In the convention of churches I am a part of, professions of faith and baptism are sharply down numerically from where they were in years past, and the trend is not good. There has been a renewed discussion about evangelism and its importance. Without effective evangelism, churches will continue to decline, and the convention will as well. What’s the big deal about evangelism?
Evangelism is a commandment. The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) cannot be fulfilled unless God’s people evangelize. Yes, we are to make disciples and teach them to obey everything Jesus taught, but first people have to meet Jesus so they can be discipled.
Evangelism is a discipline. Paul told Timothy to do the work of an evangelist in Ephesus (2 Timothy 4:5). Many people do not evangelize as they should, because they do not discipline themselves to do so. Evangelism should be a way of life, not an occasional event in your life.
Evangelism brings joy. The joy comes individually from surrender to God and walking faithfully with him. There is also joy in heaven when even one sinner repents (Luke 15:7).
Evangelism is a spiritual battle. Satan does not want people to come to know Jesus Christ. He does everything he can to blind them from the truth (2 Corinthians 4:4). Prayer is essential in depending on the Holy Spirit to overcome the enemy.
Evangelism will be rewarded. The crown of rejoicing will be awarded all who faithfully evangelize and bring people into God’s kingdom (1 Thessalonians 2:19). What a blessing it will be to see people we have led to faith in Jesus in Heaven someday in the presence of God.
Our time on this earth is short. Let’s make the most of it and take as many people to heaven with us as we can.