A wise old Rabbi once said, “People are most happy when they have someone to love and something to do.” I believe that statement is true. I am most fulfilled when my work is purposeful and when I am in love with God and neighbor.
The task of the church is to keep focused on what we do well and not get distracted by voices clamoring to guide us down a path that does not include loving and serving both God and neighbor.
One of the main ways we serve is through Invitational and Incarnational Evangelism. My favorite definition of Evangelism is from the theologian DT Niles: Evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where to find food.” We are all beggars – sinner and saint – standing in the need of God’s grace offered through the person of Jesus Christ.
Many people wish to shy away from Evangelism because the connotation is negative and brings to mind someone passing out tracts or brow beating someone with the Bible. Evangelism is neither.
Evangelism is all about relationships, not decisions; all about love, not about conversions. We don’t save anyone; God does the saving. So, this brings to mind what our role as Christians in loving and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
The Mississippi River District Ministry team is sponsoring an Evangelism Equipping event on January 28, 2017. There will be break out sessions offered by various presenters. Some of the topics are Evangelism through Reaching Children; Evangelism through Reaching Young Adults and Families; Evangelism through Trustees among other topics.
Someone once complained to John Wesley’s about his method of doing Evangelism. He said in reply, “I like my way of doing evangelism better than your way of not doing it!”
Are we doing Evangelism? Better yet, are we sharing the good news in word and in deed? We are going at demonstrating God’s love; but how are we at verbalizing our story of Christian Faith?
Remember…..January 28, 2017….1:30-5:00 pm/ Edwardsville St. John’s UMC. Registration will be forthcoming.
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