As I’ve shared over the last couple of months we need to seriously consider the way we do “evangelism”. Now before I go one more sentence, let me say that evangelism is NOT a gift. Rather it is a command to all believers.
As I think about Matthew 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always , even to the end of the age." The words “go therefore” carry some richer meaning than our English can easily convey. The idea is actually “in your going”, “in your normal/ordinary course of life”.
Here’s a big take-away for me, rather than a big old canned program. Christ is saying as you live your life and go about your daily routine of life talk with people about their need of Christ. Use the opportunities that are right before you to LISTEN to the conversation(s) going on around you.
Here’s another thought, this long winter is soon coming to a close. When that happens people are going to be going out. They’ll get in their yards and do yard work. And yes the weather will eventually allow people to cook-out and be out ready to talk. How about using “Strategic hospitality” as way to both reach people for Christ, but also as a means to edify those in the local church.
Now go ahead and read the following articles (but come back)…
Now you might ask why stress hospitality?
1. There’s just something disarming about siting around a table of food.
2. There’s just something relaxing about sitting in the backyard and talking over a glass of ice tea.
3. It’s just as important to prepare the ground for the gospel as it is to share the gospel.
Let me sum up with this quote: “Do not make your friend a project. Just show love to the person and enjoy your time with him. Think of questions you can ask him about his life. Find out their interests and enjoy learning about the person. If your heart motivation is to love him and to learn about him, then the Jesus who did eat with tax-collectors and sinners will shine through you. Remember, He’ll open doors and do the converting all in due time!”
So are ready to take the step of strategic hospitality?