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Part 3: Reaching Out

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Jesus calls every disciple to share our faith with others. For many Christians this is a struggle. We feel uncomfortable sharing our faith or we don’t know what to say, so many times we just don’t say or do anything. Yet, our world desperately needs Jesus! Everyone needs the hope and help of Jesus. Fact is, someone shared Jesus with us, and we are forever grateful. Now it is our time to reach out to others with the love of Jesus. This is actually an area where we can make an incredible difference for the glory of our great God. Let’s be obedient to Jesus and reach out when He prompts our heart. Together, we can see God change the world!

Our Calling as Disciples

At Rolling Hills, we have a Vision Statement that says We are a people of God reaching out, growing up, and giving all. The first facet of that vision is reaching out. As Christians and as members of God’s body, we have a duty and a calling to reach out to the people in our lives. We have a hope and purpose found in Christ alone, and it’s that hope that should drive us to reach out to those who do not have our same hope in Jesus.

Whether it’s your home, your workplace, or your neighborhood, God has placed you where you are for a reason. God calls us to GO into the places that we have influence and make an impact for Jesus. He has a heart for the nations, and as His followers, we, too, should share this heart and passion.

What the Bible Says about Reaching Out

Matthew 28:18-20, called “the Great Commission,” begins with a command: Therefore go and make disciples… (Matthew 28:19) There’s no question what Jesus is saying here – we are to go, here and now, and make disciples for Christ. This is a call for us to be evangelists for the sake of the Gospel. Though this can sometimes be awkward or uncomfortable, when our heart’s deepest longing is to share Christ with others, we find a way to be obedient to this command.

God’s calling isn’t just for us to go to the people immediately to the left and right of us. It’s for people of ALL NATIONS. Our God is not just the God of America. He’s the God of all peoples, all nations, all tribes, and all tongues. Because of that, we must go and make disciples of all nations, as God’s Word commands (Matthew 28:19).

Even though this command may be challenging, we aren’t doing it alone. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). We can’t do everything, but we can do something. That’s where the church comes into play. As a church, we do this together. None of us is ever walking alone because we have other like-minded believers with the same mission and goal, as well as God’s Spirit in us speaking through us.

And that’s when the promise comes – And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20). Jesus promises to never leave us. No matter what challenges we face, as we walk through day to day life, as we’re sharing the Gospel, or as the Enemy tries to defeat us, our Savior is with us. This should give us continued hope, confidence, and peace as we go through each conversation and each day.

How can you share the Good News of Jesus this week?

For many Christians, sharing the Gospel is a struggle. We feel uncomfortable because we don’t know what to say or how to get started. Though it isn’t always easy, what we know as Christians is that we are dead in our sin without Christ. We are lost without the saving knowledge of who Jesus is. That means the non-Christians in our lives need to hear about Him. Our world desperately needs Jesus.

The fact is someone shared Jesus with you. Someone cared about you enough to share with you the peace and hope found in Christ. For this, you should be forever grateful; however, this should also lead you to want to share the hope of Jesus with others. It’s our turn to reach out, as a people of God with a purpose and vision to see others come to Christ.

YOU can make a difference eternally in the life of your neighbor, your coworker, your family member, or your friend. You can’t mess up God’s plan. You can’t tell someone about Jesus “incorrectly.” Simply share what Jesus has done in your life, and see what God does with your story of Grace. Your story of Hope. Your story of Salvation. One act of obedience in sharing the Gospel can lead to the salvation of many. Together, we can see God change the world.

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