At NewSpring Church today we are believing that Jesus will save 3,000 people. We believe that as it says in Hebrews that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever and if He can save 3,000 people on one day back on the first day of the church in Acts 2 then He can do it again.
There are two things that we have been doing together as a church that we believe will cause God to move on our behalf. They are bringing and begging. We believe that if you bring people to Jesus and beg Him to save them that it will render a response from Him. We believe that doing this will compel Jesus and that He will be filled with compassion that He will have to do something.
There are a few accounts in the Gospel of Mark that are the reason for why we believe this. The first is found in Mark 7:
“Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him. After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly. Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” (Mark 7:31-37 NIV)
The second passage is found in Mark 8:
“They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.” (Mark 8:22-25 NIV)
Notice how in both situations the people brought the man to Jesus and then begged Jesus to heal him. They didn’t invite the man to come see Jesus and just ask Jesus to heal him. These people meant business. They wanted to see this man healed and they were willing to do anything that it took to make that happen.
Maybe you need to move from inviting and asking to bringing and begging. Maybe you need to do whatever it takes to see people far from God filled with life in Christ. Maybe you need to bother God so much that it compels Him to save people. I believe that if we would start bringing and begging that we would be like the people in Mark 2 and be filled with amazement saying “We have never seen anything like this!”