When angels spoke to people in the Bible their first words were usually, “Do not be afraid!”
When Jesus sent out his disciples (Matthew 10) to the towns and villages to proclaim His name, he only gave them six words – simple and straight-forward. He spent the rest of the chapter letting them know how challenging it was going to be.
Evangelism is difficult and scary!
Some people think that sharing the gospel is terrifying because they don’t know what to say or feel that they just can’t do it.
I don’t believe that is true.
There is something deeper and more prevailing that causes terror for Christians when the invitation to proclaim the gospel is graciously extended by the gospel. Read more
The empty signup sheets asking members to participate in canvassing hang on clipboards at the back of the church. The thought of knocking on another person’s door is horrifying… even for pastors. Past experiences of going door-to-door prompt people to say, “It doesn’t work!” It is frustrating and disheartening when most unchurched people at the door don’t respond well when confronted with the questions, “Do you have a church home?” or “If you died tonight, will you go to heaven?” To avoid talking to people, many churches will use “door-hangers.”
There is nothing wrong with these approaches, but I believe there is something even more powerful a congregation can do that will increase the participation in going door-to-door.
Whenever congregations reach out and connect face-to-face with members of their community, the Lord uses that activity to shine His light and reveal His presence through those who believe and remain in Him. Canvassing a local neighborhood accomplishes that.
There is joy when a lost soul receives faith as a result of canvassing. A family who leaves nearby may accept an invitation to come to a church event or a worship service and hear the gospel. That is a great benefit the Lord provides through the power of His Word.
I would like to suggest that there is even a greater benefit that many churches often overlook.
Praise and Proclaim Ministries gave thanks to the Lord for the opportunity to come to east Texas and launch another outreach campaign. Rev. Daniel Schmidt extended an invitation for us to come and help start a brand new mission in Tyler, TX. It was a joy and privilege for our ministry to train and equip members on how to proclaim the gospel and introduce Jesus Christ through the power of his Word.
On a hot and humid Saturday in Temple, Texas, a group of members from Trinity Lutheran Church and a few guests from nearby Austin gathered together to walk the streets and proclaim the gospel. After a full evening of training, they were ready to go. And the Lord blessed their efforts. Not only were a number of gospel seeds planted, but they were blessed with the experience of verbally proclaiming the message of salvation to lost souls in their community.