, (actually we are born with the debt) we can not repay, it’s beyond our ability.We all have fallen short of God’s perfect standard required to get into God’s perfect HOLY eternal kingdom.GOD’s Son is not only willing to swap His perfect record for our imperfect record ….He has already DONE IT!
It is FINISHED!
BUT similarly to the analogy, we don’t receive it automatically we must do do three very very simple requirements.
1. We must BELIEVE Jesus.
2. We must turn away from away from our old life style (thinking & doing).
3. We must be baptised in water and in Spirit. (this is my version of his version…lol….)
Colin was intently taking all this information in.
This presentation MOVED Colin to ACTION.
The others in our group had dispersed in the park, talking to other park goers. So at this point there was only Mike & Colin & Mike’s wife April who took the photo & me.
As we all know, God is always exceptionally good at orchestrating EVERYTHING, & the group came back together.
Colin was collecting up all his belongings, and leading the way to the water.
“We are we going?” some asked.
“We are off to baptise Colin.”
Nothing was going to stop him.
This happened on Saturday 9th December.
The next day, we all meet up with Colin again for church & a meal & fellowship in the same park.
April baptised Colin with the Spirit.
We met again the following two Saturdays. . . & during the week too.
I pray that another disciple from Tauranga will share their perspective of inputting in to Colin’s walk.
It has been a beautiful family/body ministry. And Colin is our latest person of peace.
Church in the park is soooo free-ing!!!!!
from Carol a follower of Jesus.