The holiday season is upon us! For some, this means more days off work and more time with family. And if you have unbelieving family members, the joy of celebrating Christmas can be mixed with anxiety and hopeful expectation—this is perhaps the best time of year to talk about Jesus.
After all, there are songs on mainstream radio proclaiming the birth of a King, whom people are coming to adore, a savior who can save us all from Satan’s power. This is the time of year when people are most open to going to a church service or watching your kids sing in a Christmas program. Yet, even during this special time of year, sharing the gospel with family can be difficult. Why? We’re up against some tough obstacles (just to name a few):
- Our world is fallen.
- People are slaves to sin.
- The Devil is not sitting idly by as we tell people to turn from darkness to the light of Christ.
- There can be challenging family dynamics or strained relationships.
(adapted from Bringing the Gospel Home)
Evangelism is never really comfortable, natural, or easy. And that’s not the goal of evangelism anyway. Rather, “[the goal is] evangelism that heralds accurately and powerfully the goodness of the gospel—regardless of the difficulty for us proclaiming it or the resistance from those who hear it,” explains Randy Newman, author of Bringing the Gospel Home.
Knowing many of you will have the opportunity to share the gospel this month—whether it’s with family, friends, or neighbors—we encourage you to download a free copy of Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Family, Close Friends, and Others Who Know You Well.
Read, be encouraged, apply, and pass it on!