Scott Attebery:

When it comes to discipleship, I’m afraid we’ve bought into the backward order of teaching as well. Typically, we think discipleship starts in a sanctuary, progresses to a classroom, and maybe, just maybe, will one day make it into real life. Perhaps, however, Jesus’s example should change our thinking. He didn’t start out by telling men to “come to the Synagogue” (although He did teach there), instead He just told them to “follow me.” In the midst of his modeling, He took advantage of opportunities to give the Twelve “hands on experience” and mentoring. And, occasionally, when their heads were full of questions from everything they had witnessed and experienced, he even pulled them aside for a lecture. Seems a little backwards to most of us, doesn’t it? Here’s a few ideas to consider when trying to make disciples:

Scott is dead on here. While Biblical preaching is important in the life of a believer, it isn’t discipleship. Discipleship is life on life with other believers.

Life is filled with important questions: who should I marry? Where should I live? What job should I take? Which model iPhone should I purchase? What make of car should I buy? Where should we attend church? Etc. Today you will learn what the most important and inescapable question that every human being on the planet must answer. In the context of our passage, Pontus Pilate poses the question to the crowd. Do you know what it is? I will give you the question in just a moment, but before I do, let’s look at the events leading up to it.

Mark 15:

And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” And the chief priests accused him of many things. And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed. Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” And Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged1 Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

Rejected By The Leaders

After Jesus responded to the high priest with these words, “I am, and you will see the son of man seated at the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” the high priest tore his garments and said, “what further witnesses do we need? You have heard his blasphemy.

The leaders wanted him dead. he had judged their corrupt practices in the temple when he turned over the tables. He exposed their hypocrisy over and over again in public. The powerbrokers of Israel had seen enough. The Sanhedrin had voted on their sentence the night before, but they had no power to carry it out. Jesus had to be condemned by a Roman court, so they led him to Pilate. At this point, Jesus has been held captive from 3:00 am to daybreak.

Why did they go to Pilate?

Pilate was the legal representative of Roman law in Kudea. He held the office for 10 years, which shows that Rome trusted him;
However, the Jews hated him. Why? There were 2 reasons:

  1. Josephus tells us that Pilate and his troops rode into Jerusalem with an eagle atop their poles. The Jews opposed idolatry, previous governors eliminated this practice when the entered Jerusalem. But not Pilate. Because of this, a riot broke out forcing him to remove the bird.
  2. Secondly, Pilate started construction on a new water system for Jerusalem, and funded the project by taking money from the temple treasury. This enraged the jewish people. They never forgot this act. The Jews despised him.

Remember what Jesus looks like when Pilate questions him. His outer garment is stained with blood and sweat. His face is bruised from punches they delivered. He has not washed the spit from his eyes. There is sarcasm in the question from Pilate: “you are the king of the Jews?” Jesus says, “you have said so.” Pilate asks him a second time to allow Jesus to prove his innocence, but Jesus remains silent. The governor is in a dilemma.

  1. The chief priests had painted Jesus out to be this rebellious, boisterous criminal who was leading an insurrection against the authorities, and yet, Jesus doesn’t say a word. A humble, passive, quiet, and calm individual is standing before him.
  2. Most people who are tried for a crime plead their innocence. They yell and scream in order to be set free. Not Jesus. He offers no response.

Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent. He declared this before the people in John 18:38, “after he had interrogated Jesus, “Pilate went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him.”

So, why did Jesus remain silent?

He was fulfilling prophecy. Isaiah 53:7, “he was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.” He was focused on doing the will of the Father.

In less than 6 hours, he has been stabbed in the back by Judas, denied by Peter, rejected by the Sanhedrin, and he will be sold out by Pilate. But the extent of his denial is not close to being over.

Deserted by the crowd

Ancient sources say that Governors would set a prisoner free on Passover at the request of the people as a display of mercy.
Pilate gives the people a choice between Jesus and Barrabas. Mark describes Barrabas as a “rebel and a murderer.” John labels him a “robber” and matthew a “notorious prisoner.”

There are two clues as to why the crowd initially wanted to free Jesus.

  • Verse 9, when he asked, “do you want me to release for you the king of the Jews?” it is as if he is reiterated the request of the crowd.
  • verse 10, for he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up.

