I just got back from having coffee with a couple of great brothers in Christ. We don’t always agree with one another (although we usually do), but we still love spending time with one another and encouraging one another toward maturity in Christ.
Our discussion drifted toward evangelism, and specifically the idea of “going.” We all agreed that we didn’t want to be the kind of people who simply invited unbelievers to come to us. We wanted to be the kind of people who went to them… the kind of disciples who were going.
But, as we talked, we realized that even when people tell us about “going,” they eventually get back to the point where they are trying to bring people back with them. You know what I mean, right? We go out to present the gospel. Then, when someone is interested, we invited them to come meet with us.
We want to be different. Now, when someone is interested in the gospel, we want to continue going to them. Instead of asking people to invite their friends and family to come to us, we want to go to them, much like Peter went to Cornelius and his friends and family. We don’t want to simply increase the number of people meeting with us, we want to see the number of churches meeting around our area increase.
This was a very exciting discussion to us, but also quite frightening. Why? Because while we agree with this in theory, we’ve never seen it practiced… we have no example to follow in real life. But, it’s what we want to see happen in our lives and in the life of the church.
As we left, one of my brothers said that he was going to call “C”. (“C” is a young man who recently professed faith in Jesus Christ through the witness of my brother.) “C” has met with us a few times. But, my friend is now going to offer to go to “C”… to meet with him in his house… to meet his friends and family on their turf. To keep “going”…
I don’t know what’s going to happen… but I’m excited.