One of the things we are trying to do at River City Church is reduce the gap between how we live and act during the week and how we live and act at church. Do you think Jesus acted differently when He was at the synagogues? Scripture doesn’t say that He did. Life is church, and church is life… Or, at least, it should be.
If we just lived out what we believe, we would have massive numbers of people talking to us, not about religion, but about life! And it would be happening in all kinds of crazy places and NOT just the church.
I believe this is what evangelism should look like.
God commands us ALL to be witnesses of the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus. Simply stated, we are to talk about what Jesus has done in our lives with other people, hoping and praying that they, too, will find life in Him. (Great Commission: Matthew 28:17–20)
This is HOW it happens:
He said to them, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
We will receive power, and that power will make us His witnesses!
Too often we say that “witnessing” is not my gift. Just using the word “witnessing” is awkward and enough to turn us off to the idea. What Jesus is calling us to do is to share our lives with the lost. That doesn’t mean just hanging out with them, even though that may be the way we start, but the goal is to share who Jesus is and what He has done in our lives.
Peter says in 1 Peter,
“Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…” 1 Peter 3:13-16
I love this verse because it assumes that people will be asking us about the hope they see in us. And when they do, Peter says to be prepared to “make a defense,” have an answer, or make a speech to them so they would understand where this hope comes from.
WE ARE MIRRORS like the Apostle John:
“John was not himself the light; he was there to show the way to the light.” (John 1:6-8)
Our life is a mirror, reflecting to others where we find life and hope. We are all reflecting something to our friends, to our families, and to the world that passes by us every day.
When was the last time someone asked you about your joy, your peace, or the hope you have? If people are not asking, it might be because you are reflecting a life so similar to theirs that they do not see any hope worth asking about.
Jesus modeled for us the importance of both sharing our lives with people and also living a life that people were drawn to because they saw something different than what the world offered. Jesus wants to change every part of our lives so that people will be drawn to ask why we are different, and when we tell them, they will be drawn to Jesus.
What do you reflect? That is “your witness.”
Are you pointing to yourself, or are you pointing to something greater than yourself? Are you pointing to Jesus? If not, go get filled with His power! It leads to a life that people will question and ask you about: “We will receive power, and that power will make us His witnesses!”