Families Hold Exponential Importance In Spreading the Gospel

Many things come to mind with the word surrender. Jesus and one of His most effective laborers, the apostle Paul, placed a noticeable emphasis on the surrender of both children and the family. “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them,” Jesus demands, and then he makes a declaration that undoubtedly shocked those around him, “for to such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 19:14). Surely this statement shocked the disciples when they heard it. They had been living with Jesus for months, hanging on every living word that came from His mouth. How can these little children be as qualified as them? Simple surrender. The disciples were qualified the moment they made up their minds to step out of the boat, and the children were eligible the moment they began to approach Jesus. Later on in Scripture, when Paul is explaining qualifications for the Elders, he places a clear emphasis on the nuclear family. Paul demands that elders “manage their children and their own households well” (1 Timothy 3:12). Why was this so important? Because they would be more effective as a cohesive unit. For an Elder of the Church, ensuring that your family had a healthy spiritual life was an expected responsibility within Paul’s command. The Elder may have held a high-ranking position, but if the he ceased to nurture and encourage the spiritual atmosphere of his family, a culture of spiritual indifference would spread infectiously throughout the Church body. Juxtaposition of these two passages in scripture reveals a mutual worthiness of both parents and their children to receive and spread the gospel....

Strategic Shepherding

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6. Gabriel, a Frontier Mobilizer with the CMM, was living for the world rather than for God, professing with his lips but not his heart. His ascent towards healing began when his youth pastor noticed his habits and brought them into the light, boldly yet lovingly telling him that his actions did not align with what he was claiming to be, that he was a “lukewarm Christian.” Shortly after, Gabriel’s habits landed him in the hospital for a time, and when he woke up he realized the emptiness of the path he was pursuing. His hopeless circumstances made him think that there is surely more to life than deadly indulgences. Prompted then to give weight to the words of his youth pastor and pursue God instead of the thorns and thistles of worldly pleasures, Gabriel began searching the scriptures and seeking God’s heart to find meaning for his life. Gabriel’s eyes were opened to God’s burden for the world and what this meant for those who chose to follow Him, and suddenly he began to realize that eternal purpose was within his grasp. Gabe expresses how God’s Word convicted him with the fact that “there are areas of the world where people don’t have access to the gospel. There’s no Bible for them to purchase, no Bible written in their language, there’s no church for them to go to, and they can’t go to anyone who knows anyone who knows anything about...

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