Wow – It has been an incredible month! We have been able to share and pray with so many as hearts have been open during this time of crisis. How has it gone for you?  We would love to hear your story.  

As you are aware, GO2020 has focused on mobilizing every believer to be a witness and fulfill the Great Commission given to the church to make disciples of all nations! . Fulfilling the Great Commission does not happen by dropping gospel grenades and walking away. We fulfill the Great Commission by making disciples who we then train and equip to also make disciples! This is multiplication! We teach new believers “to obey all” Jesus commanded. This will take time, commitment, and energy. In fact, this part of the Great Commission is more challenging as it takes effort and long-term commitment to disciple people like Jesus did.

Jesus discipled three, twelve, seventy, and then one hundred twenty people. He ministered to crowds but deeply invested in just a few. He was intentional about teaching, training, equipping and then releasing his followers to live out the Kingdom. He invited them to “come and see” and then empowered them to “go and do!” We must do the same! We are called to make disciples of Jesus—not disciples of ourselves or our favorite preacher. When we make disciples and obey the Great Commission, Jesus will build the church—it’s that simple! Let’s Keep Going!

Prayer:  Keep praying.

Care: Keep caring.

Share: Keep sharing the Gospel, and disciple others to do the same.

Acts 2:38-41:Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call. With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”

What a wonderful message we have been given! We have an excellent opportunity this month to go and share the greatest message in human history with hearts full of love for Jesus and broken with love for the lost. 

The call goes out again and again: “Repent, believe and receive the gift of forgiveness and eternal life!” What a reminder that this promise is for us, for our children, even for those who are far off–all whom the Lord will call! 

Let’s herald this message of love and hope wherever we go. This is just the beginning; Go2020 has just begun! We will go, as every believer is a witness, to every lost person around us by praying faithfully, caring lovingly, and sharing the greatest promise ever given to man. There is a God who saves! Let’s keep going and never stop until our King returns! 

Philippians 1:3-5: “I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now…”

In the months leading up to and throughout May, we have seen the spirit of unity and collaboration among God’s people and the various churches and ministries involved in this global effort.  In today’s passage, we see the joy we have in ministry as we join together in making disciples who make disciples.

Paul expresses thanksgiving and abounding joy as he writes to his fellow believers in Philippi. What is the cause of this? From the day they heard about Jesus from Paul (Acts 16:11-15), up to the present (when Paul wrote this letter), they worked as partners with him in making the Gospel known. Those who shared the Gospel with you have taken great joy as they watched you follow after Jesus and share his love with others. If you haven’t already, you may experience the same joy as you see your “disciples” grow in love and service for Jesus.

How can we better partner together in sharing the Gospel? Well, we can pray for one another, thanking the Lord.  We can go and share the Good News together with fellow believers and families.  We can do our part in reaching our family, neighbors, and friends and inviting new believers to do the same. Let’s Go together! 

A special thanks to the American Bible Society for contributing devotional content for Go2020. 



Acts 12:6-12, 16: The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. 7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.

8 Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. 9 Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.

11 Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”

12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.”

In our day, prayer gatherings have not always been the most eagerly-attended or welcoming, but God is changing things before our eyes. In the same spirit of the early church, people are having prayer gatherings in digital spaces.  In this current time of crisis, there is a vast array of prayer meetings. Some are small, some consist of thousands.  Leaders, children, families, and churches are interceding for people and nations in anticipation of what God will do.  Today, we will increase our vision for corporate prayer as we look at a prayer meeting that saw God move miraculously.  

Earlier in Acts 12, we are told about the martyrdom of James the apostle (the brother of John). Now, we find Peter in prison, also awaiting execution. Peter is well-guarded and he seems to be in an impossible situation—but God! The church joins together in communal prayer, pleading for Peter’s release. What happens next is like something from a thriller movie. God answers His children’s prayers and releases Peter in a supernatural way!

So, as we go together this month to reach our communities for Jesus, we recognize that we need all of our activities to be inspired, empowered, and strengthened by the Holy Spirit. We further recognize that, as we pray and seek God together, it is God who gives us strength: He inspires us, leads us, and guides us. We also acknowledge that we desperately need God to open people’s hearts and give us divine appointments! We see God do all this in us and through us through prayer! Let’s pray before we go, as we go, and after we are done! 

A special thanks to the American Bible Society for contributing devotional content for Go2020. 

Revelation 3:7-8: “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:

These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”

Dave Gibson, U.S. Director for Go2020, invites us to join him to pray for B.O.B. every day: 

We are challenged to not only pray, but also put our feet to our prayers.  Today’s passage will encourage us with the promises and power of God when we take that step. 

Each of us receives a call from God–every follower of Christ, no matter the age or stage of life–yet we are not called alone, but together as the Church, aided by the promises and power of God. God is the one who opens the door in each community for those to hear the Gospel. He opens the hearts of the hearers when we respond in obedience to share the message of salvation. The promise to the church of Philadelphia is God’s promise to us as well: He has set before us an open door that no one is able to shut. God is still faithful to open doors and accomplishes his plans through us.

