On a recent Sunday afternoon, a group from our 9am Carlton congregation headed out into our community for some doorknocking. In our desire to lovingly share the good news of Jesus with our local community, we thought it would be a helpful exercise to head out into the streets and meet some of the real people who live around us!
Before we headed out, we gathered together to read 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
14 For Christ’s love compels us, since we have reached this conclusion: If One died for all, then all died. 15 And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.
This is a great reminder for the vast majority of people (including me!) who do not naturally look forward to doorknocking. It is the love of Christ that compels us to overcome our fears and go. Having reflected on this passage, we spent some time
in prayer – an absolute necessity since God is the one who shines in the hearts of people (see 2 Cor 4:6). We then divided into pairs and headed out into Carlton, Kogarah and Bexley. Some pairs used a printed survey to start a conversation
while others simply introduced themselves and asked if the person was willing to have a chat. Every pair came back with positive stories and a renewed enthusiasm for reaching out into our community – even those who had never been doorknocking like this before!
While it is often helpful to have structured events like doorknocking to get us out into the community, we can all look for opportunities to connect to others in our daily life. You could invite your neighbours round for afternoon tea, you could
introduce yourself to another parent at the park or simply smile and say hello to the people you walk past in the street. (NB: I recently said g’day to a man walking in a suburban part of Carlton who then stopped me and said it was the first time
anyone had spoken to him on the street for 5 years!)
While an attitude of being friendly and open to other people is always a positive, I think it is becoming increasingly important for Christians to lead the way in this area. With recent events in Australia and around the world, there is potential for our local community to become increasingly divided along certain demographic lines. As people who know the love of Christ, we are compelled to overcome our fears and reach out to those around us.