i have had a lot of thoughts about evangelism in the light of the reality that jesus never tells people to come forward and say a prayer to be a part of his family. he usually is hanging out with people and tells them stories about what the kingdom of god is like and than challenges people to make thier life about these things.
he focuses on the people that we seem like the hardest to reach, but somehow he sees them as the most open to his message and many times he proves just how open they are to his message. these people radically change thier lives to help others experience the kingdom of god. these thoughts were really intrigued as i read the last chapter of brian mcclaren's book, the secret message of jesus. here is a great quote to continue us thinking on this...
"if you're jesus, you take whatever space you are given and let god's kingdom be made visible and real there. it might be a beach near a lake or a field near a hillside. it might be a home in a village. it might be on a boat, or along a road, or next to a well, or even in a temple or a synagogue. you do what you can to make that space inclusive for all who want to experience the kingdom. you make that space an open border crossing so to speak. and if critics see you as a transgressor and criticize you for opening the doors and expanding the boundaries, you go on your purpose, making it clear that the kingdom of god is open to all, except those who want to ruin it by dividing it against itself. but even they, if they have a change of heart, will be welcomed in."
the questions i have been asking myslef...
how am i making the kingdom real and visible in the space he has placed me?
how am i showing others that the kingdom of god desires them to enter?
what story would jesus share with someone in socal to invite them into the kingdom of god?