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Evangelism and You

Posted by James Carroll on

As we’ve seen in our study in Isaiah on Sunday mornings, God established the nation of Israel as witnesses for Him in the world (Isaiah 44:8). They had greater access to revelation about God and firsthand experience of His grace to save than the other peoples of the world. Therefore, they were responsible to make Him known to the other nations. We see a continuation of this calling in the New Testament church.

According to 1 Peter 2:9, we are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” Because God has saved us, we have the responsibility, like Israel, to make God known to all nations. We call this act of declaring or sharing the good news about God and His salvation, evangelism.

As a church, we remain committed to evangelism. In fact, we believe every single member bears responsibility to announce the good news of the gospel to unbelievers. While the church ministries faithfully proclaim this message, we continue to shift the primary means of evangelism away from church programming to individual believers. In other words, our strategy for reaching Nelson County with the gospel is to equip and send an army of missionaries each week into local schools, workplaces, rec fields, neighborhoods, and local businesses.

In response to studying and preaching these truths in the past few weeks, I’ve been convicted about the need to emphasize personal evangelism in my own life and in our church. To this end, I want to ask you to join me in taking three steps each day in September.

Pray for opportunities to share. Start each day by asking God to open the door for you to share Christ with someone. Also, pray for friends and relatives you already know who do not know Christ. Ask God to work in them and to give you the opportunity to share the gospel with them. Finally, pray that God would give you the courage to share when the moment comes.

Prepare. Work to commit the gospel to memory. We have copies of a little pamphlet in the church office entitled, “What is the Gospel” that is a great resource for learning a succinct summary of the gospel. We’ll have them available at the information desks in the coming weeks for those who would like to get one. Prepare by knowing the gospel. Also, prepare your heart and mind each day to look for opportunities to share.

Proclaim. As God provides the opportunities, “proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” Again, look for natural occasions to share the gospel with unbelievers in your life each day. On days when no opportunities arise, take a few moments to share with your spouse, child, or believing friend. The truth will encourage them and the practice will better prepare you for your next opportunity.

We could say much more about evangelism – and we will in the days ahead – but please consider joining me in taking intentional steps to fulfill our responsibility in this area. I’m excited to see how God uses us to save sinners in the weeks ahead!