PCShare the Gospel

Over the last few months I have been haunted by two questions every time I back out of my driveway and head down my street. Why do I live on my street? And how can I reach my neighbors who don’t attend anybody’s church with the gospel of Jesus Christ?
You see on my street there are twelve houses and as of a couple of months ago ten of those houses had no one attending anybody’s church on any given Sunday. In those ten houses live 20 adults and 12 children; 32 people who are either lost or, at best, prodigals who’ve separated themselves for some reason from the Lord’s Church.

Now some are probably thinking: “Hey you dunder-head, just go down the street, knock on some doors and start inviting your neighbors to come to church or start up a spiritual conversations by asking, ‘If you were to die tonight, do you know where you’d spend eternity?'” Simple – right? Well maybe for you, but if you promise not to tell anyone, I just don’t have what Scripture refers to as the gift of evangelism. That may sound strange to you given the fact that I am a preacher. I can preach to a crowd and I can even sign up for a mission trip to Honduras to do street evangelism through an interpreter to people I’ll likely never see again. But to walk across the street and knock on my neighbor’s door to talk to him about Jesus sounds to me about as exciting a prospect as scheduling a visit to the dentist’s office for a root canal.

So several months ago I decided to just start praying for every one of my neighbors every day, by name. Of course I had a problem… I didn’t know all of my neighbor’s names. So I began praying for the bike-guy until I learned his name was Rick. I began praying for the single mom who always looks so sad and her three ‘wild’ children. And I began praying for Gary and Carole, the guy on the corner, and the two sisters who I can never get to wave back even though I’ve been waving at them for the last ten years.
And as God always does when we begin to pray in earnest for something, my heart began changing toward my neighbors. I stopped seeing the children stomping through my flower bed and started seeing kids who Jesus loves. I stopped being annoyed at the guy on the corner who never cuts his grass and started seeing a life worth redeeming by the gospel. In short, God did a miracle inside my heart and I began to really care about each one of my neighbors.

I must admit, I still haven’t gotten up the courage to talk with any of my neighbors about the gospel. But I’m praying God will ripen their minds for the gospel and open my eyes to opportunities to share the good news with the people God has chosen for me to live near. You see it’s not by accident that I live on the street I live on. The Bible says God determines the times and the exact places where we should live, Acts17:26. God himself has placed me on my street to make disciples of each one of my neighbors and through the PCShare (Prayer – Care – Share) model of evangelism even a chicken like me can reach my friends for Christ.

To learn more about PCShare Evangelism I’d recommend Larry DeWitt’s book God’s Amazing Normal or Alvin VanderGrind’s Shine His Light. Or you can find tons of information on the Mission America Coalition website (www.lighthousemovement.com).
And if you’re wondering how it’s going with me reaching my neighbors for Christ, I wish I could say I’ve baptize all 32 of my unchurched neighbors in the past few months. But that would be a lie. What I can say is six of them came to my church on Easter Sunday, two have been back every Sunday and one returned another week with a friend. Prayer is amazing!

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Neil Wheeler
Lead Guy at Chester Christian Church
VEF Board of Directors, President

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