In my last post, I explored our idea of the evangelistic process and how we can naturally talk to others about Christ.
Today we continue exploring what keeps us from modeling Paul’s activity in Athens — reach out, build relationships with folks, and then engage them with the gospel where they are on a daily basis.
4 Stumbling Blocks to Everyday Evangelism and How to Remove Them
(4) Our Idea of Bringing People to Christ
Often times we believe winning someone to Christ is something we have to do on our own in a one-off-full-on gospel presentation on foreign soil like someone’s front yard, the mall, or the movies. Thinking that way will often keep us from sharing the gospel because after all we don’t want to mess it up. We don’t want to lose the sale, or be the reason why someone didn’t come to Jesus.
But here is the thing:
Saving others is not our responsibility. It is God’s.
God is the One who changes people’s hearts, so that they desire a relationship with Jesus, not us. Our responsibility is only to share the message to the best of our ability.
So those are a few stumbling blocks to everyday evangelism and how we might remove them so that we can engage people everyday with the gospel.
All of them take a little effort and intentionality, but the effort is worth it, not only because it will change people’s lives, but it is something we are called to do. We are called to be disciples who are make disciples.
So let’s be that. Let’s be disciples who make disciples. Let’s all see it as our responsibility to daily reach out to those in the community with the purpose of building relationships and spreading the gospel. If we do that, then everyday evangelism will happen, and we will make an impact in our communities and cities for Christ.
Question for Reflection
- How does knowing that God is the One who saves free you up to share the gospel more often?
Post adapted from the sermon: Spread the Gospel – Growth Through Discipleship – Week 5