Evangelism

What is Evangelism?

At FPC, we understand evangelism to be every way in which followers of Jesus Christ communicate the good news of Christ’s death and resurrection to people in need of a Savior. Thus, to be an evangelist means to be a “good messenger,” an ambassador with news of hope and joy for the world. We value a lifestyle of generosity, hospitality, love, courage, holiness, and grace as a testimony to God’s power in Christ, and we encourage our community to explicitly share the gospel through spoken testimony to those with whom they have a relationship.

Here are some ways to think about evangelism

In a world that is broken and at loss for meaning, love and purpose, we are a people who are
proclaiming the love of God through Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our proclamation of
the Gospel is through our prayerful listening, Christlike hospitality and caring, conviction-filled
conversations. We rejoice over every single person who gets to experience the love of Jesus.
(Matt 28:16-20, Luke 15:7)

We believe powerful, Holy Spirit led proclamation starts with prayerful listening. We listen both
to the one we are called to witness, to our own emotional response and to the voice of the Holy
Spirit giving us words to witness to the Gospel (Luke 12:12).

We extend unconditional care and hospitality to all in the community. This also means we do not
treat people like “projects.” Every human being is made in God’s image so we love them as
Christ loved us and has called us to love each other, reflecting his love for us (John 13:35).

We see that the experience of love of God through Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit is the
best thing that can happen to anyone. We want to share how God’s love has shaped us with
conviction in our conversations, in a caring and winsome way that points people to the love of
Jesus (1 Peter 3:15, John 4:29).

Alpha is a listening community designed to help participants explore questions about spirituality
and faith in a non-judgmental space. During each gathering, we will watch a 20-minute video
exploring some of life’s biggest questions and discuss different points of view in a small group.
Everyone is welcome in this safe discussion space—whether atheist or agnostic, non-Christian
or Christian wanting a safe space to process their questions and doubts about faith. For more
information contact Pastor Emmanuel epaulpeter@fpchouston.org

We use invitation spaces for people who are unfamiliar with the Gospel to get a glimpse of the
Christian community and the Gospel in safe spaces where there isn’t any kind of pressure.
These spaces range from Movie groups to Taco Evenings groups – these safe spaces are
where we build relationships of trust with the community that God has placed around us. For
more information on the following groups contact Pastor Emmanuel epaulpeter@fpchouston.org

Looking for a relaxing Sunday activity or for an event you can invite a friend to that can segue
into spiritual conversation? Each month, we will watch a movie (snacks and refreshments
provided) and then have a diverse exchange of ideas from cultural, personal, and theological
perspectives. Take a break to immerse yourself in a captivating story and see what interesting
conversation follows!

Would you enjoy getting to know people over Tacos at Hermann Park? You can invite a friend
that may be looking for community and connection. We meeting every month on a Saturday
evening, right after the movie group to get Tacos and build community around conversations
and food.

Do you enjoy Ted Talks, do you have a friend who would enjoy listening to a discussing Ted
Talks? You can invite a friend to that can segue into spiritual conversation! In the Spring and the
Fall we have a series of monthly Ted Talk Discussion groups to invite our non-Christian friends
to and build community around conversations.

Reading the Bible leads to questions, discussion, and change in the hearts of believers and
non-believers. All are welcome to this time of reading and discussion to engage with the Bible
and encounter Jesus in its pages.

Evangelism Opportunities

Alpha

Alpha is a discussion-based introduction to the way Christianity answers some of life’s big questions. Alpha explores the evidence for the Christian faith and provides an opportunity for people to investigate the faith for themselves. Alpha is a great class for both believers and skeptics. For questions, please email Emmanuel Paulpeter at epaulpeter@fpchouston.org. For more information, visit the Alpha website.