3 Questions We Must Answer About Evangelism

We know of the Great Commission.

It’s the impetus of the church, the push to bring the unsaved into the kingdom so that the teachings of Jesus can bring about a good work in their lives.

Yet, how many of our neighbors know that we are Christians?

How often do we discuss the merits of a redeemed lifestyle over the backyard fence?

What is the absorption rate of Christ from us to them when it’s not flowing from us in every word we speak?

Romans 10:14 in the NIV says:

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”

Here’s the call of the ministry in three soul-searching questions:

Call No. 1: How can they call on the one they have not believed in?

We must share the stories of how Jesus has changed us, the times he’s made a difference in our lives. Give Jesus bragging rights, credit where it belongs, and attribute all good things in our lives to him.

Call No. 2: How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?

If you’ve grown up in the church, you may think everyone knows the Bible stories you’ve internalized so well. Not so. Work the stories of Jesus into your conversations with others. The salvation part can come later.

Call No. 3: How can they hear without someone preaching to them?

Here’s the redemption part of evangelism, the explaining, the outlining of the plan of salvation and a changed life. It might look like a conversation or someone jotting something on a piece of paper to give away … make it a natural part of who you are, and people will want what Jesus has to offer.

There you go. Evangelist You, still with your regular job, your same house, and the same pattern of your life. The one difference? Jesus is now a recognizable part of who you are and what you say.

Congratulations. The new you will make the world different for Jesus.

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