Every Disciple Involved in Evangelism

In the latest 9Marks Journal, Brian Parks talks about the benefits of evangelism in discipleship.  His article, “Six Benefits of Evangelism for Discipleship,” addresses the need for every follower of Christ to be sharing the gospel.

“But the New Testament paints a picture in which every disciple of Christ is normally and naturally involved in evangelism as much as in Bible study, prayer, and corporate worship. From the brand new Christian to the wizened old saint, sharing the gospel is necessary and integral to a growing life in Christ.

Many of us have heard and even preached sermons that rightly focused on the Great Commission’s theme of “make disciples” (Matt. 28:18-20). And we’ve taught those around us that they should be disciple-makers themselves. But we also need to be clear that “making disciples” necessarily involves helping people who are not yet disciples to become disciples—that is, evangelism. Jesus modeled it (Mk. 1:1415Matt. 9:35) and trained his apostles to do the same (Mk. 6:7-13Lk. 10:1-12). Only a few days later Jesus said that they would be his “witnesses…to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

Part of the apostles’ teaching that the newly Spirit-filled church devoted themselves to (Acts 2:42) must have been the normal and regular sharing of the gospel with family, friends, and strangers. From those very first weeks and months after the Pentecost, people were being saved every day (Acts 2:47). Evangelism was immediately a part of their new life of discipleship to the risen Lord Jesus.”

4 comments
  1. Michael said:

    Does anyone have any experience using the Multiply material as an evangelism tool (ie having a group with potentially both Christians and non-Christians who are interested in understanding more about what it means to be a disciple/Christian)??

    • I do have a group consisting of Christians and non-Christians., as from this week I will start with the multiply materials and see how it goes.

      • Michael said:

        I’d love to hear about how it goes! Obviously the intent is growing disciples but I have long thought that it’d be a great idea for someone to truly understand what that is before saying “I’m all in”. Not that we have to have all the answers…but hopefully you know what I mean.

  2. JImmy said:

    Evangelism and Discipleship is not the same thing. I believe this is a major reason for the failure of the church to make disciples, especially in the last 100 years, and this movement is doomed if we confuse the two. Believers in Jesus become disciples and afterward do two things: make more disciples and promulgate the gospel. It is as different as walking and flying. Do we want to use this material to confuse unbelievers? I hope not. In order to be a student (disciple) you need to join the class (become a follower of Jesus). The church in the last 100 years has been very good at letting people visit the class without ever getting the visitors to become real students. But the music was good!

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