The Younger Unchurched and the Churches That Reach Them
Just “Walk into a room.” Is it that easy? No, but it’s biblical. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus said, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Jesus intentionally chose the word “go” to begin the Great Commission because he was challenging us to go to others as the chief means of evangelism. Everything else follows.
Jesus challenges us to “go and make disciples” because he wants to use us as active participants and partners in the disciple-making process. He wants us to be co-missionaries with him!
Jesus also modeled “going” to others by his actions. As I stated in my book:
if we desire to establish relationships with unbelievers, we need to intentionally pursue them. We have had a fortress mentality for too long. We cannot establish relationships with unbelievers if we continue to separate ourselves from them. We need to take Jesus’ approach to being in the world but not of the world—which means accepting unbelievers for who they are—while holding on to our own faith. Instead of being repelled by those outside our church, we need to engage our communities. Seeking unbelievers involves going to places they go, reading the books they read, and watching the movies they watch.
Of course, “going” does not mean becoming like the world or accept values that conflict with the teachings of Jesus. Being on mission demands us to have pure hearts and clean consciences as we seek to establish relationships with unbelievers. We are called to be salt and light to the world (Matt 5:13–14). Instead of letting culture influence us, we need to impact the world with the love of Jesus.
So, walk into a room. Be like Jesus and intentionally go to others. Let’s go on mission with him!
What are some practical ways we can “go” to others?