Less than 5% of Christians share the Gospel with one person per year. 76% of Christians do not know the mission of the Church (The Great Commission). But why? The short answer, many Christians are unequipped and untrained to share their faith. In addition, the church has taught us to outsource our evangelism to the professional pastors—simply invite your friends to church on Sunday and we will do it for you.
However, is this the biblical instruction? Is this process that’s so popular in the West see anywhere in Scripture? No. That said, in this episode, Dale and Veronica look at the Bible’s expectation for sharing the Gospel.
Takeaways From This Episode
- Sadly, the church has adopted St. Francis of Assisi’s “Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.” in the literal sense.
- The Great Commission is not the great suggestion.
- Christians typically don’t share the Gospel because they either don’t know it, they don’t believe it, or they are afraid of the response they will receive.
- The Gospel can only be good news if there is bad news.
- Because people don’t generally give up their core beliefs for another set of beliefs on a whim, as ministers of the Gospel, we must often help people disbelieve something first before they can believe something new. Put differently, evangelism must include the discipline of helping people subtract before they adopt. We rarely see blind preaching of the Gospel in the Scriptures. Instead, we see ministers asking questions and deconstructing through relationship before reconstructing Christianity.
- Looking for opportunities to share the Gospel isn’t bad, but more importantly, look for opportunities to be in relationship with people. Go love people. The Lord, in His timing, will give you the opportunity to ask questions and share the Good News.
The core message we want to leave you with is this: Jesus has work for us to do. We should be training, preparing, practicing and studying so that we can be ready to give a defense for our faith when the opportunity presents itself.
- Matthew 28:18-20: “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”
- Romans 10:17: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
- Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.”
- 1 Peter 3:15: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;”
- 1 Corinthians 3:5-8 “Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.”
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