A special thanks to the American Bible Society for contributing devotional content for Go2020. 

Acts 2:1-4: When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”

A key principle of evangelism is to share the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit and leave the results up to God.  Sometimes, we can forget what an incredible gift the Holy Spirit is in the life of the believer and how powerful and necessary the Spirit is, in our witness.  Today, we will take a deeper glimpse at the gift of the Holy Spirit given to believers at Pentecost and how this led to thousands coming to faith in Jesus in a single day.  Could God move like this again? 

We must remember that the Holy Spirit came to the followers of Jesus who had obeyed his command to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father (see Acts 1:4). As they persisted in prayer together, they were all filled with the Spirit and had ‘tongues of fire’ descend on them. Suddenly, they were out in the streets, proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ in all sorts of languages they didn’t know before. They simply couldn’t help themselves! Thousands of people put their faith in Jesus just that day, with more that came later. With this same liveliness, let’s take time to wait on God together for fresh fillings of His Spirit. We will be amazed with what happens!

A special thanks to the American Bible Society for contributing devotional content for Go2020. 

Acts 6:7: “So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.”

Everyone can reach someone, and together, we can reach the world. 

Let’s say this often and remember that God equips each one of us for what He has called us to do: make disciples.  Our confidence is in the God who multiplies — Isn’t it exciting to think what God might do in our world this month  as we take this to heart and live it out?  

The disciples were ordinary people whose lives had been radically changed by Jesus. Despite their average status, they prayed, cared, and shared with those around them and the number of disciples increased rapidly. In Acts 2:41, we are told that about three thousand people “were added” to the church. By the time we get to Acts 6:7, addition is superseded by multiplication. The evangelism effort expanded as everyone got involved and, together, they told friends, neighbors, and family what Jesus had done in their lives. Even some of the Jewish priests became obedient to the faith! What a radical change Jesus can create in people! 

So, as we go together in this season, let’s pray for multiplication! 

One way to activate multiplication is to immediately train new believers to share their faith. Another way is to introduce entire families to Jesus. One way to do this is to find willing people and invite them to do a Discovery Bible study with their family and friends. 

A special thanks to the American Bible Society for contributing devotional content for Go2020. 

Luke 10:1: “After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.”

Evangelist Greg Stier often says, “awkward is awesome!” It may have been awkward to share our faith in Jesus and it still may feel a bit like that. Today, you will see how awesome God is to not send us to evangelize alone. 

The New Testament presents a pattern of Jesus’ disciples, working in pairs and sharing the Good News of God’s kingdom. In today’s reading, 72 disciples are sent out in groups of two to all the surrounding towns ahead of Jesus’ actual visits. They were the advanced teams who were going and proclaiming the Good News ahead of where Jesus walked. 

We are called to go in the same awkwardly-awesome way. Together, empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are to take the Gospel to places where Jesus is not yet known; places where He wants to go! Let’s go together as  representatives of the King and find people of peace. Let’s Go! 

A special thanks to the American Bible Society for contributing devotional content for Go2020. 

Acts 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

This week, we will discover God’s plan to mobilize us together in community. In the book of Acts, we see that God’s people were devoted to one another; they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, they broke bread together, and they prayed and shared the Gospel together. Thousands of lives were changed by this communal Gospel witnessing! 

God wants his people to be united, joy-filled, and loving towards one another in order to demonstrate that the Gospel of the Kingdom is greater than all of our differences. Something powerful happens when we “Go” together, as is evidenced by the many thousands who have come to Christ. Jesus prayed for this very thing before he died: “that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me” (John 17:23 ESV). Let’s Go together so that many would come to know Jesus as their Savior and King in 2020!  

A special thanks to the American Bible Society for contributing devotional content for Go2020. 

2 Timothy 4:5: “But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”

We started the month talking about breaking out of our comfort zones, but sometimes our responsibility can be burdensome. Today, we can be encouraged by God’s word to endure.

As we alluded to yesterday, sharing our faith can be difficult. It could bring us into a period of suffering when people resist us, scorn us, or reject our Lord Jesus Christ. We are not given the luxury of going into hiding or giving up. In this passage, Paul’s charge to Timothy also reminds us to always fulfill our calling to evangelize, no matter what it may cost us.

When we obey this charge, God will use us in more ways than we can imagine. We are like the ancient farmer: we scatter Gospel seeds wherever we go and leave the results up to God. God has promised that we will be blessed when we obey Him. We are called to be doers of the word and not just hearers, and, as we obey God, He will use His Word to change people’s lives. So, no matter what happens or what we have to endure, let’s evangelize! 

A special thanks to the American Bible Society for contributing devotional content for Go2020. 


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