Its time to come out of the closet

Is your current Christian experience a bit like an old denim jacket with an embroidered cross and the words “Jesus Saves” across the back? Do you keep your denim Jesus jacket hanging up in the closet, in times of real crisis you will show it to a friend, maybe you put it on when you are in the garden or when no else is around to see it, maybe you wear it on Sunday or if your forced into a christian event?  

The good news is that now is the time for you to wear your Jesus jacket everyday (metaphorically), on every occasion, where ever you go.  Its time to come out of the closet, we don’t mind if you smell of moth balls, if your a little rusty, if you haven’t done anything like this for a while, it doesn’t not matter how old you are, the Lord Jesus loves you and will help you in this journey of sharing His message of salvation. The only thing you need to be sure of is that “now is the time”.

The United Kingdom Movement for Christian Evangelism has been established to help equip you (Christians in the UK) to share your faith with your family, your friends and those around your life who have not heard the message of salvation which is found only in the finished work of Jesus Christ at the cross. Jesus will draw men, woman and children to himself when we do our part of the job sharing the simple message of salvation.  We do the telling He does the saving.

If we (Christians in the UK) shared the simple message of salvation with our family and friends and just a few were born again the Church in our nation would experience real growth and revival on an unprecedented national level. As a UK Christian you can arise to this challenge and the United Kingdom Movement for Christian Evangelism will do everything we can to help and equip you to be effective.

So what’s stopping us?

The fear of being rejected? The feeling that you’re not equipped enough to do it well or your simply being afraid of the whole prospect and you would rather pray about it, sound familiar?

 It could be you don’t want the responsibility of looking after some one who becomes a Christian. You may feel shy and uncomfortable talking about Jesus, that’s a totally normal feeling. There are so many reasons but Jesus never told us to save anyone, Jesus told us to tell others about His free gift of salvation, about how they can now know God as Father because of His finished work at the Cross.  If we feel daunted by the prospect of looking after someone who has received Jesus as Lord and Saviour the Church leaders can always help you. Their are many Christians in our Churches who are gifted in the area of lovingly building new believers into the body of Jesus Christ . We have found that at first it’s the coffee, friendship and the laughter that helps people to continue. After a while they find their own feet and become valuable members of the Church.

This website will show you easy non-confrontational ways of effectively sharing the message of salvation with family, friends and also as a Church group in the wider community.

The Lord is often working on peoples hearts and our part in their salvation can just be a light friendly conversation or sharing our testimony, it can be as simple as inviting them to Church, giving them a book, tract, CD or DVD about Christianity.  Its really between them and the Lord we are just part of the jigsaw that Father God is putting together that results in them Knowing Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.

 The time is now!

  • Being a Christian who actively shares the message of salvation is a brave choice, and you will feel blessed and happy as you see the Lord Jesus Christ changing the lives of those around you for the better.  Learn to be open with those around you about your Christian beliefs, accept yourself as a Christian who is not ashamed of the visibility the gospel will bring, you are making a massive difference, an eternal difference to those in your life and community by sharing the truth with them.
  • Be prepared.  Make sure you know what your talking about before you witness to your family, friends, co workers, and community.  There are lots of books and DVD’s that will equip you to witness.  Using a simple track or leaflet that explains salvation can be a great tool to work with. This website will also show you ways of reaching out to others with the message of salvation.  At first try witnessing to someone in your family or a friend you know will be positive and supportive.  You can always practice witnessing the message of salvation with a christian friend before you tell others, this will boost your confidence.
  • Choose your method of witnessing wisely. You might want to tell someone during a face-to-face conversation, or give them a Christian tract (DVD, CD, Book), make sure you choose one that clearly explains the whole gospel of salvation.  If you cannot find one you are comfortable with then download one off this site or write your own.  Memorise key scriptures and practise witnessing alone first if you wish, but simply share the full gospel message of salvation in a direct and clear way.  Try to make people feel relaxed, be friendly and listen to their points of view.  If they do not make an immediate commitment to Christ Jesus do not be disappointed offer to pray with them. Leave them with a tract or invite them to Church or a meeting  that they will feel comfortable attending.
  •  Be wise where you witness. Depending on your environment, you may come across individuals who want to fight you on every point of the Christian message.  It is important that you are prepared for potentially difficult witnessing encounters. If you witness on the streets especially at night or on the weekends make sure that you are safe and ready before you set out, always pray first before you go out witnessing,  always go with others in a group never go alone!  Remember the whole community needs to know the message of salvation so organising a Church outreach is the way forward in the community (try to network and involve all the local Churches). As well as regular leafleting and door Knocking inviting people to Church events as often as possible.  Unfortunately, you may be in a situation that when you tell others the message of salvation and I mean family and friends they may for a time disown you but do not be afraid the Lord will work things out.
  • Be proud of who you are in Christ! Hold your head up high and don’t let anyone make you feel ashamed. Don’t apologise or allow yourself to feel ashamed of the message of salvation found only in Jesus Christ. Instead, be full of love, life and light positive and firm in your faith.  This will be a great witness to them!

Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. (John 5:25) KJV

If we are prepared to take some time to pray for our family, friends and community, then back that prayer up with actions, then the Lord will draw them into salvation. Its time for you to equip yourself to witness the message of salvation found only in Jesus Christ. Its time to give people tracts, leaflets, books, DVD’s on the message of salvation. Its time to be available to talk to others about Jesus Christ and why you believe in Him. Its time for people to find out that you have received salvation in Jesus Christ and that you are a Christian. The time has now come for us to come out of the closet of silence and begin to share with others the way to salvation. 

Its time for you to come out of the closet! 

Jesus said: Don’t you have a saying, ‘Four more months and then the harvest’? Well, what I say to you is: open your eyes and look at the fields! They’re already ripe for harvest! (John 4:35) CJB

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. (Mark 16:15) NIV

But what does it say? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

And Isaiah boldly says,“I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me. (Romans 10:8-14,20)

Its time to come out of the closet

Charles H. Spurgeon

“Some of you who love the Lord have never yet told anybody. You are secret Christians – you hide away behind pillar and post. Oh, but God’s Word is very sweet to you, you say, as you eat your morsel of bread in the corner! So it is, but you would have another and a greater sweetness if you would come out and avow that you love the Lord! I am sure you would. In fact, there is many a child of God who never enjoys the full sweetness of religion because he has not had the courage to confess Christ before men. I wish that some of you halting ones, you who are much-afraid and fearing, would obey the whole of the Gospel.

“We need to have a Church in which all the members do something, in which all do all they can, in which all are always doing all they can—for this is what our Lord deserves to have from a living, loving people bought with His precious blood! If He has saved me, I will serve Him forever and ever. And whatever lies in my power to do for His Glory, that shall be my delight to do,and to do at once!”

The Sin of Doing Nothing

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