Today we are featuring a guest post from Hadley Newgent:
Last month Pastor Robb wrote two blogs (here and here) about the weekly neighborhood evangelism outreach we have going on here at Desert Hills. I want to follow up with this note to share with you the privilege and joy of following our Lord Jesus Christ in door to door evangelism.
It would not only be hypocritical of me but a lie to say that every time I go out to share the gospel that I’m fearless, bold as a lion and full of joy. Sometimes I have to deal with the fear factor with its temptations and doubts. Sometimes I’m tempted to want to find excuses for not reaching out to my neighbors with the gospel. It’s too hot, I’m tired, I’m hungry, I need my Sunday afternoon nap, people don’t want to be bothered by someone knocking on their door, too many rejections, and a hundred more I could list that go through my mind at one time or another.
But then I remember the words of my Lord who promised to go before me and with me in the battle. Jesus said in Matthew 28:18-20 “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, Iam with you always, even to the end of the age.” And in Acts 1:8 “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria. “ These are very familiar words to a believer, but let’s look and consider again the truths that, one, Jesus will be with us always, and two, that the Holy Spirit gives us the power to be His witnesses.
When we go out into the surrounding neighborhoods around our church, we have the comfort and assurance from God’s Word the He is with us. He gives us the power – the strength and courage to do His work. Think of it, when we go out we have the Creator of the universe with us, to lead and to guide us. He gives His poor, fragile and sometimes fearful little children the marvelous privilege of proclaiming His gospel truth to a lost and hell-bound world. And almost every time we go out we have what I consider a “divine appointment” where we talk to someone and have an opportunity to share the Gospel extensively with them. We realize that God sent us here this day to witness to this person and it fills us with joy and gratitude to the Lord for allowing us the privilege of serving Him. It is a privilege and a joy to see fruit from our work for the Lord.
Sometimes the homes we visit, the people who live there will be gone at the time were there so we always leave the gospel package hanging on their front door knob. The information in the gospel package is excellent. It is interesting and Biblically and doctrinally sound. We are very particular about the reading material we give out as we want it to accurately present the gospel to the reader so that they can come to a knowledge of the truth that is in Jesus and be saved.
The pressures that we allow to give us fears and doubts about our ability to present the gospel is unfounded when you consider that we are simply the messengers to herald and proclaim it. We proclaim the gospel with our words and the literature we hand out, but only God can do the miraculous heart change to save a person. An important piece of literature in the gospel package we give out is a flyer from our church that tells a little about it and also gives meeting times. People are told and have an opportunity to come to a church where Jesus Christ is honored and exalted and where the gospel is preached with power and conviction.
So to reassure those of you who are like me who see door to door ministry sometimes as an undesirable and scary venture, let me tell you what we do. We meet at the church and load up on gospel packages. We have been going to the neighborhood just south of our church building and systematically visiting every street. Our goal is to finish that neighborhood and then expand out to the other adjacent neighborhoods, staying in the close vicinity of our church and working our way out. We go out as a group and walk up and down the street until every house is visited and is left a gospel package. We only go up to the door two at a time as to not overwhelm and possibly frighten the occupants with too large of a group. Typically, we take turns and one of us does the talking while the other stands by for support. We have a short conversation where we identify who we are, why we are visiting their house and street today, and then we usually ask a survey question to find out where the person is spiritually. We look for an opportunity to minister the love of God with the person and most importantly to share the gospel with them. Often times we run into other Christians and we have an opportunity to fellowship, encourage and pray with them. All this only takes less than two hours, and the time flies by.
I and the other men who are experienced at door to door evangelism would love to have the opportunity and would welcome any of our Christian brothers and sisters who may feel that they are not ready and feel they need to gain some experience before they can witness and articulate the gospel clearly to a stranger at his door step. You could come along and be our prayer support and encouragement as we do the talking. You can gain some experience and see how it is really not as hard and fearful as we in our minds make it out to be. We as the redeemed of the Lord have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light to witness and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to our neighbors.
Come and join us in fellowship as we share the gospel and you will experience the privilege and joy of serving our Lord Jesus Christ in neighborhood evangelism!