Efficient Evangelism is not just call the church together to knock door to door and if no one answers leave a “flyer”. Evangelism is the purpose of the existence of the church. It’s mission has been compromised and misguided that has led to the despondency of the membership.
Many churches want to please the Lord and be evangelistic but lack the skills to go along with the love they have and many of the flock have been stunted in their spiritual growth to become hard fighting soldiers. I have choose the Apostle Peter as a starting place for our dilemma because he was told by the Lord Jesus Christ how to shepherd His sheep.
John 21:14-18 (NKJV)
14 This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.
15 So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?“ He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”
16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
Efficient Evangelism Requires Love
John 3:16 (NKJV
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
God wrapped Himself in love to reach out to human kind that was in a lose lose situation. God who is rich in His mercy sent His Divine solution into a sick and dying creation suffering from the revages of sin. The Lord Jesus Christ is the answer. Luke 19:10 (NKJV)
10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Efficient Evangelism Requires In Reach
The outreach of Effective Evangelism starts with in reach. This is the gospel of God demolishing the strongholds as well as transforming of our mind that results I “spiritual growth towards salvation”. These “new babes” must grow up in Christ nourished by the “truth as it is in Christ Jesus”.
Effective Evangelism will be dead on arrival if the “brokenness”of every “new babe” that has been born again is not handled. The problem of the high rate of drop out can be traced to the “lack of spiritual growth due to little or no attention the defective and or forgotten newness.
Before the “new babes” in Christ can mature, the “UN-transformed” mind has led them astray. The Apostle Peter draws (4 ) obligations that the new Christians have to accomplish with Holy Spirit power along with their obedient faith and the “shepherding” of the Evangelist and Shepherds. The new Christians are called to gird up the loins of their mind, 2) obedient children 3) be holy in all your conduct.
Efficient Evangelism Requires Holy Conduct
1 eter 1:13-15 (NKJV)
13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;
15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,
Peter calls the Christians who live in a sinful environment(USA) that they should “be holy as God is holy”. Because the sinful space that these Christians lived, to “be holy” is not just an option but it was an obligation.
The cost redemption for all Christians was indescribable by human tongue as well unsearchable in value of the precious blood of Christ Jesus.
The Shepherd leaders were also included in the instruction to “be holy as God is holy”. The Shepherd leaders were not “lords” over the “flock” seeing there is just One Lord but “examples to the flock” or models to the “flock of God” I Peter 5:3
Ephesians 4:4-5 (NKJV)
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;
5 one LoEfrd, one faith, one baptism;
Efficient Evangelism Requires The Right Messaging
Efficient evangelism begins with faith spiritual shepherds who not only has the right “holy model” but also the right messaging. The right message to the world calls all human kind to a “clear understanding of how freedom from sin, guilt and insignificance is accomplished by repentance, forgiveness and son-ship that is centered by faith in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.