One of the men I have had the opportunity to mentor since 2003 is now mentoring others. Jerald an intentional soul winner who lives in Missouri recently shared with me how God continues to use him to mentor and train churches how to do intentional evangelism. His stories are a testimony that intentional evangelism, primarily door to door is still effective. Any why wouldn’t it be, Jesus used home visits as a means for reaching lost people and explain the kingdom truths to them.

Close observation over ten years has led me to conclude that we are living in an age of what I call “a generation of Christian skeptics and Nay-Sayers.” There are church leaders and ministers who hold the misconception that intentional evangelism does not work today. They said door to door doesn’t work anymore. That passing Gospel booklets do not work anymore. I say, they are not doing it enough to know or they are using the wrong approach. (See my book Breaking Evangelism Code for further study on this topic).

God has given the church biblical principles to use in evangelism, such as personal and mass evangelism. In Scripture, we read about Jesus going to people’s homes to make home visits, such as the home of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. We read about the Apostle Peter going to the home of Cornelius in Acts 10 to proclaim Jesus to a man and his family and the entire family was saved. Are those stories just for reading about historical accounts? Or are they biblical principles that we can apply today.

I recently heard from foreign missionaries who shared that they are doing door to door evangelism in foreign countries as well as passing out Gospel tracts. It works there very well. They have shared with me how they experience the same resistance but that does not deter them from practicing the biblical principles they learned from Scripture.

My friend share with me about a church, Celebration Church, a church plant, where he is mentoring the planter how to conduct doing door to Door evangelism in Kansas, and they are seeing people save. He was excited to about the fact the a handful of pastors and churches are still carrying out the biblical

He has also worked with a church in Nixa Missouri, the Bridge Church, they have conducted door to door evangelism. The results have been people coming to faith in Christ. According to Jerald they led one lady to faith in Christ Jesus, who told them if they had not come to her home, she would probably have never known about Christ.

Jerald is mentoring a couple of young pastors how to conduct not only door to door evangelism but how to engage people in public places, like restaurants. He told me about a waitress he had prayed for during one visit.  Victoria is a waitress. He prayed for her friend who had lost their baby. And that seem to comfort her. A month, he was back in town and they visit the same establishment. Victoria remembered Jerald. She thanked him for praying for the friend. It happened that two young pastors were with Jerald so he introduced Victoria to them. Now, she knows two pastors from two churches. Now her receptivity level soared and her probability of going to church.

Jerald also mentioned the value of prayerwalking the communities in preparation for evangelizing the people. Because of the cold weather and deep snow, he decided to printed maps of areas they want to evangelize when the weather clears up. They are praying over the homes by map. So when weather does improve, then will physically go into area to prayerwalk the streets and homes.

He has coordinated some senior adults to pray over the residents of the homes using the maps. He said they can’t go out in the bad weather but they can pray.

One thing that saddens him is that people are scared to death about going door to door to evangelize neighborhoods. He took one seminary student out. When the young lady was told their assignment was to go door to door sharing the Gospel, she cried. She was scared to death. Can you imagine that anyone would be scared of telling lost people on the way to hell how they can miss hell by trusting in Jesus? It is human nature to fear. But God does not give a spirit of timidity and fear but of power (2 Timothy 1:7) The Apostle Paul asked for prayer so he would be bold to speak the truth. (Ephesians 6:19)

Why do we doubt that a method, a principle, we find in Scripture would not work? It is skepticism? It is disobedience? Or maybe we think through our own genius we have found a better way than what God has given us? Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” (John 14:15) Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all peoples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have taught you.” Matthew 28:19-20

I agree that there are many new ways to proclaim the Gospel. But the best way I have found is the one Jesus used, face to face, person to person, talking with people on a personal level. That is what really connects with people. Nothing speaks louder than someone looking you in the eyes and listening and having a conversation. Nothing works better that one person going to a total stranger and telling them that Jesus loves them so much He gave His life for them.


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