Go...Now!

THE PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION - We approach seek the Holy Spirit to illumine our minds as we hear God’s Holy Word. Join me in a spirit of prayer.

Sovereign God, we look at the things You have made, the works of Your hands, and we stop to consider them with awe. Through  your ancient Word, we hear fresh new insights of your holiness. Your works astonish us. We wonder at your love revealed to us this day, praying in the name of our Creator, through Christ by Holy Spirit. Amen.

SCRIPTURE READING                             Matthew 28:16-20                                       The Commissioning of the Disciples

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

TIME WITH GOD’S CHILDREN# “”

THE MESSAGE                    “Go!  Now!”

 

 

 

We continue our Christian ACT__ION as our sixth mark of Discipleship. As Jesus calls us to follow Him into the world, we are reminded of the Great Commission. Jesus came to earth and called the twelve Disciples to come and follow the Lord. Jesus promised at the beginning of the journey that he would teach them to be fish for people. Now at the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus commissions the Disciples to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” As Disciples of Jesus Christ, the Lord commissions us to make new Disciples.

Jesus sends us out to “go and make Disciples.”  As Jesus ascends back to heaven, He commissions us to continue the ministry of multiplying the Christian faith. We answer the call to be Disciples and begin to pray daily, worship weekly, participate in Spiritual friendships, and grow in our faith through reading and studying the Bible. As we grow in faith we then turn to share our faith by engaging in service and mission. Now we continue our Christian action by sharing the Good News with others.

The Greek word, εὐαγγέλιον, euangelion, means the Good News. Evangelism simply means to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others. I believe this to be an important action for the continuation of the Christian faith. If we fail to share the Good News the Christian faith will cease to exist. Christianity remains only one generation from extinction. If any generation gives us sharing the Good News, no one will believe in the hope Christ brings to the world. There will be no need for places of worship.

We share good news, when we share the news of our children and grandchildren. We celebrate their accomplishments as good news. We share reviews of good movies and restaurants or sales. We recommend businesses that provide efficient and effective service. So why do we resist sharing the Good News of Jesus and what our faith means to us.

I realize that sharing our faith can be scary. We’re afraid that the other person does not receive it as Good News. We fear being rejected friends or neighbors reject the faith we possess. We tremble at the thought of being considered a Jesus freak. Knocking on doors to evangelize petrifies us. It terrifies us that someone might ask a question we can’t answer or we have enough questions of our own. It’s frightening to think how fragile our faith seems when challenged by Atheists who find no need for faith.

Our 6th mark of Disciple calls us to in evangelism. The purpose of growing in faith is to share and spread the Gospel. When we pray, worship, enjoy the fellowship of the church and learn what Scripture says, we need to venture out. The Spirit instills a passion for those who don’t know Christ. We desire to help Christ reach the lost. We want to share our faith to encourage others and there are many ways to share the Good News without going door to door.

First, we pray daily. We pray for that the Lord will use us. We pray for wisdom of who we can share the Gospel. We pray for the Lord to give us opportunity to share the Good News. We pray that the Spirit will prepare receptive hearts to Christ’s message. We pray for the courage to share our faith. We pray for the proper words to reach out in Christ’s name. We pray that the Lord will use our meager efforts to touch the lives of others in Christ’s precious name. We pray continually that the Lord will bless our efforts to evangelize.

We share the Good News through sharing our worship experiences. We can introduce our faith by sharing with others God’s Word shared in worship. We can discuss how God spoke to you in worship, how you will apply the message to your life, and how worship encourages you each week. We can share the Good News of good music and good friendships. We can share the Good News of the mission and ministry of our church.

We share the Good News of how our Christian friendships give us strength to face life challenges. We can introduce our non-Christian friends to our spiritual ones at community events. We can invite them to participate in events sponsored through our church. We can attend events and invite both sets of friends to expand the circles of friendship in Christ’s name.

We engage in evangelism when we serve our neighbor through our mission, ministry, and community service. As we serve others, inspired by our Christian faith, we spread Good News in Christ’s name. We live as a faith community witnessing to Christ and pointing beyond these four walls to the good news of God’s transforming love and grace.

If we make these marks of Discipleship our first priority we can stimulate our community for Christ with the Good News of hope and love. If we make a commitment to share the Good News, we will live our faith in a world in need of the Gospel. Jesus encourages us to Go…Now, not waiting for the right conditions, because He will be with us always. Go…Now to share the Good News. TGBTG. Amen

The Seven Marks of Discipleship

Issue Number 6

February 20, 2012

Share the Good News with others

Matthew 28:19-20 is one of the few Bible verses that has its own name, “The Great Commission.” In this verse, Jesus has been resurrected from the dead. He has spent 40 days with his disciples and is now about to be ascended into heaven. His departing words are, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  

We have been commissioned to share the Good News with others, and so we have made this one of our Seven Marks of Discipleship.  

Many of us have had negative experiences with evangelists. We’ve seen the street preacher yelling at strangers in the cities. We’ve had our privacy disturbed when door to door evangelists have knocked on our doors. We’ve had people try to frighten us with doctrines that seem strange and confusing.  

But we share good news all the time. We gladly tell people about the wonderful restaurant we have found. We are always ready to recommend a book, movie or car mechanic. We should also tell others about the best news of all – Christ has come into our lives to save us and to heal our spiritual lives.  

We do not have to yell to strangers on the street or knock on a door to pass out a tract. All we need to do is to invite people to come to Chapel by the Sea, invite them to join us on a trip to the soup kitchen, or to come to Chapel Chats. The best evangelism is honest and open, “come and walk with me and let’s discover Christ together.”

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