Published October 3, 2017 by Janice Millirons Hayman in Deacons Corner

Have you ever wondered how you can get involved in evangelism? Some people hear the word “evangelism” and immediately put up the stop sign in their minds, believing it’s only for the bold and bombastic who are strong enough to share their faith.

Yet, we want to share a wonderful concept with you that was originally shared by Pastor Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Church in a message entitled “Just Walk Across the Room.” It soon became a book by the same title.

For us to have an impact on people around us, the idea is to take the initiative by going “out of our way” to befriend them.

Have you ever been enjoying fellowship with friends, possibly here at church, when you notice someone or a family sitting alone across the room?  Instead of wondering why they are so “shy,” or wondering who they are, why not simply take the initiative and “walk across the room” to meet them.

When we look at the life of Jesus, we see a man who did whatever it took to get into the lives of people, and often it was the very people neglected by society: people like Bartimaeus, the blind man, or Matthew, the Tax Collector, or Zacchaeus whose life was changed. Really, the list could go on and on of the people Jesus went out of His way for, or in other words, “walked across the room.”

What does this mean? Well, Hybels shares this simple formula to help us change ourselves, as well as the people around us.

     It means:

  • Walking when the Spirit says to walk.

  • Talking when the Spirit says to talk. 

  • Falling silent when the Spirit suggests that you’ve already said enough!

Can you imagine the impact EVERY one of us could have on this world if we would just “walk across the room?”

Blessings in Christ,
The Deacon Ministry – Southside Baptist Church
Bob Lear
Tommy Gardner