– Dr. Derrick Mueller
What does it mean to be authentic?
Personal authenticity can be defined as being genuine, true, and honest with oneself and others, having a credibility in one’s words and behaviour and an absence of pretence. A person who is completely trustworthy is deemed to be authentic.
Authentic evangelism comes from being trustworthy as individuals. It involves being engaged in relationship. When it comes to connecting with people on our grid, many of us are too concerned with what others think of us. As such, we disguise who we really are to assure that others won’t be judgmental or react adversely to us. If I worry about what others think of me, this affects how I communicate with others in my daily routine.
An authentic person may be sensitive to what others think, yet choose not to constrain themselves to the opinions or judgments of others.
Elements of Authentic Evangelism
Awareness: The ability to see and have a burden for those in need.
Compassion: To consider the feelings of others, to share kindness, mercy, and benevolence with others.
Prayer: To be engaged with God for others.
Courage: To trust God in all circumstances and seek Him for our strength.
Giving: To actively serve others through our time, money, and emotional energy.
Engagement: To find commonality with those in our daily routine and connect.
Conversation: To move from small talk to personal conversations and from religious talks to intentional spiritual conversations.
Vulnerability: To be generous with ourselves and our stories.
Scripture centred: To be servants committed to growing in the Word.
Celebration: To rejoice with those who come to Christ.
Who is my neighbour?
“My neighbour is anyone in need in my daily life who I have the opportunity to serve and share the gospel with.”
In the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37, there’s a person clearly in need. Three people walk by, but only one stops to help.
You share because you have experienced the love of Christ and it has transformed you.
In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus gave the parable of the Good Samaritan to explain who our neighbour is. The Priest and the Levite did not consider the wounded person on the road. But the Samaritan, though despised by many, went to the merchant and cared for him as he could.
I imagine the priest gave up a prayer and kept moving, and the Levite mumbled to himself, “Look at all that blood… what am I, a doctor?” The Samaritan not only saw, but also helped and went the extra mile to provide for the man’s care. In that moment, the merchant was on each of their grids, in need, but only the Samaritan acted. In the least likely of the three, we see true, authentic love.
Jesus tells us a message through this story that our neighbour is the one who is in need on our grid, in our daily routine—the broken, the wounded, and the worried around us. If we don’t consider those around us, we in fact do not love them as God leads us to love.
When we’re not only aware of the needy but also willing to engage with love and mercy, that’s when we are real neighbours. God sends us out to the lost, to be part of His rescue team, actively responding to their needs, and most of all, giving hope through the gospel. We are God’s vehicles to reveal and display His compassion. A true neighbour will find opportunities to not only help others but also share the Good News.
We love because He first loved us. We love others because He said to love our neighbours as ourselves.
My neighbour is the poor and the rich, the close and the far, the whole and the broken.
My neighbour is the lost and foreign, the unloved and persecuted. My neighbour is in the next store, the next city, the next country.
My neighbour is the woman, the man, the child, the teen, the married, the single, the old, and the sick.
My neighbours are those people on my grid with whom I have the opportunity to serve and share the gospel.
The challenge is to love your neighbour as yourself. Your neighbour is anyone on your grid, who is in need, who you have the opportunity to serve and share the good news. We want to invite you to change Canada, and be a life-changer.
Authentic love is…
To be at peace with each other. (Mark 9:50)
To love one another as Christ loves. (John 13:34)
To be devoted to one another in brotherly love. (Romans 12:10)
To love one another above yourself. (Romans 12:10)
To live in harmony with one another. (Romans 12:16)
To accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted us. (Romans 15:7)
To serve one another in love. (Galatians 5:13)
To carry one another’s burdens. (Galatians 6:2)
To be kind and compassionate to one another. (Ephesians 4:32)
To forgive each other. (Ephesians 4:32)
To encourage and build each other up. (I Thessalonians 5:11)
To pray for each other. (James 5:16)
To love one another deeply, from the heart. (I Peter 3:8)
To be hospitable to one another without grumbling. (I Peter 4:9)
To use whatever gifts we have to serve and reach out to others. (I Peter 4:10)