Why Do You Feel Guilty About Evangelism But Not Apologetics?
by J. Warner Wallace
Most of us, as Christians, recognize and sense a burden to share the Good News with others. Maybe this is because the “Great Commission” of Jesus to “go into all the world and preach the gospel” is found in four separate locations in the New Testament (Mark 16:14-18, Luke 24:44-49, John 20:19-23 and Acts 1:4-8). In spite of this commission from Jesus, most of us are hesitant to engage others with the Gospel, and as a result, we often feel guilty that we aren’t better evangelists. Churches have responded over the years with a variety of programs and group activities designed to help believers engage the world around us as evangelists. The Church recognizes the burden of the great commission and the guilt that most of us feel as we struggle to become belter evangelists. But why don’t we feel the same level of concern about Christian Case Making (apologetics)?
Why do we embrace the burden of evangelism while relegating the burden of Case Making to professional “apologists”? Paul says something interesting in his letter to the Ephesians:
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And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
Paul repeatedly tells us that some of us are designed and given to perform certain functions. Some are apostles, some are prophets, some are evangelists, some are teachers, and some are pastors. Think about that for a minute. The reasonable inference here is that some of us are given to function in this way some of us are not…
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