Monday, November 16, 2015

How evangelism edifies Christian growth

2 Corinthians 5:18-20  "Now all these things are from God,who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God."

When we look at scripture, we discover that only the Holy Spirit of God as God can convince, persuade sinners to trust in Christ. Thus the measure of success is not on how many souls are won. Rather, the measure of success is: have you and I shared the Gospel? Every time you and I share the Gospel, we are achieving 100% success. God's blessing, joy and glory is the measure of success. These confidences are why evangelism proves to be so edifying. 

To illustrate, in as much as a pond is kept refreshed by having both a stream to feed it and an outlet; Christians need to be both taking in God’s Word and sharing Jesus. Stagnation results when there is no outflow, and so it is with the Christian. Unless we are sharing our faith, the ability to experience consistent edification will be greatly hampered.