The Gospel Gone Viral . . .
Posted by jodiegaston
Someone I follow on Twitter recently shared this video of a man’s marriage proposal to his girlfriend. For obvious reasons the video quickly went viral. With more than a million downloads in just a few days, the video even landed the couple an interview on the Today Show.
Church planting movements are what happens when the gospel goes viral. As men and women come to know Christ the gospel spreads through networks and communities and nations. Obviously, this is a work of the Holy Spirit, but we can help facilitate the spread of the gospel by teaching and discipling others in a way that communicates the importance of sharing the gospel with others. As we disciple others, we are investing in the lives of others to teach them to be obedient to God and to share Christ with others. When Jesus called his disciples he told them, “Follow me [obedience] and I will make you fishers of men [evangelism].”
As I’ve been preparing for missions work in Wales, I’ve been learning to be more intentional in my own teaching. I’ve come across a method of reading and studying the Bible that naturally cultivates the spread of the gospel. I call it the SOS method of Scripture reading. SOS stands for Say, Obey, Share. After reading a passage of Scripture I ask myself three questions.
- Say: What does this passage say?
- Obey: What does this passage require me to do or believe?
- Share: Who needs to hear this?
I then spend a short amount of time in prayer for that person and resolve to share the message with that person at the next available opportunity. I can’t say that I’m always faithful to share as I should, but I have found that its made me more intentional in my relationships. As we all become more faithful to share the gospel with others, my prayer and vision is to see the gospel go viral in such a way that our culture and world is transformed for the glory of God!
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Written by Rob James
The people of Wales need to see that as churches we really do believe what the Scriptures say, and not simply pay lip service to them. They also need to see that we can experience God in life changing ways, and not merely muse about this in sermons or sing about it from song sheets and screens. Read more…