Eye’s darted around the hall. No one put up their hand. That’s odd, I thought to myself.
Joel asked the question again, “Who here came to Christ after someone walked up to them in a street and handed them a tract? Just pop your hand up.”
I looked around. No one.
“OK, how about someone who responded to an alter call the first time they’d heard the Gospel? Maybe a rally or something?”
A single hand went up in the front.
“One person in the room. That’s it? OK, how about, who here responded to the Gospel after someone who they knew had presented the Gospel over a period of time, maybe even praying for them for years and years? Put your hand up now.”
I remembered my dad telling me of my mother praying everyday for the salvation of my soul with tears in her eyes. I raised my hand and looked around. Every hand in the room was up.
This weekend our church spent some time thinking about evangelism; the message, the methods and the motivation. Clearly from our collective experience much of the evangelistic techniques that we get encouraged to use just don’t plain work, what does work is the faithful, consistent testimony of our families and friends as they proclaim the Gospel of Christ crucified through their everyday lives.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that there isn’t a place for tracts and rallies, some of my favorite online people are cold calling evangelists, literally fishing the streets and street corners, calling people to Christ (Go check out StreetFishing.org for example of a guy who’s faithfully serving Christ in this ministry) but the greatest harvest for you my friend is the people who are living without Christ that are standing right in front of you.
Evangelism is the process of making Christian disciples, learners of The Way; and the person that’s meant to tell them about the glory of the cross is you. Consider Jesus’ Great Commission from Matthew 28:
Not sure what you’d say? Check out what the apostle said: Click here. “Jesus died, Jesus rose, repent for the forgiveness of sins… Jesus died, Jesus rose, repent for the forgiveness of sins… Jesus died, Jesus rose, repent for the forgiveness of sins…”