When Evangelism Is Missing

What do we lose when a church stops being about reaching nonbelievers?

A church without evangelism becomes a church that does not make disciples …

Because there are no new Christians to disciple.

A church without evangelism becomes a church where members fight over their preferences …

Because the members do not focus on reaching those who are not followers of Christ.

A church without evangelism becomes a church without true fellowship …

Because true fellowship not only cares for its own, but it looks beyond its own.

A church without evangelism gets mad at the pastor …

Because the members think they pay the pastor to do evangelism for them.

A church without evangelism becomes a church that does not do ministry …

Because there are fewer and fewer members to do ministry.

A church without evangelism becomes a church that strays from the Bible …

Because the Bible clearly teaches to evangelize people with the gospel.

A church without evangelism becomes a church giving less to missions …

Because there are fewer people to give to missions.

A church without evangelism becomes a church without prayer …

Because churches that truly pray are concerned for the lost in their communities.

A church without evangelism becomes a church that cannot worship together …

Because there are fewer people to attend worship services.

A church without evangelism will soon close its doors.

And that’s probably best.

Because that church stopped being a church long ago when it decided to no longer be obedient to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.

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This article originally appeared on ChurchAnswers.com and is reposted here by permission.

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