While none of us would admit it, sometimes practically we live as though we think evangelism is for the trained professionals and that our job is to simply earn money so we can fund pastors and missionaries. But as we near the end of Colossians we see that Paul invites people to join him in the task of gospel proclamation! There is a role for you in the furthering of the message of Jesus. Pastor Joe takes some time this morning to examine exactly what our role is and how we are called to live it out.
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God mayopen to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here. (Colossians 4:2-9)