Authentic Witness

November 27, 1996

Matthew 28:18-20 – And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

How many times have I wondered how best to share the love of God in Jesus Christ my Lord? I don't mean by being a missionary somewhere around the world, but right in my small town. My culture says its not cool to talk of Christ, and I'm not great at handing out tracts or asking if someone is saved. Does that mean I have nothing to say about Jesus Christ?

I'm struggling with authentic witness and I bet you are, too. I doubt you've come up with any easy answers. I know I haven't.

Maybe Living Faith is still the best guide when it says: "We should not address others in a spirit of arrogance implying that we are better than they. But rather, in the spirit of humility, as beggars telling others where food is to be found, we point to life in Christ."

At the World Council of Churches' Conference on World Mission and Evangelism, I'm off to a workshop on Authentic Witness Within Each Culture. Please pray for me and the many who seek to be authentic witnesses for Christ today.

Prayer: In your grace, bless and guide the peoples gathered for the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism in Salvador, Brazil, that through it your people may be strengthened in their cultural identity, renewed in their Christian life, and equipped for authentic witness in each context, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (adapted from WCC prayer).

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Kenn Stright <kennethstright@yahoo.ca>
West Petpeswick, Nova Scotia, Canada

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