This conversation was with Victor and Rachel Fredlund who have served Jesus Christ in South Africa for 37 years. Victor originated from Swansea and Rachel from Bath. During this conversation we hear about the basic foundation for any service, how to learn from others and appreciate the differences in culture. Two memorable gems from this conversation were “Life is more colourful when you have people in your life from different backgrounds” and “Be prepared to be foolish in other people’s eyes if you want to learn”. The Fredlunds are very active in their community with hospital, clinics and schooling.
In this final session of the Unashamed series, and a couple of weeks before the Alpha Course, Grant and Dan encourage us all to put making disciples at the top of our ‘to do’ list, as important and urgent.
Just as Jesus spent His life in redeeming people, so we as the Church are called to do the same, unashamedly inviting as many as possible to come into the kingdom of God. Not only should we work hard at doing so, like a hardworking farmer sowing seed, but like a farmer we will have incredible joy at seeing a harvest of people coming to Christ.
Through the Unashamed series we have been exploring ways to interact with people unashamedly about our faith in Jesus Christ, with strategies and ways to ‘push back’ on the arguments that can be presented to us. But even in the heat of the moment if you forget these things, there is one thing you can say better than anyone else, and that is your story of how came to be a believer in Jesus Christ and how He changed your life. Paul the apostle shared his testimony often with others, and it was a powerful demonstration of the living Saviour. In this session Grant explores how sharing his own testimony made a huge impact in someones else’s life, and gives us practical handles for how we can do the same!
Some topics can be challenging for a Christian to talk about. Evolution, the birth of science, the supernatural, to name just a few.
In a continuation of their “Unashamed” series Grant, Dan and Matt tackle these challenging topics and ask if there are questions science can never answer.
Are we really a product of random chance, as some evolutionists believe, or do our complex and sophisticated bodies bear the mark of a Designer?
How did we get here? Are we simply the result of random particles that collided to create the universe, our sun, our earth, our very existence? If there is a design, doesn’t that point to a Designer? In this session Grant, Matt and Dan talk about creation, and how we as Christians can be confident in the overwhelming evidence that a Creator – eternal, all powerful and infinite – must have created everything we see today. Incredibly, the Bible describes how Jesus Christ, the son of God, sustains and holds all of creation together! While theories exist even within Christian circles as to the ‘how’ and the ‘when’ God created, this talk is geared more towards the shared underlying point that all Christians agree on – that for there to be a creation, there must be a Creator! As Christians believing in a loving Creator, we can be more than confident that the evidence is overwhelmingly on our side! We can be unashamed to talk about our faith in a God who is real, and who has revealed Himself not only through creation, but through his son, Jesus Christ.
In this session Grant explores how as Christians we should talk naturally about our faith to unbelievers, that can open up conversations about Christ. Matt and Dan then give helpful advice about who to speak to, what to look out for and how to better understand the person asking questions about Christinanity , in order to share the gospel in the most effective way.
From a dark and damp Roman prison cell, chained like a criminal, Paul wrote his second letter to his son in the faith, Timothy. He told him to not be ashamed of the gospel, nor to be feel ashamed of him. Inspired by this passage of scripture, and the call for us all to boldly proclaim Christ, this talk is the first in a new series called ‘Unashamed’, where we look to strengthen our witness of Jesus Christ to the world around us. The talks will also be practical and empowering through the use of apologetics to equip every believer to defend the Christian faith, and to live for Christ in a way that is totally unashamed.
James 5 verse 16: To some, the idea of confessing sins to others may conjure up feelings of guilt, fear and judgment. But in James we are encouraged to confess our sins and pray for one another so that we can be healed. In this way we can truly help one another live in freedom from shame and bring into the light that which is done in darkness.
In April 2017, Grant had the opportunity of ministering into a church in Vishkhapatanum, India. The church (Christ Ministries) meets on top of a three story building in the middle of a slum area, with extreme poverty. This conversation was in Swansea where Grant spoke to Michael and Ladha about their church plant, and reminds us that God loves all nations.
Galatians 6:2. Jesus called out to the weary and heavy-laden, and invited them to Him to take away their burdens. He still does! Yet there is a mystery in that the church is described as being the Body of Christ. Therefore it would make sense that we too can also help carry each other’s burdens, just as Christ does. This kind of love and care for one another goes deeper than a simple ‘How are you? I’m fine’, and means we are called to share and carry the toughest parts of our lives together as we follow Christ together.