Learning + Growth = Outreach
It’s that simple. Outreach is nothing more than sharing with others what God has been doing in your life. Outreach should begins immediately after salvation when you go and tell others how God has wash you clean from your sins. Outreach is the direct out-flowing of what you have learned and how you have grown from what you have learned.
Outreach has been happening since Adam first told his children about his loving God and the relationship He wanted with them. It has continued on from generation to generation through the ages as those who had been taught and had growth reached out to others.
Christ’s last command to the church while He was on the earth was to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19, 20) Christ told His church to take what He had taught them and reach out to those around them and teach them as well.
We can see it specifically in the early church in Acts. The book of Acts is chocked full of stories of people reaching out to those around them and abroad as they tell them what Christ had done for them. After learning and growing from what they learned, they could not help but share what they knew with the world.
Outreach is not complicated, although we often think that it is. It is nothing more than talking to people about your growth and what you have learned and asking them if they’d like to learn and grow as well. If we have truly learned and grown then we should have a fire in our hearts to share Christ with others – there is no other option. One of the easiest way to reach out to others is begin by starting relationships. Talk to people you know and have something in common and build a relationship to share Christ. Talk to those you don’t know and find something in common on which to build a relationship share with them what you have learned and how you have grown.
The most important thing to realize is that we have the only source of salvation that the world is desiring and longing to hear about and we must tell them.
The process of outreach and telling others about Christ and the building of relationships will naturally lead to growth of the church and the group. With this growth and these relationships also comes fellowship.