Today, I want to remind you of the practical application of the message from Part 2 of our series, Ripples, from this past Sunday. In Acts 1:8, Jesus told his disciples, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” We are His witnesses. That means we tell others of what we have seen and heard. We tell others about Jesus and what He has done in our lives. We tell others about His grace and mercy. Jesus then told the disciples that their witness would be ever expanding. Jerusalem to Judea to Samaria to the ends of the earth. This past Sunday, we focused on our Jerusalem and Judea. We focused on those who know us best and those who are around us the most. Think about your community. Your family community. Your neighborhood community. Your work or school community. Now think about those that you need to put on what we are calling a “Ripple List.” This is three to ten people that perhaps God is calling you to be a witness. Now once you list these people, pray for them. Then try to start and cultivate a relationship with them. Try to discern needs that you or the church can meet. Finally, look for opportunities to share the Gospel with them.
As a church, if we each will commit to a Ripple List of people that we are praying for, building a relationship with, meeting the needs of, and sharing the Gospel with, I believe we will find our city being filled with Gospel ripples that will turn into crashing waves in our world.