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The Easiest Invite Ever

Matthew 9:37–38

37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

IMG_0301At First United Methodist Church of Laurel, MD, we talk a lot about evangelism.  Evangelism is not a dirty word folks!  In the Great Commission – we are called to go and make disciples.  Matthew 28:19–20 – 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Making disciples is spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ – and that is evangelism.

Evangelism is – according to one definition I found online – the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness.  A Scripture that defines evangelism – that gives us an example of telling the story of the Gospel – can be found in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 – Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.  3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas,  and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

We have often used this phrase in sermons and blog post – Ya gotta tell somebody!  Telling somebody of Jesus is one form of evangelism.  We heard two testimonies at the 8:15 worship service yesterday – on Palm Sunday – about folks getting the opportunity to tell someone about Jesus. On one occasion – it was one of our adults who works in an educational environment who had a chance – at the request of the student – to share about her faith.

There are other ways to spread the gospel.  For example, two weekends ago a group of us went out into our community – several blocks around the church – to meet the community and invite them to worship with us.  A number of people were in worship this morning because of that effort and they heard the Gospel in our music and in our preaching.  They saw the gospel in our welcome and our sense of community.  One said they would be back and would bring their family (others may have said the same thing – but there was one I heard talking about returning).

Here is a neat video I found on the internet I thought was cute.  It shows a simple way to evangelize.

HolyWeek2015Another way to evangelize is to invite people to join you for worship as the video showed.  The easiest Sunday in the whole year (Christmas Eve is not always on a Sunday – lol) is coming this weekend – Easter!  Go ahead – invite someone – invite several people to join you.  It’s Holy Week and there are services on several days.  Invite folks to join us for Holy Communion and a Cantata on Thursday night at 7 pm – invite folks to join us for a Good Friday service at 7 pm (we will be doing something I think we have NEVER done before – it might be worth attending just for the curiosity factor).  Invite someone to join you for Easter Sunrise at 6 am – or for one of our regular worship services – 8:15 am (traditional worship) or 11:00 am (contemporary worship).  It is the easiest invite ever – because folks who have an interest at all will be looking for a place to worship on Easter.

Spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ this week – tell somebody about your faith – invite someone to join you for worship – let people see Jesus in you – working through you – and at times – even in spite of you (if you are striving to live for Jesus).

Just something to think about today as you go on your way!

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March 30, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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