"Soon afterward he (Jesus) went on through the cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God." - Luke 8:1
Conviction: I can't proclaim the good news if I'm not willing to bring the good news.
What if Jesus only proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God? He would have still brought truth - it just wouldn't have been as effective or clarified the total picture of God's redemption plan.
We're working really hard right now to equip people to BRING the good news of the kingdom to their areas of influence. One way that I'm personally getting involved is through The Mentoring Project which taps into the local church to find godly men to mentor fatherless boys.
We must look for open-door opportunities to love and serve our city. Open-door means there are people and places that actually WANT you in their lives. Neighborhood associations, volunteer groups, clubs and organizations would love you to be a part of them. As you are welcomed - you have the opportunity to love, reach out and build friendships with people who are looking for faith, hope, and love. It's time we didn't just proclaim the good news, but bring it as well.
May the love and compassion that Christ poured out for us, be poured out through us to those in our cities that need it most as we proclaim and bring the good news of the kingdom.