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Weekly SNAC, 16 September 2018 - Making disciples of all nations

In Matthew 28, we see Jesus command his disciples to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations”. As we look at our local area, it’s pretty clear that there are people who have come from many different places and who now live in Australia. In fact, if we think about Jesus’ words in Matt 28, the good news is that we don’t actually have to go very far at all to obey this command. If you started walking down your street, it won’t take you long to find a neighbour who has a very different background to your own! And yet, many of us find it surprisingly easy to go through the week and avoid any meaningful conversation with someone who is different to us. Perhaps you could set yourself the challenge of introducing yourself to one of your neighbours and inviting them around for a meal?In Matthew 28, we see Jesus command his disciples to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations”. As we look at our local area, it’s pretty clear that there are people who have come from many different places and who now live in Australia. In fact, if we think about Jesus’ words in Matt 28, the good news is that we don’t actually have to go very far at all to obey this command. If you started walking down your street, it won’t take you long to find a neighbour who has a very different background to your own! And yet, many of us find it surprisingly easy to go through the week and avoid any meaningful conversation with someone who is different to us. Perhaps you could set yourself the challenge of introducing yourself to one of your neighbours and inviting them around for a meal?

One way that a group of us have been proclaiming Jesus to those in our local community is by hosting a number of ‘International Dinners’ at St James. We held our second dinner last Saturday and it was a great night. We had around 50 adults and 20 kids join together to share food from many different countries. The evening started with a Tongan musical item sung by Netane, Lama and Louisa. The audience was encouraged to join in with the actions as we sung ‘There’s no one, there’s no one like Jesus’ (or in Tongan, ‘Ikai ha taha tatau mo Sisu’). Over dinner, Rick explained Mark 1:15 and shared the testimony of the Philippian Jailer from Acts 16. We also heard a video testimony from Fergus and the testimony of Ally who was interviewed on the night. After the talk, people were encouraged to discuss the question – “What do you think is ‘good’ about the ‘good news’ of Jesus”? It was encouraging to hear of lots of gospel conversations shared during the night. 
                    
Please join us in giving thanks for those who came on the night and please be praying that many would be interested in hearing more about Jesus. If you would be interested in bringing along a guest to our next international dinner or would like some encouragement in how to share the gospel with people around you, please let me know. I’d love to speak to you!

Kevin Stepniewski