WE prayed that we would reach the unbelieving world around us. Wow, the unbelieving world..now that is a challenge. We would all agree that the need is great. All around the globe there are people groups that need the Good News of Jesus. It seems to be so easy to see the need off our shores. The remote village, the isolated tribe, and the crowded cities filled with so many that have not yet heard that salvation is free and available to all. But what does that mean for us at FBJB?
Many of us think that discipleship is necessary and evangelism/outreach is optional to our Christian walk. Discipleship and evangelism/outreach are both vitally connected parts of our life in Christ. As we are deeply connected to Christ, evangelism/outreach becomes a normal and natural part of who we are, just as prayer, bible study and corporate worship are.
So what can we do to reach the unbelieving world around us?
Be completely dependent on Him and love others.
The first answer, of course, is to send folks who are called by God to reach people off our shores. Supporting, loving and giving financially to reach an unbelieving world. I pray regularly that God would call many from our faith family to follow Him on an adventure around the world proclaiming the Good News. It will be amazing to witness the blessing of that celebration!
The second answer can be challenging. This involves moving out of our Christian bubbles. Most of us have carefully selected our friends, schools, doctors, teams, neighbors, and social groups to reflect some kind of Christian value. We are so insulated we can easily forget about the need that is right here in our communities.
It is easy enough to find a list of the needs and even recite the numbers. The Good News is needed in marriages, families, poverty, pregnancy, drugs, gangs, crime, hunger, and homelessness the list of brokenness goes on and on.
What I know for sure is we are surrounded by people looking for truth in a universe of opinions and who are willing to change everything in their search for wholeness. That breaks my heart, I hope it does yours too.
So what can we do?
Know Jesus. Be so connected to the vine that your life is so transformed that you can’t help but get involved. The opportunity is everywhere people are. God has already gone before you, and fear has no power. Model Jesus, love people, look them in the eye, have a conversation with them, show them you care, and show them God’s love. The possibilities are endless! We have some opportunities here at FBJB to help you get started. Check them out.
I am excited for us to come together and be involved with and celebrate evangelism/outreach here at FBJB.
- Cathy Mason