11.25.2018 | “How to be Human | Wk 12 | From Freedom To Mission”
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“Evangelism” can be a loaded word in our North American context, but at its heart it simply means proclaiming the good news about Jesus. It’s an announcement that something awesome and incredible has happened—and is still happening—in, through, and for both human beings and the world that we live in.
What comes to mind when you think of the word, “evangelism”? Is it street preaching? People holding up signs at a traffic light? Is there something else?
Share any images or stories you may have of evangelism, or of times when people have “invited” you to follow God.
When Jesus presents his own version of the Ten Instructions, he prefaces it by reminding the people who were listening (both followers and people who were simply curious) that they were “salt” of and for the earth, and “light” of and for the world.
How “bright” is your life? How well do you do being salt (“bringing out the God-flavors of the world”)?
What challenges do you face when thinking about telling people the good news about Jesus? What holds you back?
There is an amazing story in Mark’s Gospel of how we can more simply think about evangelism. Read Mark 5:1-20.
Without getting into the details of all the ways Jesus interacts with unclean spirits, focus on verses 18-20.
While the man wants to get in the boat to come with Jesus, Jesus denies his request and instead sends him on a mission (without very little training or preparation).
How would you summarize Jesus’ instructions in your own words?
Based on your life, how would you answer those two questions? (“What has Jesus done for you?” and “How has God shown you mercy?”)
How does this story change the concept of evangelism for you?
Getting Out of the Hole
God does not free us for privilege, or so that we can sit and rest. He saves us in order to proclaim and further His Kingdom on this earth, and it pretty much starts with where you live and work and shop.
Who is Jesus sending you to? Get specific: write down the names of a few people who need some “Good News” in their life. You may want to spend some time praying for this list of people, asking God to reveal to you, “What would be ‘Good News’ to each of them?”
Practice awareness this week: With this list of people, are there any ways in which telling your story might bring good news into their life?