Side-by-Side Evangelism

By Jon Walker

EvangelismThen, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel. Philippians 1:27 (NIV)

Instead of seeing evangelism as something you have to do on your own, get together with some other believers and work together.

Be inventive as you collectively tell others about Jesus. Have a movie night, game night, dessert night—the possibilities are unlimited.

Make a list and check it twice. Who is God telling you to pray for, encourage, or support? Write down the names so you can give them considered thought and prayer. Collect names from everyone in your small group and tell each other why you believe God placed each person on the list.

Here are four ways your can pray for your friends and family:

1. Pray for an opportunity to talk about Jesus (Colossians 4:3). Ask God to give you an opportunity to tell others about Christ, and to invite them to your events. God will take you seriously and answer your prayer!

2. Pray for God to prepare hearts. Rick Warren sometimes asks, “Do you know how God softens hearts? He sends the rain!” Anytime you see someone going through a storm in life, you can know God is softening a heart.

3. Pray for God to tenderize your heart. Ask God to give you a burden, which is just an old-fashioned word that means your heart is tender toward a specific person or group of people.

4. Pray that the words of Jesus “will simply take off and race through the country to a groundswell of response” (2 Thessalonians 3:1 MSG), just as they did among the early Christians.

Article Source: Grace Creates

Jon Walker

Jon Walker is author of the small group study In Visible Fellowship: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's Classic Work ‘Life Together’ and managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotionals. © 2012 Jon Walker. Used by permission.