How are we supposed to share The Message of Christianity?
Now that I have explained what a Gospel presentation looks like, I want to talk about the Methods of Sharing Christianity. Here are some practical things you can do (and not do) to contribute to the health and well being of the Church in your area.
Let’s start with the one thing you should never do.
#1. Never invite an unbeliever to attend a Church service/meeting in your area.
“Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.” (Galatians 2:4-5 ESV)
Bringing unbelievers in can lead to the growth of a Compromised Church in your area, and believe me, you do not want to be responsible for that. That should raise the following question in your mind:
How and where do we interact with an unbelieving world?
Well, I am going to answer this question for you. Before I do that, I should probably say there are actually two questions being presented here, and I want to take them one at a time. The first question is “How do we interact with an unbelieving world” and the second question is “Where do we interact with an unbelieving world?”
Let’s deal with the question of how first. How do we interact with an unbelieving world?
#1. Your goal should be to build long term relationship(s).
Developing long term relationships is God’s Church growth strategy. You have to make a long term commitment to live with the people you want to reach with the Message of Christianity.
Listen carefully to what Paul said in one of his letters:
“To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” (1 Corinthians 9:20-23 ESV)
Now let me say something that I know is probably going to scare you. I want to take what Paul said a step further and say “to those Muslims who live under Sharia Law I become someone who also lived under Sharai Law so that I might save some.”
The Apostle Paul also said “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them…I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:20 and 23 from the ESV).
This has not always been the Church’s preferred Church growth strategy, but it should be. Now let’s consider the question of where we should interact with unbelievers.
#2. Where should we approach unbelievers?
The simple answer is anywhere you can find them. Just to be clear I am not recommending attending worship services for other world religions. I am willing to recommend learning how to be a good neighbor.
The best thing you can do is help unbelievers solve their own problems. I heard one story about an American family who moved to a Muslim country where Christianity is illegal and within the first week they were there, the husband saw a group of men standing around a truck next door.
One of his neighbors had a truck, and the engine would not start. While all of that man’s friends and relatives who knew anything about repairing car engines were standing around concerned because he was not able to drive to his job, the American was able to repair the car right away.
This act of kindness helped the local community, and the Muslims who were quick to express their gratitude for his help by extending dinner invitations to their homes so they could sit down and talk. They wanted to know why he had come, and to find out what else he could contribute to their local Islamic community.
Some time later, his wife was “adopted” by the local Muslim women who began teaching her how to wear a burka as well as how to eat meals in a burka. In short, the local Muslims began having mercy on their new American neighbors who gave up the American way of life to begin building local Churches overseas.
to be continued…
Next Time: Concerning World Religions