Underlying Reasons Christians Fail to Evangelize
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1. WE FAIL TO PRAY.
We fail to see the importance of prayer.
We mistakenly believe methodology is more important.
We have not, because we ask not.
We fail to confess our own prayerlessness and repent.
2. WE FAIL TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.
We fail to take responsibility for the Great Commission.
We wrongly think ourselves as citizens of this world, when in reality we are ambassadors sent by the King.
We fail to understand the Bible clearly commands all believers to share the gospel.
We mistakenly believe evangelism is for professionals.
3. WE FAIL TO PLAN - AND THEREFORE PLAN TO FAIL.
We fail to understand we already live intentionally.
We fail to understand nothing we do is by mistake or unintentional.
We neglect to speak because we haven't presented ourselves to God as workmen, unashamed.
We fail to see the Devil actively working around us preventing us from witnessing, and allow him to succeed.
We fail to make resolutions and intentionally neglect to set goals or evaluate our faithfulness in evangelism.
4. WE FAIL TO SEE THE TRAGEDY OF THE LOST.
We fail to remember how thankful we were when God saved us.
We fail to remember that the lost have no relationship with God and are controlled by the Devil.
We wrongly think cancer, natural disasters and the death of a child is the most tragic thing.
We wrongly think finding a cure for cancer, or saving someone's life, is the most virtuous thing you can do for a person.
5. WE FAIL TO SEE THE GREAT NEED AROUND US.
We fail to walk by faith and perceive God's providence when we ignore an opportunity.
We wrongly think people who are beautiful, rich and famous are to be envied.
We mistakenly shut ourselves up in rooms and watch endless hours of television.
We fail to understand the brevity of our lives.
6. WE FAIL TO SEE WHAT'S AT STATE.
We fail to come to grips with the reality of eternity.
We wrongly attribute too much importance to 75 years and think very little of eternity.
We fail to see that if we don't speak, who will?
We fail to see the treasure of the gospel.
7. WE FAIL TO PUT OTHER'S NEEDS BEFORE OUR OWN.
We mistakenly look at people as if they have things together. They don’t.
We fail to witness because it might lead to discomfort, sacrifice or possible ridicule.
We fail to love when we allow fear to prevent us from speaking with others.
We fail to see others as made in the image of God.
We mistakenly believe people don't want to hear the gospel or talk to us.
We fail to make ourselves a servant to all, so we might win the more.
8. WE FAIL TO UNDERSTAND OUR DEPENDANCE UPON GOD.
We fail to see our dependence upon God's empowerment and fail to ask.
We fail to understand God prefers to use weak vessels to accomplish his purposes, not strong.
We wrongly see evangelism to be a talent, and attribute success upon our skill and not God's faithfulness.
We wrongly want to take more credit for evangelism than we should.
9. WE FAIL TO WANT THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING USED TO BRING SOMEONE INTO THE KINGDOM.
We fail to remember that the angels in heaven rejoice over one sinner who repents.
We will sometimes allow ourselves to be greatly inconvenienced for things that are earthly, but not for the gospel.
We fail to treasure God's work in reconciling the world to Christ.
10. WE FAIL TO RECOGNIZE THE NEED FOR PERSONAL SELF-DISCIPLINE AND HOLINESS.
We fail to be different from the world, and weaken the very message we attempt to deliver.
We fail to understand that freedom over sin is an irrefutable argument for regeneration.
We rightly acknowledge personal self discipline is necessary for athletes, but fail to see the same principle in evangelism.
11. WE FAIL TO APPRAISE THE GLORY OF CHRIST IN EVANGELISM
We lessen the glory of God by hiding the message under a bushel.
We wax eloquently of the worldly fame of sports figures and movie stars while failing to speak about the glory of the King of Kings.
12. WE FAIL TO HAVE A CORRECT ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE GOSPEL
We wrongly adapt the apathy towards Christ demonstrated in the world, instead of selling all we have to purchase the pearl of great price.
We mistakenly spend, and are spent, to lay up for ourselves treasures on earth that eventually rot.
We fail to say with Paul, Woe if I preach not the gospel.