Weekly Tip #6, Fall 2016
An inspirational story to consider is found in Matthew 9:20-22 as Jesus was walking being surrounded by a crowd:
20 And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, 21 for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” 22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.
The women who was afflicted with the issue of blood had to have personal, physical contact with the Savior and healer. She worked her way through the crowd, never taking her eyes off Jesus and at just the right moment, strained forward and lunged with all her might to brush up against the fringe (border) of His garment with her hand. She was convinced in her heart that He could heal her from twelve years of misery. She had the faith that if she just touched the border of his robe, the fringe, she would be healed. And she was.
To me that is great faith. Do we regularly strain forward to touch the Savior and experience His presence in our daily lives? Do we really trust Him? Is He really capable of performing miracles in transforming the lives in your specific place of ministry? I believe He can. Next week, take time to pray from the heart, live godly lives, spend time in His Word, and share the message of the Gospel with at least one person. Let your faith regularly be on the “fringe”, where you need a personal touch of the Savior. Jesus is ready to take your hand if you reach to Him.
Follow-Up Of New And Young Believers
As you look to the people you could be ministering to who have filled out a survey, people you’ve met on campus, or have come to a special ministry event, now comes the important work of follow-up. For people to be strengthened in their faith and become true disciples, planned, intentional and systematic follow-up in the foundations of the Christian faith is necessary.
The contents of your first follow-up with a new or young believer could easily be the last 5-7 pages of the Knowing God Personally (KGP) booklet. These pages will firm up the decision they made to place their trust in Christ. Secondly, the “Satisfied” booklet makes for an excellent second follow-up for the growing believer. Being filled with the Spirit is a topic you will revisit many times.
From there consider the Life Concept series found here.
Here is the Video explanation and training of the Life Concepts.
Talk to you next week,
Ben with Cru