As we treasure God in Christ and build up one another in the faith, we will not be able to help ourselves from proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. The Christian’s walk with Christ sets the stage for explaining the gospel to unbelievers. By God’s grace, would it be true of us that we are like Peter and John who said, “we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard (Acts 4:20).”
So before we get too far, let me attempt to address one question that we have been asked a lot, “How are you going to do evangelism at MBC? Will you be directly proclaiming the gospel or will your evangelism be more responsive based on the interactions you have with people around you?”
Dick Lucas explains this very clearly in his comments on Colossians 4. He says,
We may describe this difference by saying that while the apostle Paul looks for many opportunities for direct evangelism and teaching, the typical Christian in Colossae is to look for many opportunities for responsive evangelism.
Direct evangelism is what we purposefully do. This could include door-to-door evangelism, handing out tracts at Riverfest or home visitation. But responsive evangelism implies that the Christian lives as a believer in whatever setting the Lord has placed him with an intent to answer the unbeliever’s questions about Jesus Christ. The distinctiveness of a holy life warrants discussion regarding the faith.
Jeff and I have been calling this “Gospel Intentionality.” In other words, we want to be praying for and seeking to share the gospel with our neighbors, co-workers, the gas station attendant, the check out person at Kroger or Shipley’s donuts. We want to be intentional about learning their names and asking them questions about themselves, while being sensitive to the Spirit’s leading, all along the way praying that God would open doors for the Word to go forward in dead hearts. And I believe that this is a prayer the Lord delights to answer.
So what Dick Lucas is saying and what we are talking about in regards to “Gospel Intentionality” is essentially Colossians 4:2-6. So let’s turn to Colossians 4:2-6.
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
In summary, our desire is that we would be a people that proclaim the Gospel to the ends of the earth and through that proclamation God would draw worshippers to himself so that he would receive glory.
This is the mission of Midtown Baptist Church:
By God’s grace, we pursue this vision together by treasuring God’s glory in Christ, building one another up in the faith, and proclaiming his gospel among all peoples.