Continuing a Call to Evangelism in Your Senior Living Community
The Bible calls on believers to carry out the mission of evangelism — bringing the message of Jesus to others — throughout our lives as Christians. Your mission doesn’t end when you move to an assisted living community. Instead, you have the opportunity to continue your journey of evangelism within your new community, bringing God’s word to others and living out the example of Christ through your everyday actions.
Your call to evangelism may actually be stronger than ever as you encounter others who have lost hope due to hardship or never before experienced the full power of Christ in their lives. Bethesda Senior Living Communities are the perfect locations for you to continue reaching others in service to God.
Living Every Day as an Example of Christ
In Ephesians 2:10, Paul teaches “for we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” You don’t have to talk about Jesus to show others how to live a Christ-like life; you simply have to embody Christ in all you do in your own life. You don’t have to search high and low to find ways to do good works in your assisted living community. Just use this list as a stepping off point.
- Once a new neighbor moves in, volunteer to go over and help unpack boxes or show the person around the building so they learn the route to the common rooms and dining halls. Introduce them to others you’ve already befriended to make settling in easier.
- If a friend in the community falls sick, visit frequently to see how you can help. Perhaps they simply need a friendly face while taking meals in their apartment or could use a bit of helping stowing laundry.
- When you observe that a particular neighbor seems to live a solitary life and not join in the many events offered in your community, begin issuing personal invitations to join in for scheduled games, movies or other activities to prevent unhealthy isolation.
Speaking About Jesus With Others
Jesus, after being resurrected, revisits his disciples and charges them to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). Continue your call to evangelism by looking for everyday opportunities to weave in lessons from the Bible in the normal course of your conversations. Look no further than the Gospels to get started. Those are chock full of the lessons Jesus taught to his followers both through storytelling and in the works He did while traveling around.
When you’re kibitzing over coffee and a neighbor is lamenting some issues a loved one may be facing in their own life, you’ll have an opportunity to commiserate and offer relevant advice based on one of Jesus’ many lessons.
While you’re discussing health concerns or troubling diagnoses, you can offer words of both wisdom and hope from the Bible. Skip the sermon and simply use gentle reminders through beloved verses to encourage your friends while showing how much God and Jesus care for them through all situations.
Skillful evangelism when you’re with your peers in an assisted living community relies on subtlety and confidence. When you subtly weave in lessons that can help instead of giving lectures that can intimidate, you embody the values of Christ in your everyday actions, effectively evangelize and help others come to their own salvation.
Posted on Fri, August 31, 2018
by Shawn Deane