How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
– 1 Corinthians 14:26 (KJV)
Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. – Romans 15:2 (NIV)
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, – Ephesians 5:19 (NIV)
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. – 2 Timothy 4:5 (KJV)
Our work is to dispense the Word into the world. That sounds simple. However, that is only the main thrust of what we are called to do as God’s people. We have to have some tactics to go along with our teaching. We need some methods to go along with our message.
Paul’s instructions to Timothy in one of his pastoral epistles states that Timothy should do the work of an evangelist as well as fulfill his ministry. It didn’t mean that Timothy was to simply evangelize in any manner or method that he saw fit. The directive exemplifies the teaching and training necessary for a newly-established pastor in maintaining his station as spiritual leader. If no one else can lead someone to Christ in that local church, the pastor better be able to walk someone down the Romans Road to salvation as part of the work of an evangelist(my understanding of the Holy Spirit leaves doubting that He would leave any of His churches so barren and fruitless, though). Additionally, he should be able to teach and train others in biblical methods in reaching others for Christ.
Encourage others along the way. If you simply leave it at we all have sinned and fallen short or that the wages of sin is death, you just left someone dangling in suspense and plagued with wonder until worship service on Sunday. That’s not evangelism. It surely isn’t encouraging either. That’s a scare tactic. Some of our people have mastered such techniques. Rather than seeking what the Lord has to offer, people are turning to Jesus as the way to avoid going to hell. Some of our brothers and sisters are persuasive in literally scaring the hell out of some folks rather than sharing the unsearchable riches of Christ.
We need to spend some time encouraging folks in the Word. We need to use methods and mannerisms that build up people rather than manipulating them into a twisted-arm decision about what to do to gain eternal life. Jesus didn’t use that methodology. That wasn’t how John the Baptist did his evangelistic work. Paul surely did not force anyone to accept Christ in such a way. There is a way to reach someone for Christ and encourage them by your words and other things.
- Encourage with your words
- Encourage through your works
- Encourage by your ways
As I have shared before, people may need to see more Christ in you before they hear anything about Christ from you. Live it out and let it be known.