Evangelism is Not in Competition with Discipleship (The Soul-Winning Motivator #15)

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Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is Isaiah 52:10 which reads: “The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Rick Warren: “Our English word ‘mission’ comes from the Latin word for ‘sending.’ Being a Christian includes being sent into the world as a representative of Jesus Christ… What is that mission? Introducing people to Jesus… Once we are his, God uses us to reach others. He saves us then sends us out.”

Our soul winning devotional today is part 3 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is Not” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism is not just something you do. Evangelism must never be minimized to something you perform as a duty to God. Rather, like breathing it should be an involuntary response to naturally share Christ whenever possible. In short, evangelism is the essence of who you are as you walk through daily life. It is the consistent and natural overflow of a deep and abiding relationship with Christ.

Evangelism is not in competition with discipleship. I often hear people espousing the tenets of discipleship over the call to evangelize. These people often minimize evangelism and use phrases like “I am a disciple maker, not an evangelist.” This may sound good, but it is biblically incorrect. The truth is, evangelism and discipleship are uniquely dependent on each other. While intentional evangelism that leads to a spiritual conversion always precedes the process of discipleship, neither process is complete until the one who is being discipled learns to multiple their witness through sharing Christ with unsaved people. Possessing a genuine passion for biblical multiplication through evangelism is a key indicator when evaluating spiritual maturity.

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