Sharing His Word: Ordinary Disciples, Extraordinary Influence
The church is so many things to so many people. A house for people who have nowhere else to go. A sanctuary for those who need to escape the world around them. A foundation for people seeking to help others. And for some, it is a place where they can learn and share Jesus’ words around the world.
Indeed, any ordinary person can become an extraordinary influence in this world by being a beacon of Christ’s teachings. The Christian Church isn’t just for Christians; it’s a place where everyone is welcome, regardless of religious background, race, or sin.
Jesus didn’t just teach His followers in the temples; He taught them in the markets, towns, fields, and anywhere else He went. His disciples weren’t just the twelve men who followed Him around. In addition to the men and women who traveled with Jesus, He taught the ordinary people who wanted to learn.
“Then Jesus said to the crowds, “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it. It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.” – Jesus in Luke 16:16-17
Jesus was a carpenter, not a priest. He didn’t have a doctorate in theology or ministry. He was a teacher, and He taught anyone who wanted to learn the word of the Lord. He taught children. He taught adults. He taught His disciples. And He taught people who weren’t His disciples, but who came along, curious to hear more. In fact, most of the Bible was not written by the twelve disciples. Many of the Bible’s greatest stories were told by people who didn’t meet Jesus face to face.
Even today, Jesus’ teachings can be spread by anyone. It only takes one ordinary person who wants to share God’s word with another to become a beacon of influence, like the disciples of old.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20
For anyone who is interested in sharing the message of Jesus Christ with others, the church is a great place to start. Take what you know of the Bible and teach it to others. You can use your voice and share His message in song. Use your hands and volunteer to help the needy. Or, you can join one of the thousands of ministries worldwide and lead others in their faith.
We live in a busy, noisy, and dirty world. It’s a strange world where the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and everyone else pays the middleman just to get by. Making the world a better place starts with our beliefs, our friends, and in our families.
That is why we love the church so much. It’s a place where people come together to be changed, a place where anyone and everyone is accepted, and where you can learn about God, love for one another, and all of His ways to love and care for the world and us.
The world may have changed since the earlier days, yet the Christian Church hasn’t. It’s still a place where anyone is welcome and where anyone can learn how to share His love and message with others.
The church isn’t just a place where people go to hear the teachings of Jesus; it is a place where they can learn how to share those teachings with others. What once was, is no longer. What was, is now. And what will be, is yet to be. The world may experience many shifts, but God’s words are constant.
Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective training and coaching strategy, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!
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