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Jan

Incomparable Enrichment of Life

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make disciples of all nations ... (Matthew 28:18)

A fundamental aspect of our calling as Christians is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. This was the focus of an email I received some two and a half years ago from an educator in New Zealand. He had read an editorial I had written under the caption "Follow God fearlessly" and, in his encouraging response, urged the importance of personal witnessing as a feature of the daily life of each Christian.

The writer said he had been busy helping Christians "grow to become authentic disciples of Christ and then go on to become disciple-makers, thus creating the long lost 'multiplication factor' in evangelism and church growth!" Now in his seventies, this Baptist Christian has spent many years helping to form students, at various stages of their intellectual development, as disciples of Christ.  

I wish to underscore what my correspondent says about the urgent need for the church to intensify its efforts to train followers of Christ to share their faith. This is a part of our vocation to evangelize especially those who have not yet committed their life to our Lord. Christians should enthusiastically desire for others the same gift of eternal life that God has so graciously given to us. This is the greatest gift anyone can receive and we should be glad participants in helping others to share in this gift.

The church should also assign a greater priority to training church members to share their faith with those who have not yet committed their life to Christ. Only so will more Christians become joyful witnesses to Christ.

I encourage all followers of Christ to consider making 2013 a year when their Christian concern, especially for relatives, friends and other associates, leads them to do the following: pray regularly for these persons; provide them with an example of genuine devotion to Christ; and joyfully seek to lead them into a life-transforming encounter with the one who is our God and Savior.

Let us make good use of the opportunity God grants us during this New Year to help others encounter the Christ and experience the change that issues in incomparable enrichment of life.

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Neville George Callam, a Jamaican, has been serving as general secretary and chief executive officer of the Baptist World Alliance since his election in Accra, Ghana in 2007.

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    Peder M.I. Liland, Lillesand, Norway Monday, 14 January 2013

    Yes, a new year, a gift from the Living God. Good to feel that you and BWA are in toch with Him as well with us fellow wanderers. Your message will be taken to our prayermeeting tonight, which gathers persons from the various congregations in our tiny costal town, including Lutherans, Pentecostals and Baptists: Bless you.
    br. Peder

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