Nine Reasons Christians Don’t Evangelize

Episode #183
December 15, 2015
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Podcast Episode #183

We discuss a recent post by Chuck Lawless on why we don’t evangelize as well as ways to encourage evangelism in your church.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • We have an evangelism tragedy that is taking place in our churches.
  • Continue to do ministry and missions, but let it be explicitly about the gospel—not just meeting physical needs.
  • Many mission trips have become tourist trips for many church members.
  • We unfortunately have a lot of church members in America who are practical universalists, syncretists, and inclusivists.
  • If it comes down to losing our job or being an obedient Christian, we should always choose the latter.
  • Fear cannot be our reason for not evangelizing.
  • Find me an evangelistic church and you will find an evangelistic pastor.
  • I will never buy the argument that we have enough churches in a community.

The nine reasons Christians don’t evangelize are:

  1. Many don’t know what “evangelism” is.
  2. We have few evangelistic role models.
  3. Some church members aren’t convinced about lostness.
  4. Some churches have provided no evangelism training.
  5. Fear of the unknown halts our efforts.
  6. We’ve “gotten over” our salvation.
  7. Pastors aren’t taking the lead in evangelism.
  8. We don’t really know many lost people anyway.
  9. We don’t care about non-believers.

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