At Brentwood we wish to outreach to all peoples of the Community.
The Urban Mission (click to visit their site) in Steubenville is one out reach project we strive to help all year with different undertakings such as collecting food on the last Sunday of every month via shopping cart down the church aisle; collecting blankets for the homeless, and helping to make Christmas for all memorable and loving. We also help the Hutton House.
What is Outreach?
Outreach, is verbally sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with non-believers, as well as to win souls for Christ.
I can hear you say, “Oh no, that’s not for me. I’m a shy person. I’m not an outgoing person. I’m not comfortable with witnessing on the streets.” Guess what? Do you think that Jesus was comfortable hanging on the Cross? Did it look like He was laughing when they pierced His sides? No! Yet he endured the pain for you and I, so that we might be made the righteousness of God. So, we’ll have to get out of our comfort zone and go out there and witness.
Just in case you forget, the only thing we can do that matters or have eternal value is seeking and saving the Lost. God is not impressed that we sing in the choir or play an instrument, on ta committee or the trustee board, in 3 or 4 ministries. He didn’t save us for that. He reconciled us to Himself, so that we might reconcile others to Him.
Who Should Witness?
All believers, with all functional gifts, with all personality traits – shy, timid, bold, outgoing, reserved or indifferent.
Most Christians wonder around searching all their lives for purpose, beseeching God with questions like, “Lord, why am I here?” “What would you have me to do?” Well, do I have news for you? He’s already given all of us purpose — to seek and save the Lost!
How to Witness?
By sharing the simple and good news of Jesus Christ with everyone. By telling them who Jesus is, what He did for them and why He did it, why they need Him, and how they can have Him. It’s nothing grandiose. It’s nothing deep. The gospel is simple.
Where to Witness?
Several opportunities abound for us to witness. In fact, we have more witnessing opportunities than we know what to do with them. Because witnessing is a lifestyle and not a ministry, it means we can and should witness everywhere we go. In our sphere of influence: among our friends and relatives, at work, on the streets, at the mall, on the subway, in taxis, etc.
Instead of crossing to the other side of the street when you see a homeless person approaching you, stay and witness to him or her. Instead of hanging up the phone on the telemarketer, stay and share the good news of Christ with the person. Instead of just saying, “How are you?” to the mail carrier, share Christ with him or her. Instead of just saying, “thank you” to a waiter/waitress or repairman, ask if they know the Lord and have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior.
Outreach is like learning a new language. Yes you may be a little uncomfortable when you first use it. But the more you use it the better you get at it. Conversely, if you don’t use it you lose it — you lose the fire to witness verbally if you don’t practice.
When we make outreach like a lifestyle, we’ll see that several opportunities abound to witness. And when we see outreach as a ministry, we’ll not just go out and witness on Community Outreach Day. When we see outreach as a ministry, we’ll see outreach as a mandate from Jesus Christ.
When we see outreach as a ministry, outreach will be who we are and not just what we do.
Outreach: A Ministry or a Lifestyle? A Sequel to Gospel of Convenience By: Bodé Adeboyejo