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Hear this, you elders, And give ear, all you inhabitants of the land! Has anything  like this happened in your days, Or even in the days of your fathers?

Tell your children about it, Let your children tell their children, And their children another generation.
– Joel 1:2-3

When things happen- whether they be good or bad- we tend to talk them up with others. We broadcast the news. We share the latest happenings. We make a lot of noise about what we have going on.

Pass on the Good News. Let other generations to come hear about it
Let them read about it. Let our poetry, songs and other writings speak about it.

Publish it among all of the people so that it will continue to speak generation after generation.

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As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ – Matthew 10:7 (NIV)

Kingdom workers share the message about the kingdom of heaven.  If you do not share it, it will not spread.  It will only stay with you.  The Good News is too good to keep it to ourselves.  By nature, it should be shared with others.  We, as believers, are to share it as we go to and fro.  We are to “preach this message.”

Believers are serve as the ultimate change agents.  We are to change our environments by adding the transformative element  that gives eternal life- the gospel itself.  If we are not preaching it in word and deed, we are not doing our job and not living out our calling. 

God uses us to reach other people.  He doesn’t need to use a burning bush with people when He can set us on fire to do more than a bush.  He can use our fire to spread the Word to others.  We are to be preaching personified. 

Think about how you can share the Word.  Is it pouring out of your mouth? Is it coming to life by how you live before those who do not believe? Let the Word work through you to reach others with it.

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“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”- St.Francis of Assisi
 
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Yet, can you have faith when you have not heard it? Can you be saved when it has not been preached to you? Romans 10:13-14 say: “No.” You can’t call on the Lord when you have not heard about the Lord and you can’t be saved without the Word entering into your hearing and your heart. So the believer is responsible for sharing the Word. Yep. That’s right. Yes, the Word is to be hidden in your heart and it is to be written on the tablet of your heart, but it must come forth. It must be preached. Truly, it is to be shared with others (Romans 10:14-15). The Good News is to be so good to you that you can’t keep it to yourself. You reach others when you share it. You reach out with compassion and concern when you share it. You reach out from the heart to the heart when you share His Word. Someone’s eternal life is depending on it.
Our preaching should lead to us reaching people for Christ.  We have to share the Word so that others will hear the Word and believe in faith.  We don’t need to reason with people with logic and other manmade means.  We need to reach people with the Word of God.  The Word convicts and cuts to the heart of man by the Spirit of God beyond our evangelistic eloquence.  Speak from the Word and let the Word reach the person’s very soul.  Preach in order to reach others.

“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”- St. Francis of Assisi

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 Evangelism is a lot like College

It is a lot like college in many ways.  You can only imagine how so, but here are a few of the ways that evangelism resembles college life.

 

  • You are tested by people at times who may know just as much as and sometimes even more than you on the subject at hand 
  • You have to use a lot of what you have already learned to face new challenges
  • You meet people from nearly every walk of life
  • Doing your homework pays off
  • You’re own your own but you can always come back home
  • The study and discussions help you when you interact with others outside of class
  • You can just show up if you want to, but you have to put in some hard work in order to reap the rewards

 18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” –Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)

 

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So mightily grew the word of the Lord and prevailed. Acts 19:20

But the word of God grew and multiplied. Acts 12:24

God’s Word has extraordinary power. It can used many ways to accomplish many things. It is said to be good for teaching, correction, inspiration, and other such things (2 Timothy 3:16). It has been twisted and turned, even tweeked, to be used for negative purposes to justify enslavement, colonialism, and even wars that included ethnic cleansing. Yet, the Word of God must be used for God’s purposes by believers.
When believers use the Word of God to accomplish the things of God, things happen. Lives are changed by the power of God’s Word. hearts are convicted and souls are converted. God’s Word is so powerful that it brings about changes that cannot be imagined. Try hard to imagine what would happen if what was “hidden” in our hearts came forth from our mouths in this day and age. Picture the possibilities! Now, once you have a clear mental picture of what could be, start sharing and spreading His Word. When we do so, things happen among us and around us. Do it and watch God work.

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And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works. Hebrews 10:24 (NKJV)

I learned most of what i know and have come to understand about God, salvation, church, ministry and being a minister of God right by the bay.  It has been under Dr. Timothy J. Winters, the pastor of Bayview Baptist Church in San Diego.  San Diego has presented many learning opportunities for me in the Lord’s service and through the non[rofit and educational sectors of service within my community, but I have truly learned a different skill set under Pastor Winters and through Bayview Baptist Church.  I have been built up in what has been dubbed as “America’s finest city” for the work of the Lord.  My past is exactly that; it has passed on.  So, as I look forward towards 2010, I am inspired by the man who influenced and impacted me as my father in the ministry to reach new heights and accomplish new things that will lead to others being inspired and influenced as well.  I pray that Life Path Ministries touches lives in new and innovative ways for God this year.  I pray that we are able to reach hearts and souls for Christ.  If God could do such a work with me,  He surely can build up others by the bay and shoreline, the border and beyond.

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There’s a question brewing among the saints. Evangelicals and radicals alike are tossing ideas back and forth. Many folks in Christian circles are trying to figure out what to do during these hard economic times. People are trying to figure out if it is about the church being part of the community or the community being part of the church.

We contemplate the complicated. We mix and mingle a whole lot of mess. In the end, we are left with the simple discovery that there is no better solution than what we had before. The countless ways that we can dream up and scheme up don’t seem to matter much because God has already offered the best alternative.

He expects us to be part of the solution to both the community’s issues and the church’s ills. The church needs to get over itself and recognize that it’s not that holy. Church people sin just like evryone else, by thought, word and deed. The church should serve those within the community to help meet unmet needs of the fatherless, homeless, jobless, and others. Our service is not good works if the benefactors are merely other church people. That would make us simply hypocrites. We need to get out into the community and see where we might be able to lend support to existing services and add to the plethora of newly-adapted services needed to reach people at their lowest points as they seek to survive and simply make ends meet. Let the church serve its community, embracing brothers and sisters with all that they have to offer.

The unity of the church will consist
not in organizations,
not in dogmas,
not in liturgies,
not in pious hearts,
but in the word of God
in the voice of Jesus Christ.
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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