Friday, October 7, 2011

"I Don't Have The Gift of Evangelism"

In response to yesterday's Vlog, I received the following comment/question from Len:
I've been told by many people that I have the "Gift" of evangelism, but they often express they don't share that gift. People in my circle speak of evangelism as if it's a spiritual gift; such as hospitality or teaching. How can I best demonstrate to my brethren that evangelism is not a spiritual gift, but a command? Thanks Tony! God bless you and your ministry!
This belief is common among Christians, especially those who do not share the gospel with the lost. While there are those who are particularly gifted to serve in the office of evangelist in the church (Ephesians 4:11-16), and while the open-air proclamation of the gospel is not for everyone, evangelism is a command placed upon every follower of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8).

That one may not feel "gifted" as an evangelist does not justify disobeying God's command to fulfill the two greatest commandments (Mark 12:28-31), by fulfilling the Great Commission.