Don't let others define evangelism for you. Let the Bible...
There's a popular teaching about evangelism that inspires fear in most Christians.
I recently read an article that expressed this legalistic view:
It stated that evangelism is not offering service, giving testimonies, inviting people to church, or discussing apologetics. Evangelism, the author insisted, was sharing the entire Gospel and calling the sinner to repentance. "To fail to do this is to fail at evangelism" the article concluded.*
I don't agree.
Our real failure in evangelism is thinking a person's conversion is based on a single event. Typically, there are multiple people and events involved in every conversion. There certainly were in mine.
Sharing testimonies, inviting people to church, serving people and discussing apologetics are some of the many ways we can share Christ with others.
And when a person accepts Christ, that's just the beginning. Then the process of sanctification begins and Christians with gifts in discipleship get involved. The essential Person in the process isn't any of us...
"Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow." ~ 1 Corinthians 3:7
Instead of debating who is doing "real evangelism," let's ask God to make us faithful to use our gifts for His purposes.
* It's essential that a person understand the Gospel and their sin before conversion. Jesus said they must first "count the cost" of becoming His disciple (Luke 14:28-33). But evangelism is a process and each aspect of it is important.
This week Bible Love Notes will be looking at several different styles of evangelism...hopefully, this will help you develop your own style.
If you'd like to look at 3 Bible passages and learn more about this subject, check out today's Bite Size Bible Study. It will reinforce some of the other devotions on Bible Love Notes this week.