Glory for providing

God sends his saints into the world to proclaim the gospel and prepares for his people all they need to carry through with their task of sharing the gospel. Every single Christian is given the necessary truth, tools, motivation, and courage to teach others. Glory to God for providing for his people of light!

God doesn’t always need to work a miracle

The proclamation of the Good News of Christ should have convinced the Jews, since they were waiting for the Messiah, possessed the Holy Scriptures which spoke of him, and witnessed the Lord’s miracles. But no! They killed him and would have done the same with the apostles. The members of the Sanhedrin “became furious and wanted to execute them” Acts 5.33.

They did not kill them only because God acted. Do you want to see what he did to save the Twelve? Continue reading “God doesn’t always need to work a miracle”

To Leave Behind

To leave behind in another brother’s heart
Desire to carry on and forge ahead
Is a mark of wisdom — from the very start,
Pursue beyond oneself the mission’s thread.

—JRMatheny

Action: Proclaim

READ: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” 1 Pet 2.9.

THINK: Identity determines mission. Who we are defines what we do. The proclamation is the work of the whole church, focusing on God’s works. Our work is to proclaim, announce to all, disseminate (DGNT) the message about God’s salvation and the manifestations of his power (CLNTG). His goodness is seen in the character of his calling. Continue reading “Action: Proclaim”

Action: Suffer

READ: “For it has been granted to you not only to believe in Christ but also to suffer for him” Phil 1.29.

THINK: Suffering for Christ is an experience as basic to the disciple as believing in him. Granted translates the verb to give grace, a positive act on God’s part. (“God has given you a special gift” WE.) He who flees to avoid suffering for the kingdom flees from discipleship, 1 Pet 2.21ff. Suffering as a Christian is our glory, 1 Pet 4.12-19. He who fails to confess/preach Christ for fear of persecution will not be confessed/claimed by him in the judgment, Mt 10.21-39. Continue reading “Action: Suffer”

Action: Send

READ: “And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How timely is the arrival of those who proclaim the good news’” Rom 10.15.

THINK: God is a sending God; so is his people. The church exists to announce the gospel. To do this, it sends people, Acts 8.14; 11.22; 13.3; 15.3; Col 4.8, and offerings, Phil 4.16-18 (see Lk 8.3). The church practices hospitality as a missionary function, Rom 15.24; 16.2, 23; 1 Cor 16.6, 11; 3 Jn 8, as well as communication, Acts 15.33; Col 4.10-14; 1 Thes 3.5; Rev 1.11. It also sends help to needy brethren, Acts 11.29-30; 1 Cor 16.1-3. Continue reading “Action: Send”

Action: Go

READ: “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature'” Mk 16.15.

THINK: God took the initiative to come to this world. Now, Jesus sends us to go into the whole world with the gospel, Mt 28.19. He did not send us to build buildings and invite people to come to us. He commands us to speak the truth of the gospel, which some will hear and obey, Mt 28.20; Mk 16.16. Going also applies to the initiative of making peace with a brother and correcting him, Mt 18.15, as well as going beyond what is necessary, Mt 5.41. Continue reading “Action: Go”

Action: Shine

READ: “In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven” Mt 5.16.

THINK: Our light is the light of God in us. We don’t want to appear, Mt 6, but rather God’s presence in us. So we do not hide ourselves. We want others to see God’s power and love in us. In this way, they will glorify him instead of being impressed with our performance. Light represents the holiness, truth, and majesty of God, Isa 60.1; 1 Jn 1.5. Continue reading “Action: Shine”