Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore 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 I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
I once heard a believer say, “above all else we as Christians we need to be theologians and apologists”. If our focus is to debate and argue points with those who disagree then sure, we should be theologians and apologists to that end. But if we are called to share the Gospel as we gothen we are called to love on people where they are. We need to be where they are, listening before shouting on the sidewalk outside bars and abortion clinics.
One of Jesus’ models of evangelism is, Jesus crossed barriers to bring a Samaritan woman the Gospel. Now first she was a Samaritan, the talk of the town, in a negative way, and yet Jesus engages her with the Gospel. He did join in with the town and gossip about her, NO he had to go through Samaria, because He, being divine, knew she was going to be there. Do we as Christians know where the lost are? Yes, and yet we evade those places, we do everything we can to avoid the lost, all the while saying things like; “they should be in church.”
Today’s culture seeks out authentic people, places and community. If we are to be effective at reaching others, we are to see people from the inside and not what sin they are caught up in. If the church sees as God sees, we would be more observant of our own actions instead of the actions of others. It is God who changes and convicts not the church. We are to plant the seed, water the seed and allow God to grow in the lives of the lost.