Elaine Heath said, “The proper context for evangelism is authentic Christian community, here the expression of loving community is the great apologetic for the gospel.”
Especially in our day of frayed social fabric, authentic community is itself evangelistic. It’s an indispensable component of our wordless witness.
Inviting people to a church service is a good thing; welcoming them into friendship and community is even better. Our genuine relationships show the good news way more effectively than our services ever could, even with their impressive music and inspiring oratory.
Genuine community preaches. The ancient church practiced such community that thousands were drawn into its gravitational pull (Acts 2:42-47). This was no church growth strategy but an attractive lifestyle.
– Originally published in Reaching Rahab: Joining God In His Quest For Friends the profits of which go to YWAM San Francisco.