Well here goes an explanation of the SEVENTY! I have had several people write and ask me exactly what we are doing and also some of the church people would like to know what is going on a little better. So here goes a stab at doing the best I can on explaining it!
In Luke 10:1-2 we find the following:
After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
The Lord Jesus sent out seventy to go before Him into every city and place where He was planning on going. That is where we get the idea to use SEVENTY!
I know that there is nothing magical about that number but it is a large number for our church. It is a good number! If that many people will simply talk about Jesus every where they go then His name and His work will be heard about and talked about a great deal each week around our church people.
Really the number should be 100% but in my experience not everyone will get involved and so I want it to be just a number of people who are willing to make some small commitments that will make a large difference.
I have asked each person to commit to making at least one contact a week and praying that each will do more than that. I am hoping that our people will constantly carry gospel tracts in their pockets along with invitations and look for every means and moment to get them out.
The product or the result is not our responsiblity. We can’t save people! We can not manufacture true decisions. That must be a work of God. The process is our responsibility. We can carry the seed but we can’t make it come up! We can make the announcement and give the invitation but we can’t make them accept, come, or believe.
But what if we were to get busy inviting, talking with, passing out more tracts, etc. What would God do? I am not sure but at least we would be being obedient. We are responsible for the process and we will leave the product to God.
There is power in numbers. If 70 people decide to give out at least one tract, invitation, conversation, blog, email, or whatever per week we will reach many people with the gospel message. I am praying that many will do far more than the minimum.
We already as an office send out emails, letters, phone calls, etc. Then the people of our church go visiting, etc. Each person as they come in simply fill out a form and put it in a box that way we are able to rejoice together at the number of people that are being reached each week.
Again we are working on the process and looking to God to take care of the product. We are not judging people or keeping records about how many contacts anyone makes. It is based purely on the honor system. We will see how effect it is at a later date as we work together.
Can you imagine 70 people who average 20 contacts per week. That will make 1,400 contacts a week as a church and the SEVENTY. Some will only make one contact but most will do more than that. Others will make many more contacts. Let’s pray that God will make a major difference in our community with the gospel