I feel like I hear this all the time when discussing strengths and passions with people in the church. It seems that we are all wired one way or another…either we love discipling other Christians OR we enjoy sharing the Gospel with the “un-churched.” I have to admit, something about this whole thing feels a little weird to me…
When I read the book of Matthew, I see Jesus spending a lot of his time teaching those who have decided to follow him. At the same time, we must consider how those followers began to follow him in the first place.
Listen to how he sends his followers out at the end of Matthew:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples…”
Go and Make.
Evangelism and Discipleship.
No one is off the hook when it comes to sharing the “Good News.” If this news is truly “good,” then we must share it somehow! At the same time, we must not neglect the Church (big “C) – the bride of Christ. Jesus cared for his flock and demonstrated how we should do the same.
Does sharing the gospel freak you out?
Worship leaders sometimes let themselves off the hook from sharing with non-Christians, simply because we think we are already doing enough of “God’s work.” We can’t forget that we are called to both.
Sure, each of us may be more prone to one or another, but we all have a responsibility. The ratio between those who are attending our services and those who live in our cities is completely unbalanced…how can we turn the tides?
I love seeing how people figure out creative ways to share the story of Jesus. Maybe we don’t need to worry so much about going door to door or handing out tracts. Maybe we can find ways to use the gifts God has given each of us to creatively share His story.
Take for instance, spoken word/hip-hip artist, Propaganda. Dripping with talent, extremely creative.
I love his presentation of the G.O.S.P.E.L. through spoken word. Check it out:
Could we learn to be creative in our presentation of the Gospel? How can we use our time, creativity, and resources to creatively share the greatest story ever told?