Most North American believers don’t tell the Good News of Christ much. Many will never tell their gospel story to another person in their entire life. That’s tragic – and it’s a primary reason most churches are not reaching non-believers. We evangelicals have many programs to help us do evangelism, but I’m not convinced that programs are the best starting point. Instead, these texts from the Gospel of Mark tell us where we must begin:
“The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law . . . . the people were all so amazed that they asked each other, ‘What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.’” (Mark 1:22, 27)
“He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!’” (Mark 2:12)
“So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.” (Mark 5:20)
“Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.” (Mark 5:42)
“People were overwhelmed with amazement. ‘He has done everything well,’ they said. ‘He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.’” (Mark 7:37)
It’s all really quite simple: people who were amazed at Jesus talked about Him. It’s as if they couldn’t help but tell others about Him.
Perhaps we struggle with evangelism because we’re no longer amazed at the Redeemer – that is, we struggle because we’ve gotten over grace.
Maybe our first step toward evangelizing again is to be filled with wonder over Jesus again. In fact, I encourage you to use this post (“Signs that You’ve Lost Your Wonder”) to evaluate whether that’s your situation.