The purpose of this course is to help you grow in your belief that you can be used by God to help your community on their journey towards a faith in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. This course will allow you to grow in confidence and competence so that your witness can be offered to those around you.
This course will include 4 weekly videos and worksheets for you to consider and this material will be made available each Sunday so please revisit this page for future updates. Please see the schedule below:
Week 1: Introduction 13th June Week 2: Our story 20th June Week 3: God's story 27th June Week 4: Connecting the Stories 4th July
In preparation for the course please see the video below based on Acts 1:8
God has a heart of love for all, and he calls us to be witnesses to that love, and to make disciples. Importance of prayer Thinking through who we come into contact with and how we might really listen to their story and what their current knowledge/relationship/understanding is about God.
Texts: Acts 1:1 - 11 Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven
1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach
2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
5 For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”
6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.
11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
We have all had many different experiences and are getting used to many new aspects of our present situation. We have learnt of friends and colleagues who have been ill with Covid 19, and some of us unfortunately, have experienced bereavement.
This makes us all think differently about life. The same is true for many of our family members and neighbours, who may not be Christians. That’s why Jill’s course is such a gift to us.
If you haven’t looked at last week’s material, please do so and also ensure that you make the best possible use both of the video, if you can, and of Jill’s Leaflet for week 2 of God’s Harvesters. This is God’s provision to help us to be prepared to share something of our faith to those who may just now be starting on a journey to discover Jesus. This will help us to help others discover Jesus.
This week is about seeing how our experience of Jesus can be helpful to others. We may feel it’s not dramatic like Paul’s conversion, but we have something unique that can help others – it’s our witness.
Also listen to the YouTube songs.
These two old favourites are telling the authors’ stories of what they have discovered about Jesus in their lives.
My short video supports this. We explore the experience of the man who was blind. You can read the story in John chapter 9. The Bible sheet delves into this too