Evangelism and Discipleship
Go therefore and make disciples of all the
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father
and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to
observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with
you always, even to the end of the age."
One of the ways we are a blessing to those around
us is through evangelism and discipleship.
Evangelism is sharing how to become born again.
Discipleship is sharing how to live as a born again
follower of Christ. Our primary mission as followers
of Christ is to share these two things. Be wary of
any activity that detracts from this mission. For
example, part of maintaining an evangelistic
lifestyle is restraining yourself from trying to
defend God in current issues debates. This is a
trap, and often can damage peopleís ability to hear
the gospel. It is the garden of Gethsemane all over
again. Just as Peter cut off the ear of the slave,
so we too cut off the ears of the unsaved when they
come to take Jesus out of the public schools or
remove the nativity scene from public property
(etc.) and we oppose it. Jesus didnít care about
politics when He was here, and neither should we
unless it is something really serious, like
abolishing slavery or opposing great evil like Hitler or Stalin.
God has called us to be His
witnesses and to make disciples Ė stay focused on
this. I would contend that if we (evangelical
christianity) had taken all of the time, money and
energy spent on the political issues of the 60's to
today and invested it in evangelism and discipleship
in the US, all of the "issues" we are so
concerned about would have been
resolved in a godly manner. The way to promote godly
change is to help people connect with God and let
Him change them.
Evangelism and discipleship is what
Jesus has called us to do. Meet people where they are. Love them for who
they are. Be real. Donít be weird. Live your
life so people can connect with you. Be accessible. Make friends with
everyone. We never know whose life God is working
in. We need to have saved and unsaved friends.
With our born-again friends, help them grow
in their walk with Christ. With our unsaved
friends, help them move closer to God from wherever
they are. But the friendship comes first.
be Spirit led in all of your evangelistic and
discipleship activity. Ultimately it is God who is
at work in the lives of those around us. It is His
show. He is in charge. He saves, not us. We cannot
argue or debate people into the kingdom of God. God's Spirit
must do a work in the hearts and minds of the lost
in order for them to be saved. Let Godís Spirit direct
everything you say and do. Because God has called us
to do the work of an evangelist and to make
"Choose you this day whom you will
serve.....but as for me and my house, we will serve