Sunday, March 23, 2014

{SCRLLC14} Scripture Lesson #6, Until the Whole World Hears

How often have you shared the gospel? Can you correctly state what the gospel message actually is? Are you uncomfortable sharing? Well, today we are going to first listen to this amazing song by Casting Crowns"Until the Whole World Hears." Click here to watch their official video. Then we will look at some of the lyrics followed by our lesson for today.

The first time I saw this video, I fell in love with it! I love that it starts with them on a rooftop overlooking a city that you know is full of people. I then love how people are drawn to them on the roof and finally how they show people from all around the world singing with them. I think the entire video is so very powerful! Now here are a few of the lyrics along with the chorus:

"Lord, I want to feel your heart
And see the world through your eyes
I want to be your hands and feet
I want to live a life that leads

Ready yourselves, ready yourselves
Let us shine the light of Jesus in the darkest night
Ready yourselves, ready yourselves
May the powers of darkness tremble as our praises rise

Until the whole world hears, Lord, we are calling out
Lifting up your name for all to hear the sound
Like voices in the wilderness, we're crying out
And as the day draws near
We'll sing until the whole world hears."

So, what exactly is the gospel message? Click here to see a great video. Now are you going to have that video available to you when you are out shopping or at soccer practice or wherever you may be? No. But as a Christian, you are filled with the Holy Spirit. He will give you the words and enable you to share as He leads. Maybe people are drawn to you. Have you ever thought that the Holy Spirit brought them into your path for a reason? Do they want to know your story? Do you want to live the life He leads? Do you want people to see more of Him and less of you?

How is God using you? He uses ordinary people to share the extraordinary good news of His salvation. Who do you know that needs to hear the good new of salvation? Sometimes the people we think that don't want to hear are usually the ones to respond the quickest. Look for the good in people not the bad. That might be the very thing that can lead us to share Him with others. And remember, sometimes it's best to say nothing and just trust Jesus. Sometimes truth needs to be left alone. If we hammer the truth into someone, it could hinder their growth. That's the His job.

Look around today and each day. Who is He bringing in your path? How can you share and glorify Him? Be faithful to what He shows you at the time. Sharing Jesus with others is the true food that brings joy and satisfaction. Your testimony does not save anyone but it is a tool that gets their attention and gets people interested. Your faith has a great impact on those around you. Will you share as He leads so that the whole world hears?

Matthew 28:19-20 "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Mark 16:15 "He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.'"

1 John 4:10 "This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."

And lastly, as I was studying for today's post, I found this awesome article from Ron Hutchcraft Ministries called "Someone Else Shuts the Door." If you have time, I highly encourage you to read this article by just clicking here! You also have the option of listening to this from his radio address; it's short only 4 minutes and 28 seconds. It may be life changing. 

For my 6x6 page today, I used another sketch from Flying Unicorn. I also used several embellishments that I found in my great clean out when putting together my new Embellishment Center. I used an old mini paper bag, wood buttons, and some old canvas tags. I chose the Mark 16:15 verse noted above as it certainly says exactly what this song is saying. And lastly, I used the Brigitte Butterfly Set from Blue Fern Studios. I painted it with Shimmerz Texturez gold mine then added a bit of Glimmer Mist sugar cookie while the paint was still wet.
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Papers: Carta Bella Sew Lovely 
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Brigitte Butterfly Set (painted with Shimmerz Texturez gold mine and Glimmer Mist sugar cookie) 
Stamp Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink gathered twigs 
Embellishments: May Arts twine; Basic Grey canvas tags; Petaloo Botanica pistacio minis, Baux ivory dried minis, and Burlap pistachio blossoms; misc. brown paper bag; Prima wood buttons; sewing machine

Remember to use Keyword SCRLLC14 when posting your creations in any online galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies, please see this post here. Blessings to you as you share Him as the Holy Spirit leads!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this timely reminder, Patter. Many matters we become "all het up about" are so petty, but eternity hangs in the balance for those who need to hear. May we be faithful to share as we can.

Your layout is beautiful.

Jennifer in Ohio

waldropdonna said...

Enjoying reading the article! Your layout is beautiful! Keep up the great work! God is good...all the time!

A-M said...

Some wonderful teaching again, thankyou for being such a blessing.
I do like the green of your page and very nice touch with the words on the little paper packet.

Susan M said...

Another wonderful post Patter and a great song from my favourite worship group !Your page is beautiful love the green and cream colours, lovely and springlike ! The typing on the little bag is a really great idea.

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