Do you believe that worship can be an effective approach to evangelism? Why or why not?
This is a great question from my Integrity Worship Institute course tonight, and I had to think about it for a while.
What struck me was that if we are worshiping in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24), the Holy Spirit is there with us. God’s presence is in the room. Who could not be impacted in some way by that? It is the Holy Spirit that draws and convicts people after all.
The example of Paul and Silas (Acts 16) was so powerful because of what they had just gone through. The guards and other prisoners probably could not believe they would still be praising and giving glory to God after the beating they just got.
If unbelievers see us shouting out our thanks and praise to God despite our current circumstances, the Holy Spirit is going to be planting seeds in their hearts. He will be drawing them closer to God.
I attended a public Open Mic event a few months back where ‘anything goes’ and I played worship songs. If I’m being honest, it’s because it’s all I know how to play, and it’s all I’m really interested in playing for the most part.
I’ll also tell you, it’s a daunting experience, getting up in front of a room of non-church people, practically invading their space and playing worship songs. I’m happy to report that no tomatoes or rotten vegetables were thrown. It fact, the response was surprisingly great.
I keep meaning to do it more often, and this question today inspires me to try it again soon. It reminds me that God will be there, and God will be glorified in our worship.