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The Master Plan of Evangelism, Part 20 (The Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #155)

Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #155

Welcome to the Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #155.

This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. As always, it is so good to be with you today to challenge you, encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ right where you are to those who are not believers in Christ. Even though we will share some instructions on how to witness for the Lord from time to time, we believe that most Christians do not need to learn how to witness for the Lord, they just need to go and do it; so our aim is more motivational than instructional.

Our soul-winning Passage from the Word of God today is Matthew 13:18-19 which reads: “Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.”

Allow me to share with you some insights regarding this Scripture from the Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable:

Jesus interpreted His first parable to help His disciples understand it and the others that followed. Some people heard Jesus’ preaching about the Kingdom, but, like hard soil, the truth did not penetrate them. Satan snatched the message away before they really understood it. The four soils represent four types of reception people gave the preaching about the kingdom.

Our soul winning quote today is from C. T. Studd. He said: “Some wish to live within the sound of church and chapel bell. I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell!”

Our soul winning devotional is part 20 of our series titled “The Master Plan of Evangelism” from Robert E. Coleman.

Association – The Foundation of Follow-Up, Continued…

Mention should be made, too, of that small group of faithful women who ministered to Him out of their substance, like Mary and Martha, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, “and many others”. Some of these women were with Him to the end. He certainly did not refuse their gracious kindness, and often took the occasion to help them in their faith. Jesus welcomed their assistance but did not try to incorporate these women into the select company of his chosen disciples.

Jesus did not have the time to personally give all these people, men or women, constant attention. He did all that He could, and this doubtless served to impress on His disciples the need for immediate personal care of new converts, but He had to devote Himself primarily to the task of developing some leaders who in turn could give this kind of personal attention to others.

In our next episode, we will look at Association – The Church as a Continuing Fellowship

* * * * * * * * Let’s Pray * * * * * * * *

Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time,

Keep the soul winner’s fire!

The Master Plan of Evangelism, Part 20 (The Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #155)

Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #155

Welcome to the Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #155.

This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. As always, it is so good to be with you today to challenge you, encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ right where you are to those who are not believers in Christ. Even though we will share some instructions on how to witness for the Lord from time to time, we believe that most Christians do not need to learn how to witness for the Lord, they just need to go and do it; so our aim is more motivational than instructional.

Our soul-winning Passage from the Word of God today is Matthew 13:18-19 which reads: “Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.”

Allow me to share with you some insights regarding this Scripture from the Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable:

Jesus interpreted His first parable to help His disciples understand it and the others that followed. Some people heard Jesus’ preaching about the Kingdom, but, like hard soil, the truth did not penetrate them. Satan snatched the message away before they really understood it. The four soils represent four types of reception people gave the preaching about the kingdom.

Our soul winning quote today is from C. T. Studd. He said: “Some wish to live within the sound of church and chapel bell. I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell!”

Our soul winning devotional is part 20 of our series titled “The Master Plan of Evangelism” from Robert E. Coleman.

Association – The Foundation of Follow-Up, Continued…

Mention should be made, too, of that small group of faithful women who ministered to Him out of their substance, like Mary and Martha, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, “and many others”. Some of these women were with Him to the end. He certainly did not refuse their gracious kindness, and often took the occasion to help them in their faith. Jesus welcomed their assistance but did not try to incorporate these women into the select company of his chosen disciples.

Jesus did not have the time to personally give all these people, men or women, constant attention. He did all that He could, and this doubtless served to impress on His disciples the need for immediate personal care of new converts, but He had to devote Himself primarily to the task of developing some leaders who in turn could give this kind of personal attention to others.

In our next episode, we will look at Association – The Church as a Continuing Fellowship

* * * * * * * * Let’s Pray * * * * * * * *

Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time,

Keep the soul winner’s fire!

The Master Plan of Evangelism, Part 19 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #154)

Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #154

Welcome to the Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #154.

This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. As always, it is so good to be with you today to challenge you, encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ right where you are to those who are not believers in Christ. Even though we will share some instructions on how to witness for the Lord from time to time, we believe that most Christians do not need to learn how to witness for the Lord, they just need to go and do it; so our aim is more motivational than instructional.

Our soul-winning Passage from the Word of God today is John 1:40-42 which reads: “One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.”

