16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
This passage is a well-known passage often referred to as “The Great Commission” or as Greg Stier calls it, “The Cause.” Either way it is the driving mission of the church. But there are some things worth noticing that are often overlooked.
First, this is a post-resurrection experience for the disciples. They are seeing the risen Jesus. Second, Jesus starts his statement by stating that all authority has been giving to him. Then it says, “therefore.” In other words, everything that Jesus was about to say rests on his authority!
J. Mack Stiles in his little book Evangelism defines evangelism this way, “Evangelism is teaching the gospel (the message from God that leads us to salvation) with the aim to persuade.” There is a teaching aspect to evangelism. There are certain things that must be taught in order for a person to understand the gospel. You don’t have to be a teacher per se, but each of us do teach. We are sinners, we need a savior, we can’t save our selves, Jesus saved us by doing what we could not (paying for our sin), eternity is real, Jesus makes it possible to be in eternity with a good God, Jesus blood provides the means of salvation.
We don’t do evangelism by ourselves, God it with us. Do you trust Him? If so, then the pressure of performing in evangelism is relieved. It isn’t up to you, God it with you. Your job is to be faithful and proclaim, the Holy Spirit will do the rest. You don’t have to “perform” in some great fashion, you just have to be faithful.
Will you do that? Will you be faithful? Who will you invite to church this week? The gospel will be preached. Who will you evangelize to, even if uncomfortable and awkward? Who are you praying for? Write their names down and then be active in proclaiming the gospel to them.