Common Ground

“They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.” Acts 2:46-47 MSG

I came to know Jesus because of the witness of a workmate. This person shared their faith with their coworkers who would often belittle his beliefs. I think I was one of the few that would ask him questions. The reason I was willing to ask questions is that our workplace was shared common ground.

So often Christians want to witness to others with no risk involved. This means we want to share in a place we feel comfortable. So, we invite someone to an activity at a church building. We now have a pastor(s) and congregation present to help us witness. We don’t have to take any risks because we now outnumber the person(s) we are witnessing to.

Too much time is spent trying to share our faith within our comfort zone. We invite people to Sunday morning worship or if we are bold possibly to midweek prayer and Bible study. However, the opportunities of sharing our faith by inviting people to come and see are becoming fewer and fewer.

If we truly want to reach people we need to consider where we need to go to share our faith. To a church building? To a Bible camp? To week day small groups? To common ground?

Please don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with going to any of these places/events. However, we need to consider the potential opportunities we are missing by not going outside our comfort zones to common ground.

So, where do we need to be in order to share the gospel? Where is common ground?

It says in Acts 2:46 that the early church worshiped in the temple. Often I have heard this used to indicate the priority of large group worship in a church building. However, there are two things that come to mind from this verse. The majority of new believers were still Jews so they met with other Jews on common ground and second their purpose was probably to proclaim the gospel as their numbers increased.

Most people that need to hear/see the gospel are not likely going to be seen at or near a church building. Most Sunday mornings you will probably find people at home, at the movies, at a sport’s events,  at work, or at any number of places other than church. Where will you find common ground?