The key word is envy. It is “displeasure aroused by seeing someone else having what you do not want them to have.” the chief priests hated Jesus because he was taking fame and focus off of them.

All of a sudden, Pilate is interrupted by his wife.

Matt 27:19, “while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.” While Pilate was distracted with the note, verse 11, “the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead.”

Turn to Matthew 27:16–17. Some of the translations have a footnote that says, Barbbas’s first name was have Jesus. Some scholars believe they both had the same name. Pilate turns around, unaware of what the chief priests had done, and asks, “who do you want me to release: Jesus Barabbas or Jesus Christ?

The fickle crowd is inconsistent in their support. Just a few days earlier, they were waving palm branches, placing blankets on the ground, and shouting “Hosanna, Hossana, save us, save us.” As long as Jesus was healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind, raising the dead, and cleansing the lepers, they applauded him. But the moment He was seemingly helpless, they turned their backs on Him. They had a “what have you done for me lately attitude.” If we are not careful, we can respond this way. Out of nowhere, the fickle crowd cried out, “crucify him!”

Humiliated By The Soldiers

Mark 15:15, “So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.” Scourged is the word flogged which usually preceded crucifixion. On some occasions, the flogging ended in death.
After the beating, verse 16, “the soldiers led Him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. The whole battalion of soldiers, about 600 men, gathered around Jesus. They believed Jesus was delusional because of his false claims of being a king, so the band of soldiers demoralized and disgraced the king of the Jews. John Macarthur says, “they thought he was a village idiot, a lunatic, who in a deluded way thinks himself to be a King.” that’s why they mocked Him.

Verse 17, “and they clothed Him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on Him. 18 and they began to salute him, “hail, King of the Jews!” 19 and they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to Him. 20 and when they had mocked Him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on Him. And they led him out to crucify Him.

Robe

Jesus had already been stripped of his clothes in Mark 15:15 when they flogged him. They place a purple robe on his back. It was probably an old faded soldiers coat which was made of coarse wool. This rough, stiff, and scratchy cloak was wrapped around His lacerated and bruised back. Then the soldiers found some thorny twigs on the ground and weaved a crown in order to ridicule Jesus. As they pressed the makeshift crown onto Jesus’ head, the blood started trickling down His forehead, cheeks, and neck.

The tense of the verb striking suggests that they kept on beating him. A king needs a scepter, but they struck him with a cane.
Then they started mocking him by saluting him and striking him on the head. One after another, they spit on Him over and over and over. And if that wasn’t enough, they fell to their knees and acted like they were bowing to the king, crying out, “Hail, King Jesus.”

Jesus took it all without saying a word.

2 walking points:

1. Make a wise choice to the question I will ask you because it will affect where you spend eternity

Pilate poses the question, we all must answer. Look at verse 12, “what shall I do with the man you call the king of the Jews?”’

And that’s the question you must to answer.

Peter reacted correctly:

Matthew 16:15–16 he said to them, “but who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”

The crowd and Pilate responded wrongly:

When Pilate says, “what should I do with him, he is asking, “should I release him? What has he done? Who is this man?”
The answer of the crowd is substitution.

You see, when he says, “what should I do with Jesus?” the crowd says, “you have a guilty guy in prison, Barabbas, an insurrectionist who is guilty of murder. Let him go.”

“Crucify Jesus!”

“What has this man done?”

They ignore the question.

“Just crucify him!”

We know he’s done nothing worth crucifixion, but we want Him dead. Switch the men. Substitute this one for the other. Mark couldn’t paint a clearer picture about Jesus being our substitutionary sacrifice. Barabbas was crook. He was rampant sinner. He was guilty. Barabbas had been judged and legally condemned. Barabbas deserved death. Barabbas could do nothing to free himself.

Jesus was innocent. He did nothing wrong. He was charged for a crime He didn’t commit. He was beaten for something he didn’t do. He took the place of Barabbas and died on a cross that Barabbas was supposed to die on. Barabbas was set free. You are Barabbas.

How do I know that?

Barabbas is a hebrew name. “bar” means “son of.” Like bartimaeus “son of Timaeus.” Abbas is from the word “abba” which means father. Barabbas means, “son of the father.” He is a representative type of all the sons of the fathers who have ever walked the earth. We are all of Adam’s race. We are all born bound into depravity. We are robbers of God’s glory and imprisoned in our sin until Christ enters the cell, calls our name, set us free, and takes our place.

