Sharing the Gospel in This Modern World

I read a post this morning called “Mother Angelica’s Role in My Reversion to Catholicism.” It’s an inspiring story of a man who found his way back to the Lord with the help of the Catholic television show, EWTN. Reading the story did not only make me feel joyous, but also caused me to think about how the Gospel of Christ is being shared in this modern world.

Unlike the early followers of Christ who had to walk on foot across deserts or sail across dangerous oceans just to share the love and grace of Jesus, modern-day Christians are blessed with technology and methods that can make gospel-sharing easier and more far-reaching. How many of us are actually doing our part in spreading the good news of salvation? How many of us are actually obeying the command of Jesus to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”?

Each of us is called to share the Gospel, first of all through our lives and secondly by talking about it to others. With the technology in our hands, we can easily spread the love of Jesus to others.

Remember that we will only be going home until all the world has heard of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14) Don’t you want to go home?

Why Are There Different Gospel Authors?

If you are a Bible reader, you must have noticed how the first four books of the New Testament often referred to as the “Four Gospels” tell about the same stories–basically, all four narrate the life and work of Jesus. When I first started reading the Bible, I was a little bit perplexed with why it was necessary to include all four books and not just pick one since they just contained the same stories. However, as I continued to study His Word, I found the answer to my question.

When you read the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, you will see that although the stories are pretty much the same, they are being narrated by each author in a unique light–each presents a distinct perspective on the same events. All four books are there because a single account from one person could not possibly capture the complete picture of Jesus Christ’s existence and character.

If you are interested in knowing more about this matter, a post on the National Catholic Register entitled, “How are the gospel authors different?” discusses this subject in detail.

Chilean Students Spread Gospel

From January 3-13 over 2,000 Chilean students from over 50 universities across the country will be spreading the Gospel under the theme “United at your table, Lord, let us enliven the Church in Chile.”

The national festival began this past Monday with a Mass of commissioning celebrated by Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, the Archbishop of Santiago.

As part of the festival, which has occurred annually since 2004, each morning students share the Gospel through workshops, events, festivals, and going door-to-door.  They also visit hospitals, prisons, and orphanages.

“America’s Beloved Gospel Singer” to Recieve Lifetime Achievement Award

George Beverly Shea is set to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award during this year’s Grammy Awards.  Shea, who turns 102 a week before the ceremony (in February), boasts a singing career that spans over 80 years and 70 albums.

An article on ChristianToday.com explains further:

According to The Recording Academy’s website (www.grammy.com), the Lifetime Achievement Award honours lifelong artistic contributions to the recording medium, and is determined by vote of The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees.

“It is a great honor to recognize and celebrate such a distinguished and dynamic group of honorees who have been the creators of such timeless art,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow.

“These influential performers and brilliant innovators have been of great inspiration to our culture and industry. Their legendary work has left a lasting impression and will continue to influence generations to come.”

When asked about his life’s work, Shea responded, “The music has been for God’s glory.”  The Lifetime Achievement Award will be given out in a special invitation-only ceremony the week of the Grammys, with an acknowledgment made at the Grammy Awards itself.