7 Reasons America Has Not Been Reached for Christ
But Jesus himself reminds his disciples in Matthew 5:11-12: “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Instead of being ashamed, we need to boldly proclaim the Gospel with gentleness and respect. Let us embrace every sarcastic response to our evangelistic efforts as a hug from Jesus Himself.
4. Many Christians can’t explain the Gospel.
Put a microphone up to the face of most church-going Christians and you’ll discover most can’t clearly explain the Gospel message in a simple way.
It’s hard to share a message you can’t explain clearly yourself. Napoleon had three instructions for his wartime messengers: “1. Be clear! 2. Be clear! 3. Be clear!” We need to heed his advice by mastering the message of the Gospel (1 Cor. 15:3, 4) and then clearly articulating it to those we encounter (Col. 4:4.)
For a simple way to share the good news, go to www.dare2share.org/gospeljourney. Like chords on a guitar, master the basics of the message and then play the beautiful music of the Gospel with your own style and personality.
5. Church leaders are not leading the way.
Most church leaders I have encountered are not actively leading the way for evangelism in their faith communities.
They may pull off an outreach every now and again. They may bring in some professionals to exercise their gift of evangelism in their church services once or twice a year.
But most are not actively leading in evangelism on a personal or public level. Ask your pastor, youth leader or even outreach pastor to tell you the people they are currently engaged in an evangelistic conversation with, and you may be surprised … and disappointed.
As the old statement goes, “When there is a mist in the pulpit, there’s a fog in the pew.” This is true of both bad exegesis and non-existent evangelism.
If the spiritual teachers in the church aren’t sharing their faith personally, then why would we be shocked if their students are failing at Evangelism 101. As Jesus said in Matthew 10:24, “No student is above his teacher.”
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