In November 2017 I shared a personal goal I had been laboring toward since the beginning of the year of sharing the gospel of Jesus (1 Cor. 15:1-8) personally with fifty-two souls. 2017 ended with my having shared the gospel with thirty-eight souls, nine of which included a direct appeal for obedience to it (2 Thess. 1:7-9; Rom. 6:1-11). Three of these nine souls obeyed the gospel by putting on Jesus as their Lord and savior in baptism for the forgiveness of their sins and were added to the Lord’s church (Ron, Sylvia and Karla; Ac. 22:16; Gal. 3:26,27)! Two others were discovered to be Christians already but mirered in denominational doctrines and practices (Larry and Sean).
My records say that I also shared the gospel with at least ten other souls via texting. I did not include these toward reaching my goal because my goal is about personally verbally sharing the gospel of Jesus.
Your prayers and partnership with me through prayer in this effort in 2017 have been invaluable. Thank you!
This year in 2018 I have decided to continue this goal of personally sharing the gospel verbally with fifty-two souls. With strength from the Lord, I hope to increase my invitations to obey the gospel from nine to fifty-two. Your continued prayers for me to reach and exceed this goal are appreciated.
How about you? Do you have plans of sharing the saving message of Jesus with others this year? You should. You must (1 Pet. 2:9; 1 Cor. 10:31-11:1; Mat. 28:18-20)!
How are you going to accomplish it? Someone has said that, “You hit what you aim for.” Set a goal this year for improving sharing the gospel with the lost in your life. It doesn’t have to be as many or few as fifty-two, only an improvement from what you’ve done in the past. Believe that God will help you reach it and even exceed it! Think and ask big!
“20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Eph. 3:20,21