Church Family,

“And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard.” Romans 10:14

Last year we completed a whole sermon series titled ON MISSION: A Study in the Book of Acts. Numerous times I was inspired to finally do it, to live on mission, to spread the word, to tell my friends, family, co-workers about my faith, my church, and Jesus. But then, I would get nervous. Sometimes, I would be asked by a co-worker what I did this weekend. And I would hesitate before saying “I went to our church Harvest Festival.” I had little concern about giving my testimony of faith to my entire church family, but telling it to a single longtime friend on the golf course – well that didn’t seem as easy. And what about encouraging someone to come to church; that seems an odd thing to slip into conversation at the soccer field.

But then, every once in a while, I think “what if my family was never invited to MCC?” Without our church family, my life would be entirely different today. Our family didn’t regularly attend church 4 years ago. But then we were told about MCC. And then we were invited. And once we walked through those doors, God opened my and my wife’s hearts to Jesus and our lives have been transformed. That’s the impact we can make when we talk about our faith, invite someone to a church event, or bring them with us on a Sunday morning.  If you get nervous like me, then you should come to our special event mini-conference on Thursday, January 18 th from 7:00-8:30pm.

The Evangelism & Outreach Committee (E&O) studied a book last year by Chap Bettis called Evangelism for the Tongue-Tied: How Anyone Can Tell Others About Jesus. In the book, Chap provides practical steps on how to share your faith with others. He helps you understand where to begin, how to use the power of prayer, how to recognize when God may be opening a door for you, and how to have fruitful discussions.

We are excited to welcome this writer, Chap Bettis, next Thursday night right in our church. Chap is a well-respected author on the subject of evangelism and writes for The Gospel Coalition blog as well. Chap has also been a pastor in New England for 25 years and understands our cultural context.

This event is completely free and childcare will be provided.  We would appreciate it if you would click the button below to advance register online so we can make preparations, especially for childcare.  I hope to see you there!

Your Brother in Christ,
Craig Shoneman
Chairperson, Evangelism & Outreach Team

P.S. On a separate note, don't forget about tomorrow evening's free parent's discussion on fostering a Christ-rooted identity and self-image for our kids. Thurs, 7pm in Fellowship Hall - full childcare is provided.