As disciples of Christ, we arecalled to go out and reach others with the Gospel! Today Pastor Miles highlighted 6 ways inwhich we are called to "Go" for Jesus:
1. Go tell of the wonderful things God has done. Luke 8:38
In the book of Luke, Jesus casts out demons from a man who has been completely outcast from his community,plagued with demons, and living among the dead. When he is restored to hisright mind and asks to come with Jesus, Jesus instead tells him, “Return to your own house, and tell whatgreat things God has done for you.” (Luke 8:39a)
This doesn’t mean that you need to preach to people and tell everyone what to do, but that you should honestlyshare your testimony with those who will listen! The story of God’s great love in your lifeand the hope He has brought you can defeat the works of the enemy in another person’s life.
2. Go preach the kingdom of God, heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons. Matthew10:5-8
Jesus did all of these things and He told His disciples to do the same. If we are Christ’s disciples, then wewill do the same things He did!
For example, when someone is sick, before you call the doctor, pray for the person. Pray not only for his/hercomfort and peace, but the casting out of the illness and complete healing! As we are reminded in the bookof James, we do not have because we do not ask!
3. Go encourage the discouraged. Luke 7:22
It is always a challenge to know exactly what to say or how to encourage others, but when someone is hurting ordiscouraged, often the most important things you can do are to listen and just be present.
Remember that the Gospel is living and powerful and that Jesus always has the ability to make real changeand bring real hope. When John the Baptist was seeking reassurance that Jesustruly was the Christ, Jesus simply reminded him of the facts and events of Hisministry – God’s love in action – which can uniquely bring supernatural encouragement and light into the darkest situations!
Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, thepoor have the gospel preached to them.” Luke 7:22
4. Go into the streets and alleys. Luke 14:21-24
In the book of Luke, Jesus tells the parable of the Great Supper, in which a man throws a wonderful banquet andinvites many friends and acquaintances, all who refuse his invitation. Whenthose chosen refuse, the man turns to invite those who will truly appreciate his gift:
So that servant came and reportedthese things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said tohis servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bringin here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ And the servantsaid, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ Then themaster said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compelthem to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’” Luke 14:21-24
Don’t limit your own ministry and discipleship opportunities to just the people you know well. Step out of yourcomfort zone and seek those who are lost and hurting and in need of Jesus!
5. Go make disciples. Matthew 28:19-20
When you become a disciple of Christ, you agree to become a disciple-maker. When Jesus calls His disciples,He tells them that He will make them “fishers of men,” leaders who are willing to have others follow them.
Take personal responsibility to reach out, support, spend time with, and invest in the life of someone whoneeds discipleship in his/her faith journey!
6. Go sin no more. John 8:11
In John 8, a woman is caught inadultery and a group of men bring her before Jesus. Jesus says that anyonewithout sin should be the first one to stone her. When all the accusers droptheir stones and go away, Jesus says, “Neitherdo I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (John 8:11b)
When we follow Christ, we are called to leave our old lives and to live differently than we did before.
Pastor Miles’ challenge to us today is to begin following Jesus and join a Life Class where you canlearn about how God uniquely created you and in what ways you are meant to serve.