Something that our youth group has just started doing is “Operation Andrew”. It is very simple and an excellent way to reach out to others. First: Pray for five friends that do not know Jesus as their savior. Pray for their specific needs and that they will have a hunger for Jesus. Second, look for opportunities to build your friendship through acts of kindness. Third, look for opportunities to tell your friends about Jesus. Finally, get them to a small group, an evangelistic event that is presenting the gospel, or just to come to a church event. Just by doing this, it has made me more aware of the needs of others around me.
In the gospel of John, Jesus is seen as the eternal, incarnate God who came to reveal the Father to a lost world. This book links back to Genesis 1:1, showing Jesus’ deity as creator of everything. Only God can create things. He is also seen as the Word (logos). The powerful spoken word is what was used to create everything. Through Him only is everlasting life. Also He compares and contrasts himself with light and darkness, because He was a great light in a dark time in history.
Jesus is seen as Lord in the gospel of Luke. Between Luke and Acts, Lord is used one hundred and four times. The word “Lord” (kurios) is the Greek translation of the holy name for God in the Old Testament (Yahweh). In the New Testament, it can mean “sir” or “master”, but mostly when it is use it is basically saying that Jesus is equal with God. This alone is a huge claim showing Jesus as deity. Lord shows Jesus as a ruler with authority. Luke shows Jesus as “Lord of the Sabbath”. (6:5) He is the one who created it and has control over it. He has the right to say what can be done on the Sabbath.
Luke 6:5 And He was saying to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”