Pray Gospel Spreads Quickly Mid-Week Bible Study by Crossing Barriers Ministry

Last week we looked at praying for bold insight for sharing the gospel. In other words, we are asking God not only to give us the words that he wants us to say but the strength and boldness to be able to say them. Today we are praying that the gospel will spread quickly.Are you frustrated more people aren’t being saved through your church or as a result of your witness? Most of us are!  The slow pace of gospel growth in many settings makes it seem this is normal, acceptable pattern.  It’s not. Paul wrapped up his correspondence with the Thessalonians by writing:

2 Thessalonians 3:1

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

His request was for rapid, honorable, expansion of the gospel. We can pray the same prayer for our generation.

How are you honoring God in your actions and attitude?                                              How do you need to change to honor him more?

False gospels – like the prosperity gospel – seem to be spreading more rapidly than the true gospel. This isn’t honorable gospel expansion.  When the true gospel spreads rapidly. Jesus is exalted, true discipleship demanded, and selfless service results. More rapid expansion of the true gospel may seem like a formidable, even impossible, goal. But praying for it is our privilege and responsibility. We can’t settle for less.

The growth of the gospel across Africa (where people are coming to Jesus in waves) can be traced to the focused praying of thousands of Christians- like the author’s mother-in-law who has maintained a lifetime passion for praying the gospel across Africa. The same could be said for Korea, a nation with a burgeoning Christian population fueled by their practice of early morning prayer meetings. Gospel expansion is tied to fervent praying.  The results come slowly at first but crescendo later as the cumulative effect of prayers by many are answered in subsequent generations

Use the search feature at IMB.org to discern features of the growth in Korea and Africa

Do you have an unsaved family member who seems antagonistic to the gospel? Pray! Do you want the trickle of converts coming into your church to turn into a flood? Pray! Do you long for sweeping revival across our nation? Pray! While these things seem impossible, remember, “You do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2) and “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).  Rapid expansion of the gospel may seem impossible, but it’s not.  Perhaps God is waiting on your prayers to initiate a fresh harvest in your family, church, community, or country.  Hit your knees and ask for what seem impossible.

Discussion Project

What might we be doing or not doing to block the spread of the gospel? What actions might God want us to take to someone’s prayer for rapid expansion of the gospel?

 

 

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Are you frustrated more people aren’t being saved through your church or as a result of your witness? Most of us are!  The slow pace of gospel growth in many settings makes it seem this is normal, acceptable pattern.  It’s not. Paul wrapped up his correspondence with the Thessalonians by writing:

 

2 Thessalonians 3:1

 

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

 

His request was for rapid, honorable, expansion of the gospel. We can pray the same prayer for our generation.

 

How are you honoring God in your actions and attitude?

 

How do you need to change to honor him more?

 

False gospels – like the prosperity gospel – seem to be spreading more rapidly than the true gospel. This isn’t honorable gospel expansion.  When the true gospel spreads rapidly. Jesus is exalted, true discipleship demanded, and selfless service results. More rapid expansion of the true gospel may seem like a formidable, even impossible, goal. But praying for it is our privilege and responsibility. We can’t settle for less.

 

The growth of the gospel across Africa (where people are coming to Jesus in waves) can be traced to the focused praying of thousands of Christians- like the author’s mother-in-law who has maintained a lifetime passion for praying the gospel across Africa. The same could be said for Korea, a nation with a burgeoning Christian population fueled by their practice of early morning prayer meetings. Gospel expansion is tied to fervent praying.  The results come slowly at first but crescendo later as the cumulative effect of prayers by many are answered in subsequent generations

 

Use the search feature at IMB.org to discern features of the growth in Korea and Africa

Do you have an unsaved family member who seems antagonistic to the gospel? Pray! Do you want the trickle of converts coming into your church to turn into a flood? Pray! Do you long for sweeping revival across our nation? Pray! While these things seem impossible, remember, “You do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2) and “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).  Rapid expansion of the gospel may seem impossible, but it’s not.  Perhaps God is waiting on your prayers to initiate a fresh harvest in your family, church, community, or country.  Hit your knees and ask for what seem impossible.

 

Discussion Project

 

What might we be doing or not doing to block the spread of the gospel? What actions might God want us to take to someone’s prayer for rapid expansion of the gospel?

 

 

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