Risky Evangelism

“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name” (Psalm 91:14).

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). 

Face it: sharing the Gospel with others can be a daunting task. On the one hand, Christians are commanded by no less than Christ Himself to go out and “make disciples of all nations”–this implies evangelism (sharing your faith with the intention to persuade). But sharing your faith can be risky. In doing so in today’s world we increasingly risk ostracization, social rejection, corporate ruin and in some locales, physical violence.

This week is Holy Week, the week leading up to Good Friday and Easter, and the whole world is susceptible to have its attention grabbed by Jesus Christ’s passion, crucifixion and resurrection. In other words, this week is a prime chance to share the Good News with that person in your life you’ve been wanting to reach.

But you need more motivation. You need some encouragement. What if you fail? What if you say the wrong thing? What if you say the right thing, but you lose too much as a result?

Happily, the Lord gives us just the encouragement we need in Psalm 91. Look at all that the Lord promises to protect us from in this beautiful passage:

  1. The snare of the fowler (verse 3)
  2. Deadly pestilence (3)
  3. The terror of the night (5)
  4. The arrow that flies by day (5)
  5. The pestilence that stalks in darkness (6)
  6. The destruction that wastes at noonday (6)
  7. A deadly force that destroys thousands around you (7)
  8. The recompense of the wicked (8)
  9. Any evil (10)
  10. Any plague (10)
  11. Your foot so much as striking against a stone (13)
  12. Lions (13)
  13. Adders (13)
  14. Young lions (13)
  15. Serpents (13)
  16. Trouble (15)

Well, that list about covers everything, doesn’t it? God promises that no danger, no harm (no evangelistic failure!) can possibly separate you from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus.

Evangelism is risky, but we really have nothing to fear.

We do not have to fear rejection, because we’ve been accepted by Christ. We do not have to fear failure, because Christ has succeeded for us. We do not have to fear pain, because in Christ God redeems our pain and even our death. We have hope and confidence that transcends any fears we might have.

Church, let’s go out into the spheres of life into which God has placed us and confidently stand on the truth we know: that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners like us, and that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. We know His name, and He’s saved us. Now let’s go take some risks and see who else He wants to save.

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Author: Joel Settecase

Joel Settecase has served in pastoral and teaching roles at Grace Pointe Church in Plainfield, IL, as well as Chicago Hope Academy and Park Community Church in Chicago. He is the author of the New Covenant Catechism for Little Ones and the Settecase Student Ministry Learning Standards, and he has been blogging on ministry and apologetics since 2013. Joel is the proud husband of Aliza and father of three children.

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