I’ve been thinking about feet lately. Do you know that the Bible refers to beautiful feet in regards to evangelism? We will be focusing on evangelism in 2019. The theme verse for the year will be Romans 10:15:
And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
I want to come up with a catchy phrase instead of just saying “The Year of Evangelism”. So, how about “The Year of Beautiful Feet?” Well, I can work on that.
Probably over a month ago I started to think about a theme for the new year. We talked about a few different ideas at staff meeting, but I kept coming back to evangelism. Here are a few reasons why.
First, it is something I need to be more intentional about. To be honest, at times it feels like I’m out of touch with the world around us. My time and effort is put into ministering to our church family. I don’t mind that, in fact that is what comes easy for me. You could say one of my passions is the Church – Christ’s body. This is exactly why I need to allow God to challenge me in the area of evangelism and outreach.
Second, evangelism is the next step for us. We are doing a great job with serving in our community, but we need to start focusing on the spiritual needs of our community and presenting the gospel to them. This can be done in different ways, but one of the most effective ways is building relationships with others. Letting them know we genuinely care about them. Then in the context of the relationships we begin to point them to Jesus.
Third, it is a healthy approach toward church growth. We should be focusing on those who have never been a part of a church or who have walked away from church. One of the things that I get excited about with new believers is their excitement. When someone comes to Christ and experiences the newness of a relationship with Him they are hungry to learn and grow. That is often their focus rather than if a church has the right programs.
Finally, when we focus on the spiritual needs of others we benefit as well. It’s amazing the growth that can take place in our own lives and in the church when we begin to take our eyes off of ourselves and focus on others. It’s easy for us to look at our inadequacies and think the Lord needs to change me before I can help others, but God can change us through helping others.
I’m excited about what lies ahead for us in 2019, or should I say who lies ahead. God has people for us to meet, get to know and lead to Him. Let’s go out into our community with beautiful feet and bring them in.