Just Walk Across the Room
is a dynamic course from Willow Creek Church that we have run to inspire and equip us as Christ-followers.
In 2008 our verse for the year from 1 Peter 3:15 reminded us to not only set apart Christ as Lord in our hearts, but also to be prepared (with gentleness and respect) to share the hope that we have with those around us. "Just Walk Across the Room" provides four sessions with simple steps to point people to Faith:
1. The Single Greatest Gift
2. Living in 3D
3. The Power of Story
4. Grander Vision Living
What is Just Walk Across the Room?
Bill Hybels (the course author) writes in the introduction to the Fellowship Group guide book, "Shortly after Jesus' resurrection, he appeared to his disciples on a mountain in Galilee. The wide-eyed group sat with rapt attention as he delivered a few standing orders to be carried out until he returned. Remember what they were?
Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the three fold name: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you." Matthew 28:18-20a, Msg
Immediately after recognising what's commonly referred to as the "Great Commission", the next thought that crosses your mind (if you're like many Christians) is smothered with obligation...or worse yet, with guilt. I know I should be accomplishing the Great Commission, but I can't seem to get past that first word...Go.
We go all the time. We go to work, go home, go out to eat, go shopping, go to sporting events, go to bed. But something deep inside us knows that Jesus' "go" carries with it a very different connotation.
His "go" means our feet have to get unstuck from where they're currently planted. It means we have to agree to action. It means we have to accept a little risk and stick one foot in front of the other to engage with another human being...having no idea where it all will lead.
A daunting task for some, to say the least.
Friends, if your desire to "go" and reach out to the people around you is strong, but you find yourself perpetually stuck in "stay" mode, this study is for you...at the end of four weeks you will have a fresh understanding of what "evangelism" really means, as well as a dose of inspiration regarding how to get it done. In addition to having some unexpected fun this month, I think that you'll come away from the experience anxious to "go" in ways you've never before dreamed.
One closing thought before you dive in: Jesus' mountain top speech to the disciples that day didn't end with his memorable series of commands. Probably detecting a little nervous energy in the audience, he concluded things with a single promise (and aren't we all glad!):
"I'll be with you as you do this, day after day, right up to the end of the age." Matthew 28:20b, Msg
As you work through the material, remember that evangelism isn't something that you have to "gear up" for. Fundamentally, evangelism is about submitting to God's agenda in a social situation, in a conversation, in your moment-by-moment life. And like Matthew's gospel says, he will be with you every step of the way."