Evangelism & Apologetics, Religious Movements

What’s The Problem of Evangelism?


     What’s the problem with Evangelism today?  In an age of changing cultures, worldviews, relevance and truth, Evangelism is becoming less and less practiced among Christians.  In fact it has been estimated that 97% of professing Christians do not share their faith, which is alarming.[1] I can recall years ago being involved in different Christian churches that had discipleship classes and groups to help people grow in their relationship with Jesus, to learn and understand the Bible better, and how live everyday life in practical ways.  Nowadays this has become less relevant in Christian churches, and the question is, why is Evangelism decreasing?

    During Jesus’ earthly time on earth He spent time with His disciples, mentoring them, talking with them, teaching them, and preparing them for everyday life.  At the right time Jesus died upon the cross and rose again to bring forgiveness of sins for anyone to receive and believe in Him.[2] Jesus then instructed His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, instructing them in Jesus’ teachings, and encouraging them that in all ages Jesus would be with them.[3]  Making disciples simply means sharing who Jesus is[4], what He has done for them[5], how He can change a person’s life[6], and then how to live life with purpose[7].  The early church followed Jesus’ example on making disciples and they helped each other with their needs.[8]

     Let me summarize and close with some final thoughts.  The early church started off in the right direction with sharing the good news of Jesus all around the world, and helping people to know Jesus personally, and how they could live everyday life.  Today the Christian church is struggling in Evangelism all around the world, but can that be changed?  

     Are you struggling in Evangelism?  Do you feel like you don’t know how to talk with people about Jesus?  I would like to have an open and respectful discussion on this, and you are welcome to share comments and questions here or by email. 


Kelly Powers

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

[1] William McRaney Jr., The Art of Personal Evangelism, (Nashville, Tennesse: B&H Publishing Group, 2003), 5.

[2] Luke 24:44-47.

[3] Matthew 28:19-20.

[4] John 1:1-18.

[5] John 3:16-18.

[6] Romans 10:9-13.

[7] Romans 8:28-31.

[8] Acs 2:42-47.


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