In our weekly church letter/email I shared some reflections on personal evangelism. In many ways life in lockdown has been disorientating and it could be that, like me, you’ve been feeling unsure about how to tell others about Jesus, especially under the current restrictions. While we might be locked down, God’s word certainly isn’t (2 Timothy 2:8-10) and there are various ways to share the good news about Jesus at this time. Here are four:
- Invite them to church on Zoom: Our friends and neighbours don’t have to worry about getting to church, where to sit and whether they’ll know the songs. They can join us from the comfort of their own homes without any fear of embarrassment. They’re welcome to simply eavsdrop with the video off if they wish and it’s a great way for them to hear God’s word and get a feel for church life. Just let us know in advance so that we can send them an invitation and admit them to the meeting.
- Give them a book: While some people are busier than ever during lockdown, others have a lot more time on their hands because they’re no longer communiting or working. Many are using this time to reflect and consider future lifestyle changes. It could be that now is the best time for them to consider the new, eternal and abundant life that Jesus offers. John Lennox’s Where is God in a coronavirus world? is hot off the press and some great digital books, such as If you could ask God one question, are free to download.
- Offer to read a gospel with them: Over the past year we’ve been promoting The Word: One to One as a great way to open up John’s gospel with friends. You can’t do this over coffee at the moment(!) but you can still give it a go with screen sharing over Zoom. The Word: One to One have made their resources available for free. Meeting via Skype or Zoom are becoming more familiar and some people will find it more convenient and less intense.
- Send them a gospel booklet: I know of one church member who has written to her neighbours to offer practical support and prayer and recommend online church services. Could you do this and/or post them a booklet to point them to Jesus. At a time of rapid change and uncertainty they may well be open to hearing about the hope we have in Jesus. Roger Carswell’s booklet Hope beyond coronavirus is cheap to buy and free to download or share. There is also a video of Roger sharing the message on Youtube.
As we know, without prayer our efforts are in vain, so let’s pray for the Holy Spirit to give us boldness to make the most of every opportunity and to work in the hearts of the people we contact. Let’s also keep loving and caring for each other as best we can at because this too forms an important part of our witness to Jesus to whom we belong (John 13:34-35).
Please contact me if you have questions or you’d find it useful to talk about any of these ideas. I’d love to help!
We hope and pray that the SPLOG (St Peter's blog) will provide encouragement & spiritual food during the coronavirus crisis. It's mainly for the St Peter's church family, but everyone's welcome to read it!