Pastor Geoff describes in this audio-blog the importance of having a biblical, reformed, robust view of anthropology and how this impacts biblical evangelism.
Mankind -- anthropology -- is dead in sin & cannot be shoved further from God nor can a man bring someone closer to God.
Sovereignty of God in salvation -- salvation is wholly & entirely of the Lord and for His glory.
Thus, when we do evangelism, we cannot tailor our "method" to try to make people more 'receptive' to the gospel -- since this will never happen. A nonbeliever is dead in sin & hostile to God and His gospel. It is only when the Spirit of God awakens a sinner by giving life that the sinner will come to trust in Christ & love Him. But this happens through the faithful proclamation and declaration of the good news of the gospel.
Therefore -- let us not try to evangelize to 'befriend' people or 'make people more receptive' to Christ. This shall never happen. Let us be full of love and speak urgent gospel truth to them and plead with them to repent and trust in Christ!
Pastor Geoff provides some pastoral counsel to someone who may ask: What if my church isn't evangelizing?
1. Be praying.
2. Be communicating (with your pastors)
3. Be initiating (start)
4. Be developing (find someone and bring them with you
5. Be hoping (many may be evangelizing yore not aware of -- moms, family worship, work, etc)
6. Be conversing (about gospel conversations you have. Share this with others)
"If We Believe God, Then... -- The Urgency of Evangelism!"
Evangelism IS effective & it is WORTHWHILE and it is worth your time, sacrifice, comfort, energy and resources….
Ezekiel: Then you will know that I am the LORD (judgment Ezek 35 and hope Ezek 36)
**EVANGELISM DOES GLORIFY GOD…
as it FAITHFULLY DECLARES THE BIBLICAL GOSPEL.
as it WATERS THE SEED OF THE GOSPEL IN HEARTS OF GOD’S ELECT
as it BRINGS GOD’S ELECT TO SALVATION AS GOD REGENERATES & THEY REPENT & BELIEVE
as it HARDENS THE REPROBATE AND INCREASES THEIR SIN & CONDEMNATION
as it PROCLAIMS THE ‘NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES’ PUBLICLY
as it OBEYS THE CLEAR COMMAND TO ‘GO AND PROCLAIM REPENTANCE’ (Luke 24)