“The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted. This news made all the brothers very glad.” (Acts15:3)
Local churches need to communicate with one another. This is one of the primary purposes of ministerial alliances, so that fellow clergy can share and communicate with other local churches on their efforts within the communities. It is not a time to celebrate our differences; rather, it is a time to celebrate what we all share in common.
Paul realized he was responsible to the churches in his missionary evangelism. We are all responsible to the whole body of Christ in our evangelization efforts. This attitude brings joy to all, and the entire cause of Christ is thereby strengthened.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You, more than we, understand how important to not only communicate with other churches, but it is also a responsibility for us to join forces with other churches in community-wide events, which reflects our unity amongst each other to the people we serve. Even more important is to get our laity to join forces with others that have common ground with us, that everyone will see the witness of solidarity with each other in the benefit of the community. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“When you clench your fist, no one is able to put something into your hand.”
“Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O Lord: I will sing praises to your name.” (Psalm 18:49)
God’s message must be shared wherever we are. The gospel makes an impact in the marketplaces of life, even in the courts of government. Kings and rulers, along with all people, are to be warned so they may become wise unto salvation.
That is the evangelistic responsibility of all who have been transformed by God’s salvation.
“On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered those who were buying and selling there. He overturned he tables of the money changers and hen benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, Is is not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it a de of robbers.’” (Mark11:17)
God graciously provided the tabernacle and the Temple to give His people access to Him. God’s house was being used in a way different from the purpose of its dedication. God’s congregation should be more interested in prayer than in economic profits.
True worship begins when we sincerely seek God. That’s why God’s house was known to Israel as a “house of prayer.” That principle must not be corrupted if evangelism is to be effective in the worship of God’s people.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, ‘Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord had done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.’ So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.” (Mark5:19-20)
God saves us and sends us to tell those closest to us about His salvation. Evangelization begins in our homes and with our friends.
Jesus’ miraculous healing of Legion, casting the demons out of him, was a powerful demonstration of the grace of God. Grace is the unmerited blessing, the gift of God’s overflowing love to one who does not deserve it and has no grounds for asking for it. Jesus Himself was the instrument of healing for the pathetic, demon-possessed man, but He told him that the blessing that came to him was mercy from the Lord. God’s grace is manifested in every good thing that we enjoy in life, beloved.