Jesus was constantly teaching his 12 disciples during his ministry. These “lessons” prepared them to spread the message of salvation through Jesus after their Teacher ascended into heaven.
Jesus’ life and ministry continue to teach us, his modern-day disciples. Over the past six months, we learned from Jesus’ interaction with the woman at the well how to turn conversations into opportunities, how to listen, and how to bring in the law and gospel. As we reflected on Jesus and the rich young man, we discovered that witnessing is sometimes a matter of timing and not all our witnesses will end with immediate “success.”
This month we look at another example from Jesus’ ministry, maybe one that isn’t as familiar—the sending of the 72 in Luke chapter 10. Eric Roecker, director of the WELS Commission on Evangelism, starts the series by reminding us that we all can share the good news about Jesus. His story asks us to pray dangerously for opportunities—and then to be prepared when God answers our prayers.
Being in God’s Word can help prepare us. A new Bible study starting this month—by a new contributing editor, Jeff Enderle—will be exploring ways to enrich your personal devotional life. Don’t miss this month’s article that gives tips from Luther about how to dive into Scripture.
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