Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Evangelism: There's A Method To My Madness

"Go"  ~ Matthew 28:19a

D. L. Moody's father died when he was 4, and his mother had to raise a family of 8. The only way she could do it was by farming out the children to work for room and board. Moody got porridge and milk three times day where he worked. When he complained to his mother, she sent him back to work. She raised the children in a church that did not preach the Gospel. When he was 17, he moved to Boston to live with and work for his uncle. One of the requirements was that he attend church (one that shared the Gospel). Under the teaching of his Sunday School teacher, Moody was led to believe in Christ.

He used the same method of evangelism after his new birth, teaching the Bible to whoever would listen (even though he couldn't understand or pronounce many of the words in his Bible). He preached the Gospel wherever he could - in churches, fields, on the battle lines of the Civil War, in barns, and old saloons. He was often criticized for his methods.

One day a woman told him she did not like his evangelistic methods. Moody said, "I agree with you. I don't like the way I do it, either. Tell me how you do it?"  The lady replied, "I don't do it." Moody retorted, "Then I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it."

Some time ago a pastor shared a method for evangelism with his church. A week or so later, he met with a group of a dozen or so and asked how they liked the method. All agreed that they loved it, so he asked, "So, tell me when you have used it in the last couple of weeks to share the Gospel." Almost all dropped their heads in shame. Only one of the group had shared the Gospel in the weeks since the pastor equipped his congregation to do so.

There are many sins in the world today. There can be none greater than disobeying the command to go and preach the Gospel. How can anyone who has received the great and free gift of forgiveness and salvation fail to tell everyone about it?