Ordinary To Extraordinary
By Aristea Zekios
I have attended many retreats, conferences, and presentations during my lifetime. Walking away I’d ask myself, “So how can I apply this to my every day Christian life?” And if I had no answer, I’d consider it a waste of time. And time is precious. I wish I had more of it!
But “Doable Evangelism” was something useful; not just for me, but for every Christian. I learned that we don’t need a theological degree or an oratorical talent to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. We can do what is ordinary and natural simply by noticing people, listening, caring, and praying. That’s what “Doable Evangelism” involves!
One of the points the speaker made was how to turn people off. As he mentioned this, I was thinking of all the persons I encountered who asked, “Are you saved?” Those three words were an immediate turnoff as the warning bell sounded in my ears. The speaker mentioned approaching others by simply asking, “How are you.” He emphasized that when we ask that question, we should stop and listen. We are to forget about our own agenda and the “I’s” and “me’s”. Instead steer the conversation around the other person. That’s not easy and may take some practice. But it works when we genuinely care about the other person.
The speaker drew much of his presentation from the book called “Evangelism Without Additives” by Jim Henderson. Fortunately all of us from the adult Bible study class were given a copy. I highly recommend reading this if you were unable to attend the talk. The book offers many suggestions for doable evangelism. One thought from this book stood out and struck my fancy. When we attempt something small for God – something ordinary- it becomes extraordinary. Now that’s something I can apply in my everyday Christian walk.