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Why We Don’t Do Evangelism

Below are notes from Dr. Mike McKinley session on Evangelism at the FORUM12 Conference at FWBBC….


6 Reasons We Don’t Do Evangelism

1. We don’t know any unbelievers.
- Sadly, some consider it s “christian” virtue to stay away  from unbelievers (so set a part from the world)
- Be intentional. Have a genuine love for them.
- How do we encourage our congregation to build relationships with unbelievers?

2. We don’t realize our role.
- We leave it to the “professional believers” (i.e. pastors, missionaries).
- Who spread the gospel in Acts 8:14 or Romans 8:15?
- Paul wasn’t the “sole spreader” of the gospel. He left behind churches and believers that spread.

3. We have an inability to articulate the Gospel.
- What is the gospel in 60 seconds?
- God – Man – Christ – Response
- We must include evangelism training. What was the identity and mission of Jesus?
- “…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…, (1 Peter 3:15)

4. We are Indifferent (Sin/Wrong Priorities).
- We don’t care.
- The answer isn’t a guilt trip enticing those to do evangelism, but simply giving them more of Jesus – He will prompt.

5. We have a fear of man.
- The gospel is “crazy”.
- There is no what to do evangelism without experiencing the shame.
- Read the the book of Acts – Note every time someone shares the gospel and something bad happens to them
- Following Jesus, one must count the cost.
- Fear can’t keep us from….
- “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.

6. We have a lack of confidence in the Gospel.
- Do not confuse evangelism with the “fruits” of evangelism.
- Evangelism alone glorifies God.
- Our confidence is in God to give the increase.

4 Suggestions
1. Repent of our sinful attitude/Rejoice in the gospel that frees us to share it.
2. Pray for opportunities
3. Die – “When Christ bids us come, he bids us come and die.” -Bonhoeffer
4. GO – Evangelism doesn’t just happen. (Look, pray, plan).

3 Responses to “Why We Don’t Do Evangelism”

  • Joe Says:

    Do you agree?

  • pastorpusch Says:

    Joe – For the most part… I can only speak for me, but I am guilty of much of what he laid out. What are your thoughts?

    By the way… Great to hear from you!

  • Joe Says:

    I think that those are good reasons that we could all be guilty of at one time or another. I think as an overarching principle it may be that we don’t understand Jesus. We get hung up on principles and miss the personality of Jesus.

    I’m re-reading Luke (not verse by verse studying) and it’s like Luke sat down and just pulled story after story about Jesus out to explain to Theophilus how amazing Jesus was. It’s like reading about a great athlete of the past. We get so focused sometimes on the details or interpretations that we miss what made us and others throughout time fall in love with Jesus to begin with. If we don’t remember what made us fall in love with Him, how will we be passionate telling/showing others why they should fall in love with Him?

    I think another aspect is that many Christians spend their lives trying to be better which perpetuates a cycle of guilt. Paul says that there is no condemnation for those in Christ yet many Christians live as though they are guilty all the time. It’s tough to witness when you feel guilty all the time. We have to do a better job of teaching people that there is no condemnation for those in Christ. We have to do a better job teaching them that Jesus wants us to move past that.

    Easter is coming. This is not a time to rehash our sins. They have been forgiven. There is no condemnation. This should be a time of celebration of the one that defeated death. The one that is preparing for the renewal of all things. The one who calls us friend. The playful one that chose to appear to his closest friends after the resurrection while they were fishing and ask them if they had caught anything. No condemnation. Just a question of do you love me.

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