March 20, 2015
I have always wanted to be someone who was “into” CrossFit. I don’t think it fits my life right now, but I have always wanted to because the people that go, love it. In fact, there are a lot of jokes at the expense of die hard CrossFitters. For example, “How do you know that someone is into CrossFit?” Answer: “Because they won’t stop talking about it.” Not a good joke, but it tells something important – those who do CrossFit, LOVE CrossFit.
Why would they? There is a simple logic to this. If getting in shape makes you feel better and you know the same thing is possible for those around you, then keeping it to yourself feels selfish. They want you to find the same truth they have.
That same logic is true for us. There is a book written by a friend of my father’s called "The Logic of Evangelism." It is a great book for preachers and committed lay people – you can check it out here. I love the title because there is a basic logic to evangelism.
Evangelism is simply telling people good news. That is what the word evangelism means – “Good News.” When the women on Easter morning discovered that the tomb was empty and Jesus had risen from the grave, all they were called to do was to tell others about that good news. The logic behind evangelism is that if this story is true, then it is GOOD news, and we are compelled to tell others about it.
As our church moves forward with a new logo, website, signage, and hospitality, there is one more piece of the puzzle that we need your help with: invite people to come with you.
I have actually done CrossFit once. My sister had a friend who was doing it and said “Hey – I’m going on Saturday, you should come with me.” I did it because someone said, “come with me.” I hear often that people shy away from evangelizing because they don’t want to seem pushy. But in my experience, I wasn’t turned off by the invitation. I was thankful for the opportunity to experience it.
As this church looks to welcome more people, we are relying on you to evangelize – to tell people the good news. The logic is simple – if this is good news and it has changed your life, then you must tell people about it. Just say “Hey, do you want to come with me?” They just might say yes!