Many years ago the wonderful men who taught me about the Lord had a mindset that once you received the salvation of your soul, once you had met the man they called Jesus, you would certainly never be the same again. Not only would your life be turned inside out, but you would also be continually urged to spread this wonderful message of hope around to others.
Go ye says the gospel in Matthew, and it is echoed in Step 12 of the 12 Steps (we tried to carry this message to alcoholics). You cannot really keep what you have been given unless you practice what you have received by telling others, in fact the Spirit is constantly prompting us to Go Ye a little farther.
Many years ago when we had first become Christians, we began a Bible Study in our apartment complex and a man who later became a preacher, Fred McLure, and I went knocking on doors to invite folks to come. We were a little terrified at the response we would receive, but we went anyway and actually a few came. God blessed us with a large group and multiplied those who came to the Lord and were baptized. We were certainly blessed because of it.
Now in the modern day, the door has been opened for the ATB Ministry to Go Ye at Step By Step Recovery in Lawrenceville, Georgia in a big way. Not only do we now have a Tuesday afternoon 12 Step meeting there every week, but we have now been invited to do a Spiritual Celebration/Worship of our own design at their facility. Not only that, but it will be after their community meeting where attendance is at the maximum of 35-40.
That's not all. Bridget, the director, is willing to invite the surrounding community, and the facility is two doors down from the Gwinnett Room where they have AA/NA meetings. Go Ye indeed!
I have a small team assembled for that first Celebration (April 20, 6:30-7:30 PM, Thursday night) but need some future volunteers, prayers, and a whole lot of courage to bring these diverse folks the powerful message of redemption. You are welcome to join us.
The point, just Go Ye and the Lord will provide the Therefores! (Matthew 28:19, KJV)
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at email@example.com.