The team over at the VERGE NETWORK are constantly providing practical tips for being the hands and feet of Christ in daily life. With Halloween just about a week away, and with Trick or Treat on the horizon, Brian McCormack, lead pastor of REACH Church in Seattle has written a post titled:
Perhaps your family, small group, Sunday school class or community group might consider any or all of these FIVE ways to be missional this Halloween.
Here is a link to the article [ARTICLE LINK]. Please read the whole article to get the BIG picture.
Below are the highlights.
McCormack rightfully suggests that Halloween is a simple and easy time to get to know your neighborhood, which is naturally an opportunity to model Jesus to them.
"Once a year culture lobs us a softball called “Halloween,” and with just the slightest amount of intentionality the stranger down the block can become a friend. You just have to be willing to swing the bat."
Here is a summary of Brian’s thoughts for making the most of the opportunity that is extended to you every 31st of October.
1. Check your Conscience. Christians have a choice to reject it, receive it or redeem it. Halloween is an opportunity to "meet or reconnect with the people around us we’ve been called to know, serve, and love."
2. When People Knock, Answer. “The very people you (should) want to be growing in relationship with will be walking up your driveway, and ringing your doorbell. They will be coming to you. So, open the door. Smile. Be friendly. Talk to people.”
3. Visit every House on your Block. Introduce yourself. Write down their names if you have to. Get to know your neighborhood - and don’t assume you already do. Take a chance. Initiate a conversation.
4. Be Creative. Think outside the box. What could you do that might enable connections with those you are trying to minister to?
5. Pray. A lot. "Before the evening’s festivities begin, pray that the Holy Spirit would give you eyes to recognize unique opportunities to connect with people, and the boldness to actually do so."
How might you and your group be live missionally this Halloween?
He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?40The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher. Luke 6:39-40
from John Wesley Explanatory Notes:
6:39He spake a parable - Our Lord sometimes used parables when he knew plain and open declarations would too much inflame the passions of his hearers. It is for this reason he uses this parable, Can the blind lead the blind? - Can the scribes teach this way, which they know not themselves? Will not they and their scholars perish together? Can they make their disciples any better than themselves? But as for those who will be my disciples, they shall be all taught of God; who will enable them to come to the measure of the stature of the fulness of their Master. Be not ye like their disciples, censuring others, and not amending yourselves.