“Centered in Christ and in the Gospel, you can be the arms, hands, feet, mind and heart of an ‘outward-bound’ Church.” — Pope Francis
Evangelization — sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with others — is simple, and it is also difficult. As Christians, we are called by Christ to share the good news (see Matthew 28:18-20).
What’s the most important principle of evangelization? Simply do what Christ did: Pick someone (or a couple of people) and give your life to them. This is incarnational evangelization — revealing the gospel through the witness and presence of our very lives.
“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” (John 3:16 ESV)
Once you have connected with others, we recommend helping those people live transformed lives through small groups, and then sending them out through one-on-one discipleship. Sharing the gospel takes time and dedication; the progress is slow, but through the power of the Holy Spirit, it is possible.
And don’t worry: You don’t have to do evangelization alone. Community paves the way for outreach evangelization. We Christians cannot have one without the other.
“Each Christian and every community must discern the path that the Lord points out, but all of us are asked to obey his call to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the ‘peripheries’ in need of the light of the Gospel.” (Pope Francis)
One more thing!
Evangelization — outreach, small groups, discipleship — gets messy. In sharing ordinary life with others, you build friendships—and it’s in this context that you create a space to talk about Christ and all He has done in your life. We are called to walk alongside others and to step into their lives, so don’t be surprised if that gets messy. This is also where it gets real. We proclaim Him with our lives, and through Him other lives are transformed.
“If Christianity, as so often and rightly has been said, is not primarily a doctrine but a person, Jesus Christ, it follows that the proclamation of this person and of one’s relationship with him is the most important thing, the beginning of all true evangelization and the very condition for making such a thing possible.” (Fr. Cantalamessa)