The Church and the Message

“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46-47

One of the least spoken axioms of evangelism is the following: the church remains and will always be the greatest tool of evangelism in our world.

As the church in Acts evidenced, there is a great power in unity and shared belief between people. A common faith in Jesus can bridge across all types of barriers, including race, politics, social injustice, or socioeconomics. In short, a group of many is always better for disseminating beliefs than an individual.

Our churches are under attack by demonic influences. Several false gospels and satanic ideologies are trying to penetrate the congregations in our communities in order to paralyze the evangelistic efforts in churches.

For example, there are many churches with members who are more concerned with financial reports than with the amount of new converts being discipled. Or there are many churches that have people actively working against the spiritual leadership that God placed. Or there are the churches that are governed by apathy, the desire for financial prosperity, or are just comfortable the way they are. We need to expose these for what they are: Christianity done the devil’s way.

If we truly care about evangelism, we will understand that a harmonious church in which people are genuinely seeking Christ is one of the most attractive things in this world. You don’t have to convince someone about how great Jesus is if you have a community of people displaying it on a daily basis!

Therefore, if you really care about evangelism, support your church! Love and pray for your pastor. Support the ministry by being faithful in your tithes and offerings. Live a life of holiness and avoid the temptations of gossip, slander, and worldliness. Offer your time in service to the church by ministering to those outside and within.

And above all, help the church become what God intended… A place that the hurt can be healed, a place that the rejected will be accepted, and a place in which the broken can be restored.