October / November 2015 - Vol. 82
make disciples of Christ
Speak the Word of God with Boldness

A new age of evangelism and mission
We live in an age of increasing conflicts and crises around the world - but also a time of increasing opportunities and new open doors for evangelism and mission. Thousands every day flee their homes and lands seeking peace and security. And many others who live in lands where there is peace and freedom are caught in a web of materialism and distraction that closes their eyes to the spiritual reality of two kingdoms in conflict - the kingdom of God's light and truth and the kingdom of darkness and deception. God's people are called to be light bearers and ambassadors for Jesus Christ. 

Go and make disciples
The Lord wants to equip every Christian with spiritual power and boldness to speak his word of truth, love, and mercy to every nation, every people and language, every city and neighborhood - including yours and mine. No one is exempt from this call.

Pope Francis reminds us that every Christian is called to be a disciple on mission. 
Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love. Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer say that we are “disciples” and “missionaries”, but rather that we are always “missionary disciples”. If we are not convinced, let us look at those first disciples, who, immediately after encountering the gaze of Jesus, went forth to proclaim him joyfully: “We have found the Messiah!” - from The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis

Pray for boldness and anointing
When the early Christians were threatened with persecution, imprisonment, and even death, they prayed for courage and boldness - and the Lord heard their prayer with a mighty outpouring of his Holy Spirit.

“When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31).

May we pray boldly as they did and obey the Lord's command to go and make disciples of all people and nations.

Sincerely in Christ,
Don Schwager

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