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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. Continue reading

December 23, 2016 Posted by | Bring, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Relationship and Invitation

Hebrews 10:24-25

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

profileOn September 15th we will celebrate Friend’s Day – a day when we are asked to invite our friends to join us for worship.  There are a variety of reasons we have days like this – here are a few.  1) Experts say that a significant number of people would attend worship with a friend if asked.  2) We are called in Scripture to witness our faith to those around us and a day like this gives us one more way to do this.  3) We never know when a friend of ours might be looking for a place of worship and we would love for them to consider our church family.  4) Former members who aren’t settled into a new church home might simply need a nudge to return and help make our church a place others would like to attend.  5) It is an opportunity to share how we worship with friends – many of whom may be attending another church regularly (we’re not trying to take them away from their church but simply sharing our worship with them).  There are other reasons I’m sure.  Can you name a few?

One basic item – which we have mentioned several times during the past series on fishing – is that we are inviting our friends.  In order to consider someone a friend we must be in some sort of relationship with him or her.  They may be close friends – even family.  They may be the person we see each day at the Starbucks – or in the grocery store when we shop.  They might be someone you know from Facebook or at work.  Building a relationship with a person is key.  Although we can invite strangers for sure – a more fertile harvest field will be the people we know and have a relationship with – even if only on social media. Continue reading

September 4, 2013 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

   

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