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Thursday— Make a difference: Tell others about Jesus!
Big Point: We’re called to invest our time, talents and treasure into telling others about Jesus. There are 6 billion people on earth and God wants us to tell each one!
In his interview with Lee, former broadcast network owner and Halftime author, Bob Buford, identified the difference between success and significance: “Success is using your gifts, skills and talents to achieve your own goals. Significance is using your God-given gifts, talents and skills to achieve God’s goals.”
One of God’s goals is sharing the gospel message all over the world. One thing people may not realize is that God has equipped each of us to share the gospel message in different ways. Some individuals, like Billy Graham or Rick Warren, have the opportunity to share the message with millions, while there are others who share the message of Christ over a cup of coffee, one person at a time.
We can never know the doors that God will open for us if we are willing to share His message of hope and salvation with others. Then again, does it matter where God asks us to share the gospel message? Too often we have our feet planted in where we want to do God’s work. The eternal destiny of someone in America is just as important as the eternal destiny of another in Somalia, Japan or Thailand. It’s not for us to decide where we will or will not go to share the gospel. God has already decided that for us—we are commanded to go everywhere!
“…to the ends of the earth” isn’t an either/or! As Christfollowers we’re called to go into the world. These days, we have access to people and places like we’ve never had before. Jesus tells us to go everywhere! No Excuses!
READ…What does the Bible say?
Acts 1:8 (New Living Translation)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Romans 10:14-15 (New Living Translation)
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
THINK…Find the answers
Acts 1:8 and Romans 10:14-16 compliment each other. Read both verses and then write out a single sentence that summarizes the main point of both passages:
“What Romans 10:14-16 says to me is that people don’t get saved by some mystical meditation. People don’t get saved by contemplating eternity or space, or going within themselves, meditating or getting into a yoga position, or looking at the stars. People aren’t saved unless they call on the name of the Lord—all that He is. They can’t do that unless they believe… and they can’t believe unless they’ve heard… and they can’t hear unless somebody tells them… and nobody is going to tell them unless YOU GO! That’s the flow.” (adapted from John McArthur)
LIVE…What will you do now?
More than at any other time in history, we have the capacity to reach people with the gospel message like never before. List all of the areas/opportunities that youhave at your disposal to share the gospel message:
There are a lot of people who believe that we shouldn’t go out into the world to share the gospel message until we make sure that everyone close to us hears it first. What are their objections?
Why is this viewpoint flawed?
Fred Grimm, a longtime ‘Creeker’ and Vietnam veteran, is a member of the D.O.V.E. Fund (Development of Vietnam Endeavors is comprised of Vietnam veterans, Rotarians and concerned citizens). Over the last 10 yrs, D.O.V.E. has built 43 schools, three medical clinics, and bestowed both high school and college scholarships. Fred has made over a dozen trips to Vietnam, often taking Vietnam veterans with him in order to show them how they can help to rebuild a country that was mired in so much conflict.
“It’s a tremendous feeling knowing that you were a part of their success…I feel closest to Jesus in Vietnam because I know I’m doing what he wants me to do. I try to live a Christlike life in the US; but in Vietnam, I’m doing something that I’d consider extra-ordinary: helping people who can’t help themselves.”
Fred Grimm, U.S. Army 1968-1970
(Wounded August 12,1969)
39th Combat Eng. Bn., Americal Div.
LZ Dottie – Quang Ngai Province
D.O.V.E. Fund member since 2000
PRAY…God, what do you want me to know & do?
Are you ready to accept God’s leading to share the gospel message—even if it’s in a place far away from home? Today is a good time to talk with God about any fears or worries you might have about sharing your faith with others. Now is the time to ask God for greater opportunities to share your faith—in your own family and community, and around the world.
Daily Bible Reading Commentary: Leviticus 22-24
22:1-33 Additional instructions on ceremonial cleanness for the priests, beginning with a death threat to those who might violate these rules.
22:17-30 Describes the unacceptable and acceptable sacrifices.
23:1-44 Points to days which are sacred to the Lord. After the Sabbath, the feasts are given in the order of the calendar.
23:5 The Passover festival celebrated God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt.
23:6-8 “Feast of Unleavened Bread…” Connected with the Passover, it commemorated Israel’s hurried departure from Egypt, and the associated hardships.
23:9-14 “the first fruits…” The beginning of the barley harvest (March/April), it was celebrated the day after the Sabbath of Unleavened Bread.
23:15-22 “fifty days” The feast of weeks, May/June, dedicated the first fruits of the wheat harvest.
23:23-25 “Feast of the Trumpets…” Consecrated the seventh month, September, as a sabbatical month.
23:26-32 “Day of Atonement…” Pointed to the forgiveness and cleansing of sin for the priests, the nation, and the tabernacle.
23:33-43 “Feast of Tabernacles…” Commemorated God’s deliverance, protection, and provision during the wilderness wanderings of the Exodus.