Does God see evangelism training as all that important? After all, if something matters to God, it should matter to us.
The answer is yes. Throughout the Scriptures, God shows how essential evangelism training is. Three notable truths shout its importance.
- Christ's first training to His disciples was in evangelism. He didn’t start with how to raise a family or how to spend money. Nothing is more important than a person’s eternal destiny, so Christ started his training there: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19). The message of God’s saving grace was the message people most needed to hear.
- Christ taught the how-to of evangelism. Reexamine the Scripture again: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (emphasis mine). He did not say, “Follow Me, because you are fishers of men.” They knew a lifetime’s worth of fishing for fish, but unknowing of its importance, they knew zero about fishing for men. As He did the teaching, they did the learning. Many believers today know that evangelism is important; they just don’t know how.
- Throughout the New Testament, God continued the emphasis on evangelism training, seen so prominently through Paul’s words to Timothy. Paul explicitly spoke to his young disciple Timothy about furthering his ministry, “And the things that you have heard from me among witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2). In other words, multiply your ministry through teaching others what someone taught you. The best place to begin in training others is where Christ began: evangelism—both the importance and the know-how.
Imagine the outcome of our Scriptural obedience and our passion to train others. Suppose you personally take ten disciples and train them in evangelism. Suppose each of those ten train another. Now 20 are trained! But suppose those ten each train ten others the way you did. Now there are 110 trained witnesses to get the Word out. Now suppose each of those 110 train ten more!
Training in evangelism is Biblically essential and extremely productive. So if you have not received training in evangelism, why not sign up this week? If you have, why not train others now?