The command to evangelism
The great commission to the church by our Lord Jesus Christ can be found in the following scriptures.
Mark 16:15-16 And he said unto them,Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Matthew 28:19-20Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 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.
This is not a suggestion but indeed, a commandment.
From the above scriptures we find 2 parts to the Lord's command.
I. Preach the Gospel to the lost, baptize the believers.
II. Teach them to observe His commandments.
Get them saved by the gospel and then disciple them.
There are many churches that are diligent with part II. but have lost sight of part I.
2Corinthians 5:18-20And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
The ministry of reconciliation has been committed to the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
All Christians (born again children of God) should be a part of evangelism. Let each take part as God gives the ability.
For an army to function and reach it's goals; it takes everyone doing their part. Some carry rifles, some deliver supplies, some cook, some drive trucks, not all have the same function but all take a part.
Not all can go out on the streets, some can pray, some can donate finances, some can pass out tracts etc. but all can be part of an evangelistic outreach in their community.
Proverbs 29:18Where there is no vision, the people perish:
The leaders in our churches must get a vision for the lost, set some evangelistic goals for their communities and get their people involved. Amen brother!