2 Corinthians 10:14–16
14 For we are not overextending ourselves, as though we did not reach you. For we were the first to come all the way to you with the gospel of Christ.
15 We do not boast beyond limit in the labors of others. But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged,
16 so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in another’s area of influence.
When we are the first persons to bring the gospel to people we can rejoice in that opportunity. From that first encounter our goal should be to see their faith increase. This is our primary goal in teaching, discipleship, and edification. It is faith in God that pleases God. It is living apart from faith that is sin. Therefore, we are to ever demonstrate the need for continued and increasing faith.
As the faith in the new believer grows, we, the mature ones, should look with them for others to minister to. When a church stops reaching people they soon lose contact with people to reach.
The message of the Gospel is the greatest single message of all of history yet we seem not to have people that we know to take this great message to. If we are going to see people come to Christ then all of us are going to need to find people to whom we can take the message of Christ. If needed, take someone with greater maturity than you have with you but go with the intent of giving the message of salvation to those beyond you.
Tomorrow there is a very important meeting taking place in Naperville. This meeting is for the spiritual well-being of our community. Over 350 people are going to be gathering for prayer. We are gathering for the express purpose of seeking God’s face and God’s guidance and God’s power to reach our community with God’s gospel. My friends, this prayer time is more important than anything else you are doing. God is at work and we are gathering to cry out to Him as people saved by His grace and through Christ’s blood.
Pray! Naperville is gathering at 2:00 at the Grand Pavilion (west of Centennial Beach). There will be prayer time, worship time, and challenge time throughout the two-hour meeting. The primary goal is to listen to God and to cry out to God. There will be a band playing from 1:30-2:00. Come to pray.
Sunday morning I will be bringing another message from Isaiah 66 focusing on the promise of God to keep His word. The challenge that we have in believing that God will keep His word is that what God predicts seems utterly impossible.
Have a great day in the Lord.