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St Nicholas Methodist Church has existed on the present site for over 150 years since it opened in 1867.

We are a friendly community of believers where all are welcomed. We help each other to worship God, and strive to live more like Christ in service beyond the walls of our church building.

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Thursday, 21 October 2021

An ABC of Faith


What feeing do you have when you read the word Evangelism; what picture comes into you mind?

I read an article entitled six attitudes that kill evangelism

  1. “That’s what we pay our minister to do.”
  2. “Our church members are just not evangelistic.”
  3. “Our denomination does not help us.”
  4. “We emphasise evangelism once a year in our church.”
  5. “I don’t know anyone well who is not a Christian.”
  6. “We don’t have the resources.”

The first misconception is that God chooses only certain people to witness.

People who believe this are quick to point to Ephesians 4:11—”It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers.” They believe evangelism is a gift given only to “some.”

They are absolutely correct. God does give “some to be evangelists.” But being an evangelist and being a witness are not necessarily the same thing. We can praise the Lord for those “some” whom God calls as evangelists. But God has called all of us to witness!

In Acts 1:8 we find Jesus saying, “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.”

There is a somewhat story of someone who prayed, “Dear God, So far today, I've done all right. I haven't gossiped. I haven't lost my temper. I haven't lied or cheated. I haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish or overindulgent.I'm very thankful for that. But in a few minutes, Lord, I'm going to get out of bed; and from then on, I'm probably going to need a lot more help.In Jesus' name, Amen.”

But that’s just it, Jesus not only says that we shall be his witnesses to the ends of earth, he also says he will be with us to the earth’s ends.


Help us Lord, to demonstrate Your great love and grace to all those that cross our paths today. May we be ready and willing to be faithful witnesses of You and to give an answer for what we believe, so that many may also come to know You and to accept Jesus as their own personal Saviour and friend, because they saw Him in us. 

Help us to edify and uplift other members of Your body and in all things to be Your hands and feet, Your eyes and ears and Your heart of love in all we say and do today. In Jesus' name, 


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