Weekly Theme – Seeking Direction for Hope Fellowship
Today – Making Inroads Into the Community
Scripture – Matthew 28:19-20
Ahhh, the Great Commission. Go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father , Son and Holy Spirit. We can all recite but it can be hard to live out those words. It’s much easier to simply advertise church and hope that someone shows up, except that isn’t what Jesus told us to do. He said GO!
Let’s be inspired from the words of Karl Vaters’ blog found in Christianity Today as he tells us the difference between advertising and evangelism.
Advertising is an impersonal way to convey information (“Our Easter services start at 9am and 11am at this address!”)
Evangelism is about personal invitation (“Would you like to come with me to church this Sunday?”)
Advertising is done by professionals. Evangelism is done by church members.
Advertising draws a crowd. Evangelism builds the church.
Advertising is about hype. Evangelism is about passion.
Advertising promotes a specific church or event. Evangelism builds the church as a whole.
Advertising uses the ideas of marketers to create customers. Evangelism follows the mandate of Jesus to make disciples. (Pivot Blog by Karl Vaters, April 17, 2019)
Themes to pray over
- ⁃ Ask God to give us each a heart of evangelism
- ⁃ Pray for Hope Fellowship that we would move to be passionate for the spiritual lives of our communities
- ⁃ Pray for a practical vision to lead us down this road of evangelism
- A prayer for us all
Jesus, my Savior, I long for the opportunity to proclaim the goodness of Your name. As I go out today, please bring me into contact with those who have been given eyes to see and ears to hear. Direct my steps and lead me into the conversations You want me to have today, Jesus. I pray for Hope Fellowship, that we as a community of faith would be passionate to go to our communities with the good news of Jesus.
- A heart question
⁃ What is the most difficult part of evangelism?
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