Bringing Godís word to where people are
Jon Putt, who trained at Oak Hill, is associate pastor at Grace Community Church, Kempston, near Bedford. He says:
'I work with Grace Community Church here in Kempston. This is a very mixed area, with prosperity and wealth alongside areas of real need. We see people with health issues such as diabetes and obesity, or social issues such as isolation, depression, debt and family breakdown.
We try to have a really wide funnel. You might come here needing practical help with debt, social skills or isolation, and we meet you there and get you help in all sorts of ways. Ultimately, we want to share the gospel with you and help you see who Jesus is. People often transfer from here to an explore or identity course, or even reading the Bible one-to-one.
One of the things Oak Hill has really helped me with is double listening: listening to God's word, to what he has to say to us today; but also listening to the world, to what is going on in people's heads. What we try to do at Grace is exactly that bringing God's word to people where they are. People will always need the verbal communication of the gospel to believe in Jesus. But we are fooling ourselves if we think we are not communicating something very important in everything else we do as well.'
Ray Evans, the Minister of Grace Community Church, says: 'It's a great encouragement to know that Jon has had a thorough theological preparation. We feel, as a church, very confident that he has been through Oak Hill and has a clear doctrinal understanding of the great truths of the Christian faith.'
See more of Jon's story of life in ministry in the video above, or read about him in the Oak Hill booklet, Into all the world.
Read the Into all the world booklet online, or download it as a PDF
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