When we hear the word “evangelism” it’s easy to think about sharing Christ as a thing to “do” rather than a way of life.
We get it, We’ve been there.
We’ve had the privilege of being part of some great evangelistic events over the years. We have organized kindness evangelism events, like giving out cups of cocoa and newspapers at a train station to express Christ’s love in practical ways (so fun!). We have helped coordinate community Christmas carols events, in which we’ve been able to share the joy of the story of Jesus and why He came (what a privilege!). We’ve helped put together special services that are a friendly atmosphere for bringing friends to church (yay!). We’ve done outreach concerts, passing out tracts and other materials, movie nights and introduction to Christianity courses (some more successful than others!). These are all great events that have their place in blessing others and sharing the Good News about Jesus.
We’re not putting any of those things down, and in fact we applaud every way of genuinely trying to share the love of Christ Jesus with those who don’t yet know Him. But as we’ve served in Chicago, Indonesia and Australia, we’ve discovered some different and more personal ways of sharing Christ with those around us. We thought some of these might be helpful to you.
- Inviting friends into our home to share a meal – usually after having good conversation and coffee a few times first. We’ve found that eating with others over time opens up conversation and deepens it to the point of being able to discuss spiritual matters at a heart-to-heart level.
- Offering to pray with others as they share concerns with us – usually on the spot if they are open to it. We’ve seen God use answered prayers to open up people to the Gospel. And we love to add prayer blessings to cards, emails and posts as God leads.
- Prayerfully waiting and watching – love is patient, and we’ve found patience and prayer to be really important for sharing God’s love with others in personal and meaningful ways. Watching to see how God is already working in people’s lives and then asking His Spirit for guidance and being ready to follow the Spirit’s promptings rather than our own urges has been key for us.
We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too. (1 Thess 2:8 NLT)
What are some ways you’ve shared Christ with others? We’d love to know — perhaps they would help us as we seek to share Christ in the Kangaroo Ground area. Leave a comment or hit reply!