It is time we rethink and redefine evangelism. Or better yet, it is time we remember what evangelism really is. It is not a cringe worthy knocking on doors or shouting hell, fire, and brimstone on a street corner. It is the good news.
Jesus said many things that caused trouble by not being what people wanted to hear. Among those are when he told Peter that he was free from taxes, but to go pay them anyways. Christians are to bear witness in their lives by living exemplary lives as Christ did.
Stop living for the moment and start living for the miracle. True life and happiness does not come from right here and now, but it comes from something bigger, something greater, something more. Live for the miracle.
Sowing is not always glamorous, but reaping is a partnership with the one who sowed. We are not in competition, but a partnership for the kingdom of God. We rejoice together, both those who sow and those who reap.
Paul tells us in Philippians 1:27 to "live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ." What is a life worthy of the gospel of Christ? How do we live that way? Read my message of Philippians 1:27-2:11 titled "Living a Worthy Life."
Do you know what blows my mind? Jesus tells us "Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad" (Matt 5:11-2, NRSV). Paul seems to be saying the same thing in Philippians 1:29. James is telling us that in James 1:2-4 and Peter says it in 1 Peter 3:14. Why is persecution a blessing or a good thing? Well, there are a number of things I can tell you, but one of the positives of persecution is that it bears witness to our faith.
"True relevance is measured by the distance between what you say and what you do. If your actions fail to line up with what you say, preach, or believe, then your message is irrelevant." As a united church, lets be relevant. Lets walk the talk we preach from stage for our communities to see.