Monday, March 26, 2012

Is It Necessary To Tell People About Jesus?

*This is the fourth and final installment of a mini-series, where I am answering questions that are commonly asked in the discussion of injustices taken place across the globe.*

"If God worked in peoples lives daily, then do you think it would be necessary for God's people to go door to door telling everyone about him?"

First, I must recognize that this question ignores the doctrine of the church, which is of utmost importance.  Why? Because as Mark Dever says, "The church is the gospel made visible." In other words one aspect of the mission and the purpose of the Church given by God is the evangelization of the world. Looking back at the question itself, one of the ways in which God is working in peoples lives daily is through the ministry of the local church.

Second, this question ignores the Great Commission as the followers of Christ are commanded to Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything commanded by Jesus. As we further see in Acts 1:8, we are to be the witnesses of Jesus in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Mark Driscoll rightly points out that "The church is to be an evangelistic people on mission in the world, passionate to see lost people meet Jesus Christ as Savior, God, and Lord." 

Our example is Jesus himself who came as a missionary from heaven to minister and save a lost and dying  world. In John 17:18  Jesus said, "As you send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world." We are the "them" in this verse, meaning that just as Jesus was sent into the world to minister, now we too have been sent by Jesus into the world. 

So, while it may not be necessary to use the door to door method of telling everyone about Jesus as Savior, God, and Lord; it is still necessary that followers of Christ spread the gospel to all people. Why? Because this is the way that God set up his plan of salvation for those that are chosen in him and this is often the way that God so chooses to work in ones life, through his followers. And to do anything else as a follower of Christ would be outright disobedience to the mission given by God.

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree. I love the truth of Pipers statement that.missions exists because worship doesn't". That would probably greatly change the door to door approach.