Our church truly wants to reach new people – to share the Good News with them and to welcome them into the fellowship of the church. We truly want to attract unbelievers – to be attractive as a church to them. How do we do that? Is it develop programs, services and events? These things are not wrong but they are not how the earliest Christian communities were attractive to the communities.
“Their attractiveness was in their living…In what we call ‘witness’. The love and presence of Jesus flowed through them into the various societies and communities they lived in. The secret of their success as a transformational movement is that it wasn’t a secret, but a life evident to all.” Alan Hirsch
Could a part of our problem at ARPC be that we are relying on our gathered services to do the evangelism? The focus must, much more, be placed on being a sent people. God is sending us out → to tell others about Jesus Christ through our words, actions, lives. We are a sent people and a scent people. II Corinthians 2:5 reads…
“As far as God is concerned there is a sweet, wholesome fragrance in our lives. It is the fragrance of Christ within us, an aroma both to the saved and unsaved around us.”
Perhaps we make evangelism more complicated than it has to be by relying so much on programs, campaigns and “successful church models”.
It really all begins with living lives that have the fragrance of Christ that causes other people to want to know more about why we live as we do.
At that point: we need to be “ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the reason for our hope” (I Peter 3:15) Let us be equipped!
Christ for the world!