Allow me to share with you some insights regarding this Scripture from the Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable:

The writer now identified one of the two men. Andrew was important for two reasons. He became one of the Twelve, and he provided an excellent example of testifying for Jesus by bringing his brother to Him.. John introduced Andrew as Simon Peter’s brother because when he wrote his Gospel Peter was the better known of the two. We do not know who the unnamed man was. Some students of John’s Gospel have suggested that it may have been the writer himself. This is an interesting possibility, but there is nothing in the text that enables us to prove or to disprove it. He could have been anyone.

Andrew sought to bring his own brother to Jesus and was successful in doing so. Obviously both of them wanted to discover the Messiah whom the Old Testament prophets had predicted and whom Daniel’s timetable encouraged them to believe would appear soon We should not conclude, however, that because Andrew believed that Jesus was the Messiah he also believed that He was God. He may have believed this, but all the evidence in the Gospels points to the disciples learning of Jesus’ deity after they had been with Him for some time. Probably Andrew thought of Jesus as a great prophet who was the messianic deliverer of Israel.

The title “Messiah” means “anointed one.” The anointed one in Israel was originally any anointed priest or king who led the people. As time passed God gave prophecies of a coming Davidic king who would liberate the Israelites and establish God’s rule over the whole earth. Thus the idea of a coming anointed one crystallized into the title “Messiah.”
Jesus anticipated what Peter would become in the history of the church by God”s grace. He may have had previous contact with him and known Peter”s reputation since both men lived only a few miles apart in Galilee. Simon was a common Jewish name, probably derived from Simeon. Jesus gave him a nickname that expressed his character, which was not uncommon. It is interesting that Simon Peter originally had the same rash and impulsive character as his ancestor Simeon, the second son of Jacob. Cephas is Aramaic, the common language of Palestine, and means “Rock.” Peter is the Greek translation of Cephas. As the record of Peter unfolds in the Gospels, he appears as anything but a rock; he was impulsive, volatile, and unreliable. Yet Jesus named Peter in view of what he would become by the power of God, not what he then was.

“In bringing his brother Simon Peter to Christ, no man did the church a greater service than Andrew.”

Every time we meet Andrew in this Gospel he is bringing someone to Jesus. Thus he serves as an excellent example of what a disciple of Jesus should do.

Our soul winning quote today is from Dwight L. Moody. He said: “God stands in no need of our strength or wisdom, but of our ignorance, of our weakness; let us but give these to Him, and He can make use of us in winning souls.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 19 of our series titled “The Master Plan of Evangelism” from Robert E. Coleman.

Association – The Foundation of Follow-Up

Nothing is more obvious yet more neglected than the application of this principle. By its very nature, it does not call attention to itself, and one is prone to overlook the commonplace. Yet Jesus would not let his disciples miss it. During the last days of His journey, the Master especially felt it necessary to crystallize their thinking about what He had been doing. For example, once turning to these who had followed Him for three years, Jesus said: “Ye [shall] bear witness because ye have been with me from the beginning”. Without any fanfare and unnoticed by the world, Jesus was saying that he had been training men to be His witnesses after He had gone, and His method of doing it was simply by being “with them.” Indeed, as He said on another occasion, it was because they had “continued with” Him in His temptations that they were appointed to be leaders in His eternal kingdom where they would each eat and drink at His table, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

It would be wrong to assume, however, that this principle of personal follow-up was confined only to the apostolic band. Jesus concentrated on these few chosen men, but also manifested concern for others who followed Him. For example, He went home with Zacchaeus after His conversion on the streets of Jericho, and He spent some time with Him before leaving the city. After the conversion of the woman at the well in Samaria, Jesus tarried two extra days in Sychar to instruct the people of that community who “believed on Him because of the word of the woman who testified,” and because of that personal association with them “many more believed,” not because of the woman’s witness, but because they heard the Master for themselves. Often one who received some help from the Master would be permitted to join the procession following Jesus, as for example, Bartimaeus. In such a way many attached themselves to the apostolic company, as is evidenced by the seventy with Him in the later Judean ministry. All of these believers received some personal attention, but it could not be compared to that given to the Twelve.

In our next episode, we will continue looking at Association – The Foundation of Follow-Up

* * * * * * * * Let’s Pray * * * * * * * *

Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time,

Keep the soul winner’s fire!

The Master Plan of Evangelism, Part 18 (Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #153)

Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #153

Welcome to the Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #153.

This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. As always, it is so good to be with you today to challenge you, encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ right where you are to those who are not believers in Christ. Even though we will share some instructions on how to witness for the Lord from time to time, we believe that most Christians do not need to learn how to witness for the Lord, they just need to go and do it; so our aim is more motivational than instructional.

