Scripture: "...for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Reflection: Jesus Christ's ministry involved the searching out and "saving" of the "lost." He continued this ministry until His death through ongoing interactions with others and His disciples to prepare them for the ministry even after His physical departure. Even when he was dying on the cross, another soul was brought to salvation.
Application: Given Jesus' ministry, are you personally searching out people to share the Gospel with and then making it your goal to share the Gospel with them? If not, will you make a plan to do it? Regardless of the response of those who hear the Gospel, you can be faithful to the same ministry Jesus had when you engage in evangelism.
The New King James Version, Lk 19:10. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982.
Scripture: "And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together."
Reflection: In Jesus' message to His disciples, he was drawing attention to the harvest. Whether you are a "reaper" or a "sower," it doesn't matter, both "may rejoice together." "God" is the One who causes "the increase" anyway (1 Corinthians 3:7). Only He can change the heart. We are only to sow the seed and call them to respond.
Application: Are you laboring to sow seed and striving to reap? Be encouraged that no matter if you are a sower or a reaper, you are being faithful to the task of evangelism. Let this be a message of hope to persevere even when it doesn't look like there is a harvest.
The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Jn 4:36.
Back in 2010, Living Waters ministry held the Deeper Conference in Kentucky, which is where The Creation Museum is located. Speakers Ken Ham and Jason Lisle from The Creation Museum provided some helpful apologetic presentations. Check out this video which is from the conference and provides you with some interesting concepts in regards to conversations you might have when trying to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with unbelievers and give you helpful considerations regarding old earth and new earth discussions regarding creation.
From the producers of 180 movie, Genius the Movie is being prepared for a December 8th release by Living Waters. If you recall the impact that 180 movie had in terms of abortion and remembering Hitler, you will want to check out this movie which explores the life and death of John Lennon where people are asked questions about what they would do in certain situations.
"But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things."
Reflection: In the account of Jesus Christ's death, Luke stated a few verses earlier that "He breathed His last" Luke 23:46. In just few verses later, Luke seems to have stated that "all His acquaintances" were there. Given this account, there were many witnesses to Jesus' death who had known and followed Him.
Application: The next time you hear a muslim or followers of some other religions make a statement that Jesus did not die on the cross, you can remind them that many people witnessed His death on the cross.
The New King James Version, Lk 23:49. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982.