Euaggelion: Step One

To get us started we need to take a look at God’s intention for an evangelist. How are we supposed to go out there and sing this good news song? 

Scripture Reference: Isaiah 52:7-10


Don't forget, if you are talking in a small group, you are encouraged to familiarize yourself with these guidelines for Respectful Communication and Mutual Invitation

Step 2: Reflect

What part of this story surprised you?

How does knowing this story change your understanding of evangelism?

Who are the people in your life that you trust and believe when they share news with you? How have you built the relationship with this person (or people)? How long have you known them? What is it about them that allows you to trust their words?

What events have built trust in your relationships? What does that look like for you?

Next Step

Go and learn to be trusted.

Trust is something that comes over time and cannot be forced. As you intentionally pay attention to trust building in your relationships, be aware of what it takes to earn your trust and ask others what they need from you to be able to return that trust. Take notes and practice.

Deeper Reading

To hear more reflections on this story, check out this 3 minute video by Dr. Michael Horton or this hour long lecture Dr. Horton presented in 2012.  

Christianity arrived in North America alongside of Columbus. Sadly he came as someone outside of the community who had not built trust but instead sought to convert. The conqueror's mentality seeped into North American Christianity. To learn more check out Luis Rivera's book or research Columbus' journals or those of Ramón Pané, the priest who accompanied his journeys. Do note that these journals can be violent and graphic in nature.

Deeper Questions:

What is the best part about the good news of Jesus for you?

What effects do you think colonization has had on how we experience evangelism in North America?

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