Loving Christians throughout the centuries have backed off from Bible mayhem and sought to reach out to non-Christians via Christ’s love. Noting that this penchant has been buried in evangelical coup-counting, this loving approach is again demonstrated by a.k.a. ‘Lost.’
Using modern terms, providing an enlarged definition of witnessing, referring to the ‘lost’ as the ‘missing,’ while dropping religion and picking up spirituality, author Jim Henderson presents the reader with an ongoing conversation about this subject with pauses for practical applications; these include actually listening to the missing, showing genuine interest, noticing individuals and get involved with them, not manipulating the conversation, listening to God’s real answers to your questions, and relaxing and enjoying your new contacts.
Wanna-be-blues-singer-turned-pastor, Jim Henderson’s up-beat, informal, lucid style catches attention. His suggestions and real-life examples effectively illustrate the theme. Henderson refers often to his ministry, and the appendices give extra space to boosting Off The Map. Before implementing the ‘normalizing evangelism’ ideas in a.k.a. ‘Lost’ the reader may want to learn more about Henderson’s beliefs and ministry. – Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com
What if “evangelism” meant just being yourself?
If the gospel really is good news, why do most Christians avoid evangelism? Why is “witnessing” often a negative experience, for both the sender and receiver? Wouldn’t it be great if you could communicate the good news without having to become a spiritual salesperson?
·you didn’t have to make a speech in order to “witness”?
·you could use everyday experiences to nudge others closer to Jesus?
·the things you’re already doing counted as evangelism?
Evangelism can be as normal as asking great questions and paying attention to the people Jesus misses most. It involves doing things you already do, but with a little more intentionality. Just by being yourself and becoming unusually interested in others, you can discover that people will ask you about Jesus.
This isn’t another program or pitch. It’s a handbook on how to make real connections with the people formerly known as lost.
Think of it as evangelism for the rest of us.