What If We Stop Doing Evangelism?
The question is a sobering one to think about. Often when we hear the word “evangelism”, fear takes over and we get nervous that someone might ask us to do something that we feel we can’t.
Church, your faces tell the story on Sunday morning when we talk about sharing the Gospel with our friends and family! There is a visible reaction when I mention the words “evangelism” and “sharing the gospel”. The reaction is a mixture of fear and disconnect. It may not be intentional but it happens. Fear and discomfort set in and we don’t know what to do about it.
We recently read an article at our staff meeting that posed the question, “What will happen if the church continues to ignore evangelism?” Using the warning given to the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2, the author warned that if the church does not repent for its lack of evangelism and return to the things that the church should do, then we were in danger of losing our effectiveness and possibly even our existence as a church.
As I read the article, things got quiet in the room. All eyes were hanging pretty low because I know that they felt, as I do, that evangelism is tough and at times it’s not the priority it should be. As I continued to read, Jesus’s words from Matthew 5:13-15 were explained. Listen to these words from Scripture:
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?
It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp
and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house."
Even if our evangelistic pulse is faint, God’s Word is clear about our response - We are called to be salt. We are called to be light. And if we don’t, then God’s Word says that we will be ineffective and “no longer good for anything but to be thrown under people’s feet”
Pretty powerful words, right?
God does not want us to be ineffective – that is not what He wants for you and I. Rather, He wants us to repent (if we have reason to repent) and make sharing the Gospel with our friends, co-workers, and family a priority.
As I finished reading the article, I immediately went into a chapter in “How to Grow” where author Darryl Dash gives an introductory understanding of what the Gospel is. As the words leapt off the page, Darryl pointed us to God’s holiness, God’s love, God’s grace, God’s mercy, and God’s mission. It was refreshing because it reminded us together of just how good that Good News is. We ended with a time of reflective prayer, thanking God for the Gospel and the privilege we have of sharing it.
Don’t worry Church, I’m still working this out in my own life but my desire is to grow in missional effectiveness while God gives me time. Who’s with me, by God’s grace?
You are dearly loved,
Note: Evangelism is a muscle and every muscle needs exercise. Join us for March’s EQUIP as we dive into evangelism and get some tools to help us share this amazing news we have been given. EQUIP is on Monday March 9th.
One of my favourite ways to teach Bible stories in Sunday school is with object lessons. They are a great way to capture everyone’s attention - plus they are fun! What better way to make a lesson come to life and help our kids see the big idea in God’s Word. Object lessons can be an amazing teaching tool that help a lesson stick.
I recently asked one of our Sunday school teachers some questions about her planning and the use of object lessons in Children’s ministry. Pat Webb has been teaching Sunday school for thirty-nine years and here are some things I found out.
“…being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
What she enjoys about working in Children’s Ministry:
I’ve always enjoyed working with children and their honest questions and creative minds. My favourite part is when their faces light up with wonder when they start to realize how amazing God really is.
Why she likes object lessons:
Object lessons are a fun and exciting way to bring a Bible story to life or make a Bible truth understandable to children in a modern world.
Favourite object lesson so far:
I had the kids write their sins on pieces of flash paper, that looks like white tissue paper, and put them in a foil plate on double tin foil paper. When they were done, I lit the paper and it disappeared in a puff of flame. There was no ash or burn marks on the plate. It was a definitive way to show how completely God forgives our sins. The kids were amazed and thoughtful afterwards.
A funny teaching moment:
In order to demonstrate Jesus' power in a fun way, I once used a cardboard dummy that sat up when Jesus healed him. The kids named him ‘Clive’. They were startled when he ‘rose up’ but through the example they began to understand what mourners must have felt when their loved one sat up.
It was great getting to learn a little more about Pat, her experience over the years, and ultimately her heart for pointing our kids to Jesus. Overall, it’s fun to see how our entire team of teachers bring a collection of different gifts and teaching skills to our children’s ministry. We appreciate the thought and energy that they bring every week to make our Bible teachings creative and meaningful.
Tanya Chant, Director of Family & Children's Ministry
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