We hear the word Witnessing and our minds may recall memories of street preachers proclaiming the end of the world; zealous students handing out tracts of the 4 spiritual laws; preachers proclaiming “repent or . . .”

Their goal is to convert anyone in earshot. Their goal is to bring us to God.

But we tend to take a bit different approach to witnessing. We’re not so interested in forcing it upon others. We’re not so interested in scaring people into faith. And we’re a lot more interested in who the person is that we are sharing with.

Comparing these 2 methods, it looks as if our methods are different, but our goals may be about the same: to bring others to God. With that in mind, I was interested to read the scripture from 1 John 1:3: “we declare to you what we have seen and heard . . . so that you also may have fellowship with us.”

In other words, we share about God’s love . . . so that we can get to know one another; so that the body of Christ can grow; so that we can be enriched by new relationships.

Witnessing is not just about trying to create a vertical relationship between God and the other person. It’s also about a horizontal relationship, connecting us with one another.

In worship this weekend, we’ll be looking at witnessing from this angle. I encourage you to read the scriptures ahead of time (1 John 1:1-4 & Luke 24:13-37).


Look forward to seeing you in worship.


Pastor Kathy

This Weekend in Worship – August 5 & 6, 2017