Too Much Evangelism?

June 27, 2012

Too Much Evangelism?

            Human beings are inclined to go to one extreme or the other.  Christians and churches can do the same.  There are those who give little importance to evangelism.  There are others who give it so much importance that they let it crowd out other things of equal importance

The Bible exhorts us as believers to redeem our time.  Ephesians 5:16 says “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”  In order to do that, we need to evaluate our activities and determine what should have priority.  We fail if we are negligent in doing that which is most important.

Lest I be misunderstood, let me say that it’s not that I think evangelism isn’t important.  Yes, it’s important, but it’s not the only thing that should have importance.  My fear is that we often fail in discipleing those we win to the Lord. We stop short of completing our obligation to new believers.  It’s not enough just that they start attending church or even that they get baptized and are accepted as church members.  They can do that without any great level of spiritual maturity.

In II Timothy 2:2 the Apostle Paul gives us the formula for producing mature believers and perpetuating church growth.  He says “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”   It should be a matter of men teaching men and women teaching women.  The best way to do it is on a one on one personal level.  There is some good printed material available to be used in discipleship.  New believers need to be taught the basic Christian doctrines as well as practical Christian living.

In the great commission in Mathew 28:18-20 Jesus commanded us, first of all to make disciples, then to teach them.  “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.   Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Many times we have believers in our churches who accepted Christ as their Savior a number of years ago, but they have not matured.  They are still babes in Christ.  Believers need to be discipled so they in turn can disciple others.  We shouldn’t leave the responsibility to our pastors.  They need to set the example, but it’s too much to expect them to do all of it.

Discipleing others takes time.  We need to study in preparation for what we are going to teach.  Then we need to spend time with the one we are teaching.  We need to be prepared to answer his questions.  The material available for discipleing usually come as a series of lessons with sheets of questions to give to the one we are discipleing with verses of Scripture for him to look up.  We should encourage him to do that prior to our meeting with him.  In our time spent with him we ask him how he answered each question and then we give a fuller explanation of the matter.   We will need to meet with him to go over each chapter..

If we win someone to Christ, but don’t feel qualified to disciple him, we should find someone else to do it.  It’s unfortunate that there are few Christians prepared to disciple others.  Some may be capable but they aren’t willing or motivated to do it.  It could also be that many believers don’t see the importance of discipleing other believers.

Should we evangelize less?  By all means no.  One extreme is to evangelize and neglect to disciple.  The other extreme is to disciple and neglect to evangelize.  With the words of Jesus we should say, “These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other un

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