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Give the Best Gift
There could hardly be a more natural time during the year than the Christmas season to bring up the subject of Jesus!
Take some time to make a list of the people in your life who’ve never known much about Jesus, or perhaps they may have known him at one time but have drifted away.
Create a second list of people you come in contact with on a regular basis but don’t know very well such as the people at the supermarket you regularly shop at, your pharmacist or some of the people you work with.
It’s a certainty that if you pray and ask God for the opportunity to speak with others about Jesus your prayer will be answered. Your conversations may be under a minute or they may be carried on for many years. You don’t have to be a theological genius or a good speaker to bring up the subject of Jesus. The only thing you need to get started is a grateful heart. Just a bit of your time could turn out to be the best gift you’ve ever given someone.
Evangelism Sunday Sept. 25, 2011
We think most people would agree that evangelism isn’t a one-day a year event. Setting aside a specific day does however encourage us to focus attention on what we have done in the past year and on what we expect to be doing in the coming year.
Once again Louisville has provided us with an excellent evangelism resource, found here. It can be used in many ways and can be a jumping off point tailored to suit the culture of a specific congregation.
Here are some other activities that might be considered in conjunction with Evangelism Sunday:
-Make Sept. 25th “Bring a Friend to Church Sunday”. As September is when Sunday/Church School begins again for the year it’s a good time for adults, children and teens to invite friends to join them to see what going to their church is like.
-Adopt a missionary through The Antioch Partners (TAP). http://theantiochpartners.org “TAP is a strategic alliance of Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship and The Outreach Foundation, two validated mission support groups of the PC(USA). As a shared ministry of these two founding organizations, TAP works collaboratively with the PC(USA), and partners with local churches in the US, as well as with a broad spectrum of global partners.”
-Begin a prayer group to pray for evangelism in the congregation and in the world. They might meet on Sundays before or after worship or perhaps have a phone or email prayer chain so that many people can be included.
Blessings on your efforts to share the love of Jesus,
Your Evangelism Ministry Team
Leslie Fox & Maxine Neel
Notes from your EVANGELISM MINISTRY TEAM
Links from www.churchandworld.com (Presbyweb)
"The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church" Tertullian
Desperately seeking fellowship
You use the greeting, “Hi, how are you?” as a polite way to keep me at arms’ length.You don’t even wait for my answer before walking on. Your duty is done.Surrounded by your friends, you turn away and say, “My cup is full, I don’t need anyone new.”I’m in the room, but not in your circle.I hear, “We don’t do it that way.” My enthusiasm dies.You want a relationship that’s never messy or involved; that requires no planning or effort. A relationship that can be shelved indefinitely with no promises to keep, no accountability, no discomfort for you.You’re shocked and surprised when I demonstrate my talents. You say, “I never knewyou were an accomplished singer, a world traveler, a master quilter, a talented chef.”Your show of surprise hurts because I’ve been right here with you.Unnoticed, unaccepted, undiscovered.You learn my name, but not my heart.You recognize my face, but not my soul.