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Easy Evangelism

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.”

RayMcDAt 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’ve heard testimonies in the past about sharing the faith and the results. We’ve heard how Kairos prison ministry has changed the lives of persons forever. We need to make use of the opportunities we get to tell someone about Jesus. On one occasion I remember a testimony from 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, several weekends ago a group from the church went out into our community – several blocks around the church – to meet the community and invite them to worship with us. When people come into our worship services they see the gospel in our welcome and our sense of community. If you’ve been reading the Christmas Praises in December you have read a way of sharing the gospel.

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

Another way to evangelize is to invite people to join you for worship as the video showed. One of the easiest times to invite people to worship with you is Christmas Eve (Easter too). Christmas Eve this week we have a big announcement. At the two early services (4 pm & 7 pm) we will begin the service with something special and during the service we will share something very special. Both of these special things are things we have never done before at First UM Church in Laurel (and no – they do not involve a coffin (inside story)). At our 7 & 11 pm service we will end the services with candlelight. At our 11 pm service we will celebrate communion. People – even people who do not regularly attend worship – look for a place to attend on Christmas Eve. Invite someone today – don’t wait till tomorrow.

Spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ this week – tell somebody about your faith – invite someone to join us for worship – let people see Jesus in us – working through us – and at times – even in spite of us (if we are striving to live for Jesus). See you Christmas Eve. We also will have one service Christmas Day at 11 am.

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

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