Hello Church Family,
I hope you’re having a good week so far. Things are in full swing here at the church and the fall season has officially arrived. It seems like there is something going on nearly every night of the week!
Sunday nights we have equipping classes and or children’s choir.
Monday nights we have Perspectives.
Fridays and Saturdays are usually pretty open but here lately they’ve been filled with parties and weddings/baby showers.
Sunday it starts all over again!
Even though it’s true there is a LOT of action going on at our South and Main Campuses, it pales in comparison to the traffic going on elsewhere in our city. This is especially true when it comes to the unreached people of our city.
The unreached people of our city aren’t showing up to church events all throughout the week. Some of them MAY show up on a Sunday morning. But, for the most part, they’re at the coffee shops, workplaces, classrooms, and city streets that you live and move in from day to day.
Reaching the unreached of our city will require more than just putting on great services on Sunday morning and throughout the week. It will require all of us who are committed to Christ and committed to Broadview to be unleashed for mission in our everyday lives.
Evangelism can be a scary word for a lot of believers. The reason why is because of the way most people define evangelism. Perhaps you’re one of those people.
For you, evangelism might’ve meant going out door to door and having uncomfortable conversations with people you didn’t know. Or, perhaps evangelism meant standing on a street corner and asking people uncomfortable questions such as, “If you died tonight and God asked you why should I let you into heaven, what would you say?“
These are certainly evangelistic encounters. I’ve engaged in both kinds and still do from time to time (usually not on a street corner). But, that’s not the ONLY way to do evangelism. There’s a more natural way that I’d like to share.
It’s really not so much of an evangelism strategy as it is a framework for how to live missionally. Every Christian is called to live “on mission.” Living a missional life happens when we filter all of our day to day experiences through the lens of “where is God working and how can I join him in that work?“
It’s living life with an intentional effort to see “God’s kingdom come and his will be done on earth as it is in heaven.“
If you want to live that kind of life, there’s a natural, simple and relationally smart way to do it. Here’s an acrostic to help you remember it: B.L.E.S.S.
Here’s what the acrostic means:
B – Begin with Prayer
L – Listen
E – Eat
S – Serve
S – Share
God’s way of reaching and restoring the world to his original design has always been through a “blessing” strategy. Abraham was blessed by God so that he might be a blessing to the nations. The theme of “blessed to be a blessing” runs throughout all of Scripture.
Evangelism isn’t just a spiritual discipline. It’s a means of blessing others with the blessings we’ve received in Christ. Let’s unpack the acrostic.
B- Begin with prayer.
We want you to ask, ‘God how do you want me to bless the people in the places to which you’ve sent me?’
Don’t talk, but listen to people, their struggles, their pains, in the places God sent you.
You can’t just check this off. It’s not quick. You have to have a meal with people or a cup of coffee. It builds relationships.
If you listen with people and you eat with people they will tell you how to love them and you’ll know how to “S” serve them.
When the time is right, share the story of how Jesus changed your life. Share how God’s story of saving the world in Christ intersected with your story.
Genesis 12:2-3 says, “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
I want to challenge you to start doing one of these five practices every single day. Imagine what could happen if you did? It starts slow but you can act your self into a new way of thinking.
When’s the last time you were even bothered by the fact that there are thousands of unreached people all around you in this city?
If it’s been a while, it’s because these kinds of things aren’t on your mind. The B.L.E.S.S. strategy will help God’s mission stay fresh in your own thinking. At the end of the day, this is what’s MOST important! Most of the things we spend our time thinking about don’t really matter in the light of eternity.
God’s mission matters. He wants you to join him in what he’s doing around the world. Not just “converting” but blessing people whom he loves with an everlasting love. You were made for this kind of living. Don’t live another day pursuing some other lesser cause.
By way of announcements, let me close by reminding you of a few things coming up.
First, the ladies retreat is right around the corner. Sign up in the Gathering Place.
Second, we’re taking a disaster relief team to Houston this coming Sunday. They will help with the Harvey flooding. Contact Brian Batchelder if you’d like to go with. No training is necessary. You can reach him at 325-665-9286.
Thirdly, we have a new Men’s Gathering tonight at 6:30 in Annex A. The Bible says that “as iron sharpens iron, so does one man sharpen another.” Keep the knife sharp and join other men in studying God’s word and encouraging one another.
Lastly, keep the Brazil Mission Team in your prayers. They’ll be leaving this Sunday. If you’d like to support the folks going on the trip you can do so here.
I hope you all have a great rest of your week. If there’s anyway I can pray for you please just let me know. I’m glad to be back from my travels and I’m looking forward to an incredible fall season at Broadview.