When it comes to evangelism, there are things that people can be committed to that really isn’t evangelism. These things may look good, sound good, and makes us feel good, but are not true evangelism. We can be tempted to substitute good things for evangelism in an attempt to make us feel as though we have done our job.
Here are two concerns I have about evangelism.
1- I am concerned that people are outsourcing evangelism and thinking that doing so alleviates their responsibility.
I have talked with a lot of people who think that because they give money to the missions program of their church they are fulfilling their evangelistic responsibilities. While I am all for giving to missions, evangelism is not something that we can outsource or pay someone else to do. It is a personal responsibility to which each believer in Christ must be committed.
2- I am concerned that people think that as long as they are involved in corporate evangelism there is no need for involvement in personal evangelism.
I am afraid that people don’t understand that there are really two types of evangelism. There is both corporate evangelism and personal evangelism. Corporate evangelism is what the church does as a whole. Special services, evangelistic meetings, ministries, and programs would all fall under this category. Personal evangelism is each individual intentionally being a witness to those they come in contact with on a daily basis such as co-workers, family, friends, and neighbors for the purpose of evangelism.
We must understand that involvement in a ministry of the church that can be considered evangelistic does not automatically make someone evangelistically-minded. Helping out in corporate evangelism is needed, but does not negate our responsibility to be involved in personal evangelism.
Evangelism is a personal responsibility. It is not something that the church does for us. It is not something that we can pay someone else to do instead of us. It is something to which we must be committed.