What a wonderful blog site to share the Gospel of Christ with others who are seeking him. As an Elder in the church I have struggled with the proper and most effective way to share the Gospel of Christ. Past practices of door knocking and correspondence courses, and fair booths don’t seem to be getting the word of Christ’s salvation out there.
I have searched the scriptures over and over seeking the way Christ would have us spread his word. Then it hit me! I had been too concerned about adding to the number in attendance in our church building as a measure of success. Close attention to the Gospel shows that our charge is to spread the Gospel to anyone who will listen. That’s it. On the day of Pentecost and at other gatherings many heard the good news, but not all responded to the call.
We cannot measure our success of spreading the good news on the number of those who respond. We can not know a person’s heart nor make one believe, that is on you. All we can do is spread the word. Matthew 16:15 says, “go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation” And Mark 16:16 states that “and he who believes and is baptized will be saved.”
So you see, we can only spread the good news, but it is up to the person to hear the word, and allow it to prick their heart and believe. I will no longer worry about the numbers in the seats of the congregation, but rather the continued effort to spread the word and hope and salvation of His promise.