A Message from Anthony
First in a 3-part series on Evangelism
EVANGELISM PT 1: Finding Common Ground
You can’t apply a one-size-fits-all methodology of evangelism to every person God has created to be unique! So we must adapt the ways in which we share the message to the people God has put in our lives. That means looking for opportunities that God has created for YOU to share the gospel, not forcing opportunities that simply don’t fit.
You are seeking to build discipling relationships after all, not simply conversions. So it’s important that the relationships you build have shared interests in which to grow.
For example, you won’t catch me going to a football game or talking about sports as a means of opening the door to evangelism. It’s just not who I am, and therefore, it’d be insincere to try and build a relationship on something that I don’t know or have an interest in.
But I’ll happily share the gospel on a fishing or camping trip, a hike through the woods, a disc golf course, the park, or at my local game store on game nights. That’s who I am, and that’s the area God has created me to minister to. If we all were sports junkies, the nerds and geeks would never hear the gospel.
The same is true in reverse. So, part of being an effective evangelist is ministering to the people to whom God has created you for. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been at a trading card tournament and gotten the opportunity to share the gospel.
It’s a unique opportunity at these functions, because already there is a topic we can discuss because of the interest we share. Friendships are formed in an instant over favorite play styles, cards, and memories from tournaments past.
The really unique opportunity comes when you sit down to play the game, however. You are paired against your opponent and sit across from one another for a full 45-minutes where you have each other’s undivided attention. How often do you get a stranger’s undivided attention for 45-minutes? That’s a huge opportunity to share the gospel and share your faith. I’ve seen lives changed in that 45-minutes as “opponents” come to accept Christ right then and there.
We must embrace our unique identity and be okay with where God calls us to evangelize. That requires accepting who we are as God’s creation. He meant us to be exactly who we are and to enjoy the things we love.
Through the months of June and July, the youth group is looking to meet at various locations off-campus, and we are looking for members of our church family to open their homes as meeting locations. This time of food, games, and study will be available for the 3rd-5th grade and the 6th-12th grade age groups as we study through Philippians this year. If you are looking for a great way to support this ministry, please sign up in the foyer to host a week – or two!
- Serving as the primary preaching minister
- Teaching Sunday school, Bible study, small groups, special classes, etc.
- Providing biblical insight, spiritual guidance, and pastoral counseling
- Building relationships with the Meadowbrook family
Sisters in Service elects officers for 2021-22 season
Cathy Podvin was elected the new SIS President at the April meeting along with newly elected Secretary Lynn Ross. Current officers continue in their roles: Hospitality Karen Robinson, Treasurer Debbie Stallings, and Communications Theresa Meegan The support these ladies provide to the women’s group are invaluable. Join SIS again in the fall when meetings begin in September. Meetings are held at the church at 6:30 p.m. the 4th Monday of each month, except June, July and August when they meet on the 4th Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
Start saving your slightly-used items, that will become someone else’s treasure, for the Sisters in Service garage sale scheduled for Aug. 19 and 20. The garage on the church grounds has undergone a major clean up in preparation for this garage sale. More details will be published as the date gets closer. Please see Lynn Ross if you have questions.
Here are a few updates from some of our mission partners around the world:
Asia Christian Services: The situation in Myanmar has worsened as a military coup occurred. From the latest communication: “The lives of ACS team members are on the line. Tragedy is unfolding in Myanmar.” Please pray for their protection and provision through the darkness in this land! Also pray for peace and reconciliation between many opposing groups, and for the Christians to be light in the midst of the darkness.
TCM (Training Christians for Ministry): Due to delays in vaccine availability and continued travel difficulties, the first three face-to-face sessions that were to be held at Haus Edelweiss have been changed to an all-online format. May graduation has been moved to August. They hope to begin on-campus classes again beginning in July.
His House Christian Fellowship (Michigan Christian Campus Ministries): The campus ministry team at Ferris State University found a creative way to bring joy and encouragement to students in the “Quarantine Dorm”. They assembled and delivered 250 Quarantine Adventure Kits to isolated students in the dorm, and off campus students who were in quarantine. Students were excited to receive these kits, and grateful for the reminder that someone cares for them in the midst of a pandemic. Pray that God will use this simple gesture to open doors for ministry.
New Churches of Christ Evangelism: Matt Schantz (NCCE Executive Director) shared a note of encouragement. As we look back on 2020, and think about how things were “before”, consider that this is a great opportunity to go “back to the basics” – the basics of how we practice our faith and carry out Jesus’ mission; back to all believers seeing themselves as a kingdom of priests/ambassadors/ministers rather than as members being served by professional clergy; back to a focus on going out to make disciples rather than going to church – back to the church as Jesus envisioned and built it!
International Disaster Emergency Services (IDES): In the US, IDES has recently provided aid in Texas from the winter storm, and continues to help in Lake Charles, Louisiana. IDES has committed over $150,000 to relief efforts in Lake Charles, which was inundated by Hurricanes Laura and Delta – only 43 days apart. IDES’ mission to meet physical and spiritual needs of suffering people around the world in the name of Jesus Christ is being met because of you!
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer and giving to support missions here and around the world.
Phil Newton – May 1
Wanda Douma – May 9
Kiersten Zaremba – May 13
Randy Gilbert – May 13
Joe & Mimi Romaella (Anniv.) – May 14
Logan Elwell – May 21
Tom & Andrea Schwartzenberger (Anniv.) – May 25
Larry Esterline – May 25
Gene & Nancy Paul (Anniv.) – May 28