Don’t Go It Alone. Witness With the Help of Others


In luke 10, Jesus sends out the Seventy Two into the villages of the surrounding countryside to prepare people to meet Jesus. Before they go, Jesus gives them some instructions on what they should do. Remember how he sent them out? What was his first instruction?  He sent them out, two-by-two.

It’s odd that Jesus sent out the Seventy Two in pairs to share the gospel, yet we usually see witnessing and evangelism as a solo experience.  We see sharing the faith as our duty or burden that is seems so difficult that we never actually do it, or are not very successful at it.  Maybe the reason we aren’t great in witnessing to Christ is that we try to go it alone.

Our Missional Communities are not just support groups for individual missionaries trying to accomplish their individual missions, but they are a group of people who are called to be on mission together.  In our MCs, our most successful witnesses are ones that don’t go it alone but invite other Christians on the mission. The sending of the Seventy two shows us that this was Christ’s intention.  Now we don’t necessarily need to split into groups of two in order to reach people successfully.  But we increase our chances as we reach out in groups.

Some of our members continually try to reach their friends and coworkers and eventually invite them to come to participate in the Story.  Yet, they end up not getting very far.  I often wonder if it is simply too intimidating to come to a get-together when you only know one or two people who will be there.  It gets even more intimidating when you add religion to the evening.

What if we introduced everybody we were trying to reach to other members of our MC and church?  Some of our members do this.  They invite the people their trying to reach, and another Christian couple from their MC, out to dinner a couple times.  Others throw parties regularly and invite their MC members and also the people they are trying to reach so everyone gets to know each other over a number of months.  Then when it comes time to invite them to the Story, they already know a number of people there and aren’t afraid of not knowing anyone.

Don’t go it alone.  Witness with the help of others.

Consider the following questions and challenges:

  1. Who have you been trying to reach recently?
  2. Have you introduced them to other member of your MC?
  3. Who in your MC would connect well with the person/people you want to reach?
  4. How can you introduce them?  What kind of event, party, dinner, hang out, or entertainment would both parties feel comfortable in?
  5. Make plans to introduce these two groups in the  next 2 weeks?

 

Also see, Missional Training # 19: Sharing the Gospel….with a little help from your friends

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About Ted Torreson

I'm a Husband, Father, Pastor & Church planter

Posted on January 29, 2013, in Christian Living, missional communities, Missional Living and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Brother, thank you for this spirit filled teaching message. Babu

  2. Excellent post! You hit the nail on the head. I’ve been thinking about this recently–that Christians should go in pairs to witness and/or pray for the sick. Even Jesus wanted his inner circle (Peter, James,and John) with Him when He went to the home of the young girl who had died. It’s interesting that He sent the mockers out of the house. I suppose that’s because we need to be with in agreement with those who are witnessing with us. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we have no choice but to go it alone. But in those–and in all–circumstances we can rely on the Holy Spirit, who indwells us, to put the right words in our mouths. Meanwhile, I love the idea of witnessing in pairs. Jesus set the example. Shalom and blessings.

    • Thanks for commenting, Sheryl. You’re right, The beautiful thing is that when we witness, the Holy Spirit will give us words to speak. The beauty of witnessing in pairs, or larger numbers, is that it gives people the ability to see the Gospel being played out within the community of the faithful. It validates the message that is eventually shared. I don’t necessarily care for doing evangelism cold-calls door-to-door like the Mormons or Jehovah Witnesses, because that often seems to be confrontation, or can seem like ganging up on people. Yet if we share our lives with fellow Christians, share our lives with unbeleivers, and mix these two groups, suddenly Christians have a face in their lives, and a good face at that and it is way less intimidating for that unchurched person to join Christians for a bible study or worship when they already know many of them as normal and good people.

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