Going Out

Posted 7/8/2018

For many years we Presbyterians (and a lot of other mainline Christians) have more or less assumed that people would just come to church. If we had an attractive program, people would come. If we had a “contemporary” worship service, people would come. If we had _____, people would come.

But the fact is, we don’t live in a world where people just  come to church. We live in a world that, frankly, doesn’t think much about church, much less about attending church. 

That means we need to go where people are. We need to build friendships with neighbors, especially our neighbors who don’t go to any church. We need to move beyond what some have called “our Christian circle.” We need to intentionally include folk who aren’t Christian (or at least aren’t involved in a Christian community) in our circle of friends.

Why do we need to do this? Because it is the only way we are going to be able to share the good news of Jesus with them. Because Jesus told us to “go into the world.” But even more than that simply because we have been called to love — not just our church family but our neighbor, whoever that neighbor may be.

Going out like this isn’t easy. It’s uncomfortable, because it means moving beyond what we’ve always done. But Jesus sends us out into the world. So let’s start thinking and praying about how we can befriend our neighbors — which might eventually enable us to share the good news of Jesus with them.