Yesterday Josh urged us all to develop an urgency when it comes to sharing the life-giving gospel message with those around us:
This is about people who are going to hell meeting Jesus so that they won’t. If you and I aren’t willing to sacrifice, then folks won’t be reached. Don’t do it because I’m making you feel guilty or because you have to. Do it because you love the fame of Christ and you want more for Him. Do it because you have compassion and love for lost people. And if you don’t have those desires, repent and pray for it.
Josh then gave us some very practical ways in which we can develop relationships with those around us–and part of developing friendships include joyfully sharing the message that has impacted our lives so greatly.
I found a resource that has the ideas that Josh listed, plus several more. It’s available as a free e-booklet (pdf), and is titled Simple Ways To Be Missional (click title to download).
This booklet contains the following articles from leading practitioners and authors:
- 25 Simple Ways To Be Missional In Your Neighborhood, by Josh Reeves
- 30 Simple Ways To Be Missional In Your Workplace, by Josh Reeves
- 10 Simple Ways To Be Missional, by Tim Chester
- 8 Ways To Easily Be Missional, by Jonathan Dodson
- 4 Ways To Become a Missional Community, by Matt Carter
- 25 More Ways To Be Missional In Your Neighborhood, by Josh Reeves
- 4 Skills To Make And Multiply Disciples, by George Patterson
- 20 Simple Ways To Be Missional In Your Community and City, by Josh Reeves
I have found that it is often helpful to have practical ideas to start engaging the people around me. Most of the things on this list are normal, everyday things that many people are already doing. The hope is that we would do these things with Gospel intentionality. This means we do them:
• In the normal rhythms of life pursuing to meet and engage new people
• Prayerfully watching and listening to the Holy Spirit to discern where God is working.
• Looking to boldly, humbly, and contextually proclaim the Gospel in word and deed.
“Gospel intentionality” means that, in the natural course of our friendships, we will at some share the message of salvation by faith alone in Christ alone. This is not “bait-and-switch”, but rather the highest way of fulfilling the command to love our neighbor as ourselves (Mt 22:37-40). “I love you–but not enough to tell you how to flee from the wrath to come” is not loving at all.
The quote attributed to Francis of Assisi (though probably not actually said by him) sounds pious: “Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words.” That’s like saying, “Feed the poor; if necessary, use food” (HT Jared Wilson). Rather, as Ed Stetzer writes, “Preach the Gospel, and since it is necessary, use words!“
I don’t know about you, but I was convicted by the sermon yesterday. Let’s live lives more intentionally and purposefully in fulfillment of the Great Commission:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)