Imagine what Barabbas was thinking moments before the soldier entered his cell. I have heard of men awaiting death going to through a motions of execution. A man who is to be hanged has difficulty in keeping his hand away from his throat where the rope is soon to choke him. I have read where men preparing to be executed in a gas chamber practice long breathing, and sometimes will hold their breath until it seems that their eyes will pop from their sockets. Barabbas probably rubbed his wrists that morning, wondering what rusted spikes would feel like tearing through his flesh. He probably envisioned the slow agony of death as he would struggle to breath. Nightmares from the previous night of hammers crashing against the nails probably traumatized him.

All of sudden, he thinks he hears his own name. Fear paralyzes him because of the uproar of the crowd outside his prison walls. He is startled by keys rattling down the hall, before one is inserted into the lock. The jailor walks in, releases him from the chains around him and leads him to the courtyard. He thinks to himself, “this is it.”he prepares for death. And at that moment he is set free into the crowd. Stupified, he wobbles into the sea of people, wondering what just happened. He is stunned.

Barabbas is the only man in all of history that can say that Jesus took his physical place. However, Christians can say that Jesus took our spiritual place if we have repented of our sins and put our faith in Christ. We deserved judgment, condemnation and hell, but he took our sins and bore the wrath of God.

Believing that Jesus died is history.

Believing he died for me is salvation.

2. Don’t let pressure from the crowd deter you from making the right choice.

Look at verse 15, “Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.” He has to choose between Jesus and the crowd. Because of the pressures of public opinion, popularity, and power, Pilate chose the crowd and not the Christ. He cracks under the pressure.

This section is about compromise. Note the moral weakness of Pilate. He knew Jesus was innocent. He knew the Jews sought to kill Jesus because they envied Him. Jesus should have been released immediately. Instead of standing up for the truth, Pilate caves under the lies. Another word for compromise is adjust or conform. It is good to compromise when two parties disagree over a particular issue and an agreement must be reached. It’s good in business when two parties meet in the middle for a fair price. However, compromise is never allowed in your allegiance to Christ. God accepts no compromise when it comes to His son.

Don’t miss this: Jesus is not the one on trial: Pilate is. Pilate thinks Jesus is on trial. It’s actually Pilate who is being judged for eternity. Pilate’s instability in standing up for what is right will cost him. He was forced to choose sides, and he stood on the wrong side. In Matt. 12:30, Jesus said, “he who is not with Me is against Me.”

The side you choose will determine your eternal destiny.

There are only 2 sides today: Those for Christ and those against Christ. If you are not for Him, you are against Him.

Why is the Bible the central point of our D-Groups? Other resources can be extremely helpful, but we must keep God’s word as the central authority.

When a young William Carey, the acknowledged founder of the modern missionary movement, first applied to his church board to be sent to india, he received a classic reply. “young man,” said one of the older church leaders, “when God chooses to save the heathen of india, he will do so without your help.”

Fortunately, Carey knew better than that. He knew that although God is the one who calls and saves sinners, we must share the Gospel with others. His trust in the sovereignty of God would sustain him for the next 7 years as he labored without a convert.

The book of Romans is a treatise on systematic theology. Paul begins by establishing Israel’s guilt in the first few chapters of this epistle. In chapters 1 and 2, he shows the depravity of man in the world. Although God is recognized through worship, men exchanged the truth of God for a lie and chose to bow down to created things rather than the Creator. Therefore, mankind is guilty and deserving of divine wrath.

In chapter 2, Paul confronts the Jews for their pride in the law and failing to practice it. In chapters 3 and 4, he demonstrates that salvation does not come through the law. In fact, the law exposes that all men are sinners and under divine judgment. The law reveals our seed for a Savior, something it cannot provide.

There are 3 therefores Romans: chapter 5, 8, and 12. In chapters 5 through 8, Paul explains God’s provision for righteousness in Jesus Christ and the implications for repentance sinners. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. He reminds readers that he works all things together for the good. In eternity past, He chose those whom he would save. And none of them will be lost. He mapped out our lives to be conformed to the image of his Son. Paul commences chapter 8 by reminding readers that nothing can separate them from the love of Christ.

