John 15:26-27 – “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.”
In the U.S. many churchgoers believe that sharing their faith with non-believers is essential to fulfilling their calling as a follower of Christ. Surprisingly though, according to a study of American Protestants conducted by LifeWay Research, a large number of believers are not only inactive in sharing their beliefs, but they’ve never opened up…not once.
When it comes to evangelism, LifeWay spokesperson Jon D. Wilke said, “churchgoers struggle most with sharing Christ with non-Christians.”
LifeWay’s study found that 80 percent of those who attend church at least once or twice a month believe they have a personal responsibility to share their faith with others. Sadly though, in the past 6 months, 61 percent have not told another person about how to become a Christian or even had an open conversation about Christianity.
The research project conducted by LifeWay focused on measuring spiritual maturity in individuals by examining eight biblical attributes consistently evident in the lives of maturing believers. Of those eight, “Sharing Christ” had the lowest average score amongst church attendees.
Three-quarters of churchgoers say they feel comfortable in their ability to effectively communicate the Gospel, while 12 percent say they don’t feel comfortable telling others about their faith.
In the last 6 months:
- 25 percent of Christians say they have shared their faith only once or twice.
- 14 percent have shared three or more times.
Another penetrative question the survey asked was how many times they have personally invited unchurched/unbelievers to attend a church service.
- 48 percent of church attendees responded “zero.”
- 33 percent of people say they’ve personally invited someone one or two times
- 19 percent say they’ve done so on three or more occasions in the last six months.
So who is more likely to share their faith with others…a new believer or a seasoned veteran?
“In reality people who have been a Christian longer have higher responses for Sharing Christ than newer Christians. While new Christians may find it natural to share their new experience, mature Christians do it intentionally,” –Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research.
The Holy Spirit was sent into the world and into our hearts to bear witness to Christ and He therefore bears witness through us. The ministry of witnessing is committed to us. Acts 1:8 says we will be witnesses when the holy spirit comes upon us…which is the moment one accepts Christ as their Lord and Savior. Therefore, we’re all called then to communicate the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.
Think of it this way…
You’re waiting to cross at an intersection…you have the “Not a good time to cross” signal staring at you from across the street. Cars are whizzing by in front of you when out of your periph, you see a car zooming straight for the red light on a collision course for the other motorist. The inevitable happens, !!!!!BOOM!!!!!! You’ve just witnessed the entire thing. You get called into court and asked to testify… “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?” The attorney walks up and says, “Please tell us what you saw, what you heard and what you felt.”
On those terms, you instantly become a viable witness.
Consider 1 John 1:1 – “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life.”
We are witnesses for Christ the minute we become Christ followers.
Well why? Why should we put ourselves through the anxiety of possible rejection and perhaps the feeling of guilt; maybe I didn’t communicate the message clearly enough and now this person I failed to convert will die and go to hell. Why not just let God, in His infinite wisdom and sovereignty, figure the whole thing out and draw men to Himself and just leave me out of it?
Here’s why…the Bible says, because I told you to. That’s enough. We’ve all at one time or another, used or heard the famous response of a small child when a parent says, “Now I want you to do this,” and the child shoots back with, “Why? How come Daddy?”
Sometimes, you know you can’t explain why because they don’t understand why. So you just say, “Because…” Because what?…”I told you to,” end of discussion. That truly is the way we are. We are little children in terms of comparing ourselves with God’s infinite mind. God says do this and how silly of us to respond with, “ok, I’ve prayed, I’ve consulted with my pastor and yet, why?”
But God responds with, “That’s not for you to ask, get on it and do it.” We are commanded to get up.
Mark 16:15 – He says, “GO.” That’s enough for me.
Someone once said to C.H. Spurgeon, “You know, Mr. Spurgeon, you believe in the doctrine of election… You believe that certain people are elect for salvation. Why don’t you preach ONLY to the elect?” He said, “Well, if you’ll go around and pull up their shirttails so I can see if they have an “E” stamped on their backs, I will.” The point was, we cannot know that. So our responsibility then is to preach to everyone. God will take care of what His part of it is. It’s our responsibility to preach the gospel to every creature. GO.
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