I am blessed to have the opportunity to audit a class on evangelism taught by Dr. Doug Cecil of Dallas Theology Seminary (DTS). He brought up a couple of great points in his first lecture — which was really just his testimony — that I thought I would share.
- Jesus didn’t give us the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) to make us miserable. If we are afraid/hesitant to talk to people about Jesus and share the good news (evangelism), then there is something wrong with our view of evangelism and we need a truth infusion. As Christians, especially Christians indwelt with the Holy Spirit, we should *want* to tell people about Jesus. Is this a problem for you? Pray – ask God to change your heart.
- Do you have any non-Christian friends? In Mark 2:17, Jesus said ““It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” What are you doing to put yourself in the path of unbelievers so that you will have the opportunity to speak with them about Jesus? If you don’t have an opportunity to meet with unbelievers on a regular basis, ask God to show you how you can begin to make relationships with them.
- What’s your evangelism quotient? How many unbelievers are you praying for currently, regularly? If you can’t picture at least 5 people, then your evangelism quotient may be a bit anemic. (5 is an arbitrary goal, btw). If you are on the anemic side, have a talk with God and ask Him to show you five people to put on your radar. If you don’t know 5 unbelievers, then go back to #2.
I was a bit chagrined to realize that I didn’t have 5 people picked out, but at least I did have a couple. It’s time to be intentional, folks. What are you doing to get the message out?