Evangelism and Outreach
Acts 1:8 says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Jesus gives a clear command to commit to evangelism and outreach. He also gives us a strategy to accomplish this.
We are to be witnesses in Jerusalem. Our immediate neighbors need our attention. More than ever, we need a strategy to engage the people closest to us. What works in Newark, N.J., may not work in Boston, Mass. or Utica, N.Y. We have to tailor our outreach to fit our neighborhood.
We are to be witnesses in Judea. The broader communities we serve need our influence. Activity creates opportunity. The more outreach and connections we make, the more influence we have. Influence allows us to be effective change agents in our broader communities.
We are to be witnesses in Samaria. People who are different from us need our love. This requires having a relationship with them. Are we reaching people who are different than us? We should always anticipate that we’ll gain resources and relationships beyond our imagination when we cross comfort lines for the kingdom.
We are to be witnesses unto the ends of the earth. This world needs our example. Evangelism in our communities gives us a chance to reveal our heart. Such outreach allows us to introduce change, have influence, cultivate relationships, and spread the love of Christ.
— Captain Darell Houseton
Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, Boston, Mass.