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Be Bold and Courageous
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ,
God making his appeal through us.”
~ 2 Corinthians 5:20
Our purpose is to open doors so that all may experience the grace of God through Jesus Christ. To achieve this stated mission, we, the congregation of Ridgewood United Methodist Church, need to evangelize.
Webster’s Dictionary defines evangelism as “the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness.”
Each of us came to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ in a different way. We believe that our stories are unique, but the truth is that they are not. Others could benefit from hearing them because there are people going through the same experiences in life that we were when we gave our life to Christ. The only way those individuals will know they are not alone is if we share our faith story.
Because we don’t always know how to talk to others about Jesus or about having a personal relationship with Him, the Evangelism team at Ridgewood is researching Bible studies this summer to find a study targeted on evangelism that we can use together during the Advent season. This will give us the opportunity to focus on evangelism and to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.
As our congregation turns 150 years old, we need to remember that the mission of the church has not changed. We are still being called to reach out to others in the name of Christ.
People are waiting to hear that their lives are important. There are so many persons looking for Christ-like compassion that we need to move swiftly and deliberately to minister to others.
One supportive word, one kind gesture, one listening ear can make a difference in a person’s life and can make an impression on how they
respond to Christian witness.
To live into our mission as Christians, and to achieve the purpose of our church, we need to transform hearts and lives by telling others that Jesus Christ died for them.
So, keep telling the story of how Jesus Christ has transformed you and those you love. Others are waiting!