Recently (see Part 1), I shared three of the seven keys to Dynamic Gospel Relationships found in I Thessalonians 2. Here are the remaining keys found in the passage.


4. Share the Gospel firmly.

11 For you know how, like a father with his children, 12 we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians 2: 11-12) ESV

There are times when we must nurture new believers gently, but there are other times when we must exhort and encourage them with firmness.

Notice the contrast between the gentleness of a nursing mother and the firmness of a father. Paul and his co-workers did both. They ministered with strength and gentleness. The seasoned Gospel worker knows the difference of when to be strong, and when to be gentle!

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Walter Lewis Wilson was a doctor. He later became a pastor. He was a doctor who was a Christian who felt like his efforts in evangelism were not very fruitful. And so he started to wonder what he could do to change that. And one day a missionary from France had visited his home and it posed a question for him that he thought about often. And the question to him was this, Who is the Holy Spirit to you? And he responded and he said, He is the third person of the Godhead. He is a guide. He is a teacher. He is the third person of the Trinity.î The French missionary said, No, that is not what I asked you. Who is the Holy Spirit to you? And he said, Well, He is nothing to me. We don’t have a relationship. In fact, I can get on just fine without Him.

Well, that response haunted him for the next year. On January 14, 1914, he visited a church. A pastor by the name of James M. Gray was preaching. He would go on to be the President of Moody Bible Institute. Gray was preaching on Romans Chapter 12 Verse 1. He said you know the verse, Therefore, present your bodies to the Lord as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to Him. Have you noticed, the pastor said, that this verse does not tell us to whom we should give our bodies to. It is not to the Lord Jesus because He has His own body. It is not to the Father because He remains on His throne. God gives you the indescribable honor to present your bodies to the Holy Spirit because He needs a dwelling place on earth.

Wilson said after the message, he went home to his house. He laid prostrate on the ground and he begged for the Lord’s forgiveness. He said to the Lord, I am sorry for treating You as a servant for so many years. When I wanted you, I called upon You. Now I give you this body, from my head to my feet. I give you my hands, my limbs, my eyes, my lips and my mind. God, you may send this body to Africa or lay it on a bed with cancer. It is your body from this moment on.

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Thanksgiving is coming next week. With its passing, Christmas will be upon us. As we reflect upon 2014 and look to 2015, lets make disciple-making a priority. January is the perfect month to begin a new D-Group. If you are new to Replicate Ministries, you may be wondering: How do I get started?

We will be running a series of posts over the next few weeks on preparing and launching a D-Group. What is the first (and most important) step?

1. Pray: Ask God for Wisdom

Before selecting anyone to follow him, Jesus spent a considerable amount of time in prayer, particularly the night before selecting the 12. Luke 6:12–13, “In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles.” Before you talk to men about God, talk to God about men (or women). What’s next?

2. Prepare: Work out the details

Prior to your first meeting, you should be prepared to answer these questions:

  • Where are you going to meet?
  • What time will you meet?
  • How long will you meet?
  • What will you study? (more on this later)
  • What Scriptures will you memorize?

By meeting in a group of 3 to 5, as opposed to 1 on 1, you won’t feel the burden of shouldering the weight of leading by yourself.

Click here to read all the posts in this series.

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The release of Firmly Planted is coming soon! We plan to release it in the first quarter of 2015. I let you all vote on the front cover, and I also want to give you the option to vote on the back cover. Click here to vote.

Option 1:

Back Cover v1

Option 2:

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