God has really been dealing with me lately about what it really means to evangelize and it’s no coincidence that I was recently invited to an evangelism event at Newspring Church. During that event last night, God confirmed what He has been revealing to me about evangelism through some of the points that Perry Noble, Senior Pastor of NewSpring Church, made.
One of those points was “Evangelism is not inviting someone to church.” Now you’re probably saying to yourself “Why then does every Pastor, staff member, and leader in the church always encourage, motivate, and urge their congregation to keep inviting people to church?” We have been conditioned to just invite people to church so we believe that is evangelism. We have become to believe that the only place where life change can happen is inside of the four walls we call the church.
We place all the responsibility on the Pastor. We invite people to church in order that they would hear the Gospel preached by the Pastor so that they might have an encounter with Jesus. The truth of the matter is people don’t need to come to church to meet Jesus, they meet Jesus when they meet you. The greatest sermon doesn’t come from some Pastor in some pulpit, the greatest sermon comes from you in the parking lot. We were not commanded to go and invite, we were commanded to go and preach the good news. We are the light of the world. We are the salt of the earth. We are the hands and feet of Jesus. We are His ambassadors.
The last point that Perry Noble made in session two last night was “Every relationship you have is intentional, not accidental.” You have been placed where you are by God on purpose for a reason. God has placed you on an assignment. You live where you do for an assignment. You work where you do for an assignment. You go to school where you do for an assignment.
So don’t only invite people to church, but invite them to meet Jesus. Because people can come to church, never be changed, and leave the same way they came in; but when people meet Jesus, their lives will be changed and they will never be the same again.