Evangelism is one of those areas of the Christian faith that nearly everyone affirms as vitally important. For those of us holding to a reformed view of scripture it is especially central to our lives as disciples. We believe that God has elected His church from before the foundation of the world and that He has called us to be the means by which He calls and redeems His church from the world. The method we use to accomplish that task is the proclamation of the gospel. It is evangelism.
And yet despite that nearly everyone also affirms they aren't nearly as faithful as they should be when it comes to the mission of evangelism. We know the Great Commission and many can quote Matthew 28:19-20 from memory. But actually putting feet to our knowledge seems to be very difficult. The move from knowing the Great Commission to carrying out the Great Commission causes many a Christian to falter.
As someone who fits into both the category of reformed believer and faltering evangelist, I have begun to feel the Holy Spirit convict me quite plainly lately. I have tried to pinpoint why I have fallen when I has come to sharing my faith more regularly to those around me. I came up with a list of things that might look familiar to many of you:
1. I am really more of an introvert so evangelism doesn’t come naturally to me.
2. I spend most of my time at work, at home, and at church and almost all those people are already believers.
3. I think God has gifted me in other ways besides evangelism.
4. I just don’t have much time in this season of my life with work, church, kids, school, etc.
I could probably add to this list but I think you get the idea. As I looked over the list I realized something: this isn't so much a list of reasons as it is a list of excuses. Whether I am introverted or extroverted, gifted or not, God has commanded me to be a witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. If my schedule or lifestyle don’t allow for that then I need to change my schedule or my lifestyle.
At the end of day, evangelism really does come down to one simple thought: Just do it!
So in the hopes of spurring on those of you who are like me I am going to share one of my ideas for just doing some evangelism. I hope to also use this public forum as some accountability to actually seeing this idea progress to real action.
I meet with 2 groups of men during the week for bible study: one group meets with the pastor of my church on Saturday mornings and the other group is made up of the men in the small group I lead on Sunday evenings. I have mentioned the idea to both of those groups of men of gathering together one morning or afternoon and going out specifically to do evangelism. So we might go to the local park and find people there to share our faith with. The point isn't so much where or even how as it is just to be about the business of sharing our faith. It is about setting out intentionally and with accountability to do evangelism.
I am looking forward to see what God does through me and in me as I commit to being more faithful in sharing my faith with those around me.
What about you?
How are you sharing your faith?
How could you share your faith more?
Remember: techniques, methods, places, etc. are not nearly as important as just doing it.