Answering people’s questions about our hope in Jesus is assumed to be a normal part of our Christian lives. Our lives are to be so distinctive that friends, neighbours, work colleagues can’t help but notice there’s something different about us… something hopeful.
Hear these words from 1 Peter 3:
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
Andrew Sweasey has been leading a review within the church of how we can better prepare ourselves for such conversations and how we can create more opportunities for evangelism together. As part of that, Andrew led a team who put together a questionnaire which many of us completed. If you click on the link below, you can see just a few of the results.
We have a new website – and that’s pretty exciting. And we are involved in a church plant to the north of the city which starts in March – that’s even more exciting. Lots is changing.
But some things don’t change. Our devotion to Jesus Christ and our focus on working towards the Great Commission he gives his church are two of those things.
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt 28)
We are delighted with the new website – thanks very much to all who have brought this baby into being. And we are delighted to be a part of God’s work in our city. But more than anything, we trust we’ll remain faithful and focussed on the call of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, in the midst of these new beginnings.
Mike has been the Pastor of Rock Baptist Church since September 2010.
He played basketball for Leicester City Riders in his younger days, playing for England in the U21 squad before starting university. He taught Social Sciences in Melton Mowbray, before becoming Midlands Team Leader for UCCF – an evangelical Christian fellowship supporting the work of student Christian Unions. He became Pastor of Woodlands Evangelical Church in Derby for 3 years, and then began post-graduate theological studies at Wales Evangelical School of Theology in 2007.
He is married to Dawn. They have two sons: Joel and Noah. He enjoys all sports, reading crime novels and spending time with his family.
“A happy heart makes the face cheerful.” (Prov 15:13)