Monday, July 8, 2013

Person of Peace - Part 3 (Jesus' most important evangelism strategy)

I'm still contemplating the Person of Peace concept.  Mission, Jesus style is as simple as making a new friend. If we don't get all weird about sharing our faith, or imposing it where it's not welcome, then it doesn't have to become so intimidating.  Learn to share in a way that invites people in, not pushing so hard that they resist and reject.  Remember from the Part 2 post that Jesus allowed people to walk away. 

Jo Paxton of 3DM Ministries says the "Person of Peace" concept is Jesus' most strategic evangelism tactic.  I believe this is something important for us to learn today.  Jo provides good insight on the concept in this short video:  You say "Persons of Peace" were Jesus' most strategic evangelism tactic in the NT. How does it work?

Although every Christian is included in Jesus' command to make disciples, not everyone is wired with that gift.  As I have observed, some people seem to have an exceptional boldness about sharing the Christian faith with strangers and friends alike, which some may describe as the spiritual gift of evangelism, where matters of faith come into every conversation.  

Part of the process of making disciples is
learning to give testimony about our faith

As we make friends and have conversations about various topics, find ways to express what you're learning in your walk of faith as it pertains to those topics.  It's as simple as learning to express the hope that you have through your faith relationship with Jesus.  I find that matters of forgiveness come up frequently, where I can share what the Lord has been teaching me about forgiveness.  When topics of loss and grief surface, I share what I've learned from the Lord in my own grief journey.  

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.  1 PETER 3:15-16

If you find that you don't have much to share, begin to make a conscious exercise of considering what you've learned along your own faith journey that applies to any given situation.  Also take time to assess how much time you're spending with the Lord and what you're continually learning from Him. He desires a deep and abiding relationship, where is able to form us more and more into his likeness (2 Corinthians 3:18).  

As you begin to attune your focus to sharing with others, 
you'll be amazed at how much you have to share!

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