Vital signs- Tuesday, August 4th, 2020



Go on Mission Together


You were made for a mission. God wants you to share his love with other people — your friends, family, and the people you work with — who are not in his family.


Why does he want you to do that? Because God wants everybody in his family. God has never made a person he didn’t love and have a purpose for. God has never made a person that Jesus Christ didn’t die for. So God wants us to share that Good News.


But you’re not alone! God wants you to go on mission with other people. Philippians 1:27 says, “You are standing side by side with one strong purpose — to tell the Good News” (TLB).


How do you share with your friends that God loves them? And how do you do it in partnership with other people? You do it through your small group.


First, you pray together. You ask your small group to pray for your friends who don’t have a relationship with God. You can’t force anybody to love God, but you can pray for them. Your friends may reject your arguments or refuse to listen to your logic. But they are powerless against your prayers. It goes straight to their heart!


The Bible says in Colossians 4:3, “Pray for us that God will give us an opportunity to tell people his message” (NCV).


As you pray for opportunities, you know what happens? You start seeing them everywhere! Prayer makes you aware. When you start praying for your family, then you start seeing the needs of your family. When you start praying for your co-workers, you start getting concerned about your co-workers.


And, as you get to know the people around you better, you can start appealing to their common interests and create opportunities to share the Gospel with them.


Before you can share the Good News with others, you have to establish a relationship with them. What are your common experiences, interests, and needs? Talk with people in your small group about things you like to do, and then ask, “Who do we know who also enjoys that who isn’t yet a believer? Who can we invite to join us?”


God will open your eyes to the people around you who you can serve together.

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