Chapters 9–11 display God’s sovereign control of history. He reveals how the Jew’s rejected the messiah according to his plan. This hardening of Israel’s heart allowed gentiles in great number to come to faith. God predicted the entire process in the old testament.

The question that Paul is answering in Romans 9 and 10 is: “how have so many Israelites rejected Jesus as the messiah while so many gentiles have come to faith in him?” Paul’s answer in Romans 9 is one of divine sovereignty: “many Israelites do not believe because God has not chosen them.”His answer in Romans 10 points to man’s responsibility: “the Israelites did not believe because they rejected God.”

We have the privilege of learning about conversion from the greatest Christian missionary: Paul of Tarsus. Instead of outlining the normal progression of salvation, Paul works backward. He reverse engineers evangelism.

Romans 10:13–17:

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

1. Sent with the Gospel

The word sent is a passive verb. Who does the sending? God does. They don’t send themselves. God does. Remember what Jesus said, “the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matt. 9:38). He doesn’t direct us to pray for softened hearts, or open ears. He doesn’t ask us to pray for people to get saved. He wants us to pray for more workers. God is the one who sends the laborers in the field.

In verse 15, Paul quotes from Isaiah 52:7. In verse 16, Paul cites Isaiah 53:1, the most well-known and loved messianic text of Isaiah. In their original context, Isaiah speaks of the divine deliverance God will bring about by allowing the Jewish babylonian captives to return to Jerusalem where they will rebuild the city which was in ruin. Paul uses these verses to refer to the final, ultimate deliverance of Israel and the gentiles from their sins.

God calls our feet beautiful when we share the Gospel. We live in a world that spends money on making ugly feet pretty. We can spend all the money in the world on shoes, polish, or manicures, but it won’t compare to what feet look like that are worn from walking with the Gospel. God delights in those who deliver the Gospel to the lost.

The process begins with God. He does the sending.

2. Preaching Christ

Paul isn’t thinking of a formal message before a congregation. Preaching means to herald or proclaim. Everyone preaches all the time with their life and lips. In ancient times, people didn’t have access to the internet, cell phones, twitter, or facebook. They relied on messengers personally delivering the news to towns and communities. This is not just a command for preachers. Paul is directing believers to communicate the message of Christ. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

God has chosen the proclamation of the word as the means by which to save men. Not powerpoint, not music, not drama, not videos, not lights, or any others means of technology. While those aid the process, there is no subsitute for the preaching of the word. When the preacher stands up to teach the Bible in an expository manner, they are speaking as a mouthpiece for God. Like a postman delivering mail to your house, it is the duty of the preacher to deliver you the word of the Lord.

Harry A. Ironside was the pastor of the Moody church in Chicago. He remembered ironside describing a visit to Chicago by the flamboyant evangelist Gypsy Smith. Gypsy Smith got his name because he really did have a gypsy background, and he told many fascinating stories about growing up in a gypsy camp.

On this occasion the message was made up almost entirely of these stories. At the end of the meeting, Gypsy Smith gave an altar call, and hundreds of people surged forward. Ironside used to say that he wondered what they were coming forward for. “perhaps,” he said, “they wanted to become gypsies.”

When you talk about Christ, it’s easy to invite people to him. Success is in the sharing not the saving, God does that.
The reasons I think that Paul gives us this reverse order of salvation is to show his audience that when they reject the preacher they are actually rejecting Christ himself. Luke 10:16, “the one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.” When people say no to an invitation to follow Christ, they are not saying no to you, but to God.

3. Hearing Christ

When people preach the word, lost people will hear. Hearing is the prerequisite to belief. Notice he doesn’t say, “and how will they see or experience or feel or touch.” Have you heard St. Francis Assisi’s popular quote, “go into the world and preach the Gospel and if necessary use words.” unfortunately, this is unbiblical. Paul would have never said that. He knows that salvation follows proclamation of the word.

People tell me all the time: “I don’t know what to say”. Share scripture. Why do you think scripture memory is so important for the believer? How many people have you personally shared the message of the Gospel to in the last week? Month? Year? How will people hear if you don’t share something with them. In order for people to hear, you must speak to them.

4. Believing in Christ
You must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Verse 16, “but they have not all obeyed the Gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 so faith [belief is the same word] comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Paul says, “the majority of people who hear about Jesus will not hear and believe in him.” That’s doesn’t stop us from preaching the word to people.

