You've probably heard of the theoretical "Six Degrees of Separation" that exist between you and any other person in the world. As the theory goes, you have a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of anyone on the planet. It's a nice thought, although notoriously difficult to prove.

The math is a bit easier to calculate in the digital realm. For example, Facebook users enjoy just 3.5 degrees of separation from others who actively utilize the website. That means I'm a friend of a friend of a friend (give or take another friend) of 1.5 billion people!

Certainly this logic is powerful when it comes to sharing our faith. The history of Christianity showcases how exponential change can occur in a "viral" sense - as word (or The Word!) gets spread from person to person to person.

To mix metaphors a bit, it's like a domino chain reaction of human beings...the more people we impact, the more people they impact, and so on. Jesus certainly modeled that - He poured Himself into a relatively small group of "insignificant" people while He was on earth. Now, Christianity has spread to the farthest corners of the globe!  (By the way, here's the video I showed on Easter Sunday about dominoes...)

This can either be an exercise in abstract math or it can function as a personal challenge, to utilize what God has given each one of us.

Wait, what has He given me?

Influence. You are just a few "degrees" away from thousands, millions, or even billions of people, most of whom need an introduction to Jesus Christ so that they can enjoy a personal relationship with God. They need love, care, family, concern, compassion, help, conversation, counsel, and more.

At no time in human history has it been more possible to touch more people than right now. I'd hate to squander this moment!

Over the next six weeks at Berrien Center Bible Church, we're going to be looking closely at how we can influence people with the life-changing Gospel of Jesus. We'll hear from missionaries in the U.S.A. and from across the world, and then we'll dive into the Scriptures and answer some key questions about how we can get new domino chain reactions going - as individuals, as families, and as a church together.

It's going to be exciting. Jesus has us on earth in this moment for this mission: to share His gospel with everyone, everywhere.

I, for one, am not content to just see the Great Commission on a poster, or to think of it as a slogan, or to hope that some professionals somewhere else get it done. I believe we are on earth right now (instead of already in heaven) because the Great Commission is incomplete.

Let's be the generation that finishes the job Jesus commissioned us to accomplish.

You are the key to making it happen. Your prayers. Your engagement. Your giving. Your focus. Your commitment. Your "yes" to God. Your influence.

Your domino, tipping.


Dan Jarvis
Interim Teaching Pastor