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Matthew 18:20 Where Gathered by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

 

I will tell you what…it sure is a lot easier to take step #2–the spreading the gospel part–when more believers are gathered!  When we feel like there is someone human standing next to us backing us up.  Because, really, I know God is there with me, but still.  I like someone who can cut in on the conversation when I falter.

And not only when I falter when it comes to the great commission, but anytime, really.  Sometimes, I need a slap on the wrist–stop gossiping, watch your language, don’t worry, you have enough.  And sometimes it sure is lovely to share a hug, a prayer, and a song.

I love hanging with my Christian peeps.  With every move, five states in five years remember, I would search out a church.  Sometimes it was easy, others not so much.  All Christians are not the same.  And that is good.  But when I am hanging out on a wire–I want some birdies just like me.  🙂  That was always a great part of being Lutheran.  I knew if I could find an ELCA or LCMC church, I would know what to do, I would find peeps like me.  I would know the prayers and the songs.

We have been outside Chicago for SEVEN WHOLE YEARS.  That is incredible for us!  And each year we have seen the birds on our wire change.  Some have stayed the whole time, we are constantly adding new, and some flew away but are coming back.  Some migrated and we have never seen them again.

The best part is all the different kinds of peeps.  So many different beliefs, so many different backgrounds, and so many different styles.  I love it.  I am learning so much from all of them.  I have discovered, I just like being gathered with Christians.  They sure are a great group to be with!

 

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A Two Step Process

So really, there are two main steps to being a Christian.  Right?  Jesus gave us two big ones:  BELIEVE  and then GO TELL.  Easy peasy.

Well, not so much.  If only it was that easy!  Sometimes the believing is easy.  I am very blessed to have been raised a Christian, and I have followed since my childhood.  For others, who did not have a faith filled childhood and lots of role models it can be a lot harder.  And even though I have believed, I haven’t always walked as strong in faith as I am now.

But for the most part, I have step one down.

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And once He’s got ya, what a wonderful thing!  He pulls us in His net and keeps us as His own.  He fills us with love, peace, strength, and joy.  I only wish I was better at telling people face to face how great it is to be caught by Jesus!  This step is so fulfilling.

That second step, that is the hard one.  Going and telling about Him.  He told Simon not to be afraid when Jesus called him to be a disciple:IMG_0032Jesus knew they were not going to be catching fish.  He knew that catching people would be tricky, disconcerting, maybe even frustrating.

Probably not a lot different than fishing for actual fish.

But Jesus told him, “Do not be afraid.  Go.  Tell.”  We should share how GREAT it is to be a Christian.  Not how hard, not how frustrating.  But all that wonderful stuff I listed above.

So I am working on that second step.  I am getting better.  It has been easy all these years to disciple kids and spread the gospel through Sunday School and VBS.  But adults, whoowheee.  That is SCARY for me.  I am trying to spread Jesus’ love one day at a time.  Watching for people who might be ready to be caught, to take that first step.

What tips do you have?  Are you good at spreading the gospel?  How do you do it?

 

Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.
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Rapidly Spreading

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2 Thessalonians Rapidly Spread by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

Isn’t the internet a fascinating thing?  It shares information so quickly, succinctly, and sometimes startlingly.  I am torn between being overwhelmed, bewildered, and in awe of everything available so quickly.

As Christians, this is a special time when the Word of God can be spread very rapidly.  Just as Christ was born when he was for very specific reasons:  a time when it would be easy for the gospel to go viral in an Old Testement kind of way.   We can use the internet to help rescue more people, bring them to Christ, show them the light and love of our God, and how following his teachings can lead them to a better life.

We are here to rescue other people, to love them.  We must remember that.

Another verse that has been popping up everywhere I go is 1 Corinthians 8:1…knowledge puffs up while love builds up.  I just looked up this verse online and apparently this seems to bring with it a fair amount of debate.  I see it as very straight forward:  we need to learn, but it is what we DO with that knowledge that is important.  Do we use it to build or condescend?  Do we remember the knowledge is from God and not ourselves?  Do we carry it with pride or humility?

When we are confronted with wave after wave of information we must find sure footing and decide what is going to help us spread the gospel of Jesus’ love.  Share the gospel with an open heart, a kind tongue, and hands stretched open to receive grace and offer it.

 

 

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