In baseball, a good batting average is 300. That means that you get a hit 3 times out of every 10 pitches. That doesn’t seem like a good average, but you keep swinging. Eventually you will hit a ball. When you go fishing, you don’t catch a fish everytime you cast, sometimes you don’t catch fish at all, but you keep casting the line. Same goes for fishing for men.

5. Calling on Christ

Paul has already shown us that God works through processes or a natural order. Romans 5:3–5, “not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the holy spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 8:29–30, “and those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” Paul starts with the calling on the Lord and then gives us the steps that come before it. Normally you start with the beginning of the process and work toward the end. Romans 10:13 gives us an incredible promise: everyone who calls upon the Lord will be saved.

Paul starts by quoting Joel 2:28, “and it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my spirit. 30 “and I will show wonders in the Heavans and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31 the sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. 32 and it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.”

What is so significant about them is that they conclude that great parenthesis in Joel’s prophecy that looks ahead to the pouring out of God’s Holy Spirit at Pentecost and to the proclamation of the Gospel to all peoples that followed the Spirit’s coming.
Remember that peter quoted the exact words at Pentecost in Acts 2:16, “but this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: “ ‘and in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my spirit, and they shall prophesy.”

What does it mean to call upon the Lord?

It means to believe on or put your trust in. This phrase is used in Acts 9 we are told of Paul’s attempts to arrest those who “call on [Jesus’] name” (Acts 9:14, 21. These are individuals who are followers of Christ.
He uses this phrase in 1 corinthians 1:2, when he wrote the letter to “everyone calls on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours.” these are believers.

Everyone who calls upon the name of Jesus will be saved. It doesn’t matter how stained your past is or if your have shipwrecked your life or denied Jesus like peter did, Christ will forgive you of your sins and save you. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, intellectual or unschooled, red, yellow, black, or white, everyone is precious in Jesus’ site.

2 elements are necessary for salvation:

  1. You must understand that Jesus is the only one that can save you.
    Acts 4:12, “and there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under Heavan given among men by which we must be saved.”John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.”
  2. You must call upon the Lord

Confession is the word that means to agree with God. About who you are, who he is, and what he has done.

Here is the unbreakable chain: People are sent. After being sent they preach. When they preach, people hear. When people hear, they believe. When people believe, they call. And everyone who calls upon Christ will be saved. What part of the chain is breakable?
Weakest link in the chain is our involvement. When we fail to obey the Lord’s command to go and proclaim his word and his ways to a lost world, it hinders the mission of God.

The negative of this command is this: everyone who does not call upon the name of the Lord is not saved from their sins, the wrath of God, the power of satan, and an eternity in hell. There is an amazing promise in this verse. Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. One of the reasons for the lostness in the world doesn’t reside with God but with man. Before we point the finger at God, we must remember that there are a few pointing back at us. God uses human instruments led by the spirit to save lost sinners.

But what happens to the innocent man in Africa who has never heard about Jesus?

Does he go to Heavan? Yes.

The problem is, he doesn’t exist.

The problem is not why didn’t the African man come to God for salvation. The problem is why didn’t we go and tell him about the good news about Jesus Christ. Good people don’t go to Heavan, forgiven people do. People do not go to hell because they didn’t choose Jesus as Lord and savior of their life. People go to a Christless eternity because they are sinners who are unable to stand in the presence of a Holy God. Because of the sin of Adam, we are born heading to hell. God in his mercy reaches down and saves sinners. It is only by God’s grace that he saves one.

The question is not why doesn’t God save other people. The question is: “why did God save me?” One day the Gospel changed you. Acts 9 is the clearest picture of regeneration. If you would have asked Paul about Jesus the morning he was packing his bag for Damascus, he would have said I hate Him. If you would have asked him that evening when he was blinded, he would have said, “i love him.”

A study by Church Growth Inc., suggested that more than 75% of all conversions occurred because of a relationship with a family or friend. I would bet that many of you came to faith in Christ because someone personally shared the Gospel with you. The sovereignty of God bookends the process. God does the sending of the person sharing the Gospel and God does the saving of the one responding to the message. The pressure is off. You can’t lose. Success is in the sharing not the saving, God does that.

God will not save everyone you talk to. But he will save none of the people you don’t talk to. I can predict your future. If you never share the Gospel, you will never see anyone come to faith in Christ.

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