FOR WESLEY, it is not only important to reflect the love of God to others, we also must report (tell) about this love to others. … The Wesleyan way of evangelism calls for us to tell about this love to others. … We, too, are called to report to others what God has done in our lives.
If we are called as Christians to report about God’s love to others today, then how do we do this? … Critical to testifying and to reporting about God’s goodness to others is establishing a relationship. The Wesleyan way of evangelism is relational, and for others to hear your testimony, it is necessary to have some form of a relationship with them. … People are willing to listen if they feel you care.
Reporting God’s love to others is not an attempt on our part to fool, manipulate, or force anyone into believing something different. It is instead an unapologetic and honest reporting of how we have experienced God’s love and goodness. When God is transforming us, it will shine through in ways we cannot imagine and bring us into relationships with individuals we could never imagine. Are we willing to love others by sharing with others God’s love? The Wesleyan way of evangelism encourages us to tell of God’s love and goodness so that all may experience God’s transformation through Jesus the Christ.
– Henry H. Knight III & F. Douglas Powe Jr.
From pages 83-84 of Transforming Evangelism: The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith by Henry H. Knight III & F. Douglas Powe Jr. Copyright © 2006 Discipleship Resrouces. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Discipleship Resources. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Where will you have opportunity to share God’s love today? Share your thoughts.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now.
Romans 8:22, NRSV
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