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A Life of Evangelism Instead of a Program Called Evangelism

I was blessed by an article I read recently by Mack Stiles on evangelism over at Crossway Publishers blog.  One of the points Stiles makes is that evangelism should be taught as a lifestyle and not a program.  His point is that evangelism programs do not work.

I agree.

Evangelism can be trained and modeled but in reality, evangelism works best with our lives.  When people see (through biblical teaching) the glory of the cross, the goodness of God that led them to repentance (Romans 2:4), the love of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14), the work of the Spirit, the necessity of obedience to Christ as Lord (Luke 6:46-49), etc. – they see that evangelism is something we do as we walk.  As we go, we make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20).  This looks different for every person but each disciple is called to make disciples.

When we try to take evangelism and stuff it into a program, I have watched those programs simply burn out.  Prayer meetings are the same.  We can use guilt to try to keep people coming to our programs but they typically die out in time.  I remember once trying to start a house church Bible study on evangelism where I would teach on biblical evangelism but the problem was that it was easy to talk about evangelism in the comfort of our living room but harder to get people motivated to go outside of the walls to their world and take the gospel to their lost friends.  I taught and taught on evangelism but to no avail as no one was active in sharing their faith.

The better idea is to preach the glory of Christ.  When people see the beauty of the gospel, the glory of the King, His sovereignty over the nations, they will take the gospel not out of obedience to our cause or to our class but for the glory of God.  The reason that we long for God to be preached is because we see that He is worthy to be worshiped (John 4:23-24).

Better than to teach people the wonder of the gospel than to focus on programs aimed at trying to get them out of their comfort zones into the world.  In time, as they see the power of God, they will go.  As people love Christ, they will evangelize as they go into the world.  This is simply the natural overflow of our worship and adoration of our great King.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

06/08/2014 at 12:03 PM

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