Monday, February 2, 2015

21 Days of Evangelism: Week One

For most of us, evangelism is a new endeavor. I don't want you think of it like a "fad diet."  You know the kind of thing you have to give all your effort and attention to for 3 weeks then you're done with it till next January when the pounds from the holidays have made their annual return.  Rather this is the start of a new lifestyle.  A regular, never-ending cycle of prayer, relationship building and invitation that makes disciples. 

Day 1: Make a list of all the lost people you know.  Pray for them all today by name.  Don't throw your list away.  Tuck it in your Bible; you'll need it later.

Day 2: Pick a gospel and start rereading it.  The pace is up to you.  But whether you're reading quickly or slowly don't be absent minded.  Continue reading a few minutes every day if you can. Let the life of Jesus inform your life.

Day 3: Pick 3 names off Day 1's list. Pray for them specifically and for yourself. Do this everyday for the rest of the three weeks.

Day 4: Write Ephesians 6:18-20 out by hand, changing the words to make it your own prayer.  If you've never done this kind of exercise before please see the example at the bottom of this post. Then several times today, pray your prayer, asking God in his own words to help you be bold.

Day 5: Start looking for opportunities to connect with the people on your list. Today try to text, call or see them to let them hear some good thing about what you've been learning about Jesus.

Day 6: Read your gospel, pray for the 3 people on your list, keep your eyes open for opportunities to build your relationship with the folks on your list.

Day 7: Invite.  Pick one person on your list and look for something to invite them to.  Remember church is only one good option.  You could ask them to come to the next ladies bible class, or to meet for coffee, or to bring their kids over to play.  Don't be disappointed if they say no.  You're not going to give up.

Please feel free to come here or to our Facebook page and talk to us about how things are going. Nothing would please us more than to come alongside you to pray for the people you are trying to reach out to or to offer support, encouragement and advice as you make these initial efforts!


Example of praying a scripture: 

But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
Galatians 6:14-15.

"Holy Father, please teach me not boast.  The only thing worth boasting about is that Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross.  That's how the world was crucified to me and how I was crucified to the world.  All the things that people boast about like circumcision in the Bible or status in our world today are nothing.  The only thing that matters is your new creation! In the name of your son alone I boast, in the name of your son alone I pray.  Amen"

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