Multiply. For the last several months we as a church family have been inundated with this verb. And significant steps have been taken to make that verb even more a part of our lifestyle.
But why all the fuss? Because Jesus made a pretty big fuss about it. “Go, therefore, and make disciples…” This must be a rather important topic since it permeated Jesus’ ministry and was among his last commands he gave while on earth. And, truth be told, the only reason the Kossuth family exists today is due to that fine verb. From what we read in Acts way back in the AD 30s all the way to 2013, God has been multiplying his church and involving his people in the process (people like you and me!).
Many of you have been impacted in various ways. I’ve heard numerous stories of how God has grown us in this topic by his grace.
One college student, Amanda, was called out of darkness into the kingdom of Christ this semester. You’ll get to hear her story in the near future of how God used Charlotte, one of our Salt and Light student leaders, to influence her with the gospel.
We watch eagerly to see how God will impact Mitch, another college student, as Sam Childs reads the Bible one-to-one with him. They just finished Ephesians. Mitch is honest that he doesn’t yet follow Jesus but is eager with questions. And Chad Cecil recently was involved in seeing a confession of faith from a friend he has been reading the Bible with. Praise God!
I’ve personally received the joy of getting to know JW a whole lot more as we’ve met at Moe’s to read one-to-one over mighty large burritos. (Does it get any better than that…Bibles and burritos?!) JW and I have been in the same Care Group for quite a while. But now our interaction has gone to a whole new level.
My wife, Kari, saw God open the door to read the Bible with two of our neighbors. It has really gone well and been enjoyable for her. We thank God for this opportunity.
The men in one Care Group meet once a month and then split up into pairs to read the Bible together. As they do this, they also leave margin in their schedules to reach out and read the Bible one-to-one with those who don’t know Christ.
I could give you several names from our church family who have begun to read the Bible one-to-one with coworkers.
And all you do is have to bring up reading the Bible one-to-one with Kirk O’Dell to find yourself quickly energized that such an activity is worth your time.
Some of you (fellow) introverts have taken significant, even heroic, steps in reaching out to invite nonbelievers to read the Bible one-to-one. I thank God with you as you’ve taken hard steps of obedience, even when it was uncomfortable.
Not to mention all the invites that have gone out from you but were turned down. Don’t be discouraged. RSVPs are not our department. That belongs to God the Spirit. And who knows how God is using our invites in the process of drawing men and women from among our neighbors and the nations.
Please don’t hear me saying that reading the Bible with others or outreach or multiplying is any new thing at Kossuth. It’s not, or else Kossuth wouldn’t exist right now. But I do invite you to join me in rejoicing at the significant pace God has brought us to as a disciple-making church. And we have so much more to look forward to!
This past Sunday we wrapped up this series on multiplication. But we never wrap up the call on our lives to be disciples who make disciples (until we no longer abide on this earth). May God be glorified as we continue to multiply in generations to come!