Evangelism is Not a Choice (The Soul-Winning Motivator #13)

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Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is Luke 15:10 which reads: “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”

Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this passage from the Bible Knowledge Commentary by John F. Walvoord and Roy Zuck:

The Parable of the Lost Coin teaches that there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels when a sinner repents. This is the same message as the first but it emphasizes the thoroughness of the search. The woman continued to sweep the house and search carefully until she found the coin which was a thing of great value. A drach-ma, a Greek silver coin referred to only here in the New Testament, equaled about a day’s wages. The point would have been clear to Jesus’ listeners: the sinners with whom He was associating were extremely valuable to God.

Our soul winning quote today is from John Piper: He said, “There is no escape: if we, by God’s grace, are successful in evangelism we will be happier. Our joy in God will be increased.”

Our soul winning devotional today is part 1 of our new series titled “What Evangelism Is Not” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Dave Earley and David Wheeler share the following story: A few years ago I had the misfortune of discussing the idea of evangelism with a high ranking administrator at a major Christian institution in the Midwest. While he was appreciative of the many ways that our organization was willing to serve and assist his students by providing motivational speakers and opportunities for outreach, he was perplexed by the use of the word “evangelism” in reference to promoting our ministry to his student body. He even went as far as to state, “Evangelism is a negative term for our students!” I recall thinking, “Wow… when did Evangelicals become offended by the concept of evangelism?”

Unfortunately, I have had similar experiences working with pastors and other church leaders. In fact, it is common to meet Christians like this college administrator who place a low value on the concept of evangelism. The question is: why?

Much of the reason is because the church has believed a series of false assumptions related to evangelism. Today, we will deal with the first thing that Evangelism is not…

Evangelism is not a choice. It is generally accepted in Christian circles that the majority of believers rarely share their faith with another unsaved person. I have noticed this in my graduate-level evangelism classes. By a simple show of hands, well over half of the students will admit that they rarely share their faith with an unsaved person. One of the contributing factors is that evangelism is taught as an individual choice rather than a biblical command. This is misleading and dangerous in reference to the Great Commission. Consider what Jesus says in Acts 1:8: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” The phrase “you shall be witnesses” is written as a direct command of Christ. The aim is to mobilize His disciples into the world to fulfill His earlier promise as recorded in Mark 1:17: “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”