Mickey Connolly reminds us that even those things we might perceive as setbacks can be used by God to advance the gospel!
Godly community brings people into the kingdom of God. It's through community that people are sanctified, through community that the world is reached. We are to proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us, and we're to do this as a community.
Regardless of the things of this world, faith deepens, love increases, hope abounds, and the Gospel advances. That is the power of the Gospel and proof that the Gospel is all we need. Thank you, Mark Prater, for an encouraging reminder of the Gospel growth that happens as we love God, love one another, and love our neighbors.
We are called to humbly set forth the simple truth: 1) We are sinners in need of a savior. 2) Jesus is that savior, dying in our place and then rising again. 3) To be saved we must turn and trust in Christ, in the salvation he alone accomplished for us. Sharing the gospel need not be complicated. Simply share the truth and let the power of God do the work to save.
In Matthew 28:16-20, the resurrected Savior and Lord of all gives His disciples in all generations their primary mission and purpose in this life: to "make disciples of all nations." Only He, the One to whom all authority in heaven and on earth has been given, can rightfully give such a command. He then concludes by assuring all who embrace this great task that they will never be alone in their endeavors.