The Good Fight And Why It is Necessary

by Mike Ratliff

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:12 ESV)

I had a very wonderful experience last night. My wife and I attended the meeting of our Care Group at Church. After prayer, we viewed lesson two in the Proclaim series. This is a series on teaching laypersons how to be more evangelistic. After the video, we did an exercise that was a survey of how we personally reacted to certain situations. Then we added up the scores. Most people are very strong in one or two of the six styles, which are Direct, Intellectual, Testimonial, Relational, Invitational, and Serving. I got a 15 on Direct, 16 on Intellectual, 15 on Testimonial, 10 on Relational, and single digits on the last two. Following this, we had a sharing time. When it was my turn, the leader stopped me as I began to share some exciting things that God was doing in this ministry. He then asked me to share about my seizures and how God was using that in my walk and ministry. Then he had everyone come and lay hands on me and pray for God to continue to work through this for His glory. I was weeping through it all.  After that everyone seemed much more loose and the sharing became much deeper. We left a couple of hours later rejoicing in the fellowship and how God is going to use each of us in the building of His Church.  Continue reading