Over the past few months the Lord has been working in my heart about being more missional as a Christian. What I mean by being missional is living in such a way that Jesus lived. He was sent into the world to serve and save others (Matthew 20:28; Luke 19:10) and now, as believers, we are sent into the world to do the same (Matthew 5:13-16). After spending four years at a Bible college and now (and will be as a vocation) working at a local church, I spend most of my time around Christians. The Lord has convicted me of this because He did not save me to just sit in a Bible study or a worship service, but saved me to go out into the world and be missional! I believe most Christians struggle with this idea because we think as Christians we are supposed to be totally separate from the world. We need to remember we are called to be IN the world, but not of it. Here are three simple ways God has helped me be more missional and I believe they will help you as well:
1. Join the local gym. There is a YMCA or rec center in almost every community. One simple way to be missional is to join your local gym or rec center. This will not only help you exercise, which is something that honors God, but it will help you be around people who need the Gospel. As you work out, play pick up ball, or swim you can build relationships with people who may never step foot inside your church. I recently joined the rec center in the community I am living in right now and God has allowed me to connect with other guys by playing basketball.
2. Do your work at a local coffee shop. The local coffee shops will attract a different crowd than the gym, but it still will attract a crowd that needs the Gospel. If you’re a college or seminary student, you MUST do this! Don’t just sit in your dorm room or the library on your Christian school campus, go to the local coffee shops so you can build relationships with unbelievers as you get some work done. My fiancée and I do a lot of our work at a local coffee shop here in Medina. There is always a ton of people and it is a great way to be out in the world.
3. Get a local part-time job. Obviously this isn’t for everyone, but if your working part-time for a church or a Christian business, think about working a secular part-time job. Furthermore, if God has called you to work in a secular field, embrace it! God will and can use people working in a secular field! He doesn’t need and want everyone in full-time ministry. Currently I am only a part-time, unpaid intern at a church. Because of this I believe God is wanting me to work a part-time job here in the community. This will allow me to be more missional and build relationships with people who need the Gospel.
In Jude 1:23, the Bible tells us to “save others by snatching them out of the fire…” This is a vivid picture of what we are called to do as believers; live a missional live so we can save people from eternal separation from God in hell. We will never snatch people out of the fire by spending all our time in church. We will never snatch people out of the fire if we are scared to go out into the world. I believe too many Christians are so worried about staying “away” from the world they never become missional. Or maybe it’s a lack of concern for the lost. Maybe we are not missional because we scared, but because we simply don’t care about the people in the world headed hell. Either way, God has called us to be about His mission. Go out into the world and be missional!
The video above is Ray Comfort’s (Way of the Master) newest endeavor to share the Gospel with people in a way that works. Basically, what he does in the 180 film is share how abortion in America is just like the Holocaust in Germany by Adolf Hitler. What is shocking is that most of the people he interviews, mostly younger people, have never even heard of Hitler or even know a thing about what he did. Ray then puts them in a corner and ask what they would do if they were told to bury innocent Jews alive. Almost all of them said they would not. What Ray does next is great, he then asks what do they believe about abortion. Is it murder? Is it wrong? Most of the people say it’s the “women’s choice” and Ray points out how their inconsistency. They would not kill Jews, but would kill innocent babies inside their mother’s womb. Of course this discussion leads to right moral and the existence of God. Whats great about this video is that you actually see people change their mind on the spot about abortion and more importantly about Jesus Christ! Here are a few other great things about this video:
Shows that evangelism, at times, should be done with intellectual conversations. The world will not respond to the Gospel if we just yell Bible verses at them and tell them to “turn or burn.” This is why I have a big problem with street preachers who show more anger and hatred rather than a love for the lost. Ray shows us in this film that by having intellectual conversations and talking in terms people will understand can open the door wide open for sharing the Gospel. Use the Bible, but don’t start with it. Most non-Christains don’t even believe the Bible is truth so it will not work if you start with it.
Shows logic behind the fact that abortion is murder. Many times we just tell people abortion is wrong because it’s murder and don’t take the time to explain why that is the case. Ray shows us in this film that by using examples like Hitler and the killing of the Jews that abortion can be explained as murder. If you are a pro-lifer out there (don’t worry, I am pro-life) please don’t stand on the street with a big sign saying “abortion is murder.” Drop the sign and have a real conversation with people about why abortion is wrong. If you do the sign thing, don’t stop there, have a conversation!
I highly recommend everyone to take 30 minutes and watch this film. It will make you think and will help you understand how we can share the Gospel with others. If you are a youth pastor, this would be a good film to show your youth group that will certainly strike up good discussions. If you are not sure where you stand on abortion, PLEASE WATCH. I pray and hope this film will help you make a discussion on that matter.
Not everyone is a big fan of this film and some college students feel they got it pushed into their face. Read about that here.