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Relationship With Jesus
The Key To Effective Ministry

Section 1, Chapter 11

The Most Loving Thing
You Can Do!

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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 tract.

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 Lord.

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 Peter wrote,

"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.

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