by Dr. Foster H. Shannon
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (I John 4:1)
We need to be students of the Bible, the word of God, so we will know what is right and recognize what is wrong. Every Christian should read at least one chapter in the Bible every day. It is better to do even more.
The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea from Friday, February 9 to Sunday, February 25, 2018. The events include Ski Jumping, Cross Country Skiing, Bobsled, Freestyle Skiing, Hockey, and much more. One thing we can be sure of—the participants have been preparing for a long time. They would not think of participating without preparation! They are an example to us all.
Our Savior tells us to bear witness for him, so that others can believe in and follow him. I think that most Christians recognize that we need to prepare to share our faith with others and even to teach others. We not only need to lift other up, but we need to be encouraged, too:
“You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?” (Matthew 5:13)
“Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence;” (I Peter 3:15)
“You then my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (II Timothy 2:1,2)
“…but how are men to call upon him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14)
Chuck Colson was a sharp attorney who served as a special counsel to President Nixon from 1969 to 1973. He was known for his toughness and ruthlessness, and he became involved in the Watergate Scandal. As a result he was arrested, tried, and sentenced to prison. He had to rethink what life was about; what was truly worthy. A friend gave him a copy of Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis. He read it, and came to faith in Christ and to trust in the Bible. As a result, he became a strong witness for Jesus Christ. He founded Prison Fellowship. For more than 40 years, Prison Fellowship has been going into correctional facilities, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with those behind bars. He is the author of twelve books, including the inspirational classic, THE GOOD LIFE, available at GreenLeaf Press.
Chuck Colson has been an example and an encouragement to many who found new life in Jesus Christ. He commented on the matter of preparation for Christians: “Most professing Christians don’t know what they believe, and so can neither understand nor defend the Christian faith–much less live it. Many of the things we tell non-believers do not represent real Christianity.”
Maybe Chuck Colson has been a little tough on us, however, his words are worth considering. We can all become better informed so we can help others who lack knowledge of true Christianity.
I have worked with Green Leaf Press since 1980. We sell a selection of Christian books that we believe will help inform and encourage many. I would challenge you to go to our website, www.gogreenleaf.com and find at least one book that will nourish and encourage you.
One way we can help others is to be like Chuck Colson’s friend, who gave him a book that changed his life!
Here are some books that you might look for:
Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis;
God in the Dock, C.S. Lewis;
Answering Questions People ask about Christianity, Foster Shannon;
7 WOMEN AND THE SECRET OF THEIR GREATNESS by Eric Metaxas:
7 MEN: AND THE SECRET OF THEIR GREATNESS by Eric Metaxas;
GEORGE WHITEFIELD (God’s Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century Arnold A. Dallimore, Crossway;
The Major Themes of the Bible, Foster Shannon (designed for Bible study groups).
There are many more!
Foster H. Shannon