By God’s plan I now have a spectacular hope in Jesus Christ. However many today need that hope in Christ. GCRC (Great Commission Resource Centers) will train your members about sharing the hope in Christ with Unreached Affinity Groups.
A typical inscription on a grave in Paul’s day would read:
I was not
I am not
I care not
Some years ago James DeLoach, associate pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Houston, told the story of God Ain’t Dead!
He said, I am not a connoisseur of great art, but from time to time a painting or picture will really speak a clear, strong message to me. Some time ago I saw a picture of an old burned-out mountain shack. All that remained was the chimney…the charred debris of what had been that family’s sole possession.
In front of this destroyed home stood an old grandfather. He was dressed only in his underclothes with a small boy clutching a pair of patched overalls.
It was evident that the child was crying. Beneath the picture were the words which the artist felt the old man was speaking to the boy. They were simple words, yet they presented a profound theology and philosophy of life. Those words were, “Hush child, God ain’t dead!”
James said, that vivid picture of that burned-out mountain shack, that old man, the weeping child, and those words “God ain’t dead? keep returning to my mind. Instead of it being a reminder of the despair of life, it has come to be a reminder of hope! He said, I need reminders that there is hope in this world. In the midst of all of life’s troubles and failures, I need mental pictures to remind me that all is not lost as long as God is alive and in control of His world.
Shortly before his death, Gandhi wrote, “All about me is darkness; I am praying for light.” Contrast this with evangelist D. L. Moody’s last recorded words: “This is my triumph; this is my coronation day! It is glorious!”
I am so thankful to know about Jesus Christ and to know that GOD AIN’T DEAD. MY HOPE IS A GUARANTEED ASSURANCE. It is the hope of seeing Jesus face to face and dwelling with Him and our loved ones and friends in Heaven forevermore. By the way, GCRC shares how we can share that hope with a lost culture that is all around us.