Don't just walk...

For the next four weeks Due West UMC is doing a church-wide study of Bill Hybel's book, Just Walk Across the Room.

I'm excited about all the classes participating because there are different age groups taking part. When you live in a world today where there are neighborhoods segregated by ages, the more the generations get together the better especially when it comes to sharing our faith with authenticity.

Now I know faith sharing (evangelism) isn't the politically correct thing to do. It isn't the compassionate thing some would say. Sharing ones faith is termed as arrogant, cocky, rude, disrespectful and in some cases, hateful.

What is often missed or not considered is the life of and mind of the person taking the walk and trying to be a friend. We have to ask, "Is the goal to rack up another notch or to be a friend?" Before taking the walk, Christ-followers ought to consider, do you...
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8 ESV)

Faith sharing isn't about grasping an idea or concept. It has little or nothing to do with the right theology and the amount of knowledge.

It has everything to do with the words, "nothing" - "servant" - "humble" - "death." It means we can be friends with others without being friends with "the world." It isn't about "us versus them," it is just about us, people connecting to people.

That is why Jesus came. It is why Christ-followers serve in homeless shelters and serve for a lifetime oversees. It is why we start churches and it is why we walk across rooms. For us.

May I Ask: What is different about Apple having evangelists and the Church having evangelists?

May I Suggest: Look at the differences and what can be learned. What do you find? Share it here!


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