We have spent this first month of the year thinking about how we can be more missional in our faith in 2018. To help spur our thoughts, we’ve used the book Becoming a Contagious Christian, which I
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If you have read the book or read our first two articles on this topic, you remember that the book has a formula built around Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:13-16 that His followers should be salt and light:
HP (High Potency) + CP (Close Proximity) + CC (Clear Communication) = MI (Maximum Impact)
We first explored the idea of being “High Potency” Christians – we must truly be salt, people who are different from the rest of the world, with a commitment and love for Christ that will be obvious to anyone who is around us for any length of time.
Last week we considered being “Close Proximity” Christians – the salt must make contact in order to make a difference, and too often Christians don’t form the friendships with unbelievers like Jesus did (Luke 15:1-2, etc). We called this “The Ministry of Friendship,” the idea that we should extend kindness, encouragement, and some measure of friendship to those God brings into our lives. Whether they eventually become Christians or not, we can be like Jesus by showing people we genuinely care about them and trying to be a blessing to their lives by being a part of their lives.
The last part of the book’s equation for Maximum Impact is “Clear Communication.” Here they point to Jesus’ image of light (Matthew 5:14), reminding us that light shows the way, and encouraging Christians to speak the words that show the way to others.
The Intimidating Part, We Think
This is the part of outreach that tends to scare us: actually speaking words to people about faith. Faith conversations may scare us because some people present outreach as if Christians are giving a salesman routine in order to trick people into becoming Christians. That’s not what biblical evangelism is. We are not trying to manipulate people into becoming Christians – people are not combination locks that will magically open if you just turn the right numbers and say the perfect words. Sharing the gospel with others is much more genuine than manipulation or salesmanship.