Christmas Outreach: Try Something New
By Rick Warren
— May 21, 2014
Some men arrived carrying a paraplegic on a stretcher. They were looking for a way to get into the house and set him before Jesus. When they couldn't find a way in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof, removed some tiles, and let him down in the middle of everyone, right in front of Jesus. Impressed by their bold belief, he said, 'Friend, I forgive your sins.' Luke 5:18-20 (Msg)
Seven ways a small group can reach people for Jesus
#5 -- Your small group needs the courage to do something different.
When faced with a discouraging situation, these four friends decided to do something different to get their friend to Jesus -- they went through the roof!
Sometimes we have to do something different to get people to Jesus as well.
Although you might not crawl through a roof to get someone to Jesus, you might host a party. For a small group in a San Diego church that meant buying season tickets to see professional football games. Besides buying their own tickets, the couples bought one extra ticket -- for someone who didn't know Jesus. That group brought 13 couples to Christ through that experience.
We can have courage as we tell others about Jesus because the Holy Spirit is working through us. It doesn't matter how well we talk or how educated we are because God inhabits our abilities: "When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus." (Acts 4:13 NIV)