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Nicky Gumbel: The ‘Greatest Injustice in the World’ Is Never To Hear About Jesus

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Nicky Gumbel is the former vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton in London. Together with his wife, Pippa, Nicky has pioneered Alpha, an introduction to the Christian faith run by all major Christian denominations in 169 countries. He is the author of several books, including “Questions of Life”  and “The Bible in One Year.”

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Key Questions for Nicky Gumbel

-Tell us a little about your story, including your ministry and how you came to Christ.

-What is Alpha and what is its purpose?

-Could you explain why you, with your focus on evangelism, are so willing to engage with Catholicism?

-Where should church leaders start if they want to begin prioritizing evangelism in their congregations?

Key Quotes From Nicky Gumbel

“I became an atheist as a teenager and quite a vociferous atheist. But during my first year at Cambridge University, I read the New Testament and, as a result, when I read the New Testament, it was as if the person I was reading about, Jesus, emerged from the pages that I was reading, and I encountered him and it was a life-changing moment.”

“There are many injustices in the world—poverty, racial injustice, preventable disease. There are all kinds of terrible injustices in the world, but the greatest injustice is never to have heard the good news about Jesus.”

“The churches that we’ve planted are now planting. That’s why instead of addition, it’s now multiplication.”

“We believe in God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit. And then sometimes the Holy Spirit has been ignored or neglected or even resisted in the church. And we always pray this prayer, ‘Come Holy Spirit,’ every service we pray that prayer and the Holy Spirit works and people’s lives are changed because primarily transformation happens through God’s Spirit.”

“The Holy Spirit gives us an experience of God’s love. The love of God is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. People need to experience God’s love.”