Living Sent

03.07.2017

HaydenHayden Thomas joins the Cross Church School of Ministry from Ladonia, Texas. He is participating in the Pastoral Ministry track.

What does it mean to “evangelize?” Have you ever wondered if you were doing it right? How do you actually “disciple” someone? I often think about these questions. It can be difficult to understand how to do these things, especially if you grew up like me¾not being taught how. I realized in college that I was severely unequipped to disciple and evangelize. However, I was zealous for serving God and His church. In hindsight, I realize that the zeal is what God honors most. But, I wanted more practical knowledge. Therefore, below are some steps I have found helpful to living “sent” in your own community.

  1. LOOK – The simplest thing you can do in your community is look for ways to be involved with those around you. Look towards your neighbors and see if they need help with anything. Ask your local mayor what the needs are in your community. Seek out volunteer organizations and see what their needs are.
  2. SERVE – After you have looked for needs in your community serve in an area that you feel lead to be involved in. More than anything you can say, serving will speak volumes to your community about your faith and hope.
  3. SHARE – This step can be the hardest for us sometimes. In the 21st century the religious climate can be quite harsh. But, It was as harsh or even more harsh in the time of Jesus. Therefore, share the gospel where you are. Matthew 28 isn’t only a command to fly across the world. It is a command to appeal to your community their need for Christ.
  4. INVITE – After sharing the gospel this step should be pretty simple. However, very crucial to the discipleship process. Invite them to church. Or invite them to your small group that meets during the week. Getting your community plugged into the ministries in your church is pivotal in fulfilling the great commission in Matt. 28
  5. DISCIPLE – Once people begin getting involved in your ministries don’t just drop them and leave them to wonder on their own. Be intentional. My best advice for discipleship is this. 1. Tell them how to disciple. 2. Show them how to disciple. 3. Go with them to disciple others.
  6. EQUIP – This step can be what takes your church’s ministries to the next level in your community. Give resources to those in your church to aid in disciple making. You have unique abilities and resources that no one else in your church has. Give those abilities and resources to God and equip others in your church.
  7. SEND – Finally, send the next group of disciples out, just the way you have gone out yourself. This is evangelism and discipleship at its simplest form. Simple but impactful.

This is how you can make disciples in your own backyard. This is how you build your church to be disciple makers. YOU are part of the local church body. “The local church is God’s plan A for the salvation of the world, and there is no plan B.”

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