Evangelist Franklin Graham concluded his “God Loves You" Tidewater Tour on Sunday in North Carolina. The six-day tour, which drew the attendance of more than 35,000 people, began in the small Maryland towns of La Plata, Timonium, Elkton and Salisbury in April before moving to Portsmouth, VA, and ending in Edenton, NC.
The Great Commission is central to the Church Age. It is the last thing Jesus talked to his followers about before ascending back to heaven. Through the ages, believers have taken Jesus' charge to preach the Word to the ends of the earth very seriously. Whether they were missionaries at home or abroad, these particular 10 Christians are inspiring examples of people who knew what was most important in this life. They had experienced the forgiveness and love of Christ and were compelled to share this Good News with others. Hopefully their words will inspire you, whether you are called to be a missionary in your hometown or called to go to the far reaches of the globe.
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Christians living in our postmodern, relativistic society are often warned that sharing their faith is the intolerant “imposing” of their values on others. Since being branded “intolerant” is the cardinal sin in our culture, it’s tempting to keep our salt in the saltshaker and our light under a basket (Matthew 5:13-16). In addition, many Christians are unsure whether they know enough to be able to explain and defend their faith with skeptics. They know the basics of salvation but fear being embarrassed by questions they might not be able to answer. The answer is to return to the “gospel” as a “good story.”