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Helping Turkish Viewers Put Faith into Action

26th November 2023

In Türkiye, where high-quality teaching resources are lacking, SAT‑7 TÜRK wants to show that following Jesus is not a theory; it is a way of life that requires full participation.

The new live program Practicing Discipleship, hosted by Pastor Cem Erçin and Serli Balık, functions as a workshop where viewers not only learn about the Bible but also understand how to practice it in daily life. The program covers various topics that form a road map, helping Turkish Christians understand how God is calling them to live and how they can apply the Bible’s wisdom.

Active Faith

Practicing Discipleship, on air every Thursday throughout Türkiye, recently covered the topic of Christian identity. Questions such as “How should a Christian live?” and “What are a Christian’s responsibilities in society?” were answered by unpacking Bible passages like Jesus’ meeting with Zacchaeus.

Zacchaeus’ choice to give away half his wealth, as Cem Erçin pointed out, emphasizes the kind of open-handed generosity that characterizes those whose hearts have been transformed by the Gospel. Pastor Cem went on to explain that embracing a truly Christian identity involves loving our neighbors as ourselves and giving generously to those in need.

Another episode dealt with the topic of forgiveness. The presenters encouraged viewers to live this out, pointing out that as people who have received forgiveness from God, we are called to forgive others. Like all aspects of the Christian faith, forgiveness is not a concept to theorize about; it is a value to be lived out.

Long Road to Faith

Most seekers in Türkiye face a long and difficult journey to an active Christian faith, having to work through numerous misunderstandings and negative perceptions that are prevalent in their culture. SAT-7 TÜRK viewer Alican* recently shared his journey to faith with us:

“I wish I had come to faith earlier because we have always been given a very wrong understanding of Christianity and a lot of misinformation,” he said. “I come from a non-Christian background, but after much research and reading, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I thank the Lord that after I became a Christian, I changed a lot; the Lord made me a completely different person.”

SAT-7 TÜRK hopes that programs like Practicing Discipleship will help many more viewers like Alican experience a living and active faith. “Your resources also helped me in my research and later in my life of faith. I love your programs and the films you broadcast. May the Lord bless you and your ministry,” he added.

*Viewer name changed for security.

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