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If the Apostle Paul’s letters throughout the New Testament tell us anything, they tell us that the local church is extremely important. Paul’s letters went to Rome, Ephesus, and other major cities of the Greco-Roman world. But even though these were major cities, the number of Christians in each city were few. Cities with tens of thousands of people may have only had a few hundred Christians.
From a historical viewpoint, Christianity should not have survived as a major religion. But these small, local churches continued to carry on the message of the Gospel. Today, billions of people around the globe have been impacted by the Gospel. This would not have happened without God working in and through local churches.
Today, God continues to use local churches as a means to spread the hope of the Gospel. Whether it is local missions and soup kitchens, short-term international missions, or long-term international missions, God is continuing to send His people to fulfill the Great Commission – making disciples of all nations.
READING & PRAYERS:
QUESTION: What are some ways God is sending and utilizing your church to share the Gospel today?
QUESTION: In what ways may God be inviting you to join your local church’s mission on a local and/or international level?
Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I know that my church does much locally and internationally, but I don’t always see how I’m contributing anything toward Your mission. Continue to help me grow in recognizing that no matter where I may be, You have called me to be there. As part of Your church, You are sending me. May I continue to see that all of life is ministry. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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