Since we have the answer to life’s greatest question, doesn’t it make sense that we would share it with as many people as possible. That’s what evangelism is; sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others in a way they can understand. In Christian circles it is called The Great Commission and it comes mainly from Matthew 28:18-20 but there are other scriptures as well.
But in today’s politically correct climate, some people who may be reading this website wonder why evangelism is still a priority of the church. First of all, Christ is the only way to be saved.
Christ died for our salvation, it is a precious gift. Let’s not ever lose sight of that. Sometimes we hear John 3:16 so often it becomes common place. But there are hundreds of verses in the Bible that highlight how amazing salvation really is. Take Revelation 20 for instance. This chapter describes the final judgment of all people. Books are brought out that list everything about everyone, no sin is hidden. But there is another book, the Book of Life, which contains the names of all who have been saved by Jesus Christ. The deeds of the redeemed are not written down to be paraded before all. They will not experience the shame of having an angel read out every idle word they have spoken, every wicked thought or sinful deed done in secret. Those washed by the blood of the lamb have had their sins bought and paid for by Jesus Christ. In fact God has thrown their every sin into the sea of forgetfulness “as if they had never sinned.” (Micah 7:9).
Let the fresh revelation of what it means to be saved wash over your spirit. With the awesome joy that revelation we are inspired and impelled to evangelize others.
Door to Door Evangelism
Even though each door is unique, the purpose of doors remains the same: enter, exit, security, protection. Each person has a door to their heart, but the purpose of that door does not change just because the picture is used as a metaphor. Everyone wants security and protection. Isn’t that why we guard the door to our heart?
Many people we encounter in door-to-door evangelism are in an intense spiritual warfare with evil external forces and the inner desperation that comes with trying to live life without Christ. They do not know how to guard their core being from curses, temptations, sin, death and disobedience. That is why when we bring the hope of salvation, a salvation found only through Jesus Christ, we call it Good News. The blood of Jesus has not only set us free from the guilt and condemnation of sin, but has freed us from the power of sin.
When a person opens the door of their heart to Jesus it is a beautiful thing. But that is not the only door that needs to be opened. We have all seen the painting of Jesus knocking at a door. It goes with the scripture found in Revelation 3:20 where Jesus is saying, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” The problem comes when we take this verse out of context and apply it to evangelism when actually Jesus is speaking to the church in Laodicea about their lukewarmness. The door Jesus refers to is not the door to our heart but the door of the church. Are we living the life of fellowship with our Lord or have we lost our first love?
Sharing the Gospel with people is great, but the church has much more work to do than evangelism. We must open the doors of our church and welcome all who come. It is a relationship that people are looking for, not religion. Relationship with fellow human beings and also the Lord Jesus. Let’s make sure they find both of those things in our churches?
Read More . . . Charles Knocks (First-hand account from the leader of the Door-to-Door team)
Open Air Crusades
Shem Mabongor partners with with Bishop Apollo Masa and Miracle Life Ministry along with a team of other pastors in Open Air Crusades throughout Uganda. Our mission was to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all tribes while working with local pastors in the area.
Apollo Massa has a large PA system and a mobile stage that he can load on a truck and take to all parts of the country. Pastor Shem’s main duties are as driver, intercessor and master of ceremonies. When we go into a place with the Gospel, it is always spiritual warfare and prayers were needed to break the powers principalities and rulers in the area that have been binding the people in religion, traditions and all kinds of perversions so that people can be freed to come and accept Jesus as their personal savior.
Read More . . . Not Just for Women (First-hand account of open air crusade in Mbarara Uganda)