Springing off of Acts 1:6-8 with some other verses.
Jerusalem... If I'm going to reach people living life right around me - those in relationship with me and those in my sphere of influence - I need to open my life to others and join the conversation happening around me.
Judea... I also have to see beyond my own little world - to Judea, the region, the community, and the nation around me.
Samaria... I need to embrace those of difference ethnicities, economic status', lifestyles, religions, and cultures.
The uttermost... I need to think beyond the boundaries of what I've considered normal or possible, to the nations, the people groups scattered around the world.
I hear this a lot from Pastors. "If you just cared about lost people, you'd share the gospel more..." I don't think that's the problem. In fact, I can share from years of experience that I often ache over the feeling that I'm not connecting with lost people, that I'm not sharing the gospel boldly enough, or that I've missed opportunities. It isn't about a lack of desire. It's about a lack of understanding.
What the gospel IS
How to share it with OTHERS
We are spiritually anemic because we've lived in disobedience to God's standards as well as with an insensitivity to His presence and His power.
We will come back to Acts 20 to dig a little deeper in our Grace Group time, but there is a verse we all need to hear. If I'm a believer in Christ, my #1 priority is already set for me. It isn't optional. It is... "But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus -- the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God." - Acts 20:24 NLT