The day came and I walked past the bar to our upstairs room to find beer taps on each of the tables and immediately started to panic. “It’s too late to turn back now, let’s see what God does,” I told myself, very aware that we were in a bar and that anyone could hear my presentation and interrupt if they so chose, for the private room was more an open balcony than a secluded place we Christians could hide away. I had only ever spoken at churches and so I was always pretty certain that the majority of the people attending already agreed with the Christian worldview. Safe, that’s what our events had been, safe. This was not safe, this was bold and I am not bold.We got set up. People started to trickle in. I started to see some familiar faces which definitely helped settle me and within an hour we had a nice group of people and a good number that I did not know. They were new to the world of apologetics and their backgrounds were diverse, Agnostic, Muslim and Jewish. As the time for me to present started to approach I wondered whether anyone would notice if I didn’t speak, didn’t give a presentation, for everyone was enjoying themselves, deeply engaged in conversation. But once again the Holy Spirit whispered, “you know you’ll regret staying silent, trust me, speak.” So with shaking hands and an attempt to prevent my voice from doing the same, I began.I was amazed. For about 15 minutes I shared who DoubtLess Faith is, what apologetics is, why it’s important and dove a little bit into what a worldview is and why it is important. I could see the uncertainty and discomfort in the faces of the non-believers transform into eagerness and attentiveness. Some nodded in agreement as I talked about how knowing the Bible is trustworthy makes the difference in the trustworthiness of Christianity. I could tell they’d never thought about worldviews before but were really engaging in the idea that it affects how we live our lives. I was so shocked and excited. They were getting it! They were interested!
I learned a lot last night. We are commanded to GO and make disciples of all nations and I think sometimes we forget the GO part of that command. We hide in our churches and our small groups at believers homes and expect non-believers to come into our areas of comfort to learn about Jesus. Who would do that? I know I wouldn’t. If I didn’t believe what someone believed and they asked me to come be the only person outside the norm of the group, I wouldn’t go. No one wants to be the outsider. We need to find more ways to be accessible to non-believers so that we can give them a little more of Jesus that will hopefully end up changing their lives and eternities forever. Last night was a great night. Who knew Jesus would show up in a sports bar.
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