“…whoever captures souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30
“And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” Daniel 13:3
What happens when biblical prayer is combined with gospel action? A powerful spiritual combustion is ignited.
Winning others to become disciples – not just church members – is a supernatural occurrence. It can only happen when we combine prayer with action.
What if we could make that happen by doing something so simple almost anyone could do it?
For example: What if you made a list of family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and acquaintances whose spiritual condition you are unsure?
What if you simply began to offer concerned prayer over their names a few minutes each week?
As you prayed over your list, what if you began to sense a particular drawing to one, two or three of those listed?
Of those two or three, what if you asked the person at the top of your list for coffee?
At that get-together, what if you shared that you’d been praying for them and asked about their life?
If it was clear they were open to it, what if you were prepared to share in just two or three minutes the story of how God has changed your life?
And finally, if you saw in them a certain desire for change through Christ, what if you had a simple and brief way to lead them into faith?
What might happen?
Actually, we already know what happens, because this simple plan has been put into action in a few Asian nations, and independent church growth experts are reporting growth beyond any numbers ever recorded.
The idea came from a Chinese pastor who was overwhelmed by the world’s largest population (nearly 1.4 billion). He spent time asking God how they could possibly be won. He calls his program ‘T4T’ (Training for Trainers). He simply trains people to do what is described above.
It’s not a new idea. It’s really just a restatement of Jesus’ command to us to make disciples. It’s merely the natural result of what happens when a disciple makes another disciple, who in turn makes a disciple, while each of their disciples continue to make another disciple, and so on.
The simple math reveals that if one person made just one disciple per year and each of his or her disciples did the same, within a single generation (less than forty years) the entire world’s population would be disciples.
So, again, what if you made a list of your acquaintances…
This coming Sunday I continue my wrap-up of my Becoming a Gospel Community message series. My sermon this week is from Romans, chapter ten.
In it I’m going to share the easy and practical way to lead someone to the Lord in a matter of minutes.
I’m not being glib. I will show you how to diagnose whether a person is truly ready to come to Christ, and then gently lead them into the faith.
Grace!!! M. C.