Summer is quickly approaching in Chicago, if we get past all the rain, and we know this is usually a time for vacation, hanging out, barbecues, Wisconsin Dells for a few of us, and so on. There’s the Air and Water Show, the Taste of Chicago, a Movies in the Park. Summer is filled with relaxation. At CityLights Church, we just wrapped up the book of Ephesians. One of the messages preached spoke of Ephesians 5:16: “making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” Paul also says in Colossians 4:5 – “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.”
In Chicago, we have roughly three months of summer to enjoy (hopefully!) Let’s do our best to be a missional church and make the most of every opportunity over the summer to invite the lost to “come” by utilizing tools from Jesus’ missional life.
COME AND SEE
In John 1, Phillip, after being called by Jesus to follow Him, approaches Nathaniel to let him know that the Messiah has been found, Jesus of Nazareth. Nathaniel remarks, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” to which Phillip replied, “Come and see.” Summer is a good opportunity to invite those who don’t know Jesus (your neighbors, your family you don’t see much, your friends) to come and see. Invite them into your life to see a life that’s lived in such a way that demands a gospel explanation. Utilize the barbecues and parties. Our Chicago Blackhawks are in the Stanley Cup playoffs – this is a good opportunity to invite people over to watch the games and share in your life. Let them “come and see” what Jesus is doing in your life.
COME AND DRINK
In John 4, Jesus confronts the woman at the well and shares the invitation to come and drink the Living Water that will satisfy. As those you invite to come and see, include and invite to come and drink of the Living Water that never runs dry. Share the gospel with them. Share why you live the way you do. Share what Jesus has done. As you share your life, and they share the dryness of their soul, invite them to partake in the freshness and satisfying work of Jesus.
COME AND EAT
In John 21, John recalls of how Jesus spent time with His disciples after His resurrection barbecuing fish and having breakfast. Jesus was all about cultivating relationships. He could have did a public relations tour throughout the Roman world to share that He conquered death and was alive and well, yet He chose His remaining days on the earth in His resurrected body to spent time with His disciple friends. Use summer to spend time with people to cultivate discipleship relationships. Don’t just hangout and have a good time. Let it spark good conversations about Jesus. Use your time with lost family, friends, and neighbors, as you invite them into your life and share the gospel be the beginning of a cultivated relationship used to win them to Christ and grow into Him.