As we enter week I-don’t-even-know-how-many of staying at home due to the Coronavirus pandemic, I think a lot of us are starting to adjust to this new kind of normal. We’re finding new routines, starting to get into the swing of working from home, and having fun trying out new ways to stay connected with our friends and family.
As we celebrate Easter, and remember Jesus’ death and resurrection, we know that this is something we are called to go out into the world and share with those around us. But how do we share the gospel during a lockdown? How to we tell people the good news about Jesus when we can’t even meet with other people?
Well, luckily there are still ways for us to do this! Here are some of my ideas for how we can share the gospel during a lockdown:
The very first thing I think we need to do, is to turn to God in prayer. We know that it is not us that change people’s hearts, but God alone who can do that. Let us continue to pray for those that do not yet know Christ – that he will be working in their hearts during this difficult time.
We should also take time to ask God to provide us with opportunities. If we’re trying to share the gospel during a lockdown, we will need God’s direction and help more than ever. Ask him to reveal these opportunities to us, and show us the best ways to use them.
Praying for others
I know it’s similar to the first point… but I am a praying penguin so I am a fan of prayer. Offering to pray for others, especially at such a difficult and confusing time like this, is a great way to show people that you are thinking of them and care about them, as well as opening up and opportunity to share with them about why you pray and who it is you are praying too. Why not reach out to your friends, your family members, your work colleagues, and ask them what they would like prayer for. Take those prayer requests and pray for those things, then in a few weeks or so be sure to check back in with them and see how they’ve been doing. If you see an answer to prayer, let them know!
Invite them to church
This time, when we currently cannot invite people to attend a church service at a church building, could be the perfect time to see a little glimpse into what church is like without having overcome the obstacles of meeting new people, or just entering a new place. If your church has a virtual service, or some events that anyone can attend online, why not share the link on your social media or send it to particular people to see if they’d like to see what’s going on – they probably don’t have anywhere else to be on a Sunday morning!
Whether you like social media or not, there’s no getting away from the fact that it is a great platform for reaching lots of people and sharing a message with them. Especially whilst we cannot see people in person, what we share on social media may be the only way for us to communicate with our friends and acquaintances. So, why not use social media to share the good news? Here, you are giving people the opportunity to have a look at what you are sharing and learn a little more about God.
Some ideas to share on social media:
- My Easter Animations
- What is the Bible? – The Bible Project
- Rend Collective’s Socially Distant Worship Evening
Be a light
The horror of the current global situations presents us with so much darkness. How can we stand out as a light in this darkness? Who can we show God’s love to? There are so many opportunities for us to be a light right now, from shopping for others, collecting prescriptions, volunteering to support the NHS, putting kind and caring messages in our windows for those out on walks, calling those we know are isolated. Please only do what is safe for you to do, and follow all of the guidance where you are based – staying at home if you are ill is the kind and compassionate and loving thing to do for those around you.
How else could you share the gospel during a lockdown? Let me know your ideas in the comments!