Congregation Call to Prayer on October 5, 2011 “Be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18 There are times in the Bible when the call was given to all of God’s people to pray. Now is the time for us to unite and pray for Shepherd’s Gate! This call […]
Jesus had three years to build an enterprise that would extend both regionally beyond Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria and globally to revolutionize the lives of those from every nation and people group. Jesus, eternal God and sovereign Lord, could have employed any strategy He wanted to advance His campaign. He could have attracted the masses to the world’s largest arenas to be dazzled by His miraculous power and amazing teachings. He could have gathered great quantities of wealth to launch a public relations communication plan to saturate the entire Roman Empire with His message. He could have built a political machine to not only rival but overtake the Jewish ruling class of priests and the Roman governor assigned to Israel. However, He chose a method to build His Church that first appeared ineffective, but surprisingly became the greatest movement our world has ever seen.
Jesus chose 12 men to follow Him daily. In this context of “doing life together” Jesus not only taught His disciples, but shared with them His way of life, His love and compassion, His values and vision, His faith and worldview. After three years’ work, the results were not impressive. Jesus only had 11 disciples and a few women to show for it. What kind of world movement was that?
Actually, it turned out to be pure genius because Jesus employed the principle of multiplication. Rather than teaching the masses in a superficial, informational way, Jesus poured His life into a few in a deep and transformational way. When the igniter fire of the Holy Spirit filled these disciples, they became bold ambassadors of their Lord and King as they both proclaimed and lived the Gospel in such compelling ways they were accused of turning the world upside down