As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. - John 17:18
At New Life we have been warming up to the “No Place Left” (you can google that) concepts. Last night I was asked to present the opening “Why?” session of a training that will be held at our church soon. This training gives a simple set of tools that can be used in evangelism and making disciples who will make disciples. I reviewed the material a little one night and woke up early the next morning with the Holy Spirit flooding my mind with thoughts from Scripture about this issue.
The more I thought about it, the more the Lord impressed on me that particularly in the New Testament it seems that everywhere you turn (think of words like testify and testimony), this idea of sharing God’s love in the gospel with the world is there, or at least underlying the narrative. Why did Jesus choose and train twelve disciples? “So that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach” (Mark 3:14).
In my Complete Concordance the words preach, preached, preacher, preaches, preaching occupy nearly a page and the references are overwhelmingly in the New Testament. To prove a point to myself and to you, I opened the New Testament randomly to see if I would find this “good news” and some form of command to spread it. At random I opened to what I knew would be the New Testament. Luke 24—I browse the red letters. Verses 44-49 and the black letters of verse 45 catch my attention: “He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.”
To understand what? Basically the same thing Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:3-5, the heart of the gospel. Did I try it again? You bet I did. Did it work? Oh, yes. ”Suffering for the gospel,” I read in 2 Timothy 1:6-14. One more time? Yes, and Yes!
New Life Community Church
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Samuel 18:5-19:24