Okay, I have had it with all the surveys, all the research, all the books, the blogs, the articles, the sermons, the speeches, all the emergent ideas, the postmodern thought, and whatever and whoever else is aiding the devil in trying to quench the evangelistic mandate Jesus Christ gave  us over 2,000 years ago. I believe that the Bible and Jesus words are still relevant today, tomorrow and forever. If Jesus said it, that means it counts today, tomorrow, and forever.

I am tired of all the nay-sayers who are doing nothing but discouraging the church, the followers of Jesus Christ by telling us that evangelism does not work.  I have found that those who say that evangelism does not work, is because they are not doing it the correct way. They either need to prayerwalk the field more or they need to allow the Holy Spirit lead them in the witnessing encounter. They need to stop trusting in a method or in themselves and allow the true evangelist, the Holy Spirit work through them. He will instruct you what to say (John 14:26: 16:13).

So what if 60 percent of people polled months ago wouldn’t let you even conduct a spiritual survey. Let’s stop looking at the 60 percent who are not willing and instead let’s keep knocking until we find the 40 percent who might. And what if 50 percent of that group does allow you to conduct a spiritual survey that leads to the gospel? What if 10 percent of that group trusted in Jesus as Lord and Savior? If you were in a town of 100,000 people and 40,000 people were open to hearing the gospel and 4,000 got saved, praise God.

By the way, my research has shown as well as research by the Billy Graham Association that between 10 and 11 percent of decision makers will get plugged into the local church. How many pastors, church planters would be overwhelmed and excited to have an additional 400 people join their church. Talk about a church growth and expansion.  When you study the gospels, even Jesus had thousands leave Him in John 6 after He preached that they had to eat His flesh and drink His blood. I wonder how many today would also leave Him if He challenged us. He even asked His own disciples if they too were going to leave Him.

I am for motivating the church to witness rather than trying to discourage the church from not sharing their faith. The only person I know that gets any glory when the church is not witnessing is the devil. Based upon Matthew 28:19-20 not to witness is a sin. Jesus already gave us a command to go and make disciples of all nations. Being a Greek Scholar that I am “all” means all.

The greatest need of the world today is for Jesus followers to commit and carry out the service of soul winning. Evangelism is the hope for every lost person of the world. Jesus is the hope for a better social order and for a better world.

If Jesus is the best thing that has ever happened to you then why are you keeping Him to yourself? Jesus never intended for the church to go into the closet. The church is not a covert group. We have been called out by Jesus, our author of the faith to go and make disciples. We are not being a New Testament church unless we are functioning evangelistically and making disciples in the image of Jesus.

I challenge every Christian to begin to obey Jesus and let’s go out and tell lost people about Jesus. Let’s give them hope, the only real hope that will last for eternity. Let’s be the church that Jesus had envisioned before the beginning of time. Let’s go tell someone about Jesus. Amen?

  1. Darrel Davis says:

    I’m with you bro…If you don’t like evangelism, keep that to yourself and stop telling me that evangelism doesn’t work.

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