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There’s no copyright in the Kingdom

by on March 30, 2010

To conclude my Moorebank/Hammondville Mission posts, here are a couple of evangelistic ideas I’m planning on shamelessly stealing.

1. One of the lessons I’ve taken from mission is the desire to try new things to reach out to people with the gospel. One such example was a different slant on door-knocking. For the third of our allocated door-knocking times, we went out in teams of three to offer to mow lawns and clean windows for whoever wanted it. The aim wasn’t necessarily to get evangelistic opportunites, but to serve people in the community and as Steve Young the minister put it, just to ‘see what happens’. If they offer you a drink at the end, you might get a chance to talk about Jesus. If not, they get a freshly cut lawn and a positive view of Christians. Two wins, I think.

Consider the idea stolen.

2. Big Questions from small people was an event run during mission which invited parents and carers along to church on a Thursday night, to discuss the Bible’s answers to their kids’ big questions. The night was for anyone who has been asked big questions that have left them stumped.

The night began with an introductory video, which set the scene well for those who have ever had that moment where the big question came, only to be followed by silence, broken shortly after by a few mumbled half-words while the palms get sweaty and small beads of perspiration begin forming on the forehead. A panel of three college students (two were parents of tweens, the other a trained primary teacher) fielded questions from the floor and humbly attempted to answer them as if they were speaking with a child. It was a great night of thinking hard about how to communicate the big truths of God in simple ways. Inevitably, a few really big kids questions crept into the discussion; that is, those of the adults themselves. ‘My child wants to know the relationship between God’s sovereignty and human freedom’. Sure they do.

The beauty of the night came not just from the wisdom of the panel, but that there was no evangelistic sermon, no testimonies and no specific gospel outline. Instead it was simply a panel of individuals who understood God’s word and God’s work in the world. This gave ample opportunity for gospel explanation through the answers.

Consider the idea stolen.

3. Jesus on the grass is probably not what you think it is. It is not a ministry to hippies. Rather Jesus on the grass is an event designed to break down the barrier of the church front door and the people in the community. Generally run twice each year for two consecutive Sundays, the service could well be titled ‘Christians on the church front lawn’. Kicking off around 5PM, a band entertains with music while a barbeque sizzles away. Those walking past are invited to join us for a bite to eat and a quick chat. After 20 minutes or so of music and meat (an unbeatable combination) the crowd is invited to take a seat and a short talk (10-12 minutes) is given from the Bible with the challenge to consider Jesus.

It is surprising just how many people came out on their verandahs to listen, pulled over in their cars, or were simply out walking the dog. The barrier of the church front door is removed as people see the congregation. Also, in a community such as Hammondville, by the second week all the locals know it is happening.

Some cooked animal, lovely weather, a cool drink, a captive audience and Jesus. Open-air preaching at its finest.

Consider the idea stolen.


Thanks to Steve, Ed, Tim, Becky and all those at Riverside Churches, for their willingness to give just about anything a go if it will provide an opportunity to proclaim Jesus.

One Comment
  1. GREAT post – and great ideas.
    Prayed just then for the ongoing work at Moorebank/Hammondville…

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