Jesus didn’t invite people to the synagogue.
He never met a person face to face and said, “You know what you need? Church.”
So why when we talk about evangelism do we insist the end result is getting butts in the seat?
Jesus’s good news was a life without fear and a life with love. He invited us into that relationship. He never invited us to church. I’m not saying church isn’t important. We need a place to be with others, to breathe and to remember.
But. . .
The ultimate evangelism is leading people out of slavery and into love. He came to free us from whatever held us captive. To show us how to lead others to that same freedom.
How do you talk about the good news?
Is it about the programs at your church, the service Sunday morning, or the mission project you are a part of? When someone asks your story do you tell them about the first time you went to church?
Or do you tell them about the first time you met God?
Building high tech and exciting churches isn’t the good news.
Your story is. The good news is within you.
Once you were lost. You were an outcast. Then you were found and reminded you were always loved.
The point of good news isn’t to get people to the church. The point is to free people from the entrapment of fear and include everyone in God’s love.
Jesus came not to lead us to church, but to give us a full life. To keep us from a life of fear that steals and destroys.
What is your good news? And who will you share it with?