Rick and Carrie

Recently Michelle and I baptized two new believers at the local pool, a husband and wife. They gave their lives to the Lord two weeks ago.

Rick and Carrie are from Shanghi. We met two months ago at the English conversation club we run. They had arrived in Australia that same week.

Carrie is a software systems engineer. Rick specializes in automobile hybrid technology.

At English club we always do a simple discovery bible study. We follow people up and see if they want to learn more about Jesus. Rick and Carrie did.

We took them through the first four of the Seven Stories of Hope — mostly stories from the Gospels. I shared a simple gospel outline with them and felt that both Rick and Carrie were ready to receive Christ.

To my surprise, Rick pushed back. So I took a step back and gave them time. Two days later Rick was on a mercy dash after hearing that his mother was hospitalised with a life threatening illness.

He got the first flight out to see her and spent every moment praying that God would spare her life.

She pulled through. Rick returned a different man.

Two weeks later Rick and Carrie put their trust in Jesus as their Saviour, and confessed him as their Lord.

Tonight we’ll go around to their home and continue a series of studies on being a disciples of Christ. They follow seven of the commands Jesus gave his disciples — repent and believe, be baptised, pray, love one another and so on.

These lessons also follow a simple discovery bible study approach. That’s because we want Rick and Carrie to learn what we do in sharing the gospel and making disciples, so that right away they can learn to do what we do.

We read a story or short passage of Scripture and then everyone retells it in their own words.

We ask these questions:

  • What do you like about the story?
  • What does the story tell us about God or Jesus?
  • What do we learn about the people in the story?
  • Is there a command to obey or an example to follow?
  • This week how will will each of us obey what we have learned from this story?
  • Do you identify with anyone in the story?
  • Who could we share this story with?
  • How can we pray for each other?

What we’re doing in Box Hill is what our workers and the people they train do around Australia, and around the world. Language and culture varies, but the power of the gospel remains the same.

Wherever we serve we connect with people, we share the gospel, we train disciples, we gather communities and we multiply workers.

All around Australia there are pockets of people who have been trained in these methods. Now they are applying them and training others. Everywhere people are coming to faith in Christ.

Thanks for sharing the vision

Steve and Michelle