Two reasons why we need to teach evangelism (or missions)

Posted: October 11, 2014 in TLCC
Photo courtesy of Israel Garcia

Photo courtesy of Israel Garcia

We invited YWAM (Youth with a mission) – New Zealand to come to our youth service to share their story on how they tell others about Jesus. Simply put it, evangelism seems to be something that is challenging in most churches, specially to the youth. Evangelism is viewed as going to the streets, or around the world, wherever the assignment would be. However, evangelism is as simple as telling your story of what God did in your life to someone else. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It just needs to be done…constantly.

Sharing their testimony

Sharing their testimony

I attended a seminar on missions while thinking of our activities (in the level of the youth) and here are some things that came across my mind with regards to evangelism (and missions, as well).

We should GO out because…

First, It is a command. Going back to Matthew 28:19-20, The last words of Jesus before ascending into heaven is commanding his disciples to go and make disciples. This puts us in a situation where in we ask questions:
(a) Am I a disciple of Christ?
(b) If yes, then the command is for me and am I obeying the command to GO and MAKE DISCIPLES?

You see, the key phrase to fulfilling the great commission is the word “GO”, consider the following verses…

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Mark 16:15

He who goes out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
bringing his sheaves with him.
Psalm 126:6

Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life
Acts 5:20

And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.”
Mark 1:38

And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow…”
Matthew 13:3

What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?
Luke 15:4

The point is simple. We are commanded to GO and thus, we should!

Praying for one another

Praying for one another

The second is this: Evangelism is much needed. The harvest is plenty but the workers are few (Matthew 9:35). We (Christians) are the workers in this harvest field. Do you know how many Genuine Christians are there in Cebu? The population in Cebu is over 4 million (as of 2010 census) and consider gathering all the Christian churches in Cebu, we will have a total of guess what? One hundred thousand. Or even less. In mathematical terms, we are at less than 1% of the entire population.

Indeed, the workers are few and the harvest is plenty!

Need I say more? Equip yourself in evangelism. Go and join the missions team! Let’s go!!!

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