6 Things We Must Be Ready For at ALL Times

6 Things we must be READY FOR at ALL TIMES:

#1 READY to receive the WORD.  

a.      Acts 17:11 (NKJV

#2 READY to share the GOSPEL.  

a.      Rom. 1:15 (NKJV)

b.      II Tim. 1:8 (NLT)

c.       I Peter 3:15 (NLT)

d.      II Tim. 4:2 (NKJV)

e.      I Cor. 1:5 (Amplified)

#3 READY to DO WHAT IS GOOD.

a.      Titus 3:1 (NLT)

#4 READY to HELP THOSE IN NEED.

a.      Rom. 12:13 (NLT)

b.      I Tim. 6:18 (NLT)

c.       Mt. 9:13 (Amplified)

#5 READY to SUFFER & SACRFICE

a.      I Peter 4:1 (NLT)

b.      Heb. 11:17 (NLT)

c.       Acts 21:13 (NKJV)

#6 READY to MEET THE LORD.

a.      Luke 12:35-40 (NLT)

b.      Matt. 25:10 (NLT)

c.       Luke 1:17 (NKJV)

d.      Luke 21:36 (Amplified)

Sadness Was Written Across Their Faces

Read Luke 24:13-35 (NLT)

(vs 17)      “Sadness was written across their faces”  (it wasn’t just their conversation—or even the posture of the way they were walking—Sadness was written all over their faces.”

          

5 Things these travelers learned that wiped the sadness off their faces:

 

1. He is with you even when you don’t recognize that He’s there.  (vs 15-16)

2. He knows  (vs 18)

 The German theologian Jurgen Moltmann expresses in a single sentence the great span from Good Friday to Easter. It is, in fact, a summary of human history, past, present, and future: “God weeps with us so that we may someday laugh with him.” Philip Yancey in Christianity Today

3. His resurrection gives us hope even in the midst of despair.  (vs 21)

(vs 21) tells us this happened 3 day’s ago

4. His Word will guide you andgive you great JOY on the journey.  (vs 25—27)

(vs 32) Didn’t our hearts burn within us as He opened the Scriptures to us.

If you open yourself up to theWord—He will open up the Word to your heart.

Jeremiah 15:16  Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.

I Thess 1:6  And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the HolySpirit,

5. He is willing to “abide” with you if you’ll just ask.  (vs 28ff)

Cricket for Jesus

I was working with pastors and Bible school students at our Bible training and Community Health Evangelism(CHE) seminar here in Hetauda, Nepal today. CHE is an integrated ministry strategy to bring together community health and development with sharing the Good News of Jesus.   I was sharing with them the steps to start a CHE program.  They were interested, but struggling with how it might work in their church and community.  As I was teaching, a cool, fresh wind blew through the church.  Just then a pastor stood and began to share that his church is starting outreach to a non-Christian community using CHE.  To raise awareness in the community and build community spirit, they are sponsoring a cricket tournament. Between matches they will be sharing the gospel with people.  What a great way to build community spirit and integrate physical and spiritual ministry!  The other pastors were excited with the idea and with the example his church was setting using CHE to reach their community.  They began a great discussion of how they could use CHE in their communities.

It all began as the fresh wind blew in.  I am reminded that that is how the Holy Spirit works.  The Spirit came in at just the right time, prompted this pastor to share, and the Lord used it to inspire the whole group.  Wherever we go in our mission to take the Good News to the nations, we need the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.  As Jesus said, “apart from me, you can do nothing.”

Making Disciples

As I was teaching pastors and church workers from all over Nepal in our Community Health Evangelism Vision Seminar today here in Hetauda, I asked them a few questions.  Do you want to see the health of your community improve?  Do you want people in your community to come to Christ?  Do you want your church to grow?  Hands went up all over the room.   They  wanted the benefits of starting a Community Health Evangelism(CHE) program in their community.  In communities around the world where CHE is started, health in the community improves, individuals are transformed for Christ, and churches grow.   CHE gives churches a way to practice the Great Commandment to love our neighbor and the Great Commission to make disciples.

I explained to them that CHE was the implementation of the disciple-making model found in 2Timothy 2:2.  Paul instructed Timothy to train men who would in turn be able to train others.  In CHE, we train trainers from the countries we serve to train volunteers from local communities in basic health lessons and evangelism and discipleship lessons. Then they go out and share the lessons with their neighbors. This is the essence of making disciples. Individuals and then communities are transformed. What an awesome privilege to be involved in a ministry like this.  Contact us at GO InterNational if you want to join with us in making disciples through CHE.