Our soul-winning Passage from the Word of God today is Matthew 4:18-20 which reads: “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him..”

Allow me to share with you some insights regarding this Scripture from the Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable:

The Hebrews referred to lakes as “seas.” The “Sea of Galilee” got its name from its district. Its other name, the Sea of “Gennesaret,” came from the plain to the northwest of the lake and from a town on that plain: Gennesaret. The name “Gennesaret” connects to the Hebrew word kinnor, meaning “harp.” In the Old Testament, this body of water was called the Sea of “Chinnereth (chin-eh-reth)” because of its harp-like shape.

Sometimes, in Jesus’ day, people referred to the lake as the Sea of “Tiberias.” Tiberias was the Hellenistic city that Herod built on its west-southwest shore. This sea was approximately 12 miles long and 9 miles wide at its longest and broadest points. It supported a thriving fishing industry in Jesus’ day, with nine towns on its western shore, plus others elsewhere. Simon and Andrew had moved from their hometown of Bethsaida (“Fishtown”) to Capernaum.

Simon’s nickname was Peter (“Rocky”). “Simon” was one of the most common names in first-century Palestine. The “net” that Simon and Andrew were “casting” into the lake was a circular one. It was a common tool of Galilean fishermen. Fishing was a major industry in Galilee.

Jesus’ command (not invitation), “Follow Me”, was a summons to leave their occupations, and literally follow Jesus wherever He would take them as His trainees.

“The expression ‘Follow Me’ would be readily understood, as implying a call to become the permanent disciple of a teacher. Similarly, it was not only the practice of the Rabbis, but regarded as one of the most sacred duties, for a Master to gather around him a circle of disciples. Thus, neither Peter and Andrew, nor the sons of Zebedee, could have misunderstood the call of Christ, or even regarded it as strange.”

Etiquette required a rabbi’s disciples to walk behind him. The phrase “fishers of men” recalls Jeremiah 16:16. There Yahweh sent “fishermen” to gather Israelites for the Exile. Here Jesus called fishermen to announce the end of Israel’s spiritual exile and to prepare for His messianic reign. Later, after experiencing rejection by Israel, Jesus re-commissioned these men for duty in the inter-advent age.

This message appeared on a church marquee: “Be fishers of men. You catch ’em. He’ll clean ’em.” That is the proper order.

Evidently Jesus had called Simon, Andrew, Philip, and Nathanael earlier). Probably they had returned to Galilee and resumed their former work. This would partially explain their quick response to Jesus here. Furthermore, Jesus had changed water into wine in Cana, which was not far away. If the miracle of Luke 5:1-11 occurred the night before this calling, we have another reason they followed Jesus “immediately.” Matthew’s interest was not in why these men responded as they did, but how authoritatively Jesus called them, and how they responded. They recognized Jesus’ authority and left all to follow Him.

Disciples of other rabbis normally continued their trades, but Jesus wanted His disciples to be with Him fulltime. Also, in contrast to the rabbinic model, Jesus chose His disciples; typically the disciple chose the rabbi he would follow. Furthermore, Jesus called His disciples to follow Him, not to follow the Law or teaching in abstraction.

Our soul winning quote today is from Charles Spurgeon. He said: “But the best argument of all [for evangelism] is to be found in the wounds of Jesus. You want to honor Him, you desire to put many crowns upon His head, and this you can best do by winning souls for Him. These are the spoils that He covets, these are the trophies for which He fights, these are the jewels that shall be His best adornment.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 18 of our series titled “The Master Plan of Evangelism” from Robert E. Coleman.

Association – Still Ministering to the Masses

One must not overlook that even while Jesus was ministering to others, the disciples were always there with Him. Whether He addressed the multitudes that pressed on Him, conversed with the scribes and Pharisees who sought to ensnare Him, or spoke to some lonely beggar along the road, the disciples were close at hand to observe and to listen. In this manner, Jesus’ time was paying double dividends. Without neglecting His regular ministry to those in need, He maintained a constant ministry to His disciples by having them with Him. They were thus getting the benefit of everything He said and did to others plus their own personal explanation and counsel.

It Takes Time

Such close and constant association, of course, meant that Jesus had virtually no time to call His own. Like little children clamoring for the attention of their father, the disciples were always underfoot of the Master. Even the time He took to go apart to keep His personal devotions was subject to interruption at the disciples’ need. But Jesus would have it no other way. He wanted to be with them. They were His spiritual children and the only way that a father can properly raise a family is to be with it.

