How to Grow His Kingdom: Quick Start (Draft v5)

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Serving Non-Believers: Sharing the Gospel

The Gospel mostly moves slowly through relationships you build and love you show. You might also plant seeds talking to strangers. Either way, here's some tools to help you get started on the who, what, and how of sharing. Get started quickly on sharing with others:

You can be very effective at witnessing with just three tools: a way to share the Gospel, your story, and tracts/cards/links to hand out. If you want to start today, you can get going in 8 minutes just learning the openers while reading this Gospel on your phone. Either way, many people that say no to the Gospel will still take a tract. A combo of being kind, mentioning Jesus, and a tract is a good seed. If they listen to Gospel, even better. If they listen and are undecided, arrange a follow-up meeting just getting to know them, explore their beliefs/objections more, or doing a one-on-one Bible study w/ evangelism focus. If the study, just read a story with them before tying it into the Gospel. Focus most on people who lean into what you're saying. The Spirit is already at work in their hearts.

Serving Believers: Discipleship, Small Groups, and Churches

Jesus says those who abide in Him follow God's commandments and love others. As we do, the Spirit transforms and works through us. Every individual should aim for consistent, growing obedience. For the Word, we study it in a way that lets us soak it up, invite others to join us, and teach those who don't know what we've learned. Do these things while plugged into a healthy church (see Assessing). The fruit is growing all-together in reverence of God, knowing who Christ is, knowing His Word, conforming to His Will, living like Him, and loving others like Him. That's the Christian life for most of us.

Here's tools to help you encourage and disciple both new converts and people who won't come to your church:

Sometimes, a unchurched group will keep growing, bonding, and serving together. They may consider becoming a church. The Biblical route is elders of an existing church planting one with qualified people. This provides the aspiring church with support, accountability, and help fighting threats (esp false teaching). Example of ups and downs of independent church-planting. Pray on it, talk to established churches, and see if God provides a route. If you can't get support, then maybe form your own church. The above resources might help either way.

I hope you all apply this stuff to make His kingdom on Earth more like it is in Heaven. We might even see Jesus return faster. With all the suffering in the world, let's pray on and work toward that happening as soon as possible!

Top Priority: Unreached, People Groups

If your church does missions, please ask them to shift funding to or make next one an Unreached group on the Joshua Project. There's thousands of them with an estimated 3 billion people in them. They get only 10% of mission funding despite having little to no access to Jesus at all. That's also despite Jesus' promise He won't return until the Gospel reaches all people groups. We need to help them while hastening His return. Organizations like

We have way more than thousands of churches. I say each church, starting here in the Mid-South, pick at least one group on the Joshua project. Especially "Frontier Peoples." Send a pair of missionaries through organizations (eg. IMB). Bigger churches might also fund translations through groups (eg. Wycliffe, B.T.F.). Otherwise, just more than one group. Whichever you pick, stay serving them with laborers, aid to meet physical needs, and whole-church prayers. The Spirit of God will move from there within and across geographical areas. Please don't let them continue to perish without hardly a chance: prioritize mission strategy to send your best people and most of your money to the Unreached.

Individuals without church funding can still make a difference. They just have to physically be over there listening, loving, and sharing Jesus with people. Young people can go to college or start careers overseas for that purpose. Just learn the language and culture very well for at least the Gospel parts to make sure they understand it properly. College students going to foreign schools that require English, like in the Middle East, might not just need cultural training. Some organizations send as missionaries people who have jobs skills needed in those countries. They mostly work but also share. Believers looking to retire might do it somewhere with few believers. Anyone that works remotely might be able to work from hard-to-reach area with satellite or occasional trips to areas with Wifi. People whose businesses sell or build stuff all over the world might work in those areas.

Before going out to a frontier group, I strongly recommend reading up on the Apostles' struggles, missionary biographies, and talking to organizations specializing in that first. It's a long-term, hard job with little to no support. You want to be sure of both your calling and commitment before you do that.

Sister site: GetHisWord.com has a short, modern Gospel with proof it's true like in a courtroom. Some extras, too. It's free for any church to use or remix. It stays denominationally- and doctrinally-neutral (i.e. non-controversial) so anyone can feel comfortable sharing the link, putting it in a card/tract, and so on. I suggest using it any time you can't share face to face.

Credits: GiveThemLife.com is a mix of resources from many sources really meant to save you time: cut through the noise to the signal. Originally, I wanted to trim 10-16 hrs of evangelism lessons from No Place Left with situation-specific stuff from Youtube into minutes to one hour. Took inspiration from Living Waters', too. Check out either to learn plenty. There's some original content, too. Most of it is from brothers and sisters in Christ whose work I'm very grateful for. Keep letting Him work through you! We'll keep using and sharing what you teach us! :)

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