Christians are followers of Jesus. That's what we're talking about when we talk about "Discipleship." We follow Jesus. We're his disciples. He asks disciples "to be with him" (Mk. 3:14), to "remain in [him]" (Jn. 15:4, 9), and has even promised that he will "be with you always, to the very end of the age" (Mt. 28:20b).
Last week, we connected the dots that, because we want to be with Jesus and Jesus is out there sharing the gospel, we his disciples become evangelists. But it goes deeper than that. How we evangelize is shaped by this relational reality.
If Jesus is a person and not an idea or a philosophical system, then our evangelism needs to be centered on him, connected to him, leading people to him. We need to invite, to invite people to "come and see." Wherever people can "come and see" Jesus, that's where we need to be directing them. That's why we value Scripture. That's why we value Small Groups and GCF and God's global church.
Invitational, "come and see" evangelism...this is the something different I've been hinting at all week. It's not our only, but it is our core.
Check out the audio from tonight's talk: