Read through the Evangelism Tract
The following is an explanation of my tract on
the importance of Evangelism titled,
The Most Loving Thing You Can Do! It is
also extra information not given in the tract about the importance of Evangelism
that will help you better understand the message of this tract and also show you
how to respond to arguments you will encounter on the field in presenting this
The reason why sharing the Love of Jesus Christ with others
is the most loving thing You can do is because the only way a person can get to
heaven is by what they do with Jesus. I am a Pastor. Church is important.
Teaching Sunday school is important. Committees are necessary, but all Church
activity is secondary in importance to sharing the love of Jesus Christ with
man, because only what a person does with Jesus will determine whether they are
saved. You will never have the perfect Church in this life. You will never have
perfect knowledge and theology in this life. We need to strive to have right
knowledge based on the word of God, but all these things are secondary to the
importance of sharing the love of Jesus Christ with men. This is because while
certain basic concepts of our theology covered in
Chapter 9 are vitally important if we are to
bring men to true saving faith in Jesus, having a perfect theology in all areas
of theology does not save men or bring them into the kingdom, only what they do
with the Jesus portrayed in the Bible does. Therefore, sharing the love of
Jesus Christ with men is of vital importance and of first importance over all
other church activities.
What am I saying here? Am I saying stop building your church,
stop teaching Sunday School, stop striving for the truth, stop having necessary
committee meetings? No. What I am saying is that the Church's first
responsibility and your first responsibility as a Christian is to plan and take
time in your week to do aggressive evangelism, to reach out to the lost and
hurting with the message of Jesusí love and forgiveness. This is the answer to
our country's ills, not more laws, not more gun control laws, not better
politicians, but God consciousness, consciousness of Godís moral laws and
salvation through Jesus Christ. There is only one way America gains this
knowledge: when we as Christians take time in our weeks to go out and share
Jesus' love and forgiveness aggressively with lost humanity.
Evangelism must be on the top of priorities in any Church
planning and activities. This must come first before all other church activities
because men without Jesus will not go to heaven, not men without Sunday school.
Make sure you first have time for Evangelism, then yes Pastor, teach Sunday
school and have committee meetings. The Apostle John recorded in Revelation
19:10 "For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." Evangelism is
Jesusí first concern and the Holy Spiritís first concern. If what you are doing
and planning to do in your Church does not include aggressive Evangelism, the
Holy Spirit has nothing to do with it.
Some people will argue that the reason they will not get
involved in Evangelism right now is because of present problems they have in
their life, that for them to go out and share the Gospel right now would not be
a good witness. What do they mean by a good witness? Are men saved by what they
presently are or by what they do with Jesus. The Gospel is not what You are but
what Jesus is and has done for us. Jesus is the answer to menís needs, not you.
Sharing the Gospel is not sharing that you are the answer to their needs.
Sharing the Gospel is explaining to people that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the
answer to their needs.
Unfortunately in this life we will always have problems. The
Apostle Paul said in Acts 14:22, Through many tribulations we must enter the
kingdom of God. There is nothing in the Bible which indicates that we will
come to a point in this life when we will not have problems.
What does Jesus say is the solution to our problems? His
Answer is recorded in the Gospel of Luke 6:38:
"Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed
down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your
standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."
Jesus tells us in this passage that the answer to our needs
is to give. Do You have problems? What is the solution to Your needs. Jesus says
GIVE! and it will be given to you. The greatest gift you can give anyone
is the love of Jesus Christ through the Gospel. The greatest gift you can give
God and Man is using your free time in the week to share the love of Jesus
Christ with others. Jesus said Give, and it will be given to you.
The most important thing in this life is not solving all our
problems. When we die or the rapture occurs, in heaven all our problems will be
solved, there will be no bills to pay; but in heaven all opportunity to share
the love of Jesus Christ with others will forever be lost because in heaven
there are no lost people.
Years ago as a young person (I am 50 at this writing) when I
was involved with a certain Evangelistic organization, I had many Christian
associates I could go out and share the love of Jesus Christ with. As the years
went on more and more of these people stopped sharing the Gospel. They became
too busy with family, job and church. This organization rightly taught that we
are to go out two by two, but after a few years there was no one who wanted to
go out and share the Gospel with me. I came to realize if I depended on having a
partner, I wouldn't go out and share the Gospel with others either. Everyone had
excuses: "It is not my gift." "I am involved in teaching Sunday school." "My
family requires too much of my time right now." I had to make a decision: was I
going to obey the Lord whether I had a partner or not? I decided to obey the
Another excuse I often here is finances. "As soon as I get my
life together, get out of debt, or at least get caught up with my bills, then I
will go out and share the love of Jesus Christ with men." Whether you are in
debt or out of debt does not save you or determine that you will go to heaven.
Your accepting Jesus as your Savior and Lord saved you, nothing else. Whether
you are in debt or out of debt will not save anyone else either. The only way
lost humanity comes to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ is when we commit
ourselves to go out and share the love of Jesus Christ with men. What they then
do with the message of the Gospel that they now have heard is what will save
them, not whether you have your life together financially and practically. I
struggled over this issue years ago, but as time when on I found I was always
having financial problems. I came to realize Satan was behind it and that if I
waited until I was rich or at least well off, I would never go out and share the
love of Jesus Christ with men. I then decided I would not allow my finances to
keep me from sharing the Love of Jesus Christ with others.
What are your excuses? What is Satan using to keep you from
sharing the Gospel? Whatever it is, it is not an excuse because the only thing
which saves you or any one else is not whether you have or do not have problems,
but by what they do with Jesus Christ. This is why the Bible teaches that to win
souls is wise, not solve all your problems. It is a matter of obedience to
Jesus, it is a matter of love for Your fellow men and women. You will always
have problems on this side of Heaven, but only what a person does with Jesus
will get them into Heaven. For this reason, your taking time in your week to go
out and share the love of Jesus Christ with others is the most important thing
you can do and the most important activity to first schedule in your week.
"Yes, but Dale you hit the nail on the head. If I go out and
share Jesus with others, I will be attacked by Satan, my finances will be
attacked, my Christian friends will disassociate themselves from me."
Yes you will experience these things, you will experience
hardships. Satan will do all he can to discourage you from doing this most
loving thing, but as Christians this is what Jesus has called us to. The Apostle
"For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also
suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who
committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being
reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats,
but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously." (1 Peter 2:21-23)
"Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm
yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh
has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer
for the lusts of men, but for the will of God." (1 Peter 4:1-2)
Peter explains to us plainly that we are called with the same
purpose that Jesus was called to. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. He
tells us in John 20:21 "As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." As
Christians we also are called to seek and to save the lost. This means upholding
what is true regardless of the cost to ourselves just as Jesus did. How else can
we convince unbelievers that Heaven and Hell are real if they donít see by
example our putting supreme value not on this life but only on the life to come.
If Jesus had not convinced us by His example, even to the point of death
upholding His claims, we never would have believed or turned to Him. It was His
faithfulness of His claims to death that convinced us that what He said is true
truth. There is no such thing as a safe and costless Christianity when it comes
to sharing the message of the Gospel, but neither will men believe and turn to
Christ until they see that we so believe what we profess that in order to uphold
that confession we are willing to suffer the loss of all things, even the
freedom of our time on Saturday and Sunday afternoons in order to bring Jesusí
message of love and forgiveness to them. Our very act of doing this is a
testimony to them of the truth we share.