Rethinking evangelism

Date: Monday, October 1

Scripture1 Kings 17:8-24

Verse: “So the woman said to Elijah, ‘Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.’” (1 Kings 17:24)

“No one will care what you know, until they know you care.” I have heard that said in a variety of contexts – leadership, teaching, ministry, and more. We know this to be true. Our favorite teachers are not necessarily the most skilled, but the ones we knew cared for us. Bosses we love and admire are typically those who took an interest in our lives. Pastors who hold a special place in our hearts are ones we are reasonably sure had a special place in their hearts for us.

The woman caring for Elijah is convinced he is preaching “the word of the Lord,” not because of the brilliance of his teaching, but because he cares for her. Through God, Elijah provides food for her family and healing of her son. She cared what he knew when she knew he cared.

The word evangelism conjures up images of door-to-door preaching, getting people to agree with us, or annoying people with tracts and threats of Hell. Ironically, the word evangelism comes from the Greek word euangelion which means “good news.” Evangelism is sharing the good news that Jesus is Lord, that there is a new creation, a new hope, a new way of living under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

As we explore evangelism this week, may we put aside our assumptions. May we look for ways we can share Jesus with others by caring for their needs.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, open my eyes to see a new way of sharing your good news. Amen.

Action: Reflect on whom you can share the love of Jesus with in the day ahead by showing your care for them.

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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