Yesterday I shared some thoughts about why your church should consider some form of organized outreach (Five Reasons To Consider Organized Outreach). Today I want to share a theology of evangelism. Why start with theology? I have found that we often tend to skip the biblical basis (theology of evangelism) and jump straight to implementation. As a result we can sometimes find ourselves doing activities for activity’s sake without the biblical understanding of why we are involved in the activity in the first place. As followers of Christ and believers in the Word of God, we should ground our ministries on solid biblical ground instead of the shaky ground of conventional wisdom.
A theology for evangelism…
Our Great Commission – “Go” and make disciples… Matthew 28:18-20.
The example of our Savior – The Son of Man has come to seek and save the lost, Luke 19:10.
The lostness of our world – All we like sheep have gone astray. Each of us has turned to his own way. Isaiah 53:6.
The power of our testimony – they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony. Revelation 12:11.
The intent of God – …who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:4.
The power of the Gospel – I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. Romans 1:16.
The record of the church in Acts – And every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple complex, and broke bread from house to house… And the Lord added to them those who were being saved. Acts 2:46, 47b. The Lord added “to them”. Who is “them”? The church, but specifically to their worship and to their small groups. The early church
involved new believers in small group communities.
God is the source of growth – I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:6. Although God uses our spiritual gifts and He uses us in the propagation of the Gospel, He alone is the source of salvation and growth.
Read a philosophy of evangelism here.