Jesus was able to attract large crowds. Some of the crowds probably reached 10,000 plus. People would come from miles around just to hear his message. I've been reading about some of the great influencers in the Christian faith. Charles Finney, Dwight L Moody, Billy Sunday, and Billy Graham are some of the greatest evangelists the world has ever seen. They attracted thousands and even millions to come and hear their message of the saving power of Jesus Christ. What they accomplished for the Kingdom of God is staggering. However, throughout the last 2000 years of Church history, it is the small group that has shown the greatest power.
Jesus spent his most intimate and powerful teaching times with a small group of disciples. We learn in the Gospels that as he taught his disciples he gave them opportunities to live what he taught them. He sent out the twelve and later the 72 in order to prepare the way for his teaching. When the small group applies the teachings of their leader powerful things occur and more people are touched with the gospel than when one person does all the preaching. Exponential things only happen when those being taught are obedient to teach others also (2 Timothy 2:2).
We will soon be offering a way for our Sunday School classes to live what they have been learning. It is time that we send our learners out to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. S4 Outreach is built upon the call of 2 Timothy 2:2 and the power of the exponent. It stands for Super-Size Sunday School. You will be learning a lot more concerning this over the next couple of weeks. We are working on our schedule so that this is a priority and at a time that is convenient for our people and a time when we will find people home. Be in prayer and remember “how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Romans 10:14, ESV)