Seven Thoughts About Evangelism

March 18, 2013 — Leave a comment

Romans 6 23 one verse gospel

1. You’ve never met anyone who doesn’t need Jesus Christ.  God doesn’t look down on Sugar Land and say, “you know, those people have a Towne Center and a minor league baseball team, so they don’t need me.”  Everybody faces eternity, everybody has a sin problem and everybody needs a Savior.

2. You’ve never met anyone who isn’t loved by God.  The Bible states simply that “God is not willing that any should perish” and that God “demonstrated His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  That person you really care about?  God cares too and He is an active player in the evangelism process.  And when we pray, God shows up in surprising ways.

3. Self-serving evangelism is usually counterproductive.  “One of the reasons many churches don’t do evangelism well is that their motivation is self-serving,” says Tom Brackett, a church planting specialist for the Episcopal Church.  Brackett believes that a focus on evangelism primarily as an institutional church growth strategy is counterproductive, especially with young adults.

4. Ordinary people are first-rate evangelists.  The Apostle Paul wrote, “we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”  God has stored the precious and priceless treasure of the gospel in ordinary clay jars like me, like you, like us. We are the plain brown wrapper that covers a masterpiece of beauty and art. Yet, just because we are ordinary or even cracked and broken, we are not disqualified from being a useful vessel for carrying the treasure of the gospel.

5. Nobody knows your story like you do so make your story about His story.  In Mark chapter five, Jesus healed a man who in turn wanted to literally follow Jesus and become a part of his traveling entourage.  But Jesus had this assignment:  “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”  You, too, have tasted he mercies of God in countless ways, so boldly speak up and put in a really good word for Jesus.  Your story is not the total story, but it’s a start.

6. You are not responsible for knowing everything there is to know about Christianity and how to masterfully answer the critics of Christianity. We live in a world of ready, available resources that any searcher can access.

7. You are responsible for passing along what you do know and what you have tasted. You can empty your cup without being responsible to fill someone else’s cup.  You can unleash the power of inviting by purposefully inviting people to church, to a Bible study, to a party, or to a neighborhood gathering.  Let Jesus love you and let Jesus love through you.

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