7 Ways Help Make 2021 the Year of the Harvest
2020 has been a year we will never forget, but I believe God has even bigger things in store for the new year. 2020 brought sickness, death, job loss, and strife.
While it has been a challenging year, it also means people are more receptive to Jesus than in years past when things seemed to go their way. And, if 2020 made anything clear, it is that the world needs Jesus.
According to Lifeway Facts and Trends, “The vast majority of non-Christians live their lives and never interact with a Christian,” and “almost 2.2 billion people living today are still considered unevangelized.”
Given all 2020 has thrown at us, people are looking for hope and seeking truth. That means 2021 will be a year when we can tell people about the hope of Jesus Christ.
In 2021, South Bay Bible Church is preparing for the year of the harvest and plans to help our church family learn how to share their faith.
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
– Matthew 9:35-38
As you think about New Year’s Resolutions, consider resolving to share your faith in 2021. Here are 7 ways you can be a worker for the harvest.
1. Draw Closer to God
Bible reading plans are really popular right around New Year’s Day. The problem is the resolution to “read your Bible more” doesn’t stick for many.
While we certainly encourage you to make a habit of reading your Bible, consider simply resolving to draw closer to God in 2021. This means spending time with Him in prayer and reading His Word.
As you draw closer to God this year, you will feel more prepared to share your faith.
The more time you spend talking to Him, the easier it will be to talk about Him.
2. Listen to Those Around You
Make a point this year to spend more time listening to those around you.
The people in your home, workplace, neighborhood, and city have needs.
If you are willing to listen, they will be willing to share.
As you listen, look for entry points in the conversation to share your faith.
For example, if someone is discussing their fears, share how your faith has helped you overcome certain fears.
Ask God to open your ears.
3. Give to Missions
With so many stores declaring bankruptcy in 2020, you might have missed that churches and Christian nonprofits are also suffering.
When churches were forced to shut their doors, tithing and donations dropped significantly.
Similarly, Christian nonprofits lost significant amounts of revenue from canceled fundraisers and events, as well as their donors no longer being able to financially support them.
Our local churches, community nonprofits, and foreign missionaries use this money to reach the lost.
4. Serve in Your Church and Community
Be the hands and feet of Jesus in your church and community.
Ask God to show you where he wants you to serve.
Whether you are serving as a Community Group leader or at a soup kitchen, you will be helping to share Jesus with others.
To reach the lost, we must use our gifts together.
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ, we though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
- Romans 12:4-5
5. Invite People to Dinner
Sometimes sharing our faith begins by simply inviting someone to our home for dinner.
You likely have many people in your life who would love to come to dinner. It doesn’t have to be a formal affair.
Just spending time eating a meal together and getting to know one another opens the doors for you to share your faith.
I know a family who uses this regularly to minister.
Each week, they invite someone to eat with them.
Before dinner, they share prayer requests and pray.
Throughout the meal, they talk about their day and look for opportunities to talk about what Jesus is doing in their lives.
6. Host a Study
You don’t have to be a teacher to host a study in your home.
All you have to do is be willing to open your home and allow space for people to discuss.
There are plenty of guided Bible studies available that you can walk through together.
And, sometimes, it is less intimidating for others to know their host is learning at the same time.
7. Get Trained in Evangelism
We don’t expect everyone to be an evangelist (neither does God – He gave us all unique gifts!). But we do believe everyone can share their faith and should.
Sometimes we just make it harder than it is.
That’s why South Bay Bible Church provides free training to help you learn how to share your faith with confidence and without fear.
We walk you through the “Invest and Invite” strategy, so you can be ready when the opportunity to share Jesus presents itself.