Jesus came into the world to seek and to save the lost, and that is what it says as we open to Luke 19:10. Jesus spent three-plus years talking to groups, and individuals, pointing them to salvation. Then He died for sinners, commending God’s love towards us, as Paul said. That is the heart of our Savior. That is the love of Christ. Jesus is still seeking and saving the lost, every day, all over the world; and He will keep doing that until the last moments of human life on Earth before the end.
IF YOU WANT TO BE NEAR JESUS: SHARE HIS GOSPEL.
Each time we share the Gospel, He’s always right there. When anyone gets saved, Christ is right next to them, as He saves them. Everything important for now and eternity is tied to the Gospel of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.
That’s why we are looking at Christ’s handoff of the plan of salvation to His Apostles. They learned for 3-plus years, then, listened to one last briefing, and then they launched out in the power of the Spirit.
The commission of Christ was to evangelize the lost and then train every convert in following Christ. That equals making and training followers, or disciples, of Christ.
Last week we began a survey of each of the “making disciples” passages in the Book of Acts.
MAKING DISCIPLES IS WHAT JESUS CHRIST CALLED LEADING PEOPLE TO SALVATION.
A person must be saved to follow Christ, and everyone who follows Christ is His disciple.
So the Book of Acts shows how the early church evangelized, or “made disciples” in the 1st Century. As we read each of these 22 accounts we must always remember that there were dozens, hundreds, and thousands who were saved in those early decades. But, these 22 accounts are what God uses to illustrate how He wants us to see it done.
The Book of Acts lets us see and hear what happened. These are divinely chosen snapshots. Each is equally powerful, moving, and instructive. All of these accounts are just an expansion of the final Gospel challenge that Jesus Christ gave to the disciples before He launched them.
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