We all have ideas that come into our head when we hear the word “evangelism.” But, what does real evangelism look like? Is it a Billy Graham Crusade or going door to door and striking up a conversation with whoever answers?
Perhaps the most natural way for us to reach the world for Christ isn’t in any of the ways we would call “evangelism.” Perhaps the most natural, even the better way would be for us to see ourselves as being the salt and light to the people God has already put into our lives.
That’s where this idea comes from. Actually it comes from Jesus.
We all have an idea of what “evangelism” looks like.
We think it looks like a:
Billy Graham Crusade
Signs on the side of a road that quote bible verses in the King James Version:
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and Thou shalt be saved.”
Who is “Thou” and why does He get to be saved?
The crazy guy holding a giant sign and yelling at everyone as they walk by.
Going door to door, and having awkward conversations with stay at home moms
Giving someone a cheesy tract
A “Revival” meeting, singing all 20 verses of “Just As I Am.”
Striking up a conversation with a stranger on the street.
A Bumper Sticker
A fish on your car
17 One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. 18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”
They brought the man to Jesus
Jesus forgave His sins (& healed him)
Jesus told him to go home, told him to go to his Oikos.
He went home praising God.
Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God.
Oikos is used 120 times in the New Testament. The same idea is used in the Old Testament as well, with over 1700 references.
1. extended family (Gr.)
2. a group of eight to fifteen people with whom you share life most closely, your sphere of greatest influence, your relational world
3. the most natural and common environment for evangelism to occur
4. a microcosm of the world at large, for whom God sent His Son- that they would be delivered from the bondage of sin and given fullness in Christ
Our 8 to 15
1. strategically centered around primary relationships
2. having evaluated purpose through the lens of oikos
3. reflecting God’s love by reaching out to the people whom Jesus died to save
Invest & invite
By September 1st, we all invite one person from our 8 to 15 to church.
They won’t come if you don’t invite them.
There isn’t someone else who’s going to do it for you. That’s why you’re there.
Only 5-6% of people will come because of me. 75-90% will come because of you.
Opportunities to invite your 8 – 15 to:
Parent’s Night Out (June 7th)
Parking Lot Party
Man Cave (August 31st)
Chasing Supermom (Sept. 19th)
Invite them to serve with you at the Food Pantry or Laundry Love
Admit that you are a sinner. Repent or turn away from your sin.
Romans 3 : 23
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
I John 1 :9
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Believe that Jesus is God’s Son and that God sent Jesus to save people from their sins.
John 3 : 16
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
metaph. to devote or give over to eternal misery in hell
There is a Hell and we’d all be there apart from the saving grace of Jesus.
Commit your life to Jesus. Ask Him to be your Lord and Savior.
Matthew 16 : 24
“then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”