While staying at a hotel during a recent out-of-town trip, my wife and I met a couple who were serving on a church staff in a town where we had some longtime friends. In conversations with the couple, we learned that the man came to the Lord and was discipled by a man who was led to the Lord by a friend that I introduced to Christ in 1975. I guess you could say we have spiritual grandchildren and great grandchildren. It is encouraging to know that when we introduce people to a living relationship with the living Christ, that it can have reproducing impact.
Principles of the Kingdom of God
That experience was a good reminder of some important principles of the Kingdom of God. Jesus said the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, a very small seed can produce a large plant. He also said the kingdom of God is like yeast. A small amount of yeast can affect a large lump of dough. Little things can have such big impact, especially in relation to our service and influence in ministry and mission work. It is also encouraging to know how God can use many different ways of advancing His Kingdom and how we can participate in His redemptive activities.
Sharing Christ, by All Means
Back in the 1980s I began hearing reports of how churches were starting and reproducing in remote areas through radio broadcasts. One program consisted of simply reading Scripture at dictation speed, with no commentary. What was discovered later was that students were copying the Scriptures, reproducing and distributing them to others. Discussion and storytelling groups were springing up around the life, teaching and Spirit of Jesus. Churches were being planted, growing and reproducing. This is a great example of how God uses multi-model methods to spread the gospel and advance the work of the Church. In this case, it included oral or spoken methods, along with the use of modern technology and print-based media.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Jerry Wiles