In our next episode, we will look at Association – The Foundation of Follow-Up

* * * * * * * * Let’s Pray * * * * * * * *

Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time,

Keep the soul winner’s fire!

The Master Plan of Evangelism, Part 17 (The Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #152)

This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. As always, it is so good to be with you today to challenge you, encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ right where you are to those who are not believers in Christ. Even though we will share some instructions on how to witness for the Lord from time to time, we believe that most Christians do not need to learn how to witness for the Lord, they just need to go and do it; so our aim is more motivational than instructional.

Continue reading “The Master Plan of Evangelism, Part 17 (The Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #152)”

The Master Plan of Evangelism, Part 17 (Soul-Winning Motivator #152)

This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. As always, it is so good to be with you today to challenge you, encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ right where you are to those who are not believers in Christ. Even though we will share some instructions on how to witness for the Lord from time to time, we believe that most Christians do not need to learn how to witness for the Lord, they just need to go and do it; so our aim is more motivational than instructional.

Continue reading “The Master Plan of Evangelism, Part 17 (Soul-Winning Motivator #152)”

The Master Plan of Evangelism, Part 16 (Soul-Winning Motivator #151)

This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. As always, it is so good to be with you today to challenge you, encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ right where you are to those who are not believers in Christ. Even though we will share some instructions on how to witness for the Lord from time to time, we believe that most Christians do not need to learn how to witness for the Lord, they just need to go and do it; so our aim is more motivational than instructional.

Our soul-winning Passage from the Word of God today is John 4:35 which reads: “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest..”

Allow me to share with you some insights regarding this Scripture from the Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable:

Jesus continued to speak of spiritual matters in physical terms. The whitened fields represent humankind in its condition of being ripe for divine judgment. Perhaps as Jesus spoke these words the disciples observed the customarily white-clothed men of Sychar (su-khar) wending their way through the fields toward them as so much living grain.

Jesus’ reference to four months was probably proverbial. It was the approximate time between the last sowing and the earliest reaping. His point was that between the spiritual task of sowing the Gospel and reaping belief the intervening time may be very brief.

The disciples needed spiritual vision. They could obtain it by lifting their eyes and looking on the fields of lost people rather than being completely absorbed in their physical needs. As with physical grain, the opportunity for harvesting spiritually is relatively brief. If left unreached, people die in their sins.

Our soul winning quote today is from Charles H. Spurgeon. He said: “And what I have said of soul-winners, belongs not to the learned doctor of divinity, or to the eloquent preacher alone, but to you all who are in Christ Jesus.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 16 of our series titled “The Master Plan of Evangelism” from Robert E. Coleman.

Association – Closer as Training Ends

The determination with which Jesus sought to fulfill this commission is evident as one reads through the subsequent Gospel accounts. Contrary to what one might expect, as the ministry of Christ lengthened into the second and third years he gave increasingly more time to those chosen disciples, not less.

Frequently He would take them with Him on a retreat to some mountainous area of the country where He was relatively unknown, seeking to avoid publicity as far as possible. They took trips together to Tyre and Sidon to the northwest; to the “borders of Decapolis” and “the parts of Dalmanutha (Dal-ma-nu-tha)” to the southeast of Galilee; and to the “villages of Caesarea Philippi” to the northeast. These journeys were made partly because of the opposition of the Pharisees and the hostility of Herod, but primarily because Jesus felt the need to get alone with His disciples. Later He spent several months with His disciples in Perea (Pe-re-a), east of the Jordan. As opposition mounted there, Jesus “walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples”. When at last the time came for Him to go to Jerusalem, He significantly “took the twelve disciples apart” from the rest as He made His way slowly to the city.

In view of this, it is not surprising that during passion week Jesus scarcely ever let His disciples out of His sight. Even when He prayed alone in Gethsemane, His disciples were only a stone’s throw away. Is not this the way it is with every family as the hour of departing draws near? Every minute is cherished because of the growing realization that such close association in the flesh soon will be no more. Words uttered under these circumstances are always more precious. Indeed, it was not until time began to close in that the disciples of Christ were prepared to grasp many of the deeper meanings of His presence with them. Doubtless this explains why the writers of the Gospels were constrained to devote so much of their attention to these last days. Fully half of all that is recorded about Jesus happened in the last months of His life, and most of this in the last week.

In our next episode, we will continue looking at Association – Closer as Training Ends.

* * * * * * * * Let’s Pray * * * * * * * *

Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time,

Keep the soul winner’s fire!