Lesson for 2nd Sunday after Epiphany, January 16th, 2022
Intentional Authentic Evangelism vs. “Jesus freaks”; “Christian” hypocrisy; a committee responsibility
Evangelism is simply sharing the Good News. It is authentic and it is intentional, not merely expressions of kindness or good moral ethics. We all have Good News to share in our lives; it is a part of our identity. And when we share this news, it is with intentionality and with people with whom we have relationships. We don’t have to be trained to share the good news of a new job, baby or puppy! We simply share what is beautiful and dear to us. Therefore, evangelism must be connected to lifelong Christian formation. It is through intentional spiritual practices in the faith community that we meld God’s story with our story, and we share that story with people in our daily lives.
A. Biblical References: John 4:1–41; 2 Corinthians 4:7; Galatians 2:19b–20; Mark 4:1–20; 1 Peter 3:13–22; Matthew 4:19–20; Psalm 96; John 3:11–21; Romans 10:1–17
To recognize that all disciples are called to Evangelism, not just committees and leaders; it is an authentic part of their life
To empower and equip all people to enter relationships unashamed and unafraid to share the Good News
The church recognizes that evangelism should be need-based (meets needs of un-churched/ de-churched)
The church develops practices for people to share their story and give witness to Good News in their lives C. Potential Outcomes
Hospitality is not viewed as a substitute for evangelism
Evangelism is viewed as a way of life, not as a program or function of a few
The mission focuses on sharing the Good News
The people of God meld and claim God’s story within their lives; living unafraid to share it
Develop authentic relationships founded in Christ; image of Christ is shared
D. Reflection Questions:
When did the news of Christ become Good News in your life?
Does your church authentically allow individuals to come as they are, with their particular stories, and hear the Good News? Why or why not?
In your church, how do people share their stories and connect it to the Story of God’s redeeming love?
How is your congregation equipped, empowered, and encouraged to intentionally share the Good News in daily life?
Do you have an evangelism committee? If so, what are they tasked to do? How do you practice sharing the good news vs. growing membership?
What keeps us from sharing the Good News in our daily relationships?
Can we call it “Good News” if we do not share it in our authentic relationships?
Name a time when sharing the Good News was good for someone who needed to hear it.