I believe that it is quite obvious that as Christian we have a responsibility to be evangelistic. Jesus told us himself to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19a). In numerous parables Jesus also mentioned evangelism, by talking about how important it is to bear fruit, to reach the lost, or even to plant seeds. I have never met a Christian who didn’t believe that evangelism was important. However, I have met plenty of children of God who don’t evangelize. I don’t believe that they fail to evangelize because of a rebellion against God, the church, or even because they don’t want to see souls saved. Instead, I truly believe that many children of God today don’t know where to begin when it comes to evangelism in today’s modern world. Here are some suggestions:
Be a Light! It is impossible to evangelize if we don’t walk the walk. We must live the life of a Christian and let our light shine in this community (Matthew 5:14-16).
Leave a card! One of the most common things that we do as humans out in the community is eat! What if when we ate out at a restaurant we were to leave the church’s business card along with an invitation to attend services with our tip? There is no telling the impact that this simple thing could have. There are plenty of business cards available in the church office.
Modern Technology! Communication has changed a great deal in the past ten years. We know have social media at our fingertips with the ability to touch others’ lives without leaving our homes. With Twitter we can tweet about church events and upcoming services and hashtag the Elizabethtown area. Facebook can be used to tell our friends about how great the church is at Elizabethtown and how they should come visit.
Talk to your neighbors! There are no easier contacts to be had then the individuals living right around you. Invite your neighbors to church. Leave a card on their door. Say something to them when they are outside. There are several in the congregation at Etown that do this on a regular basis, and seem to always have visitors with them. We should learn from them.
Be Excited! Enthusiasm goes far. If you are not excited about going to worship God, what makes us think that we get others to come? If we show others how excited we are about attending worship and church activities, they will want to come, and find out what the excitement is about.
1. Evangelism is worthless without a dependence on God’s Word.
2. This is by no means a complete list.
3. It is my goal to do better at some of these simple things that can get the Lord’s church name out to the community.