I waited a few weeks to post part three and I think that was a good choice, since a whole month has gone by to see the practice play out. Also, the last few weeks were hectic since school started back up, but it’s been well.
So! Section number one of the Southeast college training covered Morning watch. The second section covered the human spirit. And the third section of the college training covered Practicing the Two’s and Three’s/ Gospel Preaching (this post here!). Here we go….
Two’s and Three’s
Matthew 18:20 “For where there are two or three gathered into My name, there am I in their midst.”
The importance of having a companion to run the race with couldn’t have been stressed enough at the college training. It’s having someone to pray with, read the bible with, preach the gospel with, pursue the Lord with, etc. God designed the church life to be one of having two’s and three’s. It’s part of His church, to be grouped up in this way.
The importance of the two’s and three’s is to build up the church. So we find ourselves a prayer partner. Maybe another brother or sister our age. Maybe a third to join us. We start by praying for one another, the things that are on our hearts, our situations. Eventually we pray for the ones we are particularly burdened for. For example, with the group of girls I pray with, we pray for my step siblings. We pray for one of the girl’s classmates. The other girl’s siblings.
Then, we move. We get into action. We preach the gospel. Gospel preaching is part of the Christian life!
Matthew 24: 14a “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations….”
It’s easier said than done, and there’s more on the matter of gospel preaching further down in this post. But for now I will leave it here and move on to the last and ultimate purpose of the two’s and three’s: once we preach the gospel, we care for the new believers together. We care for the fruit. We continue praying for them, and for each other. And that is how the church gets built up, by working with one another like this, in the two’s and three’s, to pray and act.
I have a little testimony concerning this matter. You see, I live in a locality with many sisters. Two of them are actually my age. The three of us are particularly close, and in desperate times we find ourselves praying together. But for the most part, we’re friends. And there’s nothing wrong with that except there is little building.
Over the years, I’ve asked the Lord about them many times. I prayed that the three of us would be built up. I prayed patiently and hopefully.
On the third day of the college training, one of those two sisters looked at me and said, “Anissa, will you be my prayer companion? We need to do this. We need to do this.”
I about fainted of happiness, but also immediately began praying inwardly. By much grace, the Lord is recovering His church. Starting with the two’s and three’s.
Coffee and Jesus talk after the training ❤️
We came back home to Jacksonville and shared about the training with the third sister (who wasn’t able to attend the college training due to summer classes). We seriously outpoured to her for over an hour at a coffee shop, telling her every little detail that touched us from the training. And we told her how we needed companions. We needed the reality of the two’s and three’s. We had to put it into practice.
She was in. Hallelujah! We decided to get together once a week to read a chapter of the bible and to pray for one another. Since the three of our schedules are so different, we are taking it week by week. And it’s been so sweet. Praying together is becoming spontaneous. Lord cover all of this, because it’s been wonderful. We are starting small and praying for the Lord’s leading.
The other aspect of section 3 was the matter of gospel preaching. Preaching the gospel is so hard for me. I get nervous. I get fearful that whoever I try to talk to will reject it. My mind goes in zig zags. What if they think I’m weird? What if they laugh at me? What if they think I’m really weird? What if they don’t care? Nah, better not.
But what I learned at the college training is that every man was made to contain God. As Christians, we were commissioned by God to proclaim the gospel, too. And we cannot be fearful of doing this when we have the very God within us.
1 Timothy 2:3b-4, “God, Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the full knowledge of the truth.”
Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to all the creation.”
The week at the training though, I was so overflowed that I kept thinking, “How is it that many people don’t know about God in this way? Everyone needs to know this! The Lord Jesus is so sweet and His heart’s desire is so endearing. We have to spread the good news!”
It’s easier said than done. Still, even though I really wanted to share Christ, I was nervous. So at the college training, they gave us a chance to practice. We went out on the campus to preach the gospel and I was paired up with a girl who was quite comfortable with it, so I followed her lead. She was doing really well (I was quiet), until it started raining. And it poured. We were hidden beneath a tree to keep from the downpour, and this random girl just walked up to us on her way to class. She offered to walk us to our destination, since she had an umbrella. So we were trapped with her under her umbrella and as we were walking, she asked us what we were doing on campus that day. We told her, “So we’re handing out these little tracks. We’re just Christians who love the Lord. There’s even a Christian Students club here on campus if you’d ever like to join. All its info is on this little track.” She was friendly, took the track, and acknowledged that she wasn’t interested, but that she’d read it and consider it. And she walked with us!
That was painless, I thought. Sure, she wasn’t open, but we did what we could and that counts as preaching the gospel.I felt refreshed just by speaking forth Christ. It’s called “preaching the gospel,” not “preaching and it doesn’t count unless they receive it gospel.”
The next day, some of the girls and I went to get coffee during our break. On the way back to the dorms, we spotted a girl sitting on a bench with a book. My heart started pounding and I told the girls that we needed to go give her a track or something. I didn’t know what to do, I just knew we had to do something!
One of the girls went with me, the other two walked on praying for us. We introduced ourselves to the girl on the bench, told her what we were on campus for, then gave her the track. She only smiled and the next thing I knew, I was telling her, “We’ve been enjoying that the Lord as the Spirit wants to dwell in our human spirit!” Outpour! She thanked us, said she’d said read the track, and we went on our way. Again, not fully open, but we were both overjoyed to have shared with her! That was preaching the gospel and wow, it felt good!
By myself, I couldn’t have done it. Really, truly, with all honesty I couldn’t have done it. I needed someone to go with me. That is why we need two’s and three’s. It is to have someone praying while you are speaking, and vice versa. Encouragement.
Summing it up
I really appreciated that the church life was not meant to be done on our own. We need the other members of the Body of Christ. God wants a built up church and that building happens by getting to know one another, praying for one another, and pursing Him with each other. We can’t act on our own. That was what impressed me the most. And I love seeing it play out here with the girls and I. I love seeing it become real. God’s Word is so real. In the church life together, with all the saints, we are fulfilling His heart’s desire to reach mankind in this way, to spread His gospel, that man can finally get to know God and not religion.
Here are all of the messages from the Southeast college training: bit.ly/sect2016