Making ready with scripture

Making ready with scripture

“For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.” —Psalm 139:13-14

Our walk with Christ will become stagnate unless we continually submerge ourselves in His Word. God has divinely crafted together the Holy Scriptures to give us the ultimate resource for living an abundant life.

Our founder Helen Cadbury challenged each League member to read God's Word every day. We’ve carried on the mission Helen started back in 1893, knowing that through the study of scripture we learn how to fulfill our life callings. As you step forward to serve in the ministry of reaching women facing unplanned pregnancies, you will feel empowered through your daily reflection on God’s Word. Start by reading the context surrounding your selected scriptures from yesterday’s assignment. Make sure you grasp the basis for why those scriptures were spoken.

Another good place to start is studying the book of John using one of your Pocket Testaments. You can even dive deeper with The 21 Day Challenge prepared by JoyShop Ministries. It’s a free daily email devotional that gives you something to reflect on after your chapter reading of the day.

PTL Member Lynn A. from Kentucky works in a crisis pregnancy center. She shares the power of studying God’s Word and sharing with those she encounters. “Our primary goal is to share the Gospel with each woman who comes into the facility. We know that it is only by the power of the Gospel that these women will find hope and peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The Gospel is shared on the first visit using the Pocket Testaments. They are attractive and easy for our volunteers to pass out and share with the women.”

Lynn also knows that just receiving the Word is not enough. Study and reflection of the scripture are vital for spiritual growth. That’s why her center offers a special program that continues past pregnancy until the client’s child turns one. They assign a mentor to help disciple the woman in the Word and help her grow in her knowledge of God. Lynn and her fellow workers have been able to witness amazing life transformations because of their commitment to God’s Word. Don’t you want the same for your ministry?

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How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news! 

Romans 10:14-15 teaches us the value of delivering the Word to the lost and the wonderful worth of those who take on that role of messenger. “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Isn't that amazing? You’re beautiful in the eyes of God for delivering His Gospel to those who need it. Ready yourself with daily Bible study and a supply of Pocket Testaments to distribute to those you meet. They are the perfect resource to pass out at abortion clinics.

Tammy E. from Tennessee shares, “I pray in front of an abortion clinic once a week. I bring Pocket Testaments along to try and share with those going in and out of the clinic.”

Susan L. from North Carolina says, “By God's grace, I have been able to put Pocket Testaments into the hands of those entering a local abortion mill. This past week, two of those who took the Pocket Testaments were with the mothers who had already aborted. I pray they all read the Gospels and are saved.”

As Susan shares, sometimes it is not until someone is exiting an abortion clinic that they are willing to receive the message you’ve brought. She needs God’s Word especially now, as she’ll likely face an emotional emptiness and potential depression as a consequence of her abortion.

Assignment:

Study the content of the Pocket Testaments in preparation for handing them out. Be ready to discuss the message of the Gospel of John and walk through the plan of salvation presented inside. The 21 Day Challenge can help you prepare for this.

Next, take some Pocket Testaments with you to a public waiting area such as a doctor’s office, hospital, jail, restaurant, etc. If you feel confident enough, give one to someone in person, encouraging him or her to read this special gift. But if you’re not ready for that step yet, carefully place them in a visible area where someone waiting might pick one up to read.

Note: This is not the typical way we’d recommend you distribute Pocket Testaments. They are much more effective when handed to someone in person. When Gospels are left lying around, there is a chance others might throw them in the trash. However, for this initial exercise, you might try this non-threatening approach as a way to get started. As always, pray before you go that God would show you how to hand out your Pocket Testaments.

Closing Prayer:

Thank you God for providing your Holy Scriptures to teach and guide me. Please help me to study your Word daily and gain strength and wisdom from your teachings. Grant me the ability to take what I learn and pass it on to others in need. In Jesus’ name, I ask and believe. Amen.

Join the Conversation!

Share your thoughts, insights and questions in the comments section below. Below are some discussion questions to get the conversation started:

  • In honest reflection, how immersed are you in God’s Word? Any tips or questions to share?
  • In what ways could you alter your schedule / routine, to give yourself more time with God’s Word? That can even be taking it in audibly with audio scripture reading, sermons or devotionals.
  • How comfortable do you feel sharing God’s Word with others? Does use of a Pocket Testament help you in this process?
 Begin by opening up a conversation

Begin by opening up a conversation

Supporting your testimony with scripture

Supporting your testimony with scripture