Week 3, Day 4: How Faith Spreads

Ordinary People with an Extraordinary Message

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. Romans 10:13-17

God uses ordinary people to share the truths of the gospel and evangelize the lost.

One of my favorite activities in the life of our church is when believers “go public” with their faith in baptism. Pastor Ritch always asks each person, “Do you have a story to tell about how you came to faith in Jesus?” Some share that they were raised in a Christian home and trusted Jesus at an early age. Others describe a life dominated by sin and self-will that was interrupted by the transforming power of the gospel at a very specific point in time. Still others point to a time when they were suffering and without hope when God came and rescued them. While each story is unique, there is one common thread among them. At some point in the life of every believer, someone (a parent, friend, Sunday school teacher, stranger) told them about Jesus!

Isn’t that amazing? God chooses to use ordinary people like you and me to share the life-giving words of the gospel. We don’t need to be brilliant theologians or public speakers. All God has asked us to do is be faithful. What do we share? Simply tell others who Jesus is and what he has done for us! Jesus is the Son of God. He came to live a perfect life so he could die to take the penalty for our sins. He promises that if we trust in him, we can have a relationship with him. He will save us from our sins and give us the gift of eternal life.

Application Questions

  • When is the last time you remember sharing the gospel with someone?
  • Pray and ask the Lord to give you an opportunity and the boldness to share with one person this week.

Memory Verse:

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18