Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Why Throwing Great Parties Is Essential to Evangelism

In 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, we get a unique angle on evangelism: “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”

When you hear the word “reconciliation” you probably don’t picture a corner street preacher, a pastor yelling at a faceless crowd to repent or even good-hearted evangelicals going door to door to share the gospel. Reconciliation requires more. More time, more listening, more patience, more prayer—and, yes, maybe more parties.

When asked about the one true key to bringing people far from God near, I simply say, “Start throwing great parties.” I don’t mean to sound trite or even edgy. I am unequivocally advocating for a missionary skill that has been in play since Acts 10. Literally every friend I have helped find Jesus first got invited to our home for a party. Read More

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