Every year, as the Christmas season draws near, I can't help but think of all the wonderful Christmases I experienced as a kid. My fondest memory is that of my dad reading the Christmas story to us out of the book of Luke.
He loved the Christmas story, and he loved to read it to us. I can still hear his voice... "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:10, 11)
Jesus—He is the good news!
On the most important night in history up to that time, Jesus entered the world as both Savior and Lord.
The shepherds were so taken by the news they went to Bethlehem to see this child. After they saw him, as Luke recorded, "they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said about him." (Luke 2:17, 18)
When the shepherds "spread the word," the people who heard it were amazed. And so are people today. Jesus resonates. His story rings the bell of truth. He answers the needs of the human heart.
Ever since that night in Bethlehem, people have been spreading the word about Jesus, like my dad did to me and like you are doing through Basic Gospel. And like the shepherds, God is using ordinary people like you and me to get the word out about an extraordinary Savior.
On that first Christmas, light entered this world of darkness. As John wrote, "In him is life, and that life is the light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it." (John 1:4, 5 ESV)
Today, spiritual darkness grows ever more rapidly around us. We are witnessing daily spiritual decay and disorientation. As we all know, this is a huge problem, but one that comes with incredible opportunity to provide answers of hope, freedom and peace.
In this time where spiritual confusion is so prevalent, Basic Gospel has put together a plan to Get the Word Out so more desperately needy people can connect with Jesus.
It's a plan that will expand our media platform by growing our radio coverage, establishing a Basic Gospel video channel, extending our reach through social media and publishing valuable resources such as study guides, devotionals and books.
It's a plan that will deliver the good news in such a way that people will hear it, believe it and live it. Hear believe, and live is a process of transformation. It is a spiritual journey of authentic discipleship. Hear the freeing words of Galatians 2:20, "The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me."
Our hope and prayer is for people to live in exactly the same way—fully alive in Jesus and fully controlled by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
The projected cost for this strategic three-year initiative is $4.8 million. We believe that this plan can be funded by 578 partners giving anywhere from $1,080 over three years to $216,000 or more over three years.
The Get the Word Out brochure outlines how the money will be spent and shows a gift array of partnership opportunities. You can download it here.
Thank you for your past gifts. I ask that you prayerfully consider standing with us as a vital Basic Gospel partner starting this month. I thank you in advance for "spreading the Word" through this ministry. Please click the link below with your first monthly gift. And please pray that others will join the team.
You have found a place where you can actively spread the Word through your prayers and financial support. We can't wait to share in this ministry with you and provide answers to people like Terrance, who recently shared this on our Facebook page.
Thank you for Simple Gospel. It brought me to an understanding of the knowledge of God through Jesus Christ. This solves a lifetime mystery for me.
Merry Christmas from all of us at Basic Gospel. We pray your family will experience an even greater sense of awe and amazement this Christmas season as you celebrate the birth of the most compelling figure in human history—the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let's continue to tell others of His love and grace. I can't think of anything better.
Amazed by Him,
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