Marks of Effective Evangelism - The Church

Marks of the Effective Evangelism

The Church

The best kept secret of evangelism is the local church.  The local church is God’s plan to reach the world.  We gather as God’s building, His temple, His people, His family, and His flock. As we gather to sing, to pray, to hear God’s Word, the world gets a glimpse of God’s glory.  Effective evangelism happens best within a local church.  It happens best first and foremost, because that was God’s design. God is smarter than all of us and His plans never fail.  We should trust Him when He said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against them” (Matthew 16:18).

Evangelism is a community project. We encourage each other, we push each other and we pray for each other. The church will always be more effective at reaching the nations than any individual Christian can ever be. Sometimes effective evangelism comes down to the most basic Christian commands, John 13:34-35,

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

If we love God and love our brothers and sisters in Christ, the world will know that we belong to God.  And if the world sees a glimpse of God’s glory, they will want to taste and see that the Lord is good.   

If you have the time watch this great sermon given at the Together for the Gospel conference in 2010 by Mark Dever, "The Gospel Made Visible"

The Church Made Visible