Weekly Ministry Tip #2 Spring 2014
The Light That Will Overcome All Darkness
In Matthew 4:13-16 we read,
13And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: 15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— 16 the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”
Throughout the earthly ministry of Jesus, He was continually fulfilling Old Testament prophecy. When He settled in Capernaum, He was fulfilling Isaiah 9:1-2 as seen in verses 15-16 above. This was the area after the conquest of Joshua’s time, where the tribes of Zebulun and Naphatali settled. Isaiah was looking to a time when the Messiah would bring a great light into that dark region. One of the works of the Messiah was to bring light into darkness. He would do this to both the Jews and Gentiles as seen in John 1:9 and 12:46.
Jesus is still that light today to bring light into the darkness of your school, city, or area of influence. Continue to proclaim Him to others as often as you can. It is only in the Messiah that people will find the light of life. He can overcome all darkness.
In the past we have talked about doing one big evangelistic event on your campus each month. This allows you to keep Jesus a topic of conversation with people you meet; therefore giving you increased opportunities to share the gospel message. This will also allow you to have more follow-up with people after an initial conversation and invite them to your Bible study/weekly meetings.
It is easy for a ministry to stagnate if you’re not actively proclaiming Christ to as many people as possible. Stay on the cutting edge of evangelism. What big activity can you plan for the end of January and/or February to tell people about Jesus? Here are just a few of many ideas you might consider.
Here is a simple strategy you can try with your friends that can help to open up many doors of spiritual conversations. It is called the “Sometime” Questions. Be sure to ask God to help you find a way that you might also introduce the gospel message as you have new meetings with people.
Keep Your Eye On The Calendar
Summer Projects are coming and so are the deadlines. Be sure to keep this great opportunity for growth in the forefront of your students minds and encourage them to go.
Talk to you next week.
Ben with Cru, Orlando