We are only one day away from a new year filled with new opportunities. We hope our series of tips has been an encouragement, helping you to be more intentional about having spiritual conversations in 2019. We have an exciting year ahead for Engage 360 with 3 major milestones:
- Complete a curriculum and workbook based on our pilot church training programs.
- Launch pilot online member communities (with forums) at www.reachingcharlotte.com and www.thepoachedegg.net.
- Lead three multi-day university outreach events.
We are extremely excited about how God is using Engage 360 and grateful for the small role we can play in Kingdom work. Check out the video below for more details and please consider a year-end gift to partner with us in accomplishing these exciting goals. We are immensely grateful to all those who have encouraged us, prayed for us, and partnered with us financially. We could not accomplish this important mission without you!
Tip #6: Don’t say never or always with the Gospel in conversation.
It seems that with many things in life there are dangers at the extremes. Further, it often seems that most people end up closer to one of those extremes than in balance between them. This tension can be found when thinking about evangelism and whether we need to share the Gospel in every conversation. There are some who would enthusiastically say, “You must share in every conversation.” While others take the approach that you need to establish a long-term relationship before you “earn the right to be heard.” So which one is right?
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While there are elements of truth to both sides it seems that each situation is unique and we should likely come down somewhere between the two. We should always be ready and eager to share the gospel, however, we need to make sure that person has enough context to hear the actual Gospel. Good communication requires that we express our ideas clearly and also do our best to understand if and how the other person will understand what we say. If you share the Gospel in Chinese with someone who only understands English, then it seems you did not actually share the Gospel. In the same way a person may speak your language but have a different understanding of what the words you use mean.
Each person is unique and so it is not surprising that a cookie-cutter approach will not be effective at reaching all of them. Instead, let’s look at every situation as an opportunity to share but acknowledge the individual we are speaking with and understand their story when sharing with them about The Greatest Story!
To a fruitful 2019,
Matt Schmidt and Engage 360 Team