You can’t put God in a box. Nobody can. He is bigger than any box ever imagined.
Neither can you put evangelism in a box. The message—yes. It is very specifically defined in I Corinthians 15:3–4, as Christ died for our sins and rose from the grave. But although the message is contained, the method isn’t. Mark 16:15 does not say, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel—here’s how.” Instead it says, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
The emphasis is simply getting the word out everywhere and anywhere. Arthur Johnston in the Battle for World Evangelism, says it well, “Methods of evangelism are as diverse as those who are to be reached, and those who reach them.”
Here are a few ideas:
Sports—Think of non-Christians who would go with you to a Friday night football game, the ballpark, or throw a cushion on the floor alongside of you in your home as you watch your favorite NFL team play. Conversations could easily turn to the testimony of certain athletes, goals and activities we live for, and what brings satisfaction in life. Soon the “game” conversation centers around the “game of life.”
Creative Arts—Creativity comes in many forms—movies, music, art displays, talent shows, etc. Use these creative avenues as opportunities.
Movies—Films lend themselves to themes such as the sovereignty of God, creation of the world, depravity of man, direction of society, and human development. Any of which can ultimately lead to discussion of spiritual things.
Concerts—Never attend a concert or musical performance alone. Whether you like classical, country, or rock, invite an unbeliever with similar interests to join you for a music event. This may easily lead to the discussion about the Maker of both music and man.
Community Events—A mother going to watch her daughter tap dance often finds that a neighbor wants to watch as well. A particular play comes to town. Don’t miss the chance to invite an unbeliever to join you. The holidays are a key time for an assortment of arts—musicals, plays, concerts abound. Multiple arts—multiple opportunities.
Challenge your thinking. Be creative. Once you think how many arts are available to reach non-Christians, don’t hesitate—act. Reach out to unbelievers!