I heard a brilliant sermon this week about evangelism. It was given by a friend called Rick Fletcher, who I have come to know and respect deeply. Rick is studying Christian Apologetics and started by speaking about whether it is possible to prove that God exists. Rick practised as a lawyer for 11 years and his main point was that, in a court of law, testimony is evidence.
Many of us are nervous about the idea of evangelism. Rick said that all we are really called to do is be witnesses, provide testimony or, to put it very simply, just talk with others about our love for God and our walk with Him. Our testimony may well be convincing.
In the early church the good news spread rapidly but mostly it spread through ordinary Christians talking about their spiritual experience. They talked with neighbours, with people they met in the market place, with fellow workers, with anyone they happened to meet.
We can do this too. We don’t need organisations, funding or buildings. We just need to talk.
“Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matt. 9:37-38). Pray first, but don’t be surprised or afraid if he sends you.
Jesus is Lord.