9 There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously. “We find nothing wrong with this man,” they said. “What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?” 10 The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks.
11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”
Back in Acts 21 we see the beginning of Paul’s difficult journey to Jerusalem and then on to Rome. Paul would barely escape with his life in all his experiences. Paul would have death threats, vicious accusations leveled against him, and endure questionings and trials before the religious leaders, and leaders from Rome. Paul should not have made it to Rome except that God promised in verse 11 he would get there. God was his protection and sustainer. The same is true for us today. We have many of His great promises throughout His Word.
As you are already 2-3 weeks into your Spring semester (or just starting up if you are on the quarter system) consider some important strategic principles as you go from here:
- Be sure to follow-up on everyone who has expressed an interest in Cru. Don’t just add them to your database, but send them personal texts and call to meet them personally. This is your very best advertisement, one-on-one invitation to your meeting or Bible study. This can be hard work but make the phone call to new people. One or two calls a day would be an amazing habit to develop for your ministry.
- Begin now to invite people to one of the most life changing opportunities Cru has to offer – Summer Missions. Want to see people’s lives really changed and really be prepared for leadership in the fall? Summer Missions is the way to go. Here’s the link
Invite someone to your meetings and to a Summer Missions project now while it is early in the Spring. It takes time to be prepared. And be sure to go yourself.
Talk to you next week,
Ben with Cru