I become a servant to everyone so that I can win them to Christ. … Whatever a person is like, I try to find common ground with him so that he will let me tell him about Christ and let Christ save him. I do this to get the Good News to them. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
Do we care enough about people to do whatever it takes to tell them about Jesus?
Paul did. He wrote in 1 Corinthians 9 that he became “a servant to everyone [to] win them to Christ. … Whatever a person is like, I try to find common ground with him so that he will let me tell him about Christ and let Christ save him.”
God wants us to love people that much — enough to reach out to them with the gospel in a creative way. We need to use every available method, at every available time, to reach every available person for Jesus Christ.
Creative outreach has been a regular part of what we do at Saddleback Church. A few years ago we began hosting Saddleback Civil Forums at our church on a variety of issues, including HIV, the presidency, and leadership. We’ve had world-class experts (including former presidents and prime ministers) on campus to talk on these important issues. People who wouldn’t have considered showing up at our church for a regular service have showed up for these forums. Why did we do it? We’re willing to do whatever it takes to reach people for Christ.
As new technologies (like fax machines, the Internet, iPods and now social media) come along, we’re quick to use them in our ministry at Saddleback. Why? Like Paul, we want to do whatever it takes to tell people about Jesus. Just last week, I baptized a man and his family through a connection I made on Twitter.
You might be scared to death to share your faith. You can’t imagine going door-to-door to tell people about Jesus.
You don’t have to.
Through the Internet, you — sitting at home in your pajamas — can reach more people today than Billy Graham or the Apostle Paul did in their days. You could write a message about the good news, post it through a blog or social media and send it out all over the world. Anyone can do that. Just use the tools you have at your disposal.
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Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times Best Seller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors. © Copyright 2011 Rick Warren.