Thursday, January 20, 2005

SEM2- ISSUE 2 (20th January 2005)

Crossroads 2

God's Heart For The Lost

"People don't care how much you know, but how much you care," said Kris, NTU Campus Crusade Staff. It is indeed a challenging task to share Christ with pre-believers as some have misgivings because of previous bad experiences with Christians and have hence closed their hearts to receiving the gospel. As the term progresses, even we ourselves become too wrapped up doing projects, FYPs and CCAs to show care and concern for the 'lost' in NTU.

But God calls us to reach out to the lost and not to become too distracted by personal agenda until we forget how important and urgent it is to do God's will. Jesus Himself left the comfort and glory of Heaven to do God's will on earth. The nature of God is unconditional love (1 John 4: 9-10). John 4:1-26 relates Jesus’ personal encounter with a Samaritan Woman and exemplifies this attribute of God.

God’s love is

1) Not limited by logical thinking
2) Natural yet intentional
3) Not distracted by personal agenda.

Jesus purposely chose to go through Samaria. As a result, many Samaritans believed in Jesus. Nothing is impossible for God, the Lord of the harvest. Life transformation can take place at unlikely places and situations, breaking all human barriers due to logical thinking e.g. 'They'll NEVER want to hear me preach because they have heard this so many times over!’ He also identified with the needs of the Samaritan woman by striking up a conversation with her about water and likening Himself to living water that "whosoever drink from Him will never thirst."

Likewise, fellow Crusader, Champ also saw how Tony, a Staff member identified with the needs of pre-believers when he was doing weekly campus witnessing with him. "The pre-believer became less 'hostile' when Tony took over to share the 4SL with them because he understood their needs. Witnessing is an experience and you cannot just do it once and expect success," said Champ.

Lastly, Jesus was also hungry to do the will of God while His disciples were concerned about satisfying their own needs and pleasures. Are we too busy with our own agenda that we have neglected the Word that God has entrusted to us? What are we hungry for today?

1. Gen 12ii-"Are you in or out?" Hurry up and register!!! The closing date is on 7th Feb.

2. "After the sea calms."- This is a book that has been specially printed to answer difficult questions people ask in the face of tragedy. It will be used to reach out to NTU students. Visit the website for more details on evangelism events in NTU!

3. Connexions- Evangelism and discipleship training on 28-29th Jan.

Venue: Aloha Loyang Resort Garden Terrace.
Meet at 2030, Pasir Ris MRT station.
Registration fees: $15.
For further details, ask yourrespective SMs.

4. No X-roads next week. X-roads will resume on 3rd Feb, 6:30pm, NIE LT6

Sound bites:

"I feel energized & I finally grasped the full meaning of being fixed & to preach the gospel regardless of whatever cost like Jesus did," Shengzhi, CEE, Yr 2

"The weekly evangelism was quite challenging for us but we always need to take the first step so that barriers can be broken," Christabel, Biz, Yr 1

"How Jesus was able to be connection starter….pointers like how to start evangelizing. I was inspired by Champ when he shared his testimony on street witnessing." Charis, CS, Yr 1


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