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"Giving thanks through evangelism"

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2017-11-18 (토) 10:22 조회 : 207
작성일 : 2017.11.19
작성자 : Rev. Kang

“Giving thanks through evangelism”

 

Thanksgiving is a time where we reflect on the many blessings God has placed in our lives. I think if we really took time to think about what we have, we would see that “every good and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights…” (James 1:17). However, if we are truly thankful to God, it should lead us to go beyond reflection, but into action; serving God, sharing the Gospel with others, and expanding God’s Kingdom in this world. You see, Thanksgiving is more than just reflection, but it’s reflection that spurs us to do Kingdom work. Tim Keller, a retired pastor in New York City, said, “It’s one thing to be grateful. It’s another to give thanks. Gratitude is what you feel. Thanksgiving is what you do.” If we truly are thankful to God, it should lead us to give thanks to Him by serving Him with the gifts and talents we have and also, share our faith with others. But do we? Are we actively serving God and sharing our faith with others?  

 

One of the areas students struggle with is sharing their faith with their friends. They don’t want to be labeled as “religious” or be seen as “holy” amongst their friends. Also, the conversation of faith is hard to introduce, and if it’s forced, it might make it awkward. Pastor Jane and I, knowing that this is an area students struggle with, but also, an important practice of the Christian faith, thought of a way we can make it comfortable for students to share their faith and invite their friends to church: Thanksgiving Potluck!

 

Nov. 17th, 2017 marks the youth group’s 4thThanksgiving Potluck. The original intention of Thanksgiving Potluck was mostly for fellowship; for students to gather together and have good food and fun. However, this year, Pastor Jane and I decided that we wanted the focus of Thanksgiving Potluck to be outreach and evangelism; for students to bring their non-Christian friends to church and have them see that church is a place of worship, but also, a place of fun and fellowship. As stated above, Pastor Jane and I realized that students had a hard time sharing their faith with their friends. Inviting them to church or talking about God was always awkward for the students, and so we thought that by having students bring their friends to church for a fun event will make it easier for them to share their faith next time. We will have a lot of fun, good food, raffle prizes, but also, a more intense focus on worship: praise, sermon, prayer, and skit. We hope that the worship aspect will leave a lasting impression on the non-believers who come, and they will leave with, at least, an openness to Jesus Christ.  But also, we hope that by our students, by having invited their friends to church already, will feel more comfortable in sharing their faith and inviting their friends to church next time. 

 

Thanksgiving is a time for us to remember the many blessings God has bestowed upon us. But I pray that thanks-giving to God will go beyond just reflection and words of gratitude, but it will be combined with action; serving Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and sharing our faith with others so God’s Kingdom expands. I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving with friends and family, and be filled with the joy, peace, and love of God during this holiday season. God bless!

 


   

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