[By Kaila, Ignite Leader]
Welcome to the second half of our post on things every Christian wants to know! If you remember, a couple of weeks ago we discussed the importance of being TRUE WORSHIPERS and SHOWING COMPASSION. Today we’re going to tackle the next two important aspects that you’ll want to apply to your life.
- We are to EVANGELIZE.
What is evangelism? Simply put, it’s telling people about Jesus using words. One of Jesus’ last commands He gave before leaving earth is found in Mark 16:15 -” And then he told them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.’” When looking at the context, the word “preaching” here is a broader term than preaching a sermon or leading a Bible study. In this context, the word refers to any capacity in which we tell people about Jesus.
We’re not all pastors who preach weekly sermons, but we can all tell someone else about Jesus. How? Through our personal testimonies, invites to church, or asking to pray for them. When was the last time you told someone about what Jesus has done for you?
When is the last time you offered to pray for someone? I know sometimes we can be hesitant to ask people if we can pray for them. The reality is, though, that most people want prayer! Do you remember evangelist Randy Hurst who came for our mission conference in February? He says that asks nearly everyone he witnesses to if he can pray with them. He spends thousands of hours every year on airplanes and in airports and talks with tons of people while traveling. In all of that time, he’s only ever had ONE person turn him down when he’s offered to pray for them. People want prayer!
We can all evangelize! Listen, pray, tell your story – when people hear of what God has done for you, they are given the opportunity to see He can do the same for them.
When we are evangelizing there is a natural next step that follows and that brings us to our final point for this post…
- We are to be DISCIPLES.
The definition of “disciple” in the dictionary is “a personal follower of Jesus during His life.” Today, in our context, we are disciples – followers – of Jesus. We are also disciples of godly men and women who are more mature in their faith than we are. It means that we place ourselves in a position to learn more about Christ and how to follow Him from other godly people who are already doing so. Basically, being a disciple today means having a Christ-like mentor in your life.
We should all be involved in discipleship in one capacity or another. We are blessed with tangible ways to participate in discipleship in our church. Our vision here allows us to participate in being discipled through our Post-Encounter and vision classes, as well as in weekly Net Groups. For those who complete all vision classes and who have shown themselves to be good disciples, we have the option to move into a discipler role by hosting our own Net Groups. We then get to help others develop in their spiritual growth.
No matter how long you’ve been a Christian or what positions of authority you may hold, we all need to be disciples. We should all be placing ourselves in positions to grow from others’ knowledge and wisdom. Proverbs 11:14 – says “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” When we surround ourselves with godly counsel, mentors, and Christian friends, we set ourselves up for success. When we choose to be disciples, we can become better disciples/followers of Christ through learning from them.
Now you know four things we all need to be as Christians! We need to be true worshippers, compassionate, involved in evangelism, and be disciples – and for mature believers, we should be discipling others as well.
If you’ve read through this today and realized that you’ve failed in one or more of these areas, today I challenge you to step back into right relationship with God. Repent. Ask God to help you become the True Worshiper, show Compassion, participate in Evangelism, and the Disciple He has called you to be. Today, step out of your comfort zone and into obedience.