This post may surprise you. I know that culture is increasingly anti-Christian, and the work of the gospel ministry faces new challenges every day. On the other hand, I’m excited about doing evangelism today. Here’s why:
- The gospel is still good news. That truth hasn’t changed. Men and women are still sinners, but God sent His Son to die for us while we were still sinners (Rom. 5:8). No matter what direction culture takes, that truth still stands.
- Many non-believers have never been a part of church. Here’s what that reality means: evangelizing them doesn’t require helping them overcome bad church memories. They know nothing about church, and sometimes that’s not a bad thing.
- Some of those people know little or nothing about Jesus. Even in North America, it’s possible to find some who’ve had little or no exposure to the gospel story. They’re not biased against it, however; they’re just ignorant of it. For some of those folks, the gospel is revolutionary and redemptive when they hear it.
- Resources for evangelism training abound. It’s hard for me to imagine a church that could not find some tool to help them teach their members how to evangelize. The problem has been a lack of commitment more than a lack of resources.
- Some pastors are realizing that their church won’t do more evangelism than they do. Frankly, I’ve never seen a strongly evangelistic church without a strongly evangelistic pastor. It’s happening slowly, but more and more pastors are accepting this responsibility.
- Many church leaders are recognizing the power of prayer in evangelism. Some evangelism strategies, in my opinion, give far too little attention to prayer for the witness and the non-believer. I’m seeing that change, however, as leaders remember that evangelism invites the enemy’s attacks.
- The Internet makes it possible to evangelize the world. This approach may not be the most effective means to evangelize and disciple, but it does assist us in getting the gospel to our neighbors and the nations.
- God is still saving people. He is still gathering around His throne a people from every nation, tribe, and tongue (Rev. 7:9)—and we get to be a part of that process when we share the gospel with others. That’s exciting!
- At least for now, we can still speak the gospel freely. That situation may change at some point as Christianity gets marginalized, but I don’t want us to miss the blessing of telling the story without threat on our lives. Many people have no such blessing.
What about you? Are you excited or discouraged about evangelism?