When the apostle Paul said farewell to the Ephesian elders, he said. “I don’t care about my life. The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work the Lord Jesus gave me – to tell people the Good News about God’s grace.” Acts 20:24 (NCV) Evangelism is sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who do not know Him. Evangelism involves the privilege of working with God and representing Him to others, and it is a responsibility that all Christians share.
To share means I care about those in my sphere of influence. An acrostic shows how it works:
Capitalize on common ground – a place to begin.
Accept people where they are – not where you want them be.
Risk sharing your own personal story – What Christ has done for you.
Expect God to do His part – only the Holy Spirit can draw people to God.
The Great Commission was given to every follower of Jesus. As we “go about” we are to make disciples for Jesus. It is not the Great Suggestion. You and I are the only Christian some people will ever know. Groups need to pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send forth workers (from among them). Groups can encourage one another to be sensitive to the needs of their own relational neighborhood. Groups can serve together in their local community, and then share what they have learned from the experience. A group can adopt an unreached people group – pray, give, send. They can be willing to support a local or regional mission outreach, or join with a national or overseas mission team.
Evangelism has eternal significance and is the only purpose you can